Meet Our Team
After over 15 years in the dental field as a clinical assistant, working in a lab, and helping to manage a large practice, I'm thankful to have found a home here with the Pickens team. I have always felt called to serve others and appreciate the opportunities I've been given to do so through dentistry. My family says my smile is way too big to keep to myself, so a dental office is the perfect place for me to share it. Working together with everyone here at the Pickens practice and helping patients get the most out of their dental health, every day makes it really easy for me to do.
I grew up right here in Vancouver, and I love everything the Northwest has to offer. When I'm not at work, you might find my husband, two kids, and I helping out at his family's farm in Eastern Oregon, hanging out at CrossFit Fort Vancouver, hiking around a national forest, or yelling fore on the golf course. Feel free to ask anytime about our next adventure!
Shannon Vasko | HIPAA Officer
I left behind (but fondly remember) 11 years as a veterinary technician, and in 2004 I began my adventures with the Pickens Family Dentistry team, formerly known as Stryker Dental. When it comes to co-workers, I won the lottery. We have a great group of people deeply committed to health, patient care, and personal growth. Most often, I can be found behind the scenes, assisting with patient scheduling, insurance, and billing needs.
My days away from the office are filled with family and friends. I have teenagers now, so most of my time is spent at soccer games, music lessons, and watching them grow up to be amazing people. When my husband and I get a little down time, we enjoy cooking, home remodeling (ha ha), and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
I love helping people with their dental health. I especially like the friendships that are built within a small practice, both with patients and those I work with.
Since becoming a Certified Dental Assistant in 1987, I have had the opportunity to work in Periodontics and Pediatrics. Now, working in a General Practice gives me the unique opportunity to use my skills to serve patients in all stages of their dental health. I joined the Pickens Family Dentistry team, formerly Stryker Dental, in July of 2004. I appreciate that Dr. Pickens has brought forward the newest technology to be able to diagnose and treat patients in all stages of their oral health.
My husband Dave and I have been married since 1993. We have two boys, Tyler and Riley, that are in college and seeing where life takes them. Outside of the office, I enjoy taking walks, exercising and spending time with my family.
I graduated from the Clark College Dental Hygiene program in 2007 and have since worked as a hygienist in the Vancouver area. I enjoy working with such a caring and family-oriented team of professionals at Pickens Family Dentistry. As a child I learned that an attractive smile makes a positive first impression and has a powerful influence on a person's self-confidence. My interest to help patients achieve the benefits of a great smile guided me to become a dental hygienist.
Education is key to helping patients achieve and maintain good oral health which significantly impacts our overall health and well-being. I strive to partner with patients at Pickens Family Dentistry as they learn to address their oral health needs and concerns.
I was born and raised in the Vancouver area and have lived in Woodland, WA since 2001. I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter and our German Shepard. In my free time, I help out with my husband's business and volunteer at my daughter's school and through free dental clinics. For fun, we enjoy adventuring in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest through kayaking, hiking, fishing, snowshoeing and riding four-wheelers.
As a dental hygienist, I always strive to provide the highest level of care for all my patients. I believe the collaborative relationships between me and the patient are the foundation for successful treatment and dental health. I love getting to meet new people each day, and really enjoy working with patients of all ages!
I graduated from Mt. Hood Community College in 2009 with my Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and found my dental home at Pickens Family Dentistry in July 2011. I chose to pursue dental hygiene because of my love of working with people, science, and working with my hands. I strive to make each dental visit comfortable by being gentle, but thorough, and getting to know each patient’s specific needs and helping meet those needs individually. I like to work with patients on preventing disease and also creating custom treatment plans to treat and maintain oral diseases. I love that we have the newest technologies available and practice the newest research in our office, this creates a fun and exciting work environment that I look forward to being a part of every day.
I have been Clark County, Washington born and raised, and live locally on property. My husband and I were married in 2009 on the beach in Cannon Beach, which is somewhere we enjoy visiting. I have a step-son and daughter who keep our family busy with school, soccer, and various seasonal kids activities. We also enjoy boating and fishing, our chickens, hiking, and yard projects.
Leanne Viregan | WISHA Officer
I love meeting new people and getting to know them. My goal as a hygienist is to truly listen, care for, and meet the needs of our patients to the best of my ability. I enjoy learning new things in the dental field, and sharing that information to work alongside people to help create and reach the goals they have for their oral health.
I graduated from the Clark College Dental Hygiene program in 2012 and met the Pickens team the following spring. I am excited to become part of such a fun and encouraging group of professionals at work. If I haven’t met you yet, I look forward to doing so!
Vancouver has been home my whole life and I really enjoy living here in the Northwest. My husband and I were married in 2017 and we enjoy any chance we can to get outside to run, bike, hike, or play a sport together.
My near 30 years of dental assisting has given me the chance to work alongside some of the most experienced dental team members. Through this my skills continue to improve allowing me to keep my patients comfort and care my priority.
Dentistry and dental care is much more than just fixing teeth. It is about the overall health and well-being of our patients. The combined education, skills and experiences of our entire team is what makes our home at Pickens Family Dentistry your home too.
My husband Brian and I have 6 wonderful children, some now with spouses and our first granddaughter. In addition to spending time with family, we enjoy spending time with the community we have developed through my husbands quad racing events. Our journey together is a blessing.
I have worked in dentistry since 2004 and was drawn to being a dental assistant because I love working with my hands. Now, I most appreciate the relationships that I get to develop with patients and to help them develop confidence in their smiles. At Pickens Family Dentistry, I enjoy being a part of a great team that is committed to constantly learning and improving our way of doing dentistry for our patients.
Outside of work, I enjoy camping trips in my RV, taking in a good music concert and spending time with my husband and daughter.
I am passionate about helping people and after many years working in the education and nonprofits areas, I appreciate that working at Pickens Family Dentistry provides me the opportunity to help people in a very different, yet profound way. While often working behind the scenes, I strive to support the office vision of assisting patients to understand the important connection between their oral health and their overall well-being.
Outside of work, my two little girls keep me busy with their activities. I also enjoy getting outside for walks and sports and spending time with family and friends.