Deb has been a vital part of the Above the Gate since 2007. Debbie brings a lifetime of dental experience to our office—she really is an expert! One of her best qualities is her thoroughness, especially when it comes to researching insurance coverage and helping patients understand the financial aspects of their dental treatment. Debbie dreams of relaxing, but in reality she spends most of her free time keeping up with her three daughters and granddaughter!
Valerie says that her childhood visits to the orthodontist inspired her to enter the dental field. As it turned out, she has a knack for crafting and making things with her hands, so dental assisting was a perfect fit! Now, Valerie has worked in dentistry for decades, and she has brought her spunk to Above the Gate since 2007. She loves getting to know people—she seems to have stories to swap everyone she meets. Her free time is spent tinkering around the house or hitting the gym!
Anna received her Dental Hygiene degree from Santa Rosa Junior College in her home town of Santa Rosa. She has since relocated to El Dorado Hills where her and her husband have settled down to raise their growing family. She joined our team in 2015, and works part-time in our El Dorado Hills location. We all appreciate Anna’s dental hygiene skills and her quick-witted sense of humor. Anna stays busy outside of the office by shopping, baking, hiking, and chasing her young kids around.
Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University at Sacramento. But besides being a brainiac, she is also a kind and quirky person who keeps us all laughing. Jessica has connected with our patients and team since she started with us in 2016. As a local girl who grew up in Pollock Pines, Jessica has a fond appreciation for this beautiful mountain town. Her favorite things in life are her boyfriend, her family and friends, and her Black-Headed Caique parrot, Buddy. A few of her unique hobbies include cooking, doing vintage work out videos, watching well-made cinema, and riding waterslides.
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When Amy A. came to our office in 2014, she planned to work only a couple days a week. But when we found out what a great dental assistant she was, we wanted more! She was nice enough to juggle her busy schedule and work for us whenever possible—which basically became a full-time gig. In between working, taking care of her family, training for races, and tending her 80+ farm animals, Amy also found time to get her real estate license! She plans on pursuing a career in real estate, but she will be filling in at our office when she can.
Bree is our newest dental assistant, embarking on her journey with Above the Gate in the summer of 2016. A fun fact about Bree: she is Dr. Davidson’s daughter! So as you can imagine, dentistry has always been a big part of her life. Her positive attitude, sweet nature, and eagerness to learn make her a perfect fit for our office! In addition to being a dental assistant, Bree is also an incredible photographer specializing in lifestyle and wedding- based themes. She dreams of traveling and photographing the beauties of the world with her husband, Justin.
Kristina loves being a Registered Dental Assistant because she has been able to work in many different places and meet new people along the way. Kristina is a compassionate person and takes great care of our patients—we have been lucky to have her on our team since 2011. She is known for her meticulous organizational skills, but she also gives the best hugs! On her days off, Kristina loves goofing off with her young nephew and jumps at any chance to be at the beach. One day she hopes to go fly fishing in Montana!
Shain is Dr. Davidson’s wife, and she has been by Dr. Davidson’s side throughout his career. But she has her own list of accomplishments as well. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Design from Brigham Young University, and her creativity has made its mark on Above the Gate—she designed the interiors of both of our offices! Shain is also our off-site manager, which means she handles many of the financial and administrative tasks for our office. For fun, Shain spends time with her growing family (her kids are getting married and having kids of their own), planning parties, and making the world more beautiful—one interior design at a time!
Emily’s attention to detail makes her a fantastic hygienist. She earned her dental hygiene degree from Santa Rosa Junior College, and worked as a hygienist in Santa Rosa and Petaluma before joining Above the Gate in 2014. Emily works full-time and divides her days between both of our office locations, so she gets to see many of our patients! Emily dreams of visiting every continent, but in the meantime she loves exploring Northern California. Her weekends are spent camping, hiking, jogging, and spending time with her husband and daughter in the great outdoors.
Dr. Tuttle became a partner in the practice in 2004 after receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from University of the Pacific’s School of Dentistry. As a technology enthusiastic, he dreams of a day when dentistry can be accomplished through tiny decay-guided robot spiders that crawl into our mouths while we are asleep and repair problems before they really start. Until that day, Dr. Tuttle’s will work diligently to keep the teeth of El Dorado County happy and healthy by using predictable techniques and advanced equipment. Outside of the office, he loves finding adventures to share with his friends and family, especially when those adventures include hiking to local waterfalls!
