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“The goal is to calm fears and build relationships.”

When an adult is afraid to go to the dentist, it’s often because their first dental experience as a child was traumatic. The Mobile Dental Program at Unity Care NW aims to prevent this, by providing dental care to Whatcom County children in a comfortable setting – at their school. Dental Assistant La’Renda “Ren” Tenkley has been a part of the Mobile Dental team for nearly 10 years and describes how providing services in a safe and familiar setting can make all the difference for future dental visits. “The goal is to calm fears and build relationships,” she says, “creating a positive experience with dentistry that we hope will last a lifetime.”

Ren, who received her training at Bellingham Technical College, is out with the Mobile Dental team 3 to 4 days each week. The Mobile Dental Team makes at least one visit, and sometimes two or three visits, to day care centers, Head Start programs, and elementary and secondary schools throughout Whatcom County. The team includes dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants like Ren. A dentist is always present at the first visit of the year at each school. Dental hygienists provide cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, and make referrals for follow-up or specialty care.


Mobile dental visits occur from September to May. Finding time to schedule a dental visit during an already busy school day can be challenging. The Mobile Dental Program’s Coordinator and Assistant cover logistics. Mobile Dental Program staff, educators, school nurses, and parents all contribute to the success of the program. Ren and her team do everything they can to make it work at each school.  “We will set up wherever they can place us,” including in the school office.

There is no charge for dental services delivered during a mobile dental visit, and all children are invited to be seen.  What Ren enjoys most about her position at Unity Care NW is “working with kids, and making a difference.”  Her supervisor Traci Whitton says, “Ren is great at helping her patients feel informed, engaged in their oral health, and most importantly, comfortable being worked on in the dental chair.  She wants our patients to have a positive experience.”



Considering a position at Unity Care NW?  Julie says “Go for it!”

Julie Traber is a Unity Care NW Medical Assistant (MA) who cares for patients living with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in our Communicable Disease Program.  She loves her work, especially helping those with HIV/AIDS live healthier lives and seeing patients with Hepatitis C cured. She has advice for anyone considering a position as an MA at Unity Care NW:  “Go for it!”

Julie is a single mom and raised a daughter who needed at-home medical care. Taking care of her daughter’s needs is how Julie first developed skills she would later use as an MA. In 2011, she received formal training at Whatcom Community College.  Julie joined Unity Care NW’s medical team in January 2016.

She had an extensive background in working with the public (office management, retail sales, and counseling, to name a few), so becoming an MA was a natural career choice. She was in her forties when she started her training and found her fellow students came from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience.


Julie’s duties as an MA include rooming patients, administering immunizations, and managing patient paperwork. She enjoys getting to know her patients and learning about their health histories. In addition, she loves training and teaching new MA’s as they join the Unity Care NW team.

“Unity Care has a great staff and there are a lot of diverse opportunities here for MA’s,” she says. Julie says she enjoys participating in additional trainings, classes, and webinars offered through Unity Care NW. Though she has only been at Unity Care for two years, she has quickly emerged as a leader among her peers. Nursing supervisor Jayne Jurado says “Julie is an integral member of our UCNW clinical support staff. Her clinical and leadership skills serve her well in being the ideal mentor to our new team members.”

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