Our Practice

Meet the Integrated Dental Arts Team

We’re thrilled you’ve decided to trust Integrated Dental Arts with your family’s oral health. If you’re looking for gentle, comprehensive family care that integrates a friendly patient-doctor relationship, beauty and function, health and medicine, look no further. Our team is committed to meeting all of your needs, and this focus on complete care allows our family of patients to experience healthy, harmonious smiles for life.

We invite you to read a little more about our team so that you know us better before you arrive.

Meet Dr. Katherine M. Hakes, F.A.G.D, F.I.C.D

Dr. Katherine M. Hakes, F.A.G.D., F.I.C.D has been providing comprehensive and up to date dental care in Spokane since 1991. Following graduation from Gonzaga Preparatory High School in Spokane, Dr. Hakes attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. She then attended and graduated, with honors, from the University Of Washington School Of Dentistry in 1991. Dr. Hakes received numerous awards and recognition while in dental school including: Academy of General Dentistry Award, The American College of Prosthodontics Undergraduate Achievement Award, The Teledyne Hanau Excellence in Prosthodontics Award and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Membership.

Dr. Hakes furthered her post-graduate education following her graduate degree. In 2002, she was awarded a Fellowship by the Academy of General Dentistry – an achievement based upon 500 hours of continuing education and a minimum of 5 years in practice. In 2010, she was awarded a Fellowship by the International College of Dentists. Dr. Hakes continues to expand her knowledge base through the completion of courses throughout the year, surpassing those required by the State of Washington for licensure.

Dr. Hakes maintains professional membership / certifications with several organizations including the Spokane District Dental Society, Washington State Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Spokane Study Club, Cerecdoctors Study Club and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Dr. Hakes has served as Treasurer for the Spokane District Dental Society and as a Board Member for both the Washington State Dental Association and the Washington Oral Health Foundation. Additionally, she has donated her time, talents and expertise to various causes including Washington Oral Health Foundation’s Adopt -A-School program, Washington State Senior Access program and Washington Oral Health Foundation’s 3-Point Play Program. The 3-Point Play Program sends dentists into schools educating students on the virtues of proper oral health care. In November of 2019, Dr. Hakes was elected as a Board of Directors Member for Delta Dental of Washington.

Dr. Hakes has been married to her husband, Harold, since 1988 and they have three children: Jackie, Nick and Alex as well as two grandchildren: Genevieve and Madelyn. Dr. Hakes enjoys walking, spending time with her family, gardening and quilting.

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Meet Dr. Jaclyn M. Eliassen

Not only did Dr. Jaclyn Eliassen shine as a dental student, garnering top grades and honors for her work, she also worked as a teaching assistant in both Undergraduate and Graduate schools. Additionally, Dr. Eliassen has worked as a dental assistant during the summers for her mother, Dr. Katherine M Hakes, right here in this office.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry Molecular Biology in three years at the prestigious Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, while simultaneously playing both starting and supporting roles on the Division 1 Women’s Soccer team, which earned its 11th, 12th, and 13th Big Ten Titles. Dr. Eliassen earned accolades as Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2009 and 2010, in addition to recognition on the Dean’s List and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Dr. Eliassen went on to receive her DDS from the University of Washington, School of Dentistry, in Seattle, WA, where she was involved in the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) Program, received numerous scholarships and several awards.

However, dental school just was not enough: passionate about learning, Dr. Eliassen has been highly focused on advanced continuing education, taking courses on the Fundamentals of CEREC® crowns-in-a-day, Galileos Integration, Advanced Posterior Quadrants, and Tooth Replacement; DOCS Oral Conscious Sedation; The World of Bone Grafting and Bone Biology for Dental Students and Residents; and Advanced Posterior Quadrants and Tooth Replacement.

In addition to contributing her formidable skills to her mother’s practice and learning new and advanced dental techniques, Dr. Eliassen is a generous volunteer. She volunteered her dentistry and her time through college: She participated in THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the nation, which raises money for the Four Diamonds fund in order to fund cancer research and financially support the families affected by pediatric cancer. Her participation included working for the communications committee, in which she supervised communications between the THON overall committee, SAAB (Student-athlete Advisory Board), and the numerous Division 1 Athletic teams at Penn State. Her greatest memory of participating in THON was when she had the opportunity to dance – THON culminates in a 46-hour no sleep, no sitting dance marathon.

In addition to THON, she spent time as a Penn Pal writing letters several times a year to local Pennsylvania elementary school classrooms, discussing leadership, time management, the importance of education and making good, healthy choices. She also worked as a Shadow Day volunteer, supervising and guiding several local Pennsylvania elementary school students around Pennsylvania State University in order to highlight a day in the life of a student-athlete. Other non-dental volunteer work includes coordinated and facilitated the set-up and operation of Special Olympics All-Sports Day; volunteering to help gather, transport, and organize donated food items to the Meals on Wheels center; and weekly tutoring of students in math and science.

