Here at Douglas J. Knight Orthodontics in Tacoma, WA, our team of professionals is extensively trained in delivering all aspects of orthodontic services. In addition to serving patients with top-of-the-line care, we regularly attend continuing education courses and seminars in order to keep current with the latest technologies and information available to our profession. We believe that we offer the finest care in the Tacoma, WA area. Whether you are interested in Invisalign or clear braces, our team works with Dr. Knight to deliver the beautiful results that you desire.

Heidi – Office Manager

Staff_Heidi.jpgHeidi brings 15+ years of experience to the office. She has embraced the Office Manager role and enjoys educating patients on the benefits of orthodontic treatment and building relationships with patients not just from their first visit to the office, but throughout the entire treatment process. “I feel privileged to work with such a dedicated orthodontic team that delivers the highest quality of service”. When she isn’t in the office, Heidi enjoys spending time with her family, friends and especially her three pugs. A die-hard Seahawks fan, most Sundays are spent cheering for our favorite team!

Heather – Financial/Scheduling Coordinator

Copy 3Of_Heather-photoHeather is the first smile you’ll see when you walk into the office. Heather has over 10 years of experience in both orthodontics and general dentistry. She had previously worked with us for six years as an orthodontic assistant and is now working in the front office. Her and Mikayla work together on gathering your insurance information and making your experience here a smooth and joyful experience. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her son, family, and friends.

Mikayla – Financial/Scheduling Coordinator

Mikayala_012314.jpgMikayla will greet you when you enter the office. She will manage your financial arrangement, which will involve no-interest payment planning, and she will investigate your insurance options. She is such a joy to have as a part of this team! Mikayla has been coming to our office since she was 8 years old when she underwent treatment from Dr. Knight! Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors hiking, spending time at her beach house on Hood Canal and cheering on the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks!

Amber – Clinical Assistant

amber_012314.jpgAmber joined our team more than a couple years ago, and we are so very happy with her decision to do so. As soon as you visit with her, you realize she is very sharp and a quick learner. She brings a great attitude and gentle, caring spirit with her and has been sharing it with patients for more than five years. “I have found my passion here at Dr. Knight’s office. I truly enjoy coming to work with the excellent team here, as well as our patients”. Football is her favorite season! Born and raised in Graham, she loves being outdoors camping, fishing and enjoying any sun we get here in the Pacific Northwest.

McKenzie – Clinical Assistant

Staff_McKenzie_02Jun2015.jpgMcKenzie brings an incredible amount of fun and enthusiasm to the office each day, and we are fortunate to have her join us. She completed the Dental Assisting Program at Clover Park and is very passionate about oral health. "Promoting oral health is something I envisioned for my life for a very long time, and there is no other profession I would rather be in and nor another office than Dr. Knight's." In her free time, she loves the outdoors, especially anything involving horses and farms. She is quite the artist and has been playing the piano her entire life. "Every day, I love that I get to do what I do, with the people I care about, and make a difference in this world."

Alice – Clinical Assistant

Alice_resized Alice brings  7 years of orthodontic assisting experience to our team, which is very evident in her impressive clinical skills and confidence! She received her education from Everest College and was lucky to have the opportunity to be taught by our very own Janice Shull! Outside of the office she enjoys working out at her Crossfit gym, trying new restaurants, perfecting her beer tasting skills, and spending lots of time with friends and family. As a new resident to Tacoma, she enjoys exploring places to eat and shop. "I'm always excited and honored to work with an amazing team and doctors!" We certainly feel the same way about Alice!

Katie – Clinical Assistant

KatieKatie has been a part of our team since last summer and we couldn't be happier to have her! She is very outgoing and loves helping make people feel confident about their smiles! She completed her dental assistant training at Clover Park Technical College and has enjoyed teaching others about good oral health. She enjoys being outside, hanging out with her niece and nephew and her favorite season is summer. "I enjoy making such great relationships with our patients and working with such an amazing team!". 

Emily – Clinical Assistant

EmilyEmily joined our team here at Dr. Knight's office last fall and has been an awesome addition to our orthodontic family!  She could not be happier doing what she loves. She attended Clover Park Technical College to learn all about the in’s and out’s of teeth. She finds great satisfaction in giving people confidence in their smile. “I have always felt that a smile is a person’s best quality, and now I get to do what I love and help people better their smile!” In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her family, including her cat, Mittens. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and volleyball when the sun shines.

Hailey - Clinical Assistant

HaileyOct2017Hailey recently graduated college and we are so excited she chose to start with us this past summer! She went to dental assisting school specifically to work in orthodontics. She says: “It's so rewarding to see people smile with confidence about their smile! I am so fortunate to have a job at such a modern and highly knowledgeable office with a fun team. I am the biggest dog lover and look forward to seeing Dexter on the job twice a week.” In her spare time she likes to do DIY projects, go shopping, and listen to country music!

Janice – Office Assistant

Janice1_110514.jpgJanice is such a fun person to have on the team! She brings such a wealth of experience to all aspects of our office as she has been working in the dental field for 30+ years. She has experience in orthodontics, oral surgery, pedodontics, general dentistry and laboratory procedures. Understanding how all of these disciplines work together to get a great orthodontic result is so important to our team. Wanting to share her experience, passion and love for dentistry, she also enjoyed being a dental assistant instructor before coming to us. She “loves helping people achieve confidence with a healthy beautiful smile”. Her family is the most important aspect of her life and is so proud of her four grown children and will not hesitate to tell you all about them (if asked)!

Dexter – Team Mascot

Dexter_06Oct2015.jpgDexter is Dr. Knight’s 9-year-old pup that comes to the office on Monday and Wednesday. He is more than just another pretty face. Granted, he may be the cutest of the team, but he brings comfort and smiles to our patients, especially those with some initial trepidation about coming to the orthodontist. He often says, “I love meeting new people, and if I can make them feel comfortable about how easy and fun our office is, then I feel I have finally found my calling.” When he isn’t at the office, Dexter is either at Doggy Daycare or napping. Oh, the dog’s life for all of us.




As a team, we are always seeking to learn, communicate and enjoy each day with our patients. We are especially interested in making all of our patients feel right at home! We put the patient’s individual needs first in order to achieve the most efficient and effective treatment possible. Each member of our team is a registered assistant, and our office staff has years of experience in treating patients with various conditions and problems.

Our patients are always greeted with a smile, and appreciate the kindness, integrity and patient focus that Dr. Knight and our friendly staff provide.

Douglas J. Knight Orthodontics offers state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment for kids, teens and adults in Tacoma, Lakewood, Fircrest, University Place, Gig Harbor, Puyallup, Steilacoom, WA and the surrounding areas. Contact our office today for more information on our services or to schedule your first visit. Our team looks forward to serving you!