Meet The Team

Yen Nguyen-Tran, DDS

A Washington native, Dr. Nguyen-Tran, grew up in the Tacoma area after moving from Vietnam at the age of six. She divides her time working in private practice at Down to Earth Dental and International Community Health Services, serving the underprivileged community in Seattle.

Education

Determination and hard work earned Dr. Nguyen-Tran a full scholarship to the University of Washington where she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology, later followed by her degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. After completing her dental education in 2011, she continued to develop her skills as she received residency certification from the AEGD program at Highpoint NeighborCare Community Clinic in West Seattle. Thriving to build on staying relevant in all fields of dentistry, she continues her dental education on a regular basis. She has a special interest in esthetic dentistry and advanced restorative dentistry with dental implants and dentures.

In the Practice

Dr. Nguyen-Tran's goal is to help patients achieve optimal oral health with preventative dentistry. She wants to build long-term relationships with her patients and empowers each patient to be proactive in their oral health. She understands that every patient is different, so she gives individualized and comprehensive care to her patients.

Outside the Office

When Dr. Nguyen-Tran is not practicing dentistry, she spends most of her time with her family and two dogs, Lola and Taz. She enjoys yoga and paddle boarding. When in luck, she loves hunting and restoring antique furniture.

Peter Mpantas, DMD

Dr. Mpantas was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He recently moved to Washington to continue his career in general dentistry.

Education

Dr. Mpantas attended University at Albany where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. He completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He went on to advance his skills and knowledge in general dentistry by completing a General Practice Residency at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

In the Practice

Dr. Mpantas is a well-rounded dentist who strives to provide his patients the most comfortable dental experience possible. He understands each patient is unique, which is why he takes the time to listen to each individual to meet their needs and desires. Dr. Mpantas not only enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, but appreciates his ability to help others. In order to keep up with the latest developments in dentistry, Dr. Mpantas attends Continuing Education courses.

Outside the Office

When Dr. Mpantas isn't in the office, he enjoys golfing, soccer and hockey. He also enjoys cooking and trying new foods. He loves his new home in Washington state and is looking forward to exploring the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

Arnell Prato, DDS

Dentistry is my passion. My number one goal as a dentist is to help my patients maintain and improve their dental health. Each person is unique and has individual needs. That's why I take time to carefully listen to each of my patients and understand their immediate concerns. I always give my patients treatment options that take into account their dental health, overall health and financial constraints. I take my patients well-being very seriously.

Education

I attended The Ohio State University for both my undergraduate education and dental school. I love learning about dentistry and will never stop finding new ways to provide my patients with the best care possible. As part of my continuing education, I have taken extensive coursework in implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental occlusion and bite analysis, oral surgery and pharmacology.

In the Practice

Earlier in my career, I practiced dentistry in Ohio, Louisiana and Canada. Before moving to Washington state, I served the dental needs of the aboriginal people of northern Canada, working in remote, under-served areas of the Arctic. My work there helped develop my "Down to Earth" philosophy, where reliable and long-lasting dental work is the primary goal.

Outside the Office

I'm a native of the Philippines, and moved to the U.S. in 1984. I love living in Washington and enjoy all the outdoor activities our great state has to offer. When I'm not in the office, you can often find me kayaking, visiting farmers markets and exploring the beauty of Washington State. I also enjoy international travel and have visited more than 70 countries.

Bao

Bao graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. Prior to that, he worked as a Certified Dental Assistant. Bao joined Down to Earth Dental in 2012. He is a very conscientious hygienist who truly cares about his patient's oral health. Bao is well known for giving gentle and thorough cleanings. Outside of work, he enjoys ping pong and swimming.

Chris

Chris has been with Down to Earth Dental since 2010 and oversees marketing and finance. Prior to this, he was a management consultant and an airline executive. Chris graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Finance and Indiana University with an MBA in Marketing and International Business. He spends his free time taking care of his two little boys and traveling.

Grace

Grace was born and raised in Tacoma. She went to Pierce College and Eastern Washington University where she earned a bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene. Grace hopes to use her degrees to become a hygiene instructor. She lives in Tacoma with her husband and pets. Grace enjoys the outdoors whenever she can get a chance, but mostly just loves spending time with family and friends.

Kayela

Kayela joined Down to Earth Dental as a hygienist in 2016. She has a bachelors degree in Biology from Utah Valley University. She fell in love with dentistry during a humanitarian trip to Guatemala and continues her volunteer work with Remote Area Medical. Outside of work, Kayela enjoys hiking with her beagle, playing tennis and chasing after her baby boy.

Lainey

Lainey joined Down to Earth Dental in 2014 as a dental assistant. She started her career in assisting in 2008. Lainey brings a high level of professionalism and energy to the office. Prior to joining Down to Earth Dental, she used a lot of her time volunteering full time with disadvantaged children. Lainey enjoys gardening and spending time with her dog Patron.

Lily

Lily joined Down to Earth Dental in 2016 as a dental assistant, shortly after graduating dental assisting school. She loves learning about dentistry and would someday like to go back to school to become a dentist. Lily enjoys working with patients and helping them understand their dental health. On her days off, she can be found attending classes or at the gym.

Lisa

Lisa joined us in 2012 as a patient advocate. She is an experienced dental assistant, which allows her to help patients understand their treatment options. Lisa is detail-oriented and eager to help insured patients get the most out of their benefits. Outside of work, she teaches cooking and owns a photography business. Lisa and her family enjoy swimming and watching movies.

Lori P

Lori is our office manager and has been with Down to Earth Dental since its inception. Prior to this, she worked as a dental assistant. Her unique blend of clinical and front office experience gives her the ability to navigate insurance plans and help patients use their coverage effectively. At home, Lori has a husband and three children who she loves to spend all her time with!

Lori W

Lori became a patient advocate in 2014. She graduated from Bates Technical College and worked as a dental assistant for 22 years. Lori uses her deep knowledge of dental health to help patients maximize their dental benefits. When not at work, she spends time with her husband and family. Lori loves traveling, watching movies and going on walks with her three rescue dogs.

Pam

Pam is our accountant. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. Pam is a CPA and sat on the Board of Directors of the California Society of CPAs. She enjoys playing with her four horses, three goats, two Persian cats and a Bernese mountain dog. She enjoys spending time with her children, reading, riding her quad and driving her tractor.

Stacey

Stacey joined Down to Earth Dental in 2012 and is the lead dental assistant. She graduated from dental assisting school in 2005. Stacey is a very caring and talented assistant, making sure that each of her patients is comfortable with their treatments. She lives in Fife with her husband and three children. Outside of work, Stacey and her husband enjoy racing their 1-liter hydroplane!

Wrandi

Wrandi has been a dental assistant at Down to Earth Dental since 2014. She was born and raised in Tacoma. In 2002, Wrandi graduated from the assisting program at Lake Washington Tech in Kirkland. In her spare time she likes watching movies, hanging out with friends & loved ones and making art. Wrandi loves to travel and hopes to be able to take a few more trips in the year ahead.