The Team

  • Lori Larson
    Lori Larson
    Dental Hygienist
Lori Larson
Dental Hygienist

For a quarter of a century, I have been a hygienist with this dental team. Prior years were spent as an accounting clerk and science teacher in Anchorage, Alaska. I grew up in Minnesota where I received a BA in biology in 1978. I have one son who works in IT.

  • Kassie Petersen
    Kassie Petersen
    Treatment Coodinator
Kassie Petersen
Treatment Coodinator

Hi, I am Kassie and have been with Meridian South Family Dentistry for 11 years; you often see me at checkout while leaving the office. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and beautiful daughter. Together, we enjoy camping, traveling, and spending time as a family.

  • Nicole Heck
    Nicole Heck
    Receptionist
Nicole Heck
Receptionist

My name is Nicole, I have been working with Meridian South Family Dentistry for 3 1/2 years and have been in the dental field for 8 years. I enjoy working for an office that is family oriented. I have been married for 8 years and have a 2 1/2 year old son that keeps me busy, and am expecting a little boy due in September.

  • Jodi Johnson
    Jodi Johnson
    Dental Assistant
Jodi Johnson
Dental Assistant

I’ve been working for Meridian South Family Dentistry 23 years and greatly enjoy dentistry and my dental family. I have a daughter, Emily and my two furry children, a black and yellow lab, Ellie & Sophie. My husband and I enjoy traveling, boating and hiking.

  • Mallory Prottas
    Mallory Prottas
    Dental Assistant
Mallory Prottas
Dental Assistant

Hi I’m Mallory and I’ve worked for Meridian South Family Dentistry for 2 years. Growing up I was always interested in the dental field and now having the opportunity to be around it every day makes me feel like my dreams came true. When I’m not working my boyfriend and I like to travel and find towns with a lot of character and new sites to see. We are expecting our first baby, a little girl, this July and cannot wait to be parents!

  • Lydia Haugen
    Lydia Haugen
    Office Manager
Lydia Haugen
Office Manager

I started my dental career as a dental assistant but found that after being cross-trained at the front desk, I enjoyed the administrative side of dentistry more. I’ve been with Meridian South Family Dentistry since 2000, and have enjoyed working with such a close-knit family practice. Outside of work I love spending time with my family, especially doing things in the outdoors!

  • Jackie Babic
    Jackie Babic
    Receptionist
Jackie Babic
Receptionist

I have been in dentistry for 21 years and have worked at Meridian South Family Dentistry for 18 of them. My husband and I have 3 beautiful children; Kolton, Katie and Kennedy, and 2 canine children; Zoee, a German Shorthair Pointer and Bear, a German Shepherd. We love spending time at our cabin at the beach and just spending time with family.

  • Valorie Anderson
    Valorie Anderson
    Dental Assistant
Valorie Anderson
Dental Assistant

I’ve been working with Meridian South Family Dentistry for 11 years and I’ve been in dentistry for 18. What I enjoy most about being an assistant is working hand in hand with Dr. Ladowski and our cosmetic cases, it brings the artist out in me. I love spending time with my family and pets who keep me very busy outside of work!

  • Lindsey Eagen
    Lindsey Eagen
    Dental Assistant
Lindsey Eagen
Dental Assistant

I am lucky to be working with my family here at Meridian South Family Dentistry; my dad is Dr. Ladowski and my sister is Dr. Tomlinson. Outside of work I love spending time with my husband and two children who keep me on my toes! We enjoy watching movies, fishing, traveling and shopping. I also am a pet lover with 3 dogs and 1 cat.

  • Jordeen Schmidt
    Jordeen Schmidt
    Dental Assistant
Jordeen Schmidt
Dental Assistant

I went to school for dental assisting at Clover Park Technical college. My hobbies include riding horses, art, and photography. I also enjoy spending time outside in the sunshine with my dog Yale!

  • Jen Stumpf
    Jen Stumpf
    Dental Hygienist
Jen Stumpf
Dental Hygienist

I graduated from the Pierce College dental hygiene program in 2008. I’ve been with Meridian South Family Dentistry since 2009. I am married with two children who are very active and we love being outdoors as a family. We enjoy fishing, off-roading, and hiking. I thoroughly enjoy being a hygienist and bonding with my patients.

  • Elizabeth (Beth) Apperson
    Elizabeth (Beth) Apperson
    Dental Hygienist
Elizabeth (Beth) Apperson
Dental Hygienist

I was born and raised in University Place, WA. I graduated from the Pierce College Dental Hygiene program in 2010. I have worked in several dental fields including oral surgery, endodontics, and now general dentistry. I feel very fortunate to be in a career that I am truly passionate about. I enjoy traveling, maintaining an active lifestyle, and watching the Seahawks! I married my husband Dave in Maui in 2012. We have two beautiful young children that keep us busy, Lucas and Ava.