Meet The Team

John Turner DMD standing with staff members smiling at Colfax Dental

Kelli Meserve – Front Desk (Oakesdale, WA)

Kelli posing with her family, all smiling

Kelli will be the first friendly face you will see to welcome you during your visit. Kelli started as dental assistant in 1994 and moved to the front office in 2011. She is a Spokane Community College graduate, a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), and also a member of the American Dental Assistants Association. She treasures the friendships she has with her team members and our patients.

Outside of the office, Kelli’s hobbies include reading, flower gardening, and music. She is also a member of the Oakesdale Presbyterian Church.

Lori Porubek – Hygienist (St. John, WA)

Lori smiling in a park

Lori holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University. She has been a Dental Hygienist in Colville, Spokane, and Colfax. She has lived on the Palouse for 26 years with her husband, Bruce, and their two daughters, Jade and Jordan. Both daughters have recently graduated from college, making Lori and Bruce true empty nesters. In Lori’s free time she enjoys most outdoor activities, reading, and gardening.

As a registered dental hygienist, Lori believes the best part of her job is getting to know patients and helping them achieve healthy smiles. She tries hard to ease the anxieties of those that are nervous about their appointment. She also loves practicing with our dental team. She mentions that not only is our staff caring towards our patients, everyone is helpful and respectful of each other, creating a wonderful work environment.  

Amy Schluneger – Hygienist (Oakesdale, WA)

Amy kneeling with her dog in a park, smiling

Amy graduated from Eastern Washington in 2007, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. Prior to college, she attended and graduated from Colfax High School. She has been an integral part of the Colfax Dental community, having worked here since 2015. She also worked as a hygienist in Moscow, ID for nearly 7 years before joining the Colfax Dental team.

Amy lives in Oakesdale, Washington with her husband Jeremy, daughter Madelyn, and son Brantley. She loves spending time outdoors walking with her dog Oliver, hiking, swimming, paddle boarding and running on occasion. She also enjoys baking (decorating cookies in particular) as well as trying out new dishes and foods. What she enjoys most about our office is the people that she works with. They are some of the kindest, warmest people she knows and she looks forward to seeing them every day at work.

Kenneth Johnson – Assistant (LaCrosse, WA)

Kenneth Johnson has been a dental assistant for 7 years now. He completed his dental assistant degree in 2016. He moved to Lacrosse Washington 2 months ago and lives with his wife Heidi and daughter Roseily. He definitely loves his dental career and soon will make his way to become a dental hygienist. On his spare time he loves going for a run, listening to music, cooking and spending time with his daughter.

Rachel Harston- Assistant (Albion, WA)

Rachel has been a dental assistant for nearly three years. Having completed her degree in ExerciseScience in 2017 she happened upon a dental assisting opportunity when she moved to the Palouse and decided to try it out. While dentistry is not her field of study she has found a passion for it and quickly became a certified dental assistant. Patient comfort is Rachel’s number one priority and she will do everything she can to ease any fears or anxieties. She feels fortunate to have found an office with a wonderful team where everyone works well together.

Rachel lives in Albion where she and her husband, Briggs, have been renovating their house for the past few years. Apart from house projects, Rachel enjoys restoring furniture, reading, running, biking, baking, and crocheting. Rachel has no kids but loves spoiling her two cats, Marty and Winston.