Meet Our Team


We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment. Our staff is trained and skilled, and we strive to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient. Each member of our treatment team is a registered assistant, and our office staff has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the latest in technological advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

Lynn Spores – Office Manager


I am fortunate to be the office manager for such respected professionals such as Dr. Wong and Dr. Hokett. We have built this practice together with our excellent team of assistants and clerical staff. We strive to provide the best possible care in a professional, caring and fun environment. It is a privilege to be part of this wonderful family.

I have been in the dental field since 1975. I began my career as a receptionist, was a periodontal surgery assistant for two years and the remaining years have been in dental office management. I have known and worked with Dr. Wong since 1987 and Dr. Hokett since 2006 when he joined our practice. When not at work I am very involved with my three children and four grandchildren. I enjoy reading, cooking, playing board games and camping.

Julie Aguirre – Treatment Coordinator


My name is Julie. I have the honor of explaining your treatment plan and scheduling your next appointment. I previously worked in the dental transcription field so that I could stay home with my children before joining Dr. Hokett in January 2005 at his previous office and followed him here to our new office in November 2006. We truly do have the greatest working 'family'. I know this will be the job I retire from!

I have been married for 25 years and have three children: two boys, ages 21 and 15, and one girl, aged 13. They keep my schedule very, very busy with basketball, baseball, football, softball, track and various school activities. When I do have spare time, I love to travel and read.

Lisa Helms – Treatment Coordinator/Insurance Specialist


Hi! My name is Lisa and I have been a part here since 2006.

Salmon Creek Oral Surgery and Periodontics is the best place to work and receive the finest in dental and medical care. This is truly a special place. I have had the opportunity to work with several of our staff members at different times over the past 12 years. We strive to make our patients' experience as pleasant as possible from the moment you call us for an appointment to your final transaction with us. And even though I am not a "Perio Angel", I am an "Insurance Queen." If there is a way to get your claim paid by your insurance company I will find it!

I am married to the most wonderful guy in the world, David and have three grown and out of the house (Thank God!) boys. I enjoy riding motorcycles (have a Valkyrie) and I travel extensively.

Cathy Johnson – Patient Care Specialist


I have the opportunity of being the first one to greet you and welcome you to our office. There is nothing more exciting to me than helping patients make appointments and making you feel comfortable in our office. My dental career started in 1972 as a sterilizing assistant then I worked my way through college and then had the opportunity to work in specialty practices of oral surgery, pediatrics, endodontics and orthodontics.

On a more personal note, I have been married to my childhood sweetheart since 1973 and have two grown, married children and one away at college who served in the Air Force. Family, church and community outreach programs are my passions along with playing with my two grandsons.

Silvia Albarran – Surgical Assistant


I have been a Patient Care Coordinator/Surgical Assistant for Salmon Creek Oral Surgery and Periodontics since the practice opened in January of 2005. I began my assisting career in 1987 and worked with Dr. Wong in his previous practice beginning in 1990. I was his lead surgical assistant for the first 12 years then became his patient care coordinator to help meet the needs of his growing practice. I now work with Dr. Hokett, our periodontal specialist as his assistant. Our goal is to provide exceptional one-on-one care and my goal is to make each patient's experience here a pleasant one.

When I am not at work I enjoy the comforts of home with my husband and large growing family.

Jeff Chilcote – Surgical Assistant


Hi, my name is Jeff and I've been a dental assistant since 2001 and joined this great group of people in 2007. I have been married for 30 years and have a 23-year-old son. We also have a beagle named 'Aggie' and a Rottweiler mix named 'Mia'. In my spare time I like classic cars, music, movies and baseball, which I have coached for about 17 years. I have lived in Clark County all my life, so I have met quite a few people, and see a lot of them or their relatives at our office. In fact, everyone at our office always asks if there is anyone I don't know.

