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Caring & communicative

Pearl Care was a great experience. Everybody was caring and very communicative. I knocked out a filling and they were able to get me in next day and got it all fixed with no discomfort at all. The dental staff and dentists were outstanding.

James M.
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Dr. Cristina Bender

Dr. Cristina Bender

“Owning the practice where I used to be a patient is a dream come true. It's a joy to carry on the legacy and serve the community by building relationships and helping people achieve better overall health.”

Dr. Cristina Bender

Coming back home

Excited to be back home, Dr. Tina loves serving the community where she was raised. She loves to learn and is committed to continuing her education for the benefit of her patients.

With advanced training in oral surgery, she is able to provide services, such as surgical implants and extractions, under IV sedation. She strives to ensure every patient has an excellent, personalized experience knowing they’ve received the best care possible.

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Pursuing Dreams

Born and raised in Ellensburg, Dr. Tina's dream was always to settle down here. She attended Ellensburg High School, where she graduated top of her class and received a full scholarship to the University of Washington. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, she went on to attend the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She also completed a one-year Advanced Education in Dental Residency program in Toppenish with the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. Holding the title of Dental Director, she joined the Northeast Washington Health Programs in Colville Washington, where she managed three clinics for two years.

Beyond Dentistry

When she isn’t seeing patients, Dr. Tina enjoys spending family time with her husband, Matt, and their children Mila, Sienna, and Austin. You might see them out for dinner at a new restaurant, boating on the weekends, or traveling to unique places. They love to spend time with family and friends and enjoy their hometown.

Dr. Kari Chellis

Dr. Kari Chellis

“Serving patients by getting down to the bottom of their health issues is my passion. I love seeing a smile on each face when they leave feeling their best.“

Dr. Kari Chellis

Finding Passion

Graduating from Loma Linda University magna cum laude, Dr. Kari Chellis began her dental career as a hygienist. She realized her passion for helping patients went beyond hygiene, so she went on to the University of Washington School of Dentistry where she graduated magna cum laude with her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. Before joining Pearl Care Dental, she lived in Seattle where she owned her own private practice for 25 years.

Home life

Outside of the dental office, Dr. Kari enjoys spending time with her husband, Henry, and their dog, Frankie. You might catch her cooking a delicious dinner, making beautiful jewelry, or hiking in the mountains.

Memberships and Certifications

Dr. Kari received many accolades while attending the University of Washington School of Dentistry including the American Equilibration Society for Excellence in Occlusion & TMJ, the Teledyne Hanau Award for Excellence in Prosthodontics, the International Congress of Oral Implantologist’s Award, the David B. Law Award for Excellence in Pediatrics, the Women’s Association of Women Dentists 1992 Award, and induction to the National Dental Honor Society Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU).

Pursuing Excellence

Continuing her passion for patients, she has recently fallen in love with training in airway and breathing with Dr. Dave Singh. She gets excited to discover and heal the root cause of an issue and watch the patient’s life improve because of it. Along with these passions, she specializes in restorative, preventative, and cosmetic dentistry as well as appliances to treat sleep apnea, veneers, TMD treatment, DNA analysis of periodontal pathogens, Perio Protect trays, and Candid Pro clear aligner therapy (a high-tech airway-focused, newer and better alternative to Invisalign).

Dr. William McKibben

Dr. William Mckibben

“Every patient deserves to feel their absolute best. My goal is to walk with you step by step to get you to your happiest and healthiest self.”

Dr. William McKibben

Discovering Direction

Growing up in California, Dr. William McKibben graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He went on to graduate from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in Washington, D.C.. Prior to joining Pearl Care Dental, Dr. Bill opened his own practice where he served patients for 35 years.

Outside the Office

Beyond the office, he and his wife, Pat (who is his high school sweetheart) love living in Ellensburg. They love to spend Saturdays playing with their grandchildren or exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Memberships and Certifications

Dr. Bill is a founding member of the Pacific Academy of Interdisciplinary

Dentistry. For twelve years, he served as a member of the peer review committee for the Harbor Dental Society. He is also an active member of the Washington State Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Yakima Valley Dental Society.

Seeking education

Dr. Bill is passionate about ensuring patients receive comfortable, high-quality care. As a graduate of many cosmetic and advanced residencies at the Esthetic Professionals Dental Education Center in Tarzana, California, he wants to make his patients feel their best. He became a clinical instructor for cosmetic techniques at that same center. Ensuring he stays on the cutting edge, he participates in meetings highlighting patient care and current techniques and materials.

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