James Paschal, DDS
Growing 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 Masters 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 staff 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, and kayaking. He also plays duplicate bridge twice a week!
Our Office Staff
Education: Dental Hygiene Associate's Degree from Truckee Meadows Community College; 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, which we do by ensuring positive treatment experiences. I also enjoy the long-lasting relationships I have formed with my co-workers 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 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 the long-term relationships I have with my co-workers 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.
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 also enjoy working with my wonderful co-workers!
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!
Education: Associates of Science in Dental Hygiene, Associates of Applied Science with emphasis in Dental Assisting, Associates of General Studies - Truckee Meadows Community College
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 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!
Business Administrator and Dental Assistant
Education: Graduated from NVHS with an honors diploma. Enrolled in classes at TMCC, working towards a bachelor's of science in Dental Hygiene. The wonderful dental team at West Reno Dental have provided me the opportunity to have in-office and hands-on training.
Favorite part about your job: Seeing the difference that receiving dental care can make in a patient’s life. I love seeing smiling patients leave the office knowing that they are leaving in a better condition than what they showed up. It’s incredible what good care and compassion can do for a person.
Hobbies/pastimes: I like hiking, attending music festivals, spending time with my cats and boyfriend, and spoiling my niece.
Other: You can find me working alongside the doctor during your procedure, or you may find me greeting you in the front office. Working as a cross trained employee allows me to understand the wonderful field of dentistry even better, and grow a more fulfilling relationship with our patients. Prior to working for Dr. Paschal, I was a patient of his for 8 years. I love the fact I get to come to work with people that I've known since I was a little girl. I strives to grow in the dental field so that I can continue to positively affect patient’s lives and make the world a more smiley place!
Bio coming soon!