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 to his wife Michele since 1980, and together they have 12 children and 22 grandchildren. When not at the office, he loves gardening, fishing and spending time with his family.
Kevin Packard, DDS
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. He is strongly committed to excellence in dentistry, compassion in patient care and patient comfort, and practicing evidence-based dentistry.
Dr. Packard married his wife, Ashley, in 2005, and he has three daughters and twin sons, ensuring that there is never a dull moment at home. Away from work, he enjoys mountain biking, camping, wakeboarding, and spending time with his family. 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.
Meghan Kopczynski – Office Manager
Meghan has been part of the Creekside Dental family since 2011. She began her dental field journey as a member of the front desk and transitioned to the back office, where she eventually became the lead assistant for Dr. Forrest. While she was working on the clinical side, she was able to expand her knowledge in the dental field and learn the ins and outs of almost all dental procedures. Meghan became our office manager in June 2019, where she brings her knowledge of both the insurance/benefits side of dentistry as well as the clinical side. She is always up for a challenge and enjoys the fast pace of dentistry, educating patients and creating the best experience possible. Meghan grew up in Ellenburg and graduated from Ellensburg High School in 2008; she than attended CWU, where she was a member of the fastpitch team. Meghan contributes much of her teamwork and success to her years of team sports. After college she moved away but always knew she would be back to this town that she calls home.
Hannah Ocampo – Receptionist & Insurace Coordinator
Hannah grew up in Bothell, Washington, before she moved to Ellensburg to attend CWU. She graduated from CWU with a degree in dance and a minor in exercise science. While in school, Hannah worked for the wellness center on campus as a receptionist. After graduation, she received her personal training certification and has been working for Anytime Fitness ever since. When Hannah is not working at Creekside Dental Ellensburg, you can find her continuing her personal training career at Anytime Fitness, choreographing/dancing and walking her dog with her husband, Jessie. Hannah is eager to continue to learn about the dental field and help make your experience at our office the best possible.
Kathy Heaverlo – Dr. Forrest’s Scheduling Coordinator
Kathy’s grandparents moved to the Kittitas Valley in 1950, where she spent her childhood summers on the family farm. She moved here full time in 1977, and she graduated from Kittitas High School in 1978. She has two kids and four grandchildren, who all reside in Kittitas County as well. With her husband, Scott, she enjoys spending time cooking, camping, traveling and attending her grandchildren’s various sporting events. She takes pride in informing patients about oral health and hopes to have a positive impact on every patient she works with.
Emily Bradford – Hygiene Coordinator
Emily is our hygiene coordinator and will assist in scheduling new patients to our office as well as any cleaning appointments. She has been with Creekside Dental Ellensburg for over a year now and loves working in the dental field. Her favorite thing about dentistry is seeing the before and after and the confidence that comes with a patient’s new smile. She has lived in Ellensburg for five years now and enjoys spending time outdoors. When not at work, you can find Emily camping, fishing or going on some sort of adventure with her family or friends. Emily has five pets that always keep her busy and on her toes. This includes one dog, two cats and two guinea pigs.
Jamie Hampton – Dr. Kevin’s Scheduling Coordinator
Jamie moved to Ellensburg in 1993, where she raised three wonderful children that she is very proud of. She has been able to add two daughters-in-laws and two grandsons to the family while living in Ellensburg. Her grandsons are her pride and joy! In her spare time, she enjoys camping with friends, crafting, going to concerts, traveling and spending time with family, including her parents who recently relocated to Ellensburg. Jamie has worked in the dental field in the past, and we are happy to welcome her back as a member of our team.
Janet Velasquez – Dental Hygienist
Jan has been part of our Creekside Dental family since 2011. Jan graduated from the YVC dental hygiene program in 1979 and brings many years of experience, maturity and humor to our practice. Jan is married to her high school sweetheart, with whom she has two children and six grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys being a grandma, reading, knitting, painting and visiting any Disney park! Jan’s smile is infectious, and finding a way onto her schedule is darn near impossible as she has quite the following. Jan is the definition of team player, and we are so lucky to have her as part of our practice!
Cassie Keaton – Dental Hygienist
Cassie was born and raised in Ellensburg and joined Creekside Dental in 2016, where she fell in love with the dental field. Cassie then went on to attend YVC, where she received her bachelor’s in dental hygiene in 2019. We were happy to bring Cassie back on as a member of our hygiene team after she graduated. Cassie loves working with patients to help them achieve a happy and healthy smile. It is very important to her that each patient feels comfortable and has a positive experience. When Cassie is not working, you can find her outdoors enjoying time with her family.
