Dr. Reid Winkler was drawn to dentistry during college, finding it the perfect combination of basic science, medicine, art and patient care. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in Maine, he moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry. In 1998, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and was commissioned as a Dental Officer in the U.S. Navy. He served for six years as a general dentist in San Diego, Rota, Spain and at sea aboard the USS Denver. Recognizing his interests in further education, childhood growth and dental development and in developing longer-term relationships with patients and their families, the Navy sponsored Dr. Winkler to return the University of Washington for specialty training in Orthodontics. Here he was one of Dr. Shapiro’s graduate students. In 2006, he received his Orthodontic Specialty Certificate and a Masters of Science in Dentistry. He then fulfilled his military obligation, serving as the Chairman of the Department of Orthodontics at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2009, after nearly 12 years of service, Dr. Winkler made the decision to separate from the military and return to Seattle to join Northcut Orthodontics.
Dr. Winkler is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and an accomplished educator. He was responsible for the Navy’s continuing education programs in orthodontics and is currently a part-time faculty member at the University of Washington, helping to educate future orthodontists. He is a past board member of the Washington Society of Orthodontists and a current member of national, state and local dental societies. He is a strong advocate of continuing education, participating in numerous study clubs. In his spare time, Dr. Winkler enjoys snowboarding, triathlons, golf, surfing and world travel.
Dr. Richard “Dick” Jones grew up in West Seattle and has been a long-time colleague and friend of both Dr. Winkler and Dr. Shapiro. Starting in 2017, Dr. Jones is excited to join Northcut Orthodontics and is honored to follow Dr. Shapiro’s legacy. Dr. Jones loves orthodontics, enjoying the challenges of straightening teeth, correcting bites and creating beautiful smiles. He has been practicing orthodontics in Shoreline for the past 30 years. Dr. Jones shares Drs. Winkler and Shapiro’s passion for excellence as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a member of the Edward H. Angle Society, a national orthodontic study club committed to excellence, ethics and professionalism. His professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists and numerous regional, state and local dental societies. He is also a Past President of the Washington State Society of Orthodontists.
Dr. Jones received his undergraduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University, his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington and his orthodontic training at the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center. Like all partners at Northcut Orthodontics, Dr. Jones helps educate future orthodontists as a professor at the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry. He is married to Teri and has three grown children who live in the area and have helped him become a proud member of the “Grandparents Club”. Dr. Jones loves the outdoors, snow skiing, the great game of golf, hiking and biking.
Dr. Shapiro founded Northcut Orthodontics over 30 years ago. Although he retired from practice in December of 2016, the core principles of our practice established by Dr. Shapiro remain. Doctors Winkler and Jones continue to provide the honest, patient-focused, evidence-based contemporary orthodontic care that is the hallmark of Northcut Orthodontics. We are eternally grateful to Dr. Shapiro for the tradition of excellence he established and his service to the community.
We do not think you can find a better-trained, more compassionate team to help provide your orthodontic care. Most members of our team have worked together in our practice for years.
They are highly skilled and keep abreast of the latest developments in orthodontics by attending regular continuing education courses. They look forward to sharing their passion for orthodontics with you.
You will find Kim at our front desk when you walk into our office, ready to help in any way possible. She has worked for Drs. Shapiro and Winkler since 1996. Kim enjoys working with our patients. “I feel that they become our friends during the process of orthodontics and they even come back to us long after they get their braces off.” Kim has two grown children, a son who lives in Phoenix and a daughter with two children who lives in Sammamish. Kim loves spending time with her grandchildren and family. She also enjoys traveling, hiking and walking her little yorkie, Chloe, in downtown Edmonds.
