AboutGentling Smiles

Gentling Smiles is a Shoreline based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Gentling and our team invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 206-539-5734 and experience why our patients think Gentling Smiles is the best dentist in Shoreline.

Dr. Gentling

Dr. Gentling

"There is no greater honor than a patient’s trust. With every interaction in our office we strive to provide the very best, and to uphold your trust and confidence. This means keeping you well informed and comfortable, and helping you to achieve your best smile”

As an avid surfer, Dr. Gentling set his sights on Oahu and it’s fabled North Shore when he completed his dental education at the University of Washington. Despite the allure of the sunshine and waves, he was drawn back to the Pacific Northwest after just a couple of years in order to be closer to his family and friends.

As luck would have it, little over a year back in the Seattle area led him to reach out to Dr. Stephen MacGeorge, whose children he had competed in swimming with while growing up. As Dr. MacGeorge had spent more than 30 years in the office, the legacy and treatment of his patients was of the utmost importance, and Dr. G was truly an ideal fit.

Dr. Gentling dedicates himself to providing especially high quality and personalized care. In addition to updating the office with the latest equipment and technology, Dr. G is a dedicated learner with countless hours of continuing education in specialized areas such as dental implants, Invisalign orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry.

“I realize that each patient has different goals and priorities for their dental care. While some folks want a beautiful smile, others simply want to enjoy their favorite foods without pain. Each day I do my very best to listen to what patients have to say. Dental treatment planning should be a conversation between patient and provider, not a one-way mandate.”

Education

  • University of Washington School of Dentistry 2015 - Graduated with honors
  • University of Puget Sound 2009
  • Shorewood High School 2005
  • Bobbie

    Dental Assistant

    Bobbie began working in the office as a dental assistant immediately after finishing her training 29 years ago. Over the years her duties have spanned both the front and back office, and have allowed her to provide expert chairside assistant to Dr’s Loss and MacGeorge, and now to Dr. Garrett Gentling.

    Bobbie truly loves her job and the relationships that she’s able to build with our patients. In particular she loves working with people who are initially afraid or unhappy with their smiles, but through our gentle and respectful care are able to smile proudly. Bobbie says that, “I want patients to discover that hanging out with us is like a day at the spa. Ok…maybe not THAT zen, but that they’ve learned to trust us and find that dentistry can be pain free. I’m proud of being part of the team that creates that.”

    When Bobbie isn’t helping people love their smiles, she’s busy as a health and lifestyle coach, as well as an avid hiker and reader, running both 5 and 10Ks. She loves hot yoga and scrapbooking, but her favorite thing in the whole world is to be with her family. This includes, but is not limited to, her sons Tyler and James, daughter Andi and her love Sean, as well as beautiful, genius granddaughters Raegan and Karter.

    Karen

    Dental Assistant

    Karen has been working in the dental field for over 30 years, spending the last 19 of them as a wonderful part of this family practice. Karen enjoys building relationships with patients and works hard to make them feel comfortable and informed. She hopes that each patient can leave our office happy that they have trusted us with their care.

    In her free time, Karen enjoys cooking, camping, scary movies with friends, and searching for Bigfoot. Karen’s greatest joy, as well as that of her late husband, is being a proud parent to their son Sgt. Joseph Anderson.

    Joi

    Dental Hygienist

    Joi moved to Washington State in 1998 and settled here in Shoreline where she resides with her husband and two children.

    “What I love best about being a hygienist is connecting with my patients”

    In her free time, Joi likes to get outdoors (Joi’s “happy place”) and explore the beautiful mountains of the Pacific Northwest. When at home, Joi enjoys cooking with her kids and playing with her two Shih Tzu’s Claude and Tate.

    Joi is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island.

    Jeni

    Front Office/Insurance Coordinator

    Jeni was new to the field of dentistry when she joined the office in August 2015. Her 23 years of experience as a retail store manager provided her with a number of skills that she enjoys applying to assist patients and help maximize their benefits and patient experience.

    Jeni finds her position at Gentling Smiles very rewarding. When asked about what motivates her, she says “I mostly enjoy getting to know each patient and providing the best front of house experience that I possibly can.”

    When Jeni is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. They enjoy camping, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and seeing live music. Their favorite summertime activities include seeing concerts at Woodland Park Zoo and visiting family in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

    Jeni is a graduate of Central Washington University and holds a degree in Business Administrative Management.

    Jeannette

    Dental Hygienist

    Jeanette has been in the dental field for 11 years. Her passion for dental hygiene is in educating the patient and not lecturing them, helping each patient find their individual path to oral and overall health.

    Jeanette is married with two young children, Piper and Maxwell. She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and loves traveling, scuba diving, golfing, and gardening.

    Jeanette has a Bachelor's degree in Business from Gonzaga University and an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

    Tanya

    Reception

    Tanya moved from North Idaho to Shoreline in 2008 with her husband and 2 children. She began in the field of dentistry in 2015 as a front office coordinator, leaving behind a long career of working in financial institutions. In 2019, Tanya decided to complete a dental assistant certification program and started working as a dental assistant. Having both front and back office skills allows her the ability to schedule and discuss treatment with patients confidently. Tanya has always worked in some sort of customer service position since she was 15 and it is what she enjoys most in her front office position at Gentling Smiles. “I love making sure the patient gets the best service possible, whether over the phone, through a text, email or in person. I make sure to always give a smile.

    In her spare time, Tanya likes to bike, run, kickbox and sing, and enjoys a difficult puzzle from time to time. She and her husband are the music directors at their church and love to record music together. They keep busy visiting with their now adult kids, and family in Seattle and Coeur d’Alene, ID.

    Tanya has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Lewis Clark State College and is a graduate of the Dental Assistant Training Center in Kenmore.

    Molly

    Dental Hygienist

    Molly is a native to the PNW. She has been a Dental Hygienist for 18 years and started her career as a Dental Assistant in a Periodontal office for 2 years. She is a graduate of Shoreline Community College and finished her Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene at Eastern Washington University

    As a hygienist, Molly loves to engage the patient with dental fears and make them comfortable, and maybe actually enjoy coming in for routine care.

    In her spare time Molly is the captain of a relay team that runs 200 mile relays in Washington and other states. She has completed many half marathons and other running challenges. She enjoys golf, soccer, and most anything the PNW has to offer taking her silver lab Luna along for the ride.

    Stella

    Stella is the office mascot and she’s a fixture behind the reception desk in her plush bed buried by toys. She has been coming into the office and easing our patients’ anxiety since she was just 8 weeks old. She is extremely sociable and loves kiddos especially!

    *If folks have allergies or other issues, she doesn’t take it personally, so be sure to let us know in advance of your visit.