Nikkie Froehlich – Dental Hygienist
Nikkie joined our practice after graduating from YVC with a bachelor’s in dental hygiene in 2019. Prior to YVC, Nikkie played collegiate basketball up north in Skagit County, which was a huge part in making her the amazing team player she is today. Nikkie loves to be outdoors, on the water or traveling to new places. She also loves to help others with their health and wellness journeys, and she enjoys playing golf and spending time with friends and family. Nikkie loves making her patients comfortable along with educating them on proper techniques to keep their oral health in great condition. Her positive attitude and willingness to take on any task make her a key member of our Creekside Dental family.
Mercadee Limbo- Dental Hygienist
Mercadee grew up in Wilkeson, Washington, and moved to Ellensburg in 2022 after graduating from dental hygiene school. Mercadee has a lot of interest in the dental field, pushing her to pursue a career in dental hygiene. She loves building relationships while working with patients and helping them improve their oral health. When not at work, she can be found spending time with her fiancé and children, hiking, cooking and playing sports.
Ali Kroeger – Kiddie Prophy & Dental Assistant
Ali was born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, and started in the dental field at the end of 2020. During her time at Creekside Dental Ellensburg, she has had the opportunity to start with the front desk and then transition to the clinical side of things. This route has allowed Ali to experience multiple sides of dentistry and has given her a better understanding of how everything comes together. Ali is very outgoing and loves to get to know patients on an individual level. Outside of work, Ali and her husband, Jake, are busy building a new house and spending most of their free time outdoors.
Greyson McLeod – Registered Dental Assistant
Greyson was raised in Ellensburg. He attended Yakima Valley College, where he received his AA, and is currently attending Central Washington University to obtain a degree in biomedical science, which he plans on using to get into dental school. Greyson has learned the ins and outs of many dental procedures while in his undergraduate studies to help prepare him for the journey through dental school. Greyson considers every day an opportunity to expand his knowledge as well as providing a comforting environment for our patients to be educated and receive the treatment needed to give them a confident smile.
Ricky Packard – Registered Dental Assistant
Ricky is currently attending CWU working on post-baccalaureate studies in biology and chemistry, and he plans to attend dental school upon completion of his studies. He completed a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis on foreign affairs and a minor in Russian from BYU in 2012. Ricky has served in the military and is grateful for the opportunity to serve in that capacity and also looks forward to continued opportunities to serve the community within the dental field. He loves to learn and find new ways to continue being the best he can be. Ricky has been married to his wife, Rachelle, since 2009. Together, they have two sons and three daughters. During his free time, you can often find Ricky and Rachelle and their children outdoors looking for new adventures. Ricky is also very curious by nature and loves to spend time reading as much as he can about the world around us. Rickey is one of Dr. Forrest Packard’s children.
Madison Laurie – Registered Dental Assistant
Madison has wanted to be a dental hygienist ever since she could remember. She has been with our office for over a year now and is looking to further her dental career by attending hygiene school in the future. She loves sending time with her family, hunting, hiking, fishing and making people smile. Madison loves helping make sure that patients have a great experience at our office.
Stella Carney – Registered Dental Assistant
Stella was born and raised here in Ellensburg, Washington, and graduated from EHS in 2019. She came to work at Creekside Dental Ellensburg right after graduating, where she started her on-the-job training. In her free time, she enjoys raising her puppy with her husband, Andrew. Stella loves learning all things dental and looks forward to each new day and opportunity that the dental field brings her way.
Jenny Arnold – Registered Dental Assistant
Jenny was born and raised in Ellensburg and has been in the dental field for seven years now. Jenny joined our team in 2020 and looks forward to meeting new people and helping them in achieving their ideal smiles. Jenny has a contagious smile and is always looking for ways to help make our team successful. When Jenny is not at work, you will find her on a hiking trail or riding her bike with her dog not far behind.
Misty Christensen – Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary
Misty has worked in the dental field since 2009, and the part she loves the most is helping her patients feel at ease in the dental chair. She likes making people laugh and wants patients to have a great time when they are in our office. She loves educating patients and giving them the tools they need to have the healthiest smile possible. When she is not working on teeth, you can find her photographing weddings or spending time with her husband, two kids and golden retriever, Dug.