Our Team


Office Manager/Financial Coordinator

Malarey was born and raised in Yakima. She quickly realized her passion for working with children when she worked at a local private school. She was excited to take on a new adventure in life by joining our team in October of 2013. Malarey loves spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs, reading, and furthering her education in the dental field.


Patient Care Coordinator

I was raised in Wapato. I attended the dental assistant program at YV- Tech for two years. I am now attending YVCC for my BS and hoping to attend their hygiene program. After my internship with Yakima Pediatric Dentistry I knew then that I wanted to work with children. I was very excited to join the team in Sept of 2016. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and cat. I am very proud to be a part of this team!


Registered Dental Assistant

Maria grew up in the Yakima Valley. She has been serving our community in the field of dentistry since 1998. She started her career in dental assistance at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic where she quickly found her passion for working with children. She then began her career as a pediatric dental assistant at Children’s Village in 2001. Maria accepted a position at Yakima Pediatric Dentistry where she has been helping children to have healthy smiles since 2008.


Restorative Dental Hygienist

Maria started as a dental assistant in Yakima in 1998. She quickly realized her passion for dentistry and pursued her career as a dental hygienist. After graduating from YVCC in 2002, she furthered her education by attending Eastern Washington University to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in 2008. Her love of working with children has brought her to be the restorative dental hygienist at Yakima Pediatric Dentistry.




Registered Dental Assistant

Laurie was born and raised in Yakima.  She began her career as a dental assistant in 2008, and was happy to become a part of the YPD team in 2011.  She enjoys helping each individual child to have a healthy smile and is honored to be serving the community of Yakima.


Registered Dental Assistant

Elisa was born and raised in Quincy and moved to Yakima in 2007.  She completed her dental assisting training at the Seattle Dental Training Center in 2009 and began working for YPD shortly after.  She enjoys working with children and helping them with their dental needs.

Dr. Steven Karmy, DDS


Dr. Karmy is a dentist anesthesiologist working for Eastern Washington Ambulatory Anesthesia Services. He grew up here in the Pacific Northwest, graduated from Walla Walla University and completed dental school and anesthesia residency at Loma Linda University in California. His practice is limited to providing general anesthesia and sedation services for dental patients in outpatient settings.

He lives in Walla Walla with his wife, Melissa. He enjoys motorcycle riding and fly fishing in the summers, and hunting for steelhead and sturgeon in the winters. His black lab Duke, also an avid fisherman, loves to accompany him to the water.

Dr. Jessica Kennedy, DDS

Fill in Dentist

Dr. Jessica Kennedy grew up in Yakima. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Portland, in Oregon, and later earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Washington in 2015.

While in dental school, Dr. Jessica developed an interest in pediatric dentistry. Immediately upon graduation, she returned home to Yakima to complete her two-year pediatric residency through NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Children’s Village, and received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in the summer of 2017. In her second year of residency, Dr. Jessica also completed a fellowship in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) through the University of Washington.

Dr. Jessica is excited to have the opportunity to continue to serve the community in her hometown, and is delighted to be joining such an experienced and skilled team at Yakima Pediatric Dentistry.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, and visiting San Juan Island.

Dr. Jessica is a member of the AAPD, WSAPD, ADA, WSDA, and Yakima Valley Dental Society and is currently pursuing board certification with the ABPD. She has successfully completed the qualifying exam and will be eligible to take the oral clinical exam in 2018.