Jeremy L. Johnson, DDS
Dr. Jeremy Johnson spent the first few years of his life in Massachusetts, until, while he was still at a young age, his family moved overseas. He spent most of his childhood years living in Bangladesh, where his dad was a missionary dentist. Jeremy’s love of travel was born through the family’s visits to many Southeast Asian countries.
After completing high school equivalency in Southern California, he followed his brother to Southwestern Michigan to attend college at Andrews University. In 1997, he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology.
Dr. Johnson continued his education in Southern California at Loma Linda University, receiving a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2001. During his last year of dental school, Jeremy’s professors selected him as the recipient of the highly sought-after Academy of General Dentistry Award for his exceptional clinical skills in dentistry.
Dr. Johnson moved to Monroe in July 2003 to assume care of a retiring dentist’s clients. He spends approximately 50 hours per year in continuing education courses that allow him to keep up on current techniques and technologies in dentistry.
Dr. Johnson feels his bio is incomplete without introducing you to his best friend, life partner, and master of mayhem, Heather. She’s not only integral in supporting his family at home but also in supporting the practice through marketing integration, motivational support, and emotional uplifting/thrashing, as the situation necessitates.
Dr. Johnson lives in Monroe with Heather, their son, Devan, and a terribly unattractive dog, Kenneth. Heather has three older children, Alexis, Aubrey, and Dakota, the oldest of which provided them with their first grandson in January 2015! They spend their spare time gardening, watching movies, and entertaining friends.
Nader Tawakkol, DDS
Dr. Nader roamed the great pastures of the Midwest, joining a gang of Wolverines (Go Blue!) before making his journey out west. He was quickly accepted by a pack of Huskies after being lured in by the welcoming warmth of their people and the absolutely stunning scenery.
Dr. Nader is excited to have made the move to Monroe and to have the opportunity to combine the beauty and art of dentistry with its available clinical evidence to assist his patients in achieving their best oral health. He enjoys spending time with every patient he sees to answer any question that may arise, and he strives to make each visit as comfortable, informative and pleasant as possible. He is committed to providing superior dental care by investing in continuing dental education in order to expand his abilities and knowledge in the oral healthcare field.
Outside the office, Dr. Nader enjoys playing soccer, exploring new restaurants and traveling the world every chance he gets.
Katie Padilla, DDS
Dr. Padilla grew up nearby in Redmond, Washington and she is so thrilled to be back in the greater Seattle area to practice. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, Seattle and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She then proceeded to the University of Southern California and completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in Los Angeles. As much as she loved being in California (and close to her sister and Disneyland), she always looked forward to coming back to the Pacific Northwest to practice dentistry.
As a child, Dr. Padilla loved going to the dentist, and even looked forward to it! She desires the same for all of her patients, and strives to achieve this by showing the utmost respect, compassion, and understanding, regardless of a patient’s current oral health status. She loves to get to know her patients and relate to them on a personal level.
Dr. Padilla is so grateful to have the best team around! She always says that the patient is an important part of the team, and we all work together to restore and maintain their oral health. She approaches every appointment with the patient’s best interest in mind, to ensure a comfortable atmosphere. We are all here to help you! A healthy and confident smile can make a big difference in our lives. Seeing how this change in patients’ health brings a new self-confidence that extends far beyond the dental office.
In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling to new places, and supporting our Seattle sports teams.
Claire Israel, DDS
Dr. Israel earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She is thrilled to bring her dedication to dentistry and her passion for the profession to Monroe Smiles. At the University of Washington, Dr. Israel was the recipient of the Academy of Operative Dentistry Award for outstanding academic and clinical performance.
Dr. Israel understands the importance of keeping pace with the rapidly evolving dental field and dedicates herself to many hours of continuing education and advanced training. She strives to provide the best dental care for her patients, the same way she would take care of her own family members.
Outside of the office, Dr. Israel holds a passion for community service. She volunteers at Union Gospel Mission, the Medical Teams International mobile dental van and the Lahai health clinic to provide free dental care for patients in need.
Originally from Egypt, Dr. Israel and her family enjoy living in the beautiful PNW. When she is not at work, she enjoys reading, spending quality time with friends and family, and exploring the outdoors hiking the beautiful trails the PNW has to offer.