About Us

About Us

We’re here to make you smile, Olympia!

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

Emma

I’m usually the first friendly face you’ll see when you walk in our front door. I started my career in dentistry in 2012 and have been a part of Dr. Walker’s team since 2014. You’ll most likely see me working upfront helping other patients with an insurance or scheduling question, but started out working chair side and have been cross training ever since.

When not in the office taking in the lovely landscape, I enjoy participating in marathons-of the Netflix variety, shopping, and spending time with my family.

Dentistry is a continuously evolving field, so I’m always ready for an exciting day!

Michelle

I am one of the new faces in the group of long term employees at Dr. Walker’s office, but I am not new to dentistry by any means. I began as a dental assistant in 1992 and moved to the front office seven years later. I have loved going to the dentist since I was a kid, and I guess that feeling has never gone away!

I am married with two kids and a puppy named Carl. Both of my kids are involved in competitive cheer, so that keeps me busy in my “free time”. I love gardening, canning, camping and doing things to our home….too much HGTV!

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 is the newest member of the dental hygiene team. 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.

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.