12537 116th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034 | (425) 549-9654 | Book an Appointment

Meet the Staff

Meet the Friendly Staff of Your General Dentist in Kirkland WA

Besides our amazing atmosphere, when you first walk into Totem Lake Dental you will also notice how helpful and friendly our staff is! Every member of our team was hand-picked by your general dentist in Kirkland WA because of their fantastic personalities, warmth and expertise in their field. Ensuring you have an amazing trip to our office, and that all of your questions are answered, is their goal- every time.


Yita Rivera- Front Office

I am from Arizona and married with 3 sons. For fun, I cook, play piano and I have 2 pet fish. I began working in the field of dentistry in 2001.  I went to trade school for dental assisting and community college to become nationally certified to take x-rays.  I have continued education in office management many other topics.  I look forward to meeting you.

Becky Belton- Dental Hygienist

Becoming a Dental Hygienist was a goal of mine from a young age.  I graduation from hygiene school in 1997 and never looked back! I get enormous satisfaction that every patient I see in the course of the day leaves healthier than when they arrived. My husband and I married 21 years ago and have 2 beautiful and creative boys, ages 14 and 8.  When not caring for patients I am caring for my family and enjoy my daily coffee, reading, and walking/hiking with our 5 year-old golden retriever, Phoebe.

Kendra Gardner- Dental Hygienist

I graduated from Eastern Washington University (in Spokane) in 2012 with my bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. I moved to Seattle shortly after I graduated and I love the west side. I am a die-hard Arizona Cardinals fan and love the hard time I get for it from all my patients who are Seahawks fans ;) I also love to snowboard in the winter and spend time on the lake in the summer. I love my job and getting to meet new people on a regular basis as well as getting the opportunity to make their dental appointments a little more comfortable.

Azusa Fukushiro- Dental Assistant

I graduated from Lake Washington Institute of Technology with an associate's Degree in the dental assisting program. I love working as a dental assistant and feel passionate about making our patients feel comfortable and welcomed. I am originally from Japan and love living here in Washington.  Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends as much as I can.

Tatum Bucklin- Dental Assistant

My experience started at Everest College where I graduated as a registered dental assistant. My goal is to make you feel welcome and comfortable at every dental visit. My husband and I have been married since 2015 and have a 2-year old son and 2 dogs; they are the highlight of my life. I enjoy watching football, playing soccer, hiking, and anything that involves the outdoors.