About Us

About Us

We’re here to make you smile, Olympia!

The Walker Dental Team

A smile has the power to do amazing things, like instantly brighten someone’s day. A single smile can offer reassurance, build confidence and inspire trust. It can even start a chain reaction of joy among complete strangers.

The Walker Dental Team loves to make people smile every day. It happens when we ease someone’s concerns, share a laugh or celebrate with them as they reveal their new appearance and realize they never have to hide their smile again.

Consistent quality and positive relationships are what drive our business. New patients come to us through referrals from people they trust, not marketing gimmicks or high profile chain locations. What good are these if the work doesn’t live up to your expectations, or stand the test of time? A personalized approach to dentistry is essential because every person, and every mouth, is unique. The only way to measure success is one happy patient at a time.

The Walker Dental Team office is a welcoming family atmosphere where everyone can relax and look forward to receiving the best in preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, because they know we will never compromise when it comes to providing two things: a pleasant experience and exceptional, personalized results.

We work together and collaborate as equal parts of a fully integrated team. Our shared experience, mutual respect and dedication to our craft enable us to provide seamless, top quality service.

So many languages in the world,
and a smile speaks them all
– Anonymous

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John C. Walker, DDS

With three decades of experience practicing cosmetic and general dentistry, Dr. Walker is regarded as one of Olympia’s premier dentists. An early practitioner of innovative cosmetic and general dental procedures, Dr. Walker has continued to expand his expertise with many days of continuing education classes each year and ongoing investments in new technology.

Dr. Walker is a member of several national and local associations, including the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, and the Thurston-Mason Counties Dental Society. His involvement with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Academy of Computerized Dentistry ensures he maintains strong technical proficiency.

Dr. Walker is a member of the advisory board for South Puget Sound Community College Dental Assisting Program, where he has taught part-time. He is active in various Thurston County health communities, including Children’s Dental Health Coalition, the Campaign to Fluoridate Thurston County, the Community School Sealant Program, and the ABCD Task Force to improve access to care for low income children and families.

Born and raised in Tacoma, Dr. Walker attended the University of Washington, earning both an undergraduate degree in Zoology and his doctorate degree in Dentistry. He lives in Olympia and is the proud father of daughter Lauren and two sons, Evan and Cole. He enjoys many outdoor activities including biking, hiking, camping, snow and waterskiing, and on and off-road motorcycling.

Our Administrative Team

Megan

Megan graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at South Puget Sound CC in 2001. She spent the majority of her assisting years in orthodontics. She decided to take some time away to start a family and help with the family business. Wanting to get back into dentistry, while putting her administrative skills to work, she knew right where she wanted to land. She was excited to join Dr. Walker’s administrative team in 2018.

When Megan is not working she is busy being a mom! She loves supporting her kids in all their activities, whether it’s baseball, football, or dance. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, snow skiing at White Pass and tap dancing. She also loves watching baseball and looks forward to attending as many Mariners games as she can.

Gina

Gina graduated from South Puget Sound Community College in 2003 with her Dental Assisting Certificate, and Associate’s in Applied Science. She worked as a Dental Assistant for 14 years and joined the Walker Dental Team Administration in February 2018. Gina enjoys working in the dental field. Being involved with patients’ care and seeing their joy from the final results is rewarding.

When Gina is not working, she enjoys being with her husband and four sons. She spends time attending sporting events, doing craft projects, scrapbooking, watching movies, going to fun centers, and enjoying the outdoors, especially when camping.

Shannon

Shannon graduated from South Puget Sound CC in 1996 with an Associate of Technical Arts in Dental Assisting degree. Shannon got her passion for dentistry while working for her dad at Turpin Dental Lab. Shannon spent the first 6 years of her career in orthodontics before coming to work for Dr. Walker. Shannon worked as one of Dr. Walker’s assistants for her first 8 years before moving to the front office to utilize her banking experience as the Financial Coordinator/Office Manager. Shannon joined Dr. Walker’s team in 2002 and is one of many long term employees. Shannon loves working with patients both clinically and financially to ensure their experience is seamless and enjoyable.

When Shannon is not working you will find her spending time with her husband, two sons, three step daughters watching and supporting as many of their organized sports and events she can. Shannon spends her free time playing soccer, running, playing with her Westie dog Rubee and relaxing with her family and friends.

