Meet Our Staff
Kathy, Office manager
Kathy has 35+ years’ experience in dentistry. Kathy started her dental career as a dental assistant which transitioned to the front desk while working for the same practice for 24 years. The experience and knowledge she gained chairside has proven invaluable in providing exceptional concierge service for Bella’s patients.
Kathy and her husband are avid Seahawk fans. She enjoys traveling, painting, cooking, smooth jazz and spending time with her 2 beautiful daughters and 2 amazing granddaughters.
Elle, Dental Assistant
Elle graduated Lake Washington Technical College Dental Assisting Program in 2010. She has a passion for helping patients with dental fears and is amazing in helping people feel comfortable and at ease. She enjoys working with our patients and especially with children. Outside of being in the dental field; she enjoys playing tennis, traveling, reading and watching her teenage son play soccer.
Bryan, Registered Dental Hygienist
Bryan has been a long-time resident of Bellevue and grew up locally having attended the University of Washington and Lake Washington Institute of Technology where he received his B.S. Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, and his associates in Dental Hygiene, respectively. He enjoys connecting with his patients on a personal level and loves being the “friendly, neighborhood hygienist.” During his free time, Bryan enjoys a wide variety of music, sports, movies, and is an absolute foodie (formerly worked as a professional cook)! You may also find Bryan walking his dog, Bailey, around downtown Bellevue! Feel free to say hi, she is a very sweet dog!
Jamise, Office Admin/ Social Media & Marketing
Jamise began her dental career in 2008. After coming from working in Medical, she fell in love with dentistry and never looked back. Her passion for her profession, office expertise and positive attitude are an asset to the practice.
Jamise enjoys spending most all her free time with her son. She also enjoys travelling, fashion, trying new places to eat, hiking, playing classical music and spending time with her large family.
Christa, Dental Assistant
Christa graduated with honors from Pima Medical Institute in 2013 and has been a dental assistant ever since.
She loves getting to know patients and helping guide them to better dental health.
Outside of work she likes to spend time reading, trying new recipes and hanging out with friends and family.
Kelly, Registered Dental Hygienist
Kelly has been a hygienist for 30 years in private practice! I love what I do! My husband and I were high school sweethearts and have two daughters ages 21 and 23 and two cats (one skinny, one fat) I enjoy camping, kayaking, gardening, reading and live music. I'm the eighth of nine children and am blessed to have all my family here in this state so we often get together.
Karen, Registered Dental Hygienist
Karen has worked in the dental field for almost 30 years. She was fortunate to meet Dr. Rima at her first job out of dental school and feels so grateful for the continued relationship. Karen has a passion for listening and getting to know each patient and their dental concerns. She has volunteered for ‘Medical Team International’, UW dental school and ‘Healthy Smiles’ (mobile dentistry for seniors). When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, cooking and traveling.
Marie Durflinger, DDS
Rima Abifaker, DDS
Call (425) 208-0032
Bella Dental Care
1550 140th Avenue NE Suite 110,
Bellevue, WA 98005-4500