We consider ourselves very lucky that Alicia moved to Seattle from Spokane and joined our team in 2008. After 20 years of clinical orthodontic assisting, Alicia has taken her wealth of experience and skill and made the transition to Treatment Coordinator. She is here to guide you through the new patient process and be your primary liaison and advocate during your orthodontic care. “I have always loved working in orthodontics. It is a privilege to be part of creating beautiful smiles and seeing patients of all ages become more confident because of their new smiles.” Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends. She participates in many of the great activities that living in the Northwest brings including hiking, camping, scuba diving and beachcombing.
Brenda is one of our highly experienced, extremely talented orthodontic assistants. Brenda has been a key part of our practice almost since its inception. She first started working for Dr. Shapiro in 1987 and has loved orthodontics ever since. According to Brenda, she “really enjoys getting to know our patients and working with them to improve their beautiful smiles.” Away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their children, and her two young grandsons whom she adores. They have fun together boating, waterskiing, and going for walks with their dogs.
While Colleen joined our practice in 2013, with more than 35 years of orthodontic experience, she is by no means a stranger to the dental field. After her childhood in Wisconsin and Montana, Colleen spent a large portion of her career running an orthodontic lab. She is the person responsible for creating many of the retainers and appliances you will find in our practice. “I love working with the patients and their parents to create an awesome, lifelong smile for them. It is so exciting to see their big smile when the braces are removed.” Colleen has two grown children living in the Washington DC area. When not in the office, she is travelling to the east coast to see them, hiking, bicycling, and keeping busy in the winter sewing and reupholstering furniture.
We are sure you will be as happy as we are that Kelli has joined the team at Northcut Orthodontics in 2017. Born and raised in Lake Forest Park, Kelli brings ten years of orthodontic experience along with her wonderful personality to the office. She says, “Orthodontics involves so much more than just straightening teeth. Knowing that I’m contributing to improve the quality of people’s lives is the best part of my job.” Kelli dedicates her time outside of the office to raising her three children (eldest son Alexander and twins Benjamin and Camille) in Edmonds. Together, they enjoy a multitude of sports, swimming at the beach, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Rita, which is short for Margarita, was born and raised in Kent where she had a very positive experience with her own orthodontic treatment. She has been interested in dentistry ever since and completed her dental assisting schooling in 2017. You too will sense Rita’s great kindness and intelligence as one of our top-notch orthodontic assistants. Rita says, “I love being able to do something I’m passionate about everyday as well as being able to help others gain confidence in their smile just like I did.” Fun facts: Rita is the youngest of four children, already an Aunt to a niece and nephew and loves traveling to new places, driving, longboarding and watching the sunrise and set at the beach.
Joni has also joined our team in 2018, taking care of the cleanliness and sterilization of all of the instruments we use. Joni was raised in Seattle and has an extensive culinary background, working as a chef for more than 30 years. She was looking for a change and was drawn to our office by our amazing team and what she feels is a wonderful environment. We feel so lucky she was. Joni has two sons and two grandchildren. She has a fondness for being outside, camping, spending time with her grandkids and animals.
After spending four years as a medical assistant, Britney made the decision to turn to dentistry and join our team in 2019. We are so happy she did. With Britney’s skilled hands and quick learning, she has rapidly become a top-notch clinical assistant. When asked about what she likes about the field of orthodontics, she says she “enjoys being a part of helping somebody feel more confident about his or herself. Our office helps people be more comfortable with their smile and patients leave our office with a big grin on their face!” Britney is originally from Poulsbo. She loves working with children and spending time with friends and family. Outside the office, you may find her snowboarding, camping, traveling or reading at the beach with her toes in the sand.
Tasheena has been working in orthodontics for ten years, so we were very excited when she decided to join the Northcut team in 2019. Originally from Edmonds, Tasheena spent many summers fishing in Alaska. She is married and has a three year-old daughter named Gretchen who keeps her and her husband very busy. When talking about orthodontics, Tasheena says, “I really enjoy working with patients and making them feel comfortable during their appointments. I also love seeing patients’ smiles transform.” You will find she is extremely skilled at both. Tasheena still loves fishing along with traveling to new places, snowboarding and watching sports, especially baseball – go M’s!