She volunteered at the 45th Street Dental Clinic and the Longview Dental Clinic, both low income clinics. Dr. Eliassen also served as the WAGD Class of 2015 Student Representative as well as participating in the 2013 WAGD House of Delegates in Nashville, TN.  Dr. Eliassen worked at the Lake Spokane Clinic as part of her extended rotation for the University of Washington RIDE Program.

Dr. Eliassen married her best friend and companion, Perry L. Eliassen in August 2014. Perry hails from Denver, Colorado, where he graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2011. While at CSU, he was an active member of the Division 1 CSU wrestling team, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and educator and volunteer for the National Youth Leadership Training. He furthered his education with an MBA from University of Phoenix while working at a Rose Medical Center in Denver. After moving to Seattle to be closer to his wife, he obtained a job in dietetics and nutrition at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where he specialized in rare metabolic disorder nutrition. Dr. Eliassen and Perry have two girls: Genevieve and Madelyn.

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Meet Dr. James Garduño

Dr. James Garduño is a local to the Pacific Northwest, being raised in Clarkston, WA and later receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID. Shortly after graduating from LCSC, he married his best friend, Melanie. Following their wedding they quickly made the trek to Glendale, AZ where Dr. Garduño attended Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine. He and Melanie enjoyed their time in Arizona while he pursued his dream of becoming a dentist, but upon graduation made the return to the Pacific Northwest, where they feel most at home. Fond memories spending summers in the greater Spokane area and Coeur d’Alene have greatly impacted him and his decision to return to this area to practice dentistry, settle down and start a family.

Dr. Garduño is Invisalign certified with clinical experience in many aspects of general dentistry including same day Crown and Bridge (CEREC), Tooth Colored Fillings, Extractions and Root Canal Therapy. He is an active member of the Spokane District Dental Society, Washington State Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and American Academy of Clear Aligners. Upon graduating he has taken many Continuing Education courses to better serve his patients and to satisfy his craving for learning and being the best dentist he can be for his patients.

Dr. Garduño loves interacting with his patients and creating lasting personal connections, which played a large part in his desires to be a dentist. Helping his patients achieve better health and improved self-confidence motivates him in his goal to ensure each patient has the best dental experience they’ve ever had. He is dedicated to delivering the highest level of care to every patient and every smile by delivering high quality, comprehensive dentistry. His gentle touch and demeanor are one of the things his patients appreciate the most.

Upon Dr. Garduño’s and Melanie’s return to the Pacific Northwest, Melanie has since started her Master’s of Occupational Therapy degree at Eastern Washington University and they have welcomed their beautiful daughter Mara in January of 2023. He and Melanie also have a dog named Mulder (they’re avid X-Files fans!) and a cat named Titan. While in Arizona, they became quite the “foodies” and love trying new restaurants here in Spokane. When not in the office, you’ll find him either enjoying a football or basketball game, or outdoors either hiking, camping or fishing.

Meet Our Team

Our office team, assistants, and hygienists are a key part of our quality patient experience. Each one of our team members is dedicated to enhancing the comfort our patients enjoy when they visit. We continue our educations together in an effort to maintain our top quality services. And we enjoy each other’s company outside the office, too, on office outings, our annual summer party and our annual Christmas Party.

Samantha – Patient Care Coordinator

Samantha graduated from Spokane Community College as a dental assistant in 2007.  Following graduation, Samantha has been very active and involved in all aspects of the dental field – from chairside assisting to administrative roles.  Samantha spent five years in a leadership capacity working for a non-profit organization associated with the Spokane District Dental Society.  In her spare time away from the dental community, you can find Samantha on her small ranch, where she and her family enjoy raising and taking care of a multitude of farm animals as well as harvesting hay.  She and her family enjoy hiking, fishing, foraging, 4-H and camping with friends.

Karissa – Registered Dental Assistant

A graduate of Apollo College and our Lead Dental Assistant, Karissa is as dedicated to her job as she is to her active, outdoor lifestyle. She loves sharing the idea that people can get healthier and happier through dentistry, and making sure that every patient receives the best care possible. Karissa also appreciates the way the staff works together as a team to support the undimmable passion of the doctors. When she isn’t helping patients find their smiles, Karissa enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, and running. She also relishes spending time with friends and family.

Sam – Dental Assistant

Sam completed her dental assisting education at Spokane Community College.  As one of our valuable dental assistants, Sam wears many hats in our dental practice.  From following strict disinfection protocols and setting up exam and treatment rooms to assisting our doctors to provide for your oral health care, Sam ensures your needs are met with compassion and expertise.  Sam is married to her high school sweetheart.  She loves camping and being outdoors and is a self-professed cat lover!



