What We’re About
Starting small, Anderson Dental has been able to tailor his practice to best suit the needs of his patients over the past decade. Starting in 2008, he incorporated CEREC technology, which allows for porcelain crowns to be completed in one visit. In 2009, Dr. Anderson began placing implants. In 2010, due to the tremendous growth of the practice and constraints of the original office location, Dr. Anderson moved the practice to its current location. In 2012, Dr. Lee joined the team part time, and in 2014 Dr. Zentz joined the practice and is now a full-time partner in the practice. Thanks to many hours Dr. Anderson and Dr. Zentz invest each year in continuing education, we are able to offer to our patient’s same day crowns (CEREC), implants, implant dentures, periodontal surgery, oral surgery, clear braces and more.
Meet the team
Dr. Loren Anderson
Loren was raised in Sunnyside, Washington and graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology and Human Development. He then attended the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and graduated from there in 2004. Loren started his practice that year and has steadily grown is practice to what it is today. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry, with an emphasis on surgical procedures (grafting, implants, periodontal surgeries, etc.).
Loren and his wife, Danielle, are the parents of seven children and reside in Kennewick. In his spare time, Loren enjoys tropical vacations, wakeboarding and wakesurfing, flying single-engine airplanes, and anything else he can convince his family to do!
Dr. Ryan Zentz
Dr. Zentz was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, and he graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Zoology and an emphasis on Human Anatomy and Physiology. Dr. Zentz then attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry, where he received the Charles L. Bolender Award for academic and clinical excellence in prosthodontics.
Dr. Zentz’ passion for dentistry is very personal because he was born with a cleft lip and palate, which has resulted in him receiving over 12 major surgical procedures including bone grafting, implant dentistry, surgical orthodontics, and extractions. His dream is to provide the same level of confidence and care to each patient as he was fortunate to have received from his own dental experience. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Zentz is recently married and in his spare time enjoys golf, fishing, and most activities that have to do with the outdoors.
Dr. melanie Lee
Dr. Lee was raised in Richland and graduated from the University of Washington. She has been practicing dentistry since 2003, when she graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Following graduation, Dr. Lee moved to Portland and thoroughly enjoyed working in a group practice among a team of dentists and dental specialists. She is strongly committed to excellence in dentistry, compassion in patient care and patient comfort, and practicing evidence-based dentistry. Dr. Lee, her husband Dae, and their two sons are excited to be back in the Tri-Cities, where the people and wonderful sense of community make it home. Outside of dentistry, she enjoys traveling, jogging, and spending time with family and friends.
When Dr. Anderson began practice in 2004, Angela was one of the first to join the young team. She began assisting and has moved from chairside to front office. Through that experience, Angela understands all aspects of Dr. Anderson’s treatment philosophy and is a great asset, especially for people new to our office. Angela and her husband moved from the rainy side years ago and enjoy camping, hunting, and fishing with their two daughters. From Angela:“My favorite thing about Anderson Dental is how dentistry impacts our patients lives, from relieving tooth pain to improving smiles … to see our patients leave with a smile!”
Jamie graduated from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA, which is also her home town. During school, Jamie was enlisted in the National Guard, and enjoys discussing her time in the service with many of our veteran patients. After school, she was always attracted to the dental field and decided to attend Dental Hygiene School at Columbia Basin College, which lead to her moving and living in the Tri-Cities. Jamie enjoys spending time with her two kids and husband, and looks forward to getting to camp in her new camper trailer!
Kaitlyn was born and raised in the Tri-cities, and has had a special connection with the area ever since childhood. She attended Columbia Basin College for Dental Hygiene school as it was close to home, and with the growth of her own family, fell back in love with the family atmosphere of her hometown. Outside the office, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time at the beach, time with her family, and boating on the river.
Since relocating to the Tri-Cities, Tawnya joined Dr. Anderson’s team in 2010. She assists with patients during treatment and has been doing that for eight years. She enjoys the fast pace of dentistry and meeting new patients.Outside of work, she enjoys reading, working out, camping, and watching her kids participate in sports. From Tawnya: “Our team is very knowledgeable in all aspects of general dentistry and we are constantly learning more with continuing education.”
Wendy moved up to Tri-Cities from a small town in central California and has never looked back! She has a kind heart and a passion for patient comfort. She truly loves the dental field and is very proud to be part of our team and provide patients with their new smiles. Outside of the office, Wendy is recently married and is currently enjoying family life and all the joys of being a first time home owner!
Nikki has been a welcome addition to the Anderson Dental team and has helped tremendously with handling the workload of our growing office. Nikki has lived and grown up around the Columbia Basin and is happy to call Eastern Washington home. She has recently become a grandmother and is enjoying every minute of it! Nikki’s family comes first for her and this newest addition has given her a new joy everyday.
Marci has always wanted to work in the dental field and we are excited to give her that opportunity! She is also a recent addition to our team here and has made a world of difference right away. Her positive attitude and welcoming personality have been wonderful to have as part of our team and I know our patients feel the same. Marci loves to spend time with her family and is great at hosting. Whether it be office parties or football parties with the family, Marci likes to stay involved and does a wonderful job. We are happy to have Marci greeting our patients, so come say Hi! and you will know what we mean.
Meet the most recent addition to our team, Tera! She has been working on the financial side of dentistry for the past few years. She has enjoyed getting to know all our wonderful patients! We feel fortunate to have Tera on our team and are excited to see her grow in her financial role with our office! Stop in to say hi next time you are in!