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 Above the Gate Dentistry, 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, five kids, and recently born grandchildren. His team loves his amazing work ethic!
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! Go Julie!
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! We are lucky to have such spunk in our office. We know Valerie will go out of her way to get to know our patients!
Myisha is the newest member to our team. She joined Above the Gate Dentistry in September of 2017. She has connected with our patients and team since she started with us and is learning her role as a front office coordinator quickly. Myisha recently moved from Redding and is attending Carrington College to receive her Registered Dental Assisting license to have back office experience as well as front office experience. Her favorite things in life are her family and friends, and her siberian husky, named Nikita. A few of her favorite hobbies include reading, hiking, and kayaking. Myisha learns so fast that we are excited to see what the future will bring for our office!
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, and that she stays on top of almost EVERYTHING, 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! We love having her on our team!
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 now with two daughters, 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 spending time with her adorable daughters. Anna has such a fun personality and we are lucky to have her.
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, to three kids now...and boy are they cute! 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. Amy is awesome!
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. Even though our Diamond Springs patients miss her so much, our El Dorado Hills location is blessed to have her as a full time dental assistant. 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!
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! We are blessed to have her sweet and calm personality in our office!
Come and Meet Our Fun Team!
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. She recently welcomed a baby boy into the world! He is adorable and we are so excited to have Bree be a part of our office!
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, goofy personality puts everyone in a good mood, including our patients! She recently purchased a home in Placerville, and for fun, Lacey stays active so she can keep up with her teenage son. She absolutely loves playing tennis, mountain biking, and hiking new trails, as well as helping coach the high school snowboarding team and helping out at a local soup kitchen each month! We feel fortunate that we were able to steal her full time.
Lacey is our recently hired Registered Dental Assistant as of October 2017. She was inspired by her mom who was a dental assistant for over 15 yrs. She was a previous extern of ours and we are so happy we were able to find a spot to have her join our practice! She is a huge Star Wars junkie and is hopeful she will someday meet Chewbacca! She loves living up in Pollock Pines, where she can enjoy the small town feel, the trees, and the crisp mountain pine air. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her finance, Brian, her family and animals. She likes to travel, and has even visited Ghana, Africa where she educated children about HIV/AIDS prevention. She is such a sweetheart and we are so glad to have her.
Rebecca is our newest hygienist, starting here in March of 2017 . She was inspired by her mother who was a hygienist and they share the same passion of working with people in the community. She has been working as a dental hygiene teacher at Carrington College for the past 10 years, helping students learn new skills and staying up to date with new changes in her field. She has lived in Placerville for 8 years and loves this area. She enjoys playing volleyball, working on puzzles and spending time with her husband, 3 kids and German Shephard, Colt. We are so happy to have Rebecca as a new addition to the Above the Gate team!
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! We love Debbie's focus, attention to detail and her friendship she has developed with our team and patients. We have all learned a lot from Debbie!
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. Such a cute family and we are thrilled to have Emily with our office!
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! Along with coming into our office with her great customer service experience, 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! We feel blessed to have Kelly on our team full time at Above the Gate Dentistry!
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 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! His team loves having his ambitious personality at our office!
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!
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! We feel fortunate to have Shain's guidance.
Brittany started at Above the Gate in 2017, which means she is one of 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! Brittany has spunk and we are glad to have her working at our Diamond Springs office full time.
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