Meet the Team

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James Paschal, DDS

Sugar Coated Images-1630Growing up in Southern California, James Paschal, like many teens before him, found himself wearing braces. The experience was something that he enjoyed, and it sparked his interest in becoming a dentist. After receiving a Master of Public Health Degree from Loma Linda University in 1978, he went back to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1982. Dr. Paschal, his wife Melissa, and his two children Dave and Nicole, have since made Reno their home.

As a family dentist, Dr. Paschal is focused on providing the same level of care that he would for his own family. He even went on to complete a mini-residency in orthodontics from the Mid-America Orthodontic Society. He is also an Invisalign certified provider, and has been working with Invisalign braces for over 15 years. Dr. Paschal also holds a certificate in laser operation by the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

His professional memberships include:

  • The International Association for Orthodontics
  • The American Dental Association
  • The Nevada Dental Association
  • The Northern Nevada Dental Society

Each year, he and his office work with the Northern Nevada Dental Society to provide dental care for school children in Reno, who may have limited access to oral health care.

In his free time, he enjoys skiing, scuba diving, kayaking and participating in triathlons. He also plays duplicate bridge twice a week!

Our Office Staff

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Terri

Practice Manager

Years at West Reno Dental: 3
Years in Dentistry: 37
Education: Bryman Dental Assistant College, attended many courses in the finance and business aspects of dentistry
Favorite part about your job: I find it very satisfying to see patients’ dental treatment come together, and I’m always glad to see patients happy about coming to our office. I also have the privilege of working with a great group of coworkers.
Hobbies/pastimes: I enjoy barrel racing, snow skiing, going to the lake during the summer, and spending time with my kids and family.
Other:  In 2003, I went to Africa with my church on a dental mission. I really enjoyed my time there, and the people were so wonderful.
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Laura

Dental Hygienist

Years at West Reno Dental: 13
Years in Dentistry: 13
Education: Truckee Meadows Community College- Dental Hygiene Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College in FL (BASDH)
Favorite part about your job: My favorite part of being a dental hygienist at West Reno is treating patients like family, and changing their negative notions about dentistry through ensuring positive treatment experiences for them. I enjoy the long-lasting relationships I have formed here with coworkers and patients.
Hobbies/pastimes: I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends!
Other: I am blessed to be married to my best friend. We have two incredible daughters who are the light of my life. These amazing people keep me laughing every day. I am very close with my family and have wonderful friends with whom to share the joys of my life. I love traveling, trying new foods, and taking advantage of all our area has to offer.
I graduated Dental Hygiene school in 2003 and have worked for Dr. Paschal ever since. I feel very fortunate to have found this office early in my career, and I truly enjoy my long-term relationships with my coworkers and patients. My dental hygiene philosophy is to treat every patient as if they were a member of my family. I take pride in changing people’s preconceived notions about dental visits and enjoy turning their fears into positive experiences.
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Wendy

Dental Hygienist

Years at West Reno Dental: 2
Years in Dentistry: 22
Education: Associate’s in Dental Hygiene and Associate’s in Dental Assisting
Favorite part about your job: I delight in getting to know my patients and learning about their interests and hobbies. I like learning from my patients, as well as teaching and educating them about their overall health and the importance of a healthy mouth. I enjoy working with my wonderful coworkers!
Hobbies/pastimes: My favorite things to do in my spare time are running, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors.
Other: I have lived in Reno since 1985. I graduated from McQueen High School, attended UNR and TMCC, and I am the very busy mother of two energetic children!
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Stacia

Dental Hygienist

Years at West Reno Dental: 1
Years in Dentistry: 10
Education: Truckee Meadows Community College — Associates of Science in Dental Hygiene, Associates of Applied Science with emphasis in Dental Assisting, Associates of General Studies
Favorite part about your job: I love meeting new people and working with them to make them feel at home in our dental practice. I take pride in providing a comfortable and an enjoyable dental experience.
Hobbies/pastimes: I enjoy traveling, skiing, and spending time outdoors with my husband, Matt, and my family.
Other: I was born and raised in Reno. I graduated from Galena High School in 2004. I love being a hygienist! Getting to work with such amazing people makes this job even better!
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Gretchen

Dental Assistant

Years at West Reno Dental: 9
Years in Dentistry: 26
Education: AA-General Ed, AOS- Associate’s of Occupational Studies in Holistic Health Care, concentration in mind-body transformational psychology
Favorite part about your job: My favorite part about my job is creating beautiful smiles!
Hobbies/pastimes: I am a licensed prayer practitioner, and I spend my personal time in service at the Center for Spiritual Living Reno: studying, teaching, and practicing the science of mind philosophy.
Other: I enjoy time with family and experiencing regional events and activities
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Brittany

Dental Assistant

Years at West Reno Dental: 1
Years in Dentistry: 1
Education: Graduated from NVHS with honors. Enrolled in classes at TMCC. The wonder dental team at West Reno Dental have provided me the opportunity to have in-office and hands-on training.
Favorite part about your job: Meeting people every day, listening to their needs and stories, having the opportunity to take an active role in patient education and learning something new every day.
Hobbies/pastimes: Swimming, hiking, reading and spoiling my cat.
Other: Before working with the team at West Reno Dental I was a patient of Dr. Paschal’s for 8 years prior. Everyone at the office is more than a coworker, they are my role models. I love the dental field and enjoy learning as much as possible.