Hannah – Patient Care Coordinator

Hannah is a 2019 graduate of Eastern Washington University.  Originally from a small town south of Spokane, after graduating Hannah decided to remain in Spokane.  Hannah enjoys going on walks, spending time with her family and going to the movies.  Outside of assisting our patients with their insurance and dental needs, Hannah can be found exploring new restaurants and cooking exciting recipes with her boyfriend.

Lauryn – Registered Dental Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

Morgan – Dental Assistant

Morgan is a graduate of the Spokane Dental Assisting School and brand new to the dental field.  As such, Morgan is entrenched in learning as much about the field of dentistry as possible.  Her main responsibilities are assisting the dentists and hygienists in providing exceptional care for our patients.  Some of the aspects she loves about her job are the chance to learn and grow everyday.  Also the “family” type feeling of the office and the team members offers make it a warm, friendly and welcoming place for our patients and team members.

When Morgan is away from the office, she can be found hanging with her two dogs, Sophie – a Saint Bernard and Oliver – a Corgie.  A fun fact is that Morgan is also a small breeder of hedgehogs.  She also enjoys taking lake days with her friends and family.

Peggy – Patient Care Coordinator

A  long-time veteran of the dental field, Peggy graduated from Spokane Community College where she was thoroughly trained in all aspects of dental assisting, including assisting the dentist and ordering materials. Peggy loves working at Integrated Dental Arts, in part because of the scope of treatment offered by the practice, and in part because it is exciting to work with doctors who are always on the leading edge of dentistry, both with equipment and with techniques. She also appreciates the constant continuing education offered to keep the team up to date.  Peggy has transitioned to the role of Patient Care Coordinator, utilizing her many years as a Registered Dental Assistant to provide ongoing service to our valued patients.

Isabell – Dental Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

Tami – Registered Dental Hygienist

A member of both the Washington State Dental Hygienists Association and the American Dental Hygienists Association, Tami is really proud of her job at Integrated Dental Arts, in part because she gets to work for and with two very skilled women dentists. She takes pleasure in helping patients relax and overcome their dental fears while educating them in keeping their mouths healthy and whole, and working with the most up-to-date technology. When not caring for patient smiles, Tami likes spending time with her husband, Ben, reading, biking, and snowshoeing.

Stephanie – Registered Dental Hygienist

Stephanie loves the opportunity to work with not one but two compassionate female dentists.  She also loves the opportunity to work 1-on-1 with patients by getting to know them and partnering with them to either maintain their great oral health care or to make positive changes in their present oral health care. A registered hygienist since 2008, Stephanie continues to take continuing education courses to maintain and strengthen her skills.  When she is not seeing patients or taking CE courses, Stephanie can be found spending time with her 3 children and family.  She is an avid outdoor person particularly enjoying camping, hiking and boating.

Sarah – Patient Care Coordinator

Sarah has been involved in the dental community for over 9 years.  Prior to dentistry, Sarah had a career in commercial and residential interior design.  What Sarah loves most about dentistry is the opportunity to get to know our fabulous patients and their families.  When Sarah is not in the office providing great service to our patients, she can be found being entertained by her two teenage boys: one who a recent HS grad who will be attending Weber State on a golf scholarship in the fall and the other who loves playing football for his high school team.  Other activities that keeps Sarah active include gardening, floating in the pool in the summer, traveling as much as possible and hanging out with her kids and dogs at home.

Lesa – Registered Dental Hygienist

Lesa started in dentistry as a dental assistant and, in 1995, graduated from Eastern Washington University with her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Dental Hygiene.  Having been in dentistry since 1989, Lesa loves every opportunity to educate her patients about their periodontal health and helping them achieve and maintain their periodontal health.  A member of the Inland Northwest Hygiene Study Club, Lesa continues to stay abreast of changes in dentistry that will benefit her patients and the office as a whole.  With her desire to stay current in changes in dentistry, Lesa loves the fact that Integrated Dental Arts also stays current in technology

Married, Lesa has four adult children and three grandchildren.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Jessica – Registered Dental Hygienist

Jessica is a native Spokanite who graduated from North Central High School and is a recent 2022 graduate of Eastern Washington University where she completed a major in dental hygiene with minors in sociology and communications.  Entering dental hygiene school during the height of the pandemic offered Jessica a case study in maintaining strict infection controls while following extensive protocols in order to take care of patients.  When asked why she chose dental hygiene, Jessica stated it was “for the love of being able to meet new people and to help others”.  Two of her passions in dental hygiene is looking at the oral-systemic link and educating others about how oral health care can affect the entire body.  Jessica has achieved her own notoriaty by being featured in EWU’s alumni magazine where she was highlighted for being one of the first recipients of the Krumble Scholarship which is awarded to junior and senior students at EWU who demonstrate grit.  During her free time, you might find Jessica playing volleyball and trying new local restaurants.  She also enjoys traveling as much as possible and include Banff, Hawaii and Chicago as some of her favorite destinations.

Alex – Dental Assistant

A recently added Team Member – Alex’s Bio is Coming Soon!