Dental Staff

All professionals at Gentle Family Dentistry - Dr. Ylang Nguyen D.D.S. maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

  • Dr.
    Ylang Nguyen

    Dr. Ylang Nguyen graduated from Loma Linda University Dental School in California in 2000. Prior to moving to Washington in November 2013, she practiced in private practice in the Los Angeles area for 13 years. She is committed to providing the highest quality dental care to patients. Dr. Nguyen wants each visit to be an enjoyable experience. Her passion is to create beautiful healthy smiles. She is very active in continuing education to keep up with the latest products and technology.

    Dr. Nguyen is a member of the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Society, and the Pierce County Dental Society. She also volunteers in the community, helping out churches and dental charity clinics.

    Her patients have referred to her as kind, gentle, patient, and caring. While not practicing dentistry, she spends time cooking and exploring Washington with her children 18-year-old son Dylan and 14-year-old daughter Ysabella. Dr. Nguyen also loves to travel to exotic new places.

  • Laurie Kuhlmann
    Registered Dental Assistant

    Hi, I'm Laurie. 2021 marks my 38th year in the dental field. I graduated from Clover Park's Dental Assisting program and have made dentistry my life's career. My focus as a dental assistant is to make my patient's visit as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Since I have known many of our patients for years, they are like family to me and I enjoy hearing what is going on in their lives. My husband and I live on six acres in Roy. We have two wonderful sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren! In my spare time, I enjoy church activities, working out, reading and crocheting, but mostly spending time with my friends and family.

  • Katie Schaper
    Practice Manager

    Katie began her dental administrative career in 2019 after a career in library services. She is patients' point person when it comes to dental insurance and benefits, and is more than happy to help with any insurance-related questions. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two Norwegian Forest cats, and bookbinding for her Etsy shop.

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