Dentist in Spokane Valley, WA
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George Velis, D.D.S.
George Velis was born in Nebraska in 1947. He grew up in Spokane and attended Wilson and Roosevelt Elementary Schools, Sacajawea Junior High and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1965.
He received his undergraduate degree and pre-dental training from Washington State University. He graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska in 1972.
Dr. Velis has participated in several study clubs through the years including Dr. David Baird’s cosmetic dentistry study club as well as additional cosmetic training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in 1999. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, and the Inland Empire Dental Association.
He has practiced in the Spokane Valley since 1972. His daughter Alexi and her husband have presented him with his first grandchild, Thomas. His son, Nicholas, has joined him in the dental practice. He is an avid sports fan and has sponsored many youth sports teams.
Nicholas Velis, D.D.S., F.A.G.D
Nicholas Velis was born and raised in the Spokane valley and attended Ponderosa and Horizon Jr. High. He graduated high school from Gonzaga Prep in 2001 before moving to get his undergraduate degree at Santa Clara University.
While at Creighton University Dental School Nick served on the Dental Student Union as President and Vice President. After obtaining his D.D.S. he then attended Dugoni Pacific School of Dentistry, receiving a certificate of completion in Advance Education in General Dentistry. While at Dugoni Pacific, Nick gained additional training in comprehensive care including many complex cases and surgical procedures. Nick has also successfully achieved his fellowship in the academy of general dentistry.
Nick is excited to be back in Spokane working with his father and enjoying his time with family and friends.
Jennifer Numata Kosaka, D.D.S.
Born and raised in the Spokane Valley, Dr Jennifer Numata-Kosaka has known Dr. Nick and the Velis family since she was very young. She attended Ponderosa Elementary and Horizon Junior High with Dr. Nick, then continued on to graduate from University High School. Dr. Jennifer is excited to join this wonderful practice and have the opportunity to work alongside such amazing people.
Dr. Jennifer originally planned to follow her father’s footsteps into family medicine, but ultimately developed a passion for dentistry and continued on to receive both her under graduate degree and her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Washington.
Dr. Jennifer practiced in Seattle for several years before she and her husband decided to move back to Spokane to be closer to her family. She is happy to be back home and a part of the Spokane community once again with her husband, their two daughters and their dog.
Sharalee is the Administrator and she has over 20 years of Management experience in healthcare and other areas. She is a certified Medical Assistant, also has a bachelors in Business and currently working on her Masters in Human Resource Management. Mother of two boys, a stepdaughter and another daughter on her way . She enjoys learning new things, meeting people, camping, hiking, being outdoors, food, movies, traveling and mostly hanging out with her husband and children.
Anita has been a chairside assistant for over 30 years and recently transitioned to the front office as a Co-coordinator for treatment, insurance management, helping patients file dental insurance claims, financial arrangements and scheduling. Anita has been with Velis Family Dental since 2002. She enjoys traveling, camping, kayaking and the outdoors. Anita is the mother of 2 kids and 5 grandchildren and lives in the Spokane Valley.
Crissi worked as a chairside assistant for over 25 years. She has been with Velis family dental since 2004. In the last 3 years she has transitioned to the front office as a schedule coordinator. She enjoys meeting people and building their confidence in creating the best dental experience they can have. She loves anything that involves hot, sunny weather, spending time with her 2 kids, family and friends .
Carrie is a dental hygienist. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education. She taught dental hygiene for 18 years and has been a practicing hygienist since 1984. Carrie has two daughters. She enjoys being active with snow skiing, water skiing, hiking and rock climbing and mountaineering. She also enjoys helping others outdoors and guides hikes in Switzerland part of her summers. She is passionate about helping others achieve optimal oral and total body health.
Roberta has been practicing dental hygiene since 1987. A long time Spokane Valley resident, she enjoys the many outdoor recreational activities the area has to offer. She has a son, daughter and one grandson. Roberta enjoys working with people and genuinely cares about each patient’s oral health.
Katie is a dental hygienist. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene. She also has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Carroll College where she played basketball. Katie is a Spokane Valley native, graduating from Central Valley High School in 2002. She has returned home after spending six years in Pheonix, AZ, to be closer to family and friends. A health and fitness enthusiast, she loves to be active either in the gym or outside hiking, camping, snow shoeing and cycling. She's passionate about health, helping people and loves connecting with patients.
Hello, my name is Angie. I have been a dental assistant for almost 19 years. I attended the Dental assisting program at Spokane skill center my junior-senior years of high school while working for a dentist. After graduating high school I worked at a nursing home in the kitchen and missed the dental field, so I decided to go back to dental assisting school and pursue that as my career. I graduated in 2001 from Apollo college, which is now Carrington college, where I received my dental assisting certification. I have two teenage children with whom I enjoy spending time with the most when I am not working. I love racing BMX bikes, camping and just being outdoors.
Hi, my name is Paige Wright. I’m from a small town called McCleary, on the west side of Washington. I graduated from Spokane community college in 2018. I interned at Velis family dental at the end of my program and was hired after my 2-week internship. My hobbies are hiking, running and spending time with my husband and kitty Lulu.
Savannah is from Richland, WA and came to Spokane after graduating high school. When she got to Spokane, she became a Sterile Tech in Spokane Valley while receiving on the job training for dental assisting. Savannah has now been a Dental Assistant for 7 years; she loves working with people and making people smile. When she is not working Savannah enjoys anything outdoors, gardening and hiking with her dogs.