Gentle Family Dentistry
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Meet Our Staff



All of our outstanding hygienists share Dr. Bloom's commitment to continuing education and providing the finest possible dental care.



Karla attended Oregon State University. She graduated from Mt. Hood College in Dental Hygiene. She has practiced in North Idaho since 1990, and just prior to joining our team in 2006, Karla did 18 months of volunteer dental work in Cambodia. She enjoys reading and all outdoor activities.

Carrie attended the University of California at Santa Barbara. She graduated in 1979 from Carroll College in Dental Hygiene, and went on to attain a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration. Carrie has been a delegate for the Idaho Dental Hygiene Association the past 4 years. Carrie enjoys traveling and outdoor activities.

Cindy graduated in 1982 from Northern Arizona University in Dental Hygiene. She began working with Dr. Bloom in 2005. Cindy likes to craft and enjoys traveling with her husband, who is a firefighter.

Taran joined our hygiene team in 2013. She graduated from Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin in 2011. Taran is the current Education Coordinator for the North Idaho Dental Hygiene Society. She enjoys volleyball, hiking, and camping with her husband and young daughter.

Our support team consists of two groups, chair side dental assistants and front office coordinators. Each of these women has many years experience in dentistry and they are dedicated to helping Dr. Bloom meet her patient's needs and concerns.



Karen, our lead dental assistant, has been in dentistry for 36 years and has been with Dr. Bloom since the practice formed in 2001. She is trained in both front and back office duties, but she most enjoys the one on one contact with patients as she assists Dr. Bloom chair side. Karen was raised in New Jersey and moved to North Idaho in 1997 with her husband and two children. She enjoys crafting, hunting and fishing.

Charlene has over ten years' dental assisting experience and we are excited to have her on our team. Patients often compliment Charlene's soft voice and gentle demeanor. Charlene enjoys gardening, cooking and being a wife and mother to her two teenage children.

Sue, our front office administrator, joined the practice in 2007 and carries over 30 years of dental office management experience. She earned an Associate of Science degree at Oxnard College in California. Sue's advanced computer skills are a big asset as we continue to move forward technically. Sue enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling with her husband.

Shana joined our front desk in 2014. She has been in dentistry for eight years, working both front office and as a dental assistant. She was born in North Carolina and moved to Clark Fork, Idaho in 1994. Shana played college basketball for North Idaho College and the University of Eastern Oregon. She went on to earn her Bachelorís degree in Forestry from the University of Montana in 2011. Shana loves sports, gardening, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their young daughter.

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