Meet Our Bremerton Team

Giving you first-class care and a positive experience right from your first visit.
Front Desk Team
Instantly feel at ease as our team welcomes you with a smile and answers all your questions.

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Michelle, our office manager smiling as she stands outside in a woodland
Michelle, our office manager smiling as she stands outside in a woodland

Michelle Schmitz

I was born in Roswell, NM and moved to Washington more than 24 years ago. I am married to Gary and have two children, Jared and Carli. I also have a beautiful grand-daughter.

I believe dentistry chose me as I started as an assistant at only 18 years old. I have worked for general dentists, as a surgical assistant, and for an endodontist too. I now work in the front office and enjoy the faster pace

I have loved it ever since as it fits my nurturing personality and allows me to help people. I enjoy being around people and assisting them to overcome common obstacles, whether it is fear, financial, or otherwise.

Away from the office, I enjoy playing with my granddaughter, Ava and like to go camping and hiking. Most of all, I love being around my family and friends.

Michelle Schmitz
Office Manager

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Linda wearing black and smiling outside
Linda wearing black and smiling outside

Linda Johnson

I was born in Seattle and absolutely love the Pacific Northwest. I also enjoy being able to help patients smile and feel good about what we did for them.

I chose dentistry because I like being “hands on” and part of a team who helps others be successful. I work hard to earn patient’s trust and will always do my best to make you feel comfortable and relaxed.

I have previously worked as a dental and orthodontics assistant, lab tech, and book keeper. I currently am a Patient Treatment Coordinator at Safe Harbor Smiles so I can assist you with your treatment plan and future appointments.

Outside of the office, I do some landscape designing and can hopefully one day visit Europe.

Linda Johnson
Patient Care Coordinator

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Desiree, one of our dental assistants smiling in front of a woodland
Desiree, one of our dental assistants smiling in front of a woodland

Desiree Houston

I was born and raised in Port Orchard, WA. I am married and have two little girls and three dogs. I truly love everything about my work and thrive when outdoors.

Through dentistry, I get satisfaction when seeing people smile. I like seeing things through from start to finish and strive to make sure you get the service you deserve.

I have worked as a sterilization assistant but have now ventured into insurance and I love it!

When not helping our patients, you can find me camping or at the beach. In fact, one item on my bucket list is to visit a pink sandy beach.

Desiree Houston
Insurance Specialist
Assistants & Hygienists
We all take a listen-first approach and ensure you feel comfortable during each stage of your visit.

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Our dental assistant outside our office wearing black
Our dental assistant outside our office wearing black

Brittnea

I grew up here in Gig Harbor, WA. My dad served in the Coast Guard for 22 years. After spending 15 years in northern Virginia, I decided to move back to the PNW. I now live in Bremerton.

I happened to get into dentistry by accident. I started as a temp assistant and became a hygiene assistant. I have worked in multiple pediatric dental offices and then came back to general care in 2016. I enjoy attending continued education courses as I adapt and grow with dentistry.

I am a registered dental assistant with a detail-oriented mindset. I really enjoy patient interaction and pride myself on educating my patients so they can achieve better health.

Away from dentistry, I spend time with my husband, my two boys, and my dogs. During her spare time, she goes to the gym, watches demolition derbies, and likes to kayak.

Brittnea Hagen
Registered Dental Assistant

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Misty Asplund smiling and standing outside
Misty Asplund smiling and standing outside

Misty Asplund

I am originally from the Portland area and have two older children. I also have a cat named Juliette who I adore and love to hike and boat.

I got into dentistry because my daughter was born with a cleft palette, so I wanted to know how dentistry could help her. Since then, I have worked in all aspects of dentistry from orthodontics to pediatric to hospital care.

The relationships you get to build with patients and their families are truly special. I have made many life-long friends from patients I’ve met in our office.

Outside the office, I play soccer, go hiking, and also work in a salon on the weekends. Now my kids are grown, I’d like to travel to Greece!

Misty Asplund
Dental Assistant

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Our team member wearing black and smiling
Our team member wearing black and smiling

Shullon Ford

I am married with two adult children. I grew up in the Port Orchard, WA area.

I have over 12 years experience working on the front desk at various practices before getting my AAAS in Dental Hygiene. It has been more than 10 years since I became a hygienist and I love caring for our patients.

Away from Safe Harbor Smiles, I like to work out, go to concerts, and spend time with friends.

Shullon Ford
Registered Dental Hygienist

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Angela standing in front of a natural background and smiling
Angela standing in front of a natural background and smiling

Angela Rud

I was born in Port Angeles, WA and graduated from Peninsula High School and Piece College. I am married to Marc and am auntie to two nephews.