Dr. Davidson, the founder of Above the Gate Dentistry, has been practicing in El Dorado County since 1990. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from University of the Pacific’s School of Dentistry. Since earning his degree, he has devoted thousands of hours to continuing education courses so that he can provide innovative, quality care for his patients. Even outside of Above the Gate, Dr. Davidson is always working hard and helping others—he seems to find endless projects that need to be done. When he does make time to have some fun, he spends it hiking, boating, snowboarding, motorcycle riding, and going on epic adventures with his wife and five kids.
In 2012, Sierra started at Above the Gate as a bright-eyed intern. She’s still bright-eyed, but now she has become a full-time double threat: she's a dental assistant and a front office expert. Her well-rounded skills add enormous value to our practice. We have loved being part of her growth, and we are excited to have her as a part of our Above the Gate family for many years to come. For fun, Sierra spends time with her puppies, her friends, and her family. She has a sweet heart and gives everyone a lot of love!
Lacey, our office manager, has devoted her life to dentistry. She began as a dental assistant when she was 16, then spent a few years as a software trainer, started her own dental consulting business, and ultimately began managing Above the Gate in 2007. She has introduced fundamental systems that keep our office running efficiently. She also genuinely cares about making people happy; her fun-loving personality puts everyone in a good mood, including our patients! For fun, Lacey stays active so she can keep up with her teenage son—she loves playing tennis, mountain biking, and hiking new trails!
When we met Kelly in 2014, we knew she would be a go-getter. We were right! She started at the front desk as a dental newbie, but she pushed herself to develop her dental knowledge from day one—she even enrolled herself in and completed a dental assisting program. On the rare occasion that Kelly is not working, she likes to spend time with her husband, her bunny, and her husky. But even in her spare time, Kelly loves moving at full throttle. For example, she loves going shooting and going four-wheeling in her customized SUV!
Katie joined our team as a dental hygienist in 2016 after completing hygiene school at Carrington College in Sacramento. Katie always gives her best effort (she even commutes from Rocklin every day!), and she brightens our office with her friendly smile. Katie is a relatable person, and she loves getting to know our patients. She’s also an athlete! Katie was a college volleyball player, and she still plays in competitive recreational leagues in her spare time. She also loves travelling and spending time her friends and family, especially at Disneyland!
Brittany started at Above the Gate in 2017, which means she is the newest member of our team. But she is not a dental rookie—she worked as a Registered Dental Assistant at a periodontal office for an entire decade! We believe that her clinical knowledge will be an enormous asset, not only to the front desk, but also to our patients in helping them to more clearly understand their dental needs. Outside of the office, Brittany’s husband and two sons are the center of her universe. For fun, she enjoys gardening, working on projects around the house, and camping in the wilderness with her family!
Amy W. knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a dental hygienist, and she followed that dream! She graduated with a Bachelor's in Dental Hygiene in 2009 and has worked at Above the Gate since 2013. Amy adores being a stay-at-home mom, but we are lucky to have her work for us a few days a month. She is the type of person who puts her heart and soul into the things she is passionate about, whether it’s work or play. When she’s not improving her patients’ dental health, Amy pours her passion into activities like party planning, DIY home renovation, theater arts, cake decorating, and wood working.
Julie is one of our awesome dental assistants, but a little known fact is that her dental career actually started at the front desk. One day, the dentist she worked for asked Julie to fill in for an assistant who had to leave early—from that point on, she was hooked! Now, Julie has been a Registered Dental Assistant for decades and takes continuing education courses to stay at the top of her game. She has been part of our team since 2009, and we love her positive attitude and her commitment to tirelessly take great care of our patients. Julie spends her days off bike riding, backpacking, remodeling her home, learning new things, caring for her friends and family, and loving life!
Shannon graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and earned her degree as a Registered Dental Hygienist, and she has been working as the full-time hygienist in our Diamond Springs office since 2013. She sincerely enjoys helping others, and it shows in her dental care! She is a great hygienist and is adored by all of our patients and team members. Even in her spare time, Shannon keeps herself very busy—she is a competitive Quarter Horse World Champion, a weight lifting enthusiast, and a budding world traveler—and she does it all with a smile!