The whole team is an awesome group to work with. The "Perio Angels," as they like to be called, nicknamed me "Sparky." I am not sure why. I guess "Brad Pitt" was already taken. I take pride in trying to make every patient as comfortable as possible and make his or her visits entertaining along with being informative.

Luana Lopez – Surgical Assistant


My name is Luana. I've been in the dental field since 2003. I am happily married (most times, haha) to my husband, Josh, and I have a 4-year-old son, Elijah. The doctors call him Elvis since he was born in the new office. We moved from our home in Lanai, Hawaii and have been living in Washington for eight years.

Anyone in our office can tell you, I LOVE to eat! I was dubbed the human garbage disposal the day I brought a whole chicken for lunch and ate it all by myself. I couldn't help it, I was hungry! (I wasn't pregnant!)

Seriously, my family life here at Salmon Creek OSP is great – I couldn't be blessed with a better office family. I think our patients really can feel that we all get along great by their experience. I could tell you more but I gotta go eat something, haha!

Danyka MacTalla aka "Dany" – Surgical Assistant


I have been a surgical assistant in oral surgery with Dr. Wong since July 2000 and moved into periodontics with Dr. Hokett when he joined our team in 2006. I am OMAAP certified as an anesthesia assistant. Working with this team is like working with family. We care and support each other, and the patients can feel it when we take care of them. Many of our patients walk in the door nervous and worried. Most leave feeling relaxed, relieved and many leave with a smile or a laugh on their faces. We take care of our patients wholly, not just administering to their oral surgery/perio needs but to their well-being and comfort.

My at-home family…I am the mother of four daughters, and I have two grandchildren. In my free time, I play and beta test Massively Multi-Player Online Games (MMO's) and dabble in creating 3D artwork.

Inna Pavlenko – Surgical Assistant


My name is Inna and I have been a part of the Salmon Creek Oral Surgery and Periodontics family since 2006. I was so amazed by the type of care I got as a patient of Dr. Wong's when I came for my wisdom teeth surgery in 2005 that I wanted to be a part of this great team, making differences in our patients' lives. I find my passion in helping people and what I really like about this office is that everyone is trying to provide the very best care possible to every patient walking through the door by treating them like our family. I feel really blessed to have this opportunity to touch many people's lives and also to be a part of such a loving family.

When I am not in the office, I like spending time with my husband, Leo, our two children and the rest of my "big" family and friends. I also like exploring the beautiful Northwest, fishing, cooking, scrapbooking, photography and reading.

Dawn Piovesan – Surgical Assistant


Hi! My name is Dawn! I joined the family here in 2011 and I'm a Perio Angel here at Salmon Creek Oral Surgery and Periodontics. I have been in the dental field for 12 years and in the perio field for the last ten of them.

In my free time I coach girls’ basketball and little league softball. I also enjoy scrapbooking and photography when I get a chance. I have been married to my wonderful husband Dan for 15 years. We have 3 children: Devon (12); Dakota (11) and Dawsyn (6). We are a very active family in little league baseball and softball, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, football, music and sign language.

Kim Redburn – Surgical Assistant


My name is Kim and I've been a part of Dr. Wong's team since 1998. Wow, a long time! I received my OMAAP certification in 2005. Dr. Wong and the people here are like family to me. I love my job and enjoy meeting our patients. The greatest joy of my job is calming and comforting our patients and giving them a better experience.

I have lived in Battle Ground for 32 years and love the Northwest. My favorite place to be is the beach or the mountains. In my spare time I enjoy coaching girls' soccer and I also like Zumba to get those endorphins going!

Gabe VonAhlefeld – Surgical Assistant


My name is Gabe and I have been a member of the surgery team since 2006. Meeting new people and helping patients be successful with their surgery is one of the great advantages of working here. Since working here I have learned a great deal. Not only about surgery, but the compassion that follows; I really enjoy my work here and the people I work with.

In my spare time I enjoy taking my two retrievers on hikes, working out and spending time at the beach. Riding my motorcycle and camping around the Northwest is another passion of mine.

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