I started as a dental assistant right out of high school and then worked as a hygiene assistant. Based on these experiences, I decided to enter dental hygiene school. I have now been a hygienist for over 23 years.

I enjoy being part of a team that is geared toward patient-oriented dentistry. I also like to encourage people to improve their overall health, which is greatly effected by your oral hygiene.

The motivated and talented people in our office always help me to grow and learn. As am curious about all aspects of health – I find this fascinating.

Outside of the office, I enjoy running, hiking, snorkeling, and swimming. I am a keen gardener, which allows me to show my creative side. Also, I like to attend concerts and cheer on the Huskies.

Angela Rud
Registered Dental Hygienist
This is an amazing place to go for your dental needs. The atmosphere is soothing. Staff is very helpful and kind in guiding you with what you need. The procedure I've had was easy to go through and I was grateful for how it turned out.
Xavier Ishizaki
Xavier Ishizaki
01:38 28 Nov 18
This office is full of wonderful people. Everybody was so friendly and professional. The dentist is usually my absolute worst nightmare but after talking to the staff I felt completely relaxed and I'll be returning on a more regular basis. If you get stressed about going to the dentist then you should absolutely try this place out. Forgot to mention how clean and nice the office is. Easy 5 stars from me.
Kevin G
Kevin G
22:06 17 Sep 18
I’ve been coming here since it was Dr. Pitcher’s Practice and there’s a reason I keep coming here. Michelle and Linda get me all set with my appointments and chat with me when I arrive for my appointments. It’s like showing up and seeing friends. Once you pass through the door to the clinic floor I hope you get Angela to take care of you. She’s awesome! She remembers every tooth that is cold sensitive or sensitive around the gums. She is careful to never spray cold water or poke these trouble spots. It takes the stress out of the time in the chair. Dr. Mehr is a friendly professional dentist who takes your concerns to heart and investigates. None of those “don’t worry” scenarios that turn into root canals. I like that he remembers little details about our life and always shakes my hand. They’ve got it down here.
Hammock House
Hammock House
21:09 05 May 18
The staff here go out of their way to take care of you. They are extremely organized and I am looking forward to my continued care in their hands.
Ella Williams-Fricke
Ella Williams-Fricke
22:54 18 Jul 18
I have dental anxiety! They made me feel so comfortable. The entire staff is so nice. I don't have anxiety since I went there dentist has excellent bed side manmers
Erika Mendez
Erika Mendez
14:50 08 May 18
Everyone here is SO kind! They also told me more about my teeth than any other dentist I’ve ever seen. I’ve moved around a lot, and Safe Harbor Smiles is the best I’ve ever seen.
chiaravandrick
chiaravandrick
23:55 29 May 19
After not going to a dentist for 20+ years, Dr Mehr and his staff put my mind at ease with their kindness and professionalism. They are wonderful!
New Groove
New Groove
18:01 30 May 19
we spent a year looking for a dentist that I was comfortable with. Everyone Safe Harbor Smiles were all warm and welcoming. They were friendly and I trust them all with the care we are getting. Unfortunately we are moving out of state... I really wish we could take take Dr. Mehr and his office with us.
Lara Young
Lara Young
18:54 30 May 19
Very friendly and professional staff. Makes going to the dentist office a pleasant experience!
Lauri Lybeck
Lauri Lybeck
04:36 04 Jun 19
I have been in the dental profession for over 42 years and having my teeth cleaned here was the best experience ever! Shullon is gentle fast and efficient and always has another a smile on her beautiful face, making everyone feel welcome!
Fran Hunter
Fran Hunter
15:49 04 Jun 19
I’ve gone here for a long time and always have loved the office staff. They are relatable and friendly. Love chatting with them before I go in. Before they switched dentists it was a bit of a train wreck, honestly. The old dentist used to not be so good at doing fillings for me and also wasn’t very professional about things. The new dentist is extremely professional, very friendly, and does things with precision. Thankful for the new switch! And as always have loved every hygienist I get.
Elisha Elam
Elisha Elam
00:23 07 Jun 19
Been going here for awhile now. Everyone is so friendly, I LOVE IT!! Dr. Mehr is great, always answers any questions or concerns.
Aaron
Aaron
17:59 08 Jun 19
Been going here for awhile now. Everyone is so friendly, I LOVE IT!! Dr. Mehr is great, always answers any questions or concerns.
Aaron
Aaron
13:02 10 Jun 19
Very professional and courteous staff.Dr. Mehr is great and does great dental work.My family and 2 friends are seen by him, we all appreciate his attention to detail.
Dustin
Dustin
05:06 15 Jun 19

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