Meet Our Team
At Creekside Dental Ellensburg, our team is dedicated to the quality treatments and relationships we provide with patients. We are caring and compassionate to any possible concerns and are attentive to the needs of our patients. You can meet our hard-working and friendly team at your visit with our office. Our priority is to ensure that we provide quality dental care that entails a positive experience and memorable care.
Forrest Packard, DDS
Dr. Forrest Packard has over 30 years of dental experience and continually serves our community with great skill and care. He finds great joy in serving his patients, and he gets great satisfaction from making patients smile again. Dr. Packard graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1985, and received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Brigham Young University. He has received advanced training in orthodontics, TMJ treatment, and dental implant placement. Every year, Dr. Packard takes several continuing education courses to stay current in these fields. He is also a member of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Packard has been happily married for 35 years, and he has 12 children and 10 grandchildren. When not at the office, he loves to garden, fish, and spend time with his family.
Kevin Packard, DDS
For Dr. Kevin Packard, excellent dentistry is about taking care of patients’ needs and treating them like family. Dr. Packard and his family love Ellensburg and serving their community. A 2011 graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Packard has the expertise and training necessary to take care of your needs. He also received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Brigham Young University in 2007. Dr. Packard continues his education on a regular basis and is a member of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Packard married his wife, Ashley, in 2005, and he has three daughters, so there is never a dull moment at home. Away from work, he enjoys mountain biking, camping, wakeboarding, and spending time with his family. Dr. Kevin lives in Ellensburg and looks forward to serving the community for years to come.
Jordan Packard — Practice Administrator
Jordan has been with our practice since 2017. He graduated from high school in 2007 and from BYU Idaho in 2015 with a bachelor’s in healthcare administration. He is the oldest of six and grew up in a family of dentists. What he likes best about our practice is that Creekside Dental Ellensburg is a family-centered practice that strives to give the personal, small-town feel that supports their philosophy of, “Let our family serve your family.” Jordan enjoys being part of an educated team that is highly knowledgeable about the cutting-edge dental technology and procedures. He is teamwork-oriented and self-driven, as demonstrated in his accomplishments of being an Eagle Scout and serving a two-year LDS mission in Asuncion, Paraguay. Jordan is bilingual in Spanish and enjoys building rockets, hydroponics, 3D Printing, fishing, and hunting.
Gemma Collins– Hygiene Coordinator/ Receptionist
Gemma has been with Creekside Dental Ellensburg since May of 2017. She graduated from Central Washington University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer sciences, with a career and technical education endorsement. Gemma enjoys how welcoming and helpful everyone is at Creekside Dental Ellensburg, and how everyone helps give patients a reason to smile. She contacts patients regarding continuing their dental care, as well as scheduling and checking in on patients to help keep the day flowing. Gemma always had an interest in dentistry, and she is excited to learn more and grow with the practice. She is recently married and has three dogs, three horses, chickens, and various other animals.
Rhylee Ashby – Dr. Forrest’s Scheduler
Rhylee is our hygiene coordinator, so when you are due for a cleaning, you will most likely be talking to her! She has been in the dental field for six years and especially loves working with children. She plans to be in the dental field for the foreseeable future, as she will be applying to dental hygiene school soon. Besides dentistry, she loves horses, hiking, crafting, and family.
Janet Velasquez – Dental Hygienist
Jan is one of our dental hygienists and has spent her many years bringing maturity, experience, and humor to our practice. She loves working with Dr. Forrest Packard, Dr. Kevin Packard, and our staff. Together with our team, Jan continually works on learning new and exciting ways to deliver and expand our services to our patients and the community. She finds our office a great place to be! Jan’s message to her patients is, “I love to work with each of you to make you comfortable!” She works hard to help patients reach the level of health they want to be at and put a smile on their faces. Jan attended the YVC Dental Hygiene program and graduated in 1979. She continues her education yearly and has attended classes on dental lasers and dental implants. Jan has been married for 35 years and has 2 children and 4 grandsons. In her free time, she enjoys being a grandma, reading, and knitting.
Whitney Trammell – Dental Hygienist
Whitney has been a hygienist for over six years after graduating from the Yakima Valley Community College Dental Hygiene program. She loves working one-on-one with patients, providing quality and enjoyable care, and she hopes to continue in her career for many years to come. Whitney and her husband, Jeff, have been married for nine years and have two children, Jayne and William. They enjoy all things outdoors: hiking, camping, soccer, tennis, kayaking, etc. Inside, Whitney enjoys interior design, building, and art. There is always a project to work on!
Teresa Keith – Dental Hygienist
Teresa has been in the dental field for over 34 years, beginning as an assistant for 10 years and becoming a dental hygienist after that. She loves working with people and caring for them. Nothing is more rewarding to her than having a fearful patient smile and thank her at the end of her time with them. For her, it isn’t just about teeth; it is about building relationships with people in our community and providing exceptional quality care. Teresa has a large family, including many adopted children, who fill her life with love. They enjoy spending time together as a family, including taking the kids camping and mushroom and huckleberry picking.
Allison- Dental Hygienist
Allison joined the team at Creekside the summer after graduating dental hygiene school from Columbia Basin College. Allison takes a personal role in knowing her patient and prides herself with providing gentle, quality dental care to all. In her free time, she likes to travel, hike, play tennis and spending time with her family; her boyfriend, Tyler; and their American Eskimo dog. Allison looks forward to serving you with the wonderful staff
Melissa Clark – Registered Dental Assistant
Melissa has been a dental assistant for over 16 years. She greatly enjoys helping people gain confidence in their dental health. It is her goal to educate, comport, and support you through your dental care here at Creekside Dental Ellensburg. She is honored to be a part of the dental team she now calls family. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and her horses, and reading a good book.
Elle Samuelson- Registered Dental Assistant
Elle has been in the dental field for four years, having started dental assisting right after high school. She loves watching the transformation that occurs in people’s lives and mouths as they undergo orthodontic treatment and cosmetic dentistry. Most of all, she loves working with patients, meeting new people, and making them happy. Her goal is to make every visit a positive experience. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and her black lab, camping, fishing, hiking, surfing, and traveling.
Meghan Sorenson – Registered Dental Assistant
Meghan has been with our office since August 2011, and she contributes much to our team atmosphere. She loves to learn new things and help patients have a positive experience. Every day brings a new adventure for Meghan. She graduated from EHS in 2008. In her free time, Meghan enjoys hiking, fishing, watching sports, and spending time with family. She has been married since September 2014 to her high school sweetheart, Cody.
Madison Able – Registered Dental Assistant
Madison is usually the first smiling face you will see when you walk through our doors, and has been since September 2016. She was born in Wenatchee but raised in Ellensburg, and she calls the “Burg” home. She is a certified phlebotomist from Green River Community College. Madison was drawn to the dental field because she loves helping others, and working in dentistry provides ample opportunity for providing support to all members of our team. She enjoys spending time with her family and with her Great Dane, Stella, and miniature Doxin, Bella. She also enjoys photography; painting; and teaching her niece, Haisly, how to walk and talk.
Cassie Johnson – Registered Dental Assistant (kids)
Cassie is an Ellensburg local, born and raised here. She loves the community and the area. Cassie is a recent addition to our team and is currently a student at YVCC, working towards her degree in dental hygiene; she is looking forward to a long career in dentistry. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and doing outdoor activities including fishing, boating, riding motorcycles, and snowmobiling.