Friendly, Caring Staff

MEET Our Team

  • Dr. Strelow - Family Dentist
  • Dr. Wattimena - Associate Dentist
  • Amir - Dental Assistant
  • Sarah - Dental Assistant
  • Tove - Dental Hygenist
  • Carina - Dental Hygenist
  • Livvy - Dental Hygenist
  • Deanna - Office Manager
  • Mavis - Office Treatment Coordinator
Mercer Island Family Dentistry


Our team oriented staff provides the most compassionate dental care by always placing our patient's best interest first. Each staff member is dedicated to making the patient's experience a rewarding one by using their knowledge, skills, and experience. All members participate in continuing education to ensure that we are always providing the best treatment for our patients.


Dr. Strelow
Family Dentist

Dr. Jennifer Strelow is a full-time family practice dentist who provides care for all ages. She graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. After returning to the Seattle area, Dr. Strelow worked as an associate dentist before opening her own practice on Mercer Island in September 2005. Dr. Strelow was an affiliated faculty member at the University of Washington dental school from 2004 to 2015, where she worked with first year dental students on their dental anatomy and occlusion series. Dr. Strelow is actively participating in courses at the Scottsdale Center for dentistry to advance her education. She has spent many weekends traveling for multi-day lectures and hands-on workshops. Dr. Strelow places emphasis on diagnosis, prevention, and complete dental care for all patients.

Dr. Strelow was a graduate of Auburn senior high school in Auburn, WA. She left Washington after high school to move to Tucson, AZ where she obtained her B.S. in health education before pursuing her dental degree in Boston. Dr. Strelow also completed an externship program at the Oakland Park V.A. Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

In her spare time, Dr. Strelow loves spending time with her husband, daughter and son. She also enjoys skiing, swimming, water polo and Ironman triathlons.


Dr. Wattimena
Associate Dentist

Dr. Monica Wattimena received her dental degree at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. Upon graduating, she moved to Columbus, Ohio to practice general dentistry. She became an adjunct faculty member at the Ohio State University, where she completed a one year fellowship in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Wattimena and her family moved to the Pacific Northwest where she met Dr. Strelow and covered her latest maternity leave. Dr. Strelow and her team enjoyed having Dr. Wattimena at the office so much that she has become an associate dentist in the practice.

Dr. Wattimena frequently participates in continuing education to stay up-todate with the most current techniques and research. She is a certified Invisalign provider and is an active member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Society and the Seattle-King County Dental Society. Dr. Wattimena strives to provide the best patient-oriented dental care for all of her patients.

Dr. Wattimena was born and raised in Indonesia and immigrated to Canada at the age of 16 to complete her high school and undergraduate studies. She also has a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences. In her free time, Dr. Wattimena loves spending time with her husband and son. She enjoys baking, cake decorating, cross stitching and painting. She is thoroughly enjoying the beautiful views and temperate climate of the Pacific Northwest.


Dental Assistant

Amir is a Dental Assistant at our Practice and has worked in the dental field for many years. Introduced to dentistry as a high school student, she enjoys the education and experience that she has developed over the years to provide excellent quality care for our patients. Amir has a great sense of pride knowing that our patients walk out of the dental office with a smile. It reconfirms her commitment in making sure our patients had a wonderful and pleasant visit.

In her spare time, Amir is a devoted mother of two beautiful little girls. Her family is very supportive of everything she does and encourages her to pursue her dreams and ambitions. Her future goal is to one day own her own dental lab.


Dental Hygienist

Sarah graduated from the University of Washington in 2003 with a BA in Psychology, a BA in Communication, along with a minor in Speech Communication. After a few years in the business world, Sarah decided to switch careers. In 2009, she completed the dental hygiene program at Lake Washington Technical College. She chose the dental profession because of the profound effect quality dental care can have on a person's health, happiness and well being. She enjoys helping patients attain and maintain optimal oral health, building relationships and seeing the results of her efforts.

In her free time Sarah enjoys traveling, running, swimming, yoga, reading and spending time with her family. An Eastlake resident and proud Husky alum, you will always find Sarah representing her purple and gold at the football games.


Dental Hygienist

Tove is one of the dental hygienists here at Mercer Island Dentistry. She has been a hygienist for many years, graduating in dental hygiene from the University of Washington in 1980. Believing the more education the better, she also completed the UW's MBA program in 1984.

After working in finance and marketing, she returned to the field of dentistry after her now teenage son was born. She lives on Mercer Island and enjoys having many friends and neighbors as patients.

When not at the office, Tove enjoys hiking, Husky games, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Dental Hygienist

Carina is one of our registered dental hygienists graduating from Lake Washington technical College's dental hygiene program in 2008. Before going to hygiene school, Carina received a BA in psychology from western Washington University in 2003. Prior to being a hygienist, Carina spent 5 years working as a dental assistant. She enjoys the opportunity dentistry gives her to build relationships with patients and help them in achieving their best oral health. She also loves that her profession allows her to be home part time with her two young children.

Carina enjoys spending her time with her husband and children, getting together with girlfriends as often as possible, camping, reading and being outdoors.


Dental Hygienist

Livvy began her career in the dental field in 2004 and worked as a dental assistant for 8 years. After graduating from the University of Washington with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology, she returned to school to complete her dental hygiene degree.

Livvy’s goal is to provide personalized care for her patients with gentleness and kindness. She wishes for all of her patients to have a basic understanding of their periodontal health and help them achieve optimal dental health.

Livvy’s outside interests include exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family and friends, spontaneous road trips, running, yoga and enjoying a cup of coffee.


Office Manager

Deanna is our Office Practice Manager with over 25 years of dental experience including 13 years as a dental assistant. She has been with our office since we opened in September of 2005 and has a vast array of knowledge regarding the various computer programs and insurance networks utilized throughout Washington.

Deanna and her husband are native to the Seattle area and are happily raising their 2 daughters here as well. She is an avid volleyball player and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Office Treatment Coordinator

Mavis is our Office Treatment Coordinator. She has been in the dental field for over 25 years. As well as her extensive knowledge of dental insurance, Mavis is our resident expert on customer relations and approaches her job with great skill and joy. Her motto is "Why not have a little fun while you're working".

Away from the office, Mavis spends as much time as possible with her husband, children and grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, exercise and surrounding herself with friends and family.

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