Navia Nguyen, DDS
Originally from Vietnam, Dr. Nguyen and her family immigrated to the US when she was twelve. Dr. Nguyen knew she wanted to be a Dentist at a very young age and worked hard to attain the education that allows her to serve her community. She is passionate about dentistry and feels privileged for the opportunity to care for her patient’s oral health.
Dr. Nguyen received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Washington. With the Health Profession Scholarship from the US Army, she was able to attend the prestigious Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of Southern California where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Following graduation in 2012, Dr. Nguyen received advanced training through the US Army’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program. Dr. Nguyen proudly served four years at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, providing world-class dentistry to the brave men and women protecting our country.
Dr. Nguyen strongly believes that all her patients deserve the “Gold Standard of Care” and is committed to this by carefully listening to patient concerns, needs and wants and most importantly by recognizing that dentistry is dynamic and is always evolving. She remains current in all her treatment recommendations and procedures by constantly attending continuing education courses.
When not in the office, Dr. Nguyen is busy trying to keep up with her husband and her two young boys, Liam and Emmett. She loves cooking for her family, being outdoors with her boys, gardening and visiting with friends and family.
Arnell Prato, DDS
Dentistry is my passion. My number one goal as a Dentist is to help my patients maintain and improve their dental health. Each person is unique and has individual needs. That's why I take time to carefully listen to each of my patients and understand their immediate concerns. I always give my patients treatment options that take into account their dental health, overall health and financial constraints. I take patient well-being very seriously.
I attended The Ohio State University for both my undergraduate education and dental school. I love learning about dentistry and will never stop finding new ways to provide my patients with the best care possible. As part of my continuing education, I have taken extensive coursework in implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental occlusion and bite analysis, oral surgery and pharmacology.
Earlier in my career, I practiced dentistry in Ohio, Louisiana and Canada. Before moving to Washington state, I served the dental needs of the aboriginal people of northern Canada, working in remote, under-served areas of the Arctic. My work there helped develop my "Down to Earth" philosophy, where reliable and long-lasting dental work is the primary goal.
I'm a native of the Philippines, and moved to the U.S. in 1984. I love living in Washington and enjoy all the outdoor activities our great state has to offer. When I'm not in the office, you can often find me kayaking, visiting farmers markets and exploring the beauty of Washington State. I also enjoy international travel and have visited more than 70 countries.
Christina joined Down To Earth Dental in 2015 and is the Lead Dental Assistant. She graduated from Dental Assisting school in 2002. What Christina loves most about her job is helping patients overcome their fear of dentistry and seeing them feel more confident because of their new smiles. In her free time, she practices hot yoga, indoor/outdoor climbing, hiking and is a full-time mommy to her mini me, Madison Marie.
Ezhane is a dental assistant who joined Down To Earth Dental in the summer of 2016. She loves dentistry because of the amazing people she gets to meet and because she gets a great deal of satisfaction helping her patients get great dental care. Ezhane spends her free time relaxing with her baby girl Ehren or doing make-up for friends and special events.
Jenna joined the Down to Earth Dental family in 2017 as a Patient Advocate after working as an instructor in dental lab technology. Before obtaining her degree, she had also worked as a Dental Assistant in both general dentistry and orthodontics. Much of Jenna’s dental career has been spent serving the needs of the military community. Her passion for helping people and interest in dental health inspires her to obtain further education. When Jenna is not attending classes, she enjoys discovering new restaurants and exploring the countryside with her family and friends.
Francine joined Down to Earth Dental in 2017 as a Patient Advocate. She moved to Washington State from a small island in the Pacific Ocean to experience a change in lifestyle, meet new people and take on new adventures. Francine has several years of dental experience, working in the front office and as a Dental Assistant and has plans to become a Dental Hygienist. In her free time, she enjoys taking road trips, hiking and fishing with her friends.
Chris has been with Down to Earth Dental since 2010, overseeing marketing and finance. Prior to this, he was a management consultant and an airline executive. Chris graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Finance and Indiana University with an MBA in Marketing and International Business. He spends his free time taking care of his two little boys and traveling.