Meet The Staff

 
Hope Patten, RDH

Hope is a native Nevadan, born and raised in Eastern Nevada and moving west to Reno in 2005. After a 5-year career as a Dental Assistant she pursued her career as Dental Hygienist; Graduating from Carrington College in Boise ID with her Associate of Science-Dental Hygiene degree in 2011. She started her career with Great Basin Dental in 2019. She has always had a love for dentistry and feels passionately about being able to assist her patients with achieving optimal dental health.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 3 children. They enjoy most outdoor activities, but off roading and lake or beach time are among their favorites. She also enjoys playing tennis whenever she can get a chance.

 
Cathleen Ritter, RDH

I was raised in Nevada and currently reside in Sparks. I have been a dental hygienist since 2018. Outside of work, I enjoy going on vacations, doing yoga and Pilates and going camping.  

 
 Trista Kivi, RDH

I graduated from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho with my Bachelors degree in dental hygiene in 2005. Upon graduating I moved to Reno where I started working full time as a dental hygienist. I enjoy getting to know all my patients on a personal level. Lecturing people to floss is an obviously mandatory responsibility of mine, but the trip updates, family fun and everyday victories is what I enjoy most about my career.
On a personal note, I am married to a busy high school social studies teacher and coach. We have one daughter born in 2012. She keeps our family very busy with all her extra curricular activities and spark! When I’m not in the office or mom tackling, you will find me walking, bird watching, gardening, tending to my numerous house plants, trying out amazing new fun foodie recipes, hiking, backpacking, traveling especially anywhere warm and close to the ocean, drinking coffee or lavender tea and aspiring to have my house clean as I did before motherhood! I look forward to seeing your sparkling smile.

Fun Fact: I have climbed the highest mountain in Nevada

  
 Jessica Knox, RDH 

I graduated in August 2008 and have been a dental hygienist since 2015. I joined the Great Basin team in 2023. Outside of work I love reading and spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy outdoor activities like camping, hiking, swimming and paddle boarding. 

 
 Maribel M. 
Office Manager

I have been working in the dental field for nearly a decade so far. I began as an administrative assistant and later transitioned to Office Manager. I proudly joined the Great Basin team in 2023 and enjoy working with the best doctors and tremendous staff. I also takes pride in helping our patients with any questions they may have regarding their treatment plan, insurance or financial needs. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my children visiting family in Idaho and California. One of my favorite hobbies is doing photography, especially in fall time. 

Fun Fact about me I love anything and all Beauty and the Beast.

 
 Heidi S.
Front Office Supervisor

I graduated from Carrington College in Sacramento in 2010. I have been part of the Great Basin Dental team since 2018 but have been working in the dental field since 2011.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. Some of my favorite things to do outside of work is discovering new places and taking some fun road trips..

Fun face about me I love crocheting! 

 
 Bianca L.
Insurance Coordinator 

I started working in the dental field in 2017 and  joined the Great Basin team in 2023. Outside of work some of my favorites hobbies are attending concert, taking spontaneous trips, doing arts and crafts with her son, lake days in summer and movie theater dates with her son are top tier. 

Fun fact about me, I love Disneyland!

 
 Rachel S.
Assistant

Born and raised in South Lake Tahoe. I graduated from TMCC assisting program and have been a dental assistant since 2011. I really enjoy connecting with our patients, making them feel comfortable and at ease. Outside of work I love spending time with my family and friends. Traveling and trying new restaurants and bars around the Reno and Sparks area are my favorite.  

Fun Fact about me I am Selena Quintanilla’s biggest fan!

 Emily B.
Assistant 

I have been a dental assistant since 2021. Outside of work I love spending time with my fiancé and son. I love spending time outside and taking some fun road trips. 

Fun fact about me, I am a lefty! 

 
 
 Maria H. 
Assistant

I have been a dental assistant since 2004. I first started dentistry in a pediatric office and later transitioned to general dentistry. I’ve enjoyed working with both kids and adults throughout the years. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and kids. I have one son and one daughter. My husband and I enjoy spending time at Donner Lake as well as enjoying drives and exploring new places on the weekends.

Fun fact about me I enjoy cooking for my family and friends.