Meet Dr. Laura VanDyk
Dr. Laura VanDyk is a Sumner native, originally raised on Lake Tapps. Dr. VanDyk received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from the University of Washington in 2004. She then attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry, where she received a Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 2008. Dr. VanDyk began her dental career in Sumner as an associate to Dr. Rolf Edlund and is proud to carry on in his footsteps.
Dr. VanDyk and her husband, Corty, also a Sumner High School graduate, feel blessed to be able to call Sumner their home again. The VanDyk family has expanded over the past four years with the addition of two wonderful children, Corty Isaac and Reace Angle, as well as Oakley the Yellow Lab. The family enjoys many activities including snowmobiling, camping, boating, hiking and golfing.
Dr. VanDyk places a high value on providing excellent, quality dentistry to all of her patients. She is constantly expanding her dental knowledge and skills through dental continuing education opportunities. Dr. VanDyk is excited about her career in the dental profession and the opportunity to live and work in the Sumner area.
Meet Our Staff
Sharon Cook - Office Manager
Sharon is great with people. Working in the dental field since 1996, she has great background experience. Sharon began managing the practice in 2001, and has been doing an excellent job ever since. Sharon is happily married to her husband, Bob, and together they have a blended family of five children and four grandchildren. She will be your first contact with the office and will be happy to help you with appointments, financial arrangements, accounts receivable and any other questions you might have about our office. Sharon loves working for Dr. VanDyk to help people achieve great smiles and change lives. Outside of work, Sharon is an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan. She enjoys being with her family - especially her grandchildren. Sharon loves traveling, camping, exercising, reading, and gardening.
Marj Kilcup, RDH - Hygienist
Marj loves to help people. She studied to become a dental hygienist, graduating from Pierce College in 1999. She has been working in our office since 2001. Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Marj has been residing in the Sumner area since 1995. Although she is a transplant to Sumner, Marj has enjoyed getting to know about Washington state (and the rest of the country) vicariously through her patients. She enjoys working in a friendly, patient-centered office.
Debbie Thrall, RDH - Hygienist
Debbie became a dental hygienist in 1998 and has been working with the practice since 2006. She and her husband, Guy, have three wonderful children. Debbie enjoys working with Dr. VanDyk, helping patients to achieve healthy teeth and gums. She has a gentle touch and works hard to educate patients about oral health. Outside the office, Debbie enjoys camping, traveling, and being a GREAT MOM!
Kate Moran, RDH - Hygienist
Kate graduated as a hygienist from the Shoreline Dental Hygiene Program in 1999. She has been working with the practice since 2005. She enjoys working with Dr. VanDyk, striving to provide kind, caring dental treatment to all her patients. She likes meeting new people and having the opportunity to help them achieve a healthy smile. Kate grew up in the Seattle area and now lives in Sumner. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three boys.
Alicia Coate- Lead Assistant
Alicia has been with VanDyk Dental since 2010. She is a certified surgical dental assistant and trained phlebotomist. Alicia brings energy and enthusiasm to all she does. She wants to help patients overcome their dental fears, relax and enjoy their beautiful teeth and smiles. She describes Dr. VanDyk as a kind, calming and top-notch dentist! She particularly enjoys continuing her education in the dental field, bringing new and enhanced skills back to the practice. She enjoys working out and traveling in her spare time.
Karra Schulte - Assistant
Karra has been a dental assistant since 2009 and joined the VanDyk dental team in 2013. In the time Karra has been with our office, she has enjoyed working with the fun, energetic, caring group of people that strive to give the best quality of dental care to every patient. Karra, a native to the area, continues to enjoy living in Sumner, and looks forward to raising her daughter here as well. Karra, a new mom, loves spending time with her beautiful, young daughter.