Our Hygiene Team

Danelle

Danelle graduated from Pierce College in 2008 with her degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and has been working as a Dental Hygienist for the last 8 years. She is a Washington native and grew up right here in Olympia. Danelle’s favorite part of dental hygiene is not only patient education, but her love of people. She feels so fortunate that her career allows her to meet so many amazing people from her local community.

She prides herself on taking time to educate her patients on the importance of dental care. Danelle is dedicated to making sure that our patients have all the information they need to make good choices for their overall health.

When Danelle isnt at work she loves to spend her time outdoors or at the family cabin on Mason Lake. However, she and her husband of 8 years spend the majority of their free time working on their acreage and chasing after their two young boys.

Courtney

Courtney graduated from Eastern Washington University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and has been with Walker Dental Team ever since. Courtney is native to Olympia and graduated from Olympia High School.

Becoming a Dental Hygienist has always been a dream of Courtney’s and her favorite aspects of the profession are building relationships and positively impacting her patients. Courtney is also passionate about advocating for her patients and providing individualized care based on each patient’s needs.

In her free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her friends and family, fishing, coaching and playing volleyball, and cheering on the Seattle Mariners.

Dayna

Dayna Dayton attended Eastern Washington University then graduated from Pierce
College Dental Hygiene Program in 1992. She spent the first 20 or so years of her career working in a pediatric dental office. She currently splits her days at Walker Dental between dental cleanings and restorative procedures.

Dayna feels her greatest accomplishment in life is her 2 children. Her son Greysen currently attends University of Washington and plays tenor sax in the Husky Marching Band. Dayna is guilty of going to UW football games only to watch the band! Her daughter Meysa will be graduating from Capital High School where she is a Captain on the Cougarette Dance Team. Meysa’s goal is also to attend University of Washington.

One of Dayna’s special loves is coordinating and participating in volunteer dental trips to Zihuatanejo. She has been providing care for the people of Zihua for over 10 years. When not doing dentistry, Dayna fills her time traveling, golfing, skiing, going on adventures with her family and soaking up every ounce of sun she can in Palm Springs.

Taking the fear and confusion out of dentistry is the thing Dayna enjoys most about her job. Delivering pain-free anesthetic and alleviating a patient’s concerns is the best part of her day.

Yin

Yin started her dental career as a dental assistant in 2006 and later followed her passion to dental hygiene. What drew her to dentistry is the ability to help patients feel confident in their smile. She enjoys the preventive and educational aspect of dental hygiene but also LOVES the ability to perform restorative treatment. She believes no matter what language you speak, a smile is the universal language.

She was born in Vietnam but raised in Lacey for the past 25 years. “Summer and fall are my absolute favorite times of the year, it’s hard to leave the beautiful sunshine and fresh air.”

Dentistry may be her first love but cooking and baking is her other passion. She’s happily married to her high school sweetheart, Chris, and also a busy mom of 2 young boys (Landon and Owen). When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, camping, jogging, and watching movies (huge fan of Marvel Comic movies). These are what truly make her happy and she’s grateful for every moment spent.

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Our Assistant Team

Jessicah

Jessicah has worked for Dr Walker for 24+ years, Jessicah is an EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary) and as such is trained to place fillings and take impressions along with other chair side duties.

Of the many things Jessicah likes about her job, one of her favorites is being able to put an apprehensive patient at ease and at the end of their appointment having them say that was the best dental appointment they’ve ever had. She also enjoys the opportunity to help so many patients get the smile they have always wanted.

In her spare time Jess enjoys wake surfing on Long Lake and snow skiing at White Pass with her husband and two beautiful daughters. When not outdoors, she enjoys baking, making pottery and cheering on the Seahawks and local high school teams.

Janette

Janette has been in the dental field for over 20 years, the last 8 spent here as a part of the Walker Dental Team. She has deep roots in the Olympia area, many generations of her family have called Olympia home.

Janette graduated from SPSCC in 1996 with an Associate of Technical Arts degree and later earned an Associate of Science degree. Dentistry has been a great fit for Janette. She enjoys the interaction with patients, not only on a professional level, but a personal level as well. She feels good about providing a positive experience for patients and loves to see when a patient achieves the smile they have always wanted.