Our Team


Patient Care Coordinator

Rocio was born and raised in the lower Yakima valley. She completed the dental assisting program at Yakima Valley College in 2016. Rocio completed her internship at Yakima Pediatric Dentistry and that is when she knew she loved working with children. Rocio joined the team at Yakima Pediatric Dentistry in March of 2019. She is a mother of two boys and on her down time she likes to bake, craft, and take spontaneous road trips with her family!



Patient Care Coordinator / Registered Dental Assistant

Mercedes grew up in Wapato and completed the dental assistant program through YV-Tech in 2016. After completing her internship with Yakima Pediatric Dentistry, she knew her passion was to work with children. Mercedes was ecstatic to join the Yakima Pediatric Dentistry team in 2016. She is currently finishing her prerequisites at Heritage University and Yakima Valley College to pursue her career even further and become a dental hygienist. She loves spending time with her family, going to the gym and binge watching TV shows with her cats.


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

Maribel was raised in the Yakima Valley. She has been a dental assistant since 2014. Maribel loves interacting with our patients and working with such a passionate and professional team. She enjoys working with young patients and making them feel at ease to ensure they enjoy each dental visit. On her spare time she enjoys traveling, seeking new adventures, and having a good time with her friends and family.



Registered Dental Assistant

Aylin grew up in Wapato and recently completed the dental assistant program through Yakima Valley College. She completed her internship at Yakima Pediatric Dentistry where she realized that she had a passion for working with children. She was so happy to join Yakima Pediatric Dentistry permanently in July 2019. Aylin love spending time with her family and friends, and going out on adventures!


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.