Eric Wenzel D.D.S., F.A.G.D. has been serving the Bellingham community since 2009. After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in bioengineering, he went on to pursue his dental education at New York University. While in school, Dr. Wenzel received numerous honors. He received an award for Excellence in Periodontology from the American Academy of Periodontology, served on the New York University Judicial Board, which maintained the ethical standards of the college, and achieved an Honors Residency at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx.
Recently, Dr. Wenzel received his Fellowship (F.A.G.D.) from the Academy of General Dentistry, an award fewer than 7% of dentists receive.
Community service is the cornerstone of Dr. Wenzel’s practice. He received a Certificate of Appreciation and a 3 Year Service Award from John C. Lincoln Pediatric Dental Clinic in Phoenix, AZ for his volunteer work. He has served the local migrant community through Medical Teams International. He also volunteered at various local community events. Dr. Wenzel also supports and sponsors local youth teams here in Bellingham.
Dr. Wenzel is currently licensed in Washington, Idaho, and Arizona and maintains Moderate Sedation Permit in Washington. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, Mount Baker Dental Society, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
When he is not at the office, he and his wife are busy chasing their children around Whatcom’s beautiful trails.
Nina Karhinen, RDH, BSDH
Nina Karhinen, RDH, BSDH graduated from Palm Beach State College, FL with an AS degree in Dental Hygiene in 1995 and is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Dental Hygiene through Idaho State University. Nina also works part-time as an adjunct dental hygiene instructor at Bellingham Technical College. She values providing patients with individualized, evidenced-based care and building relationships. On her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, volunteering, and taking long walks or bike rides.
I am the friendly voice over the phone and the first smiling face you will see when you enter our door. I have worked in dentistry for over 20 years and Dr. Wenzel since 2009. I am passionate about being an advocate for the patient, navigating the confusing world of insurance, finance, and unknown treatment, all the while building personal relationships. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and the best little dog on the planet!
Cheryl—Registered Dental Assistant
I have enjoyed over 20 years of experience in the dental field, including working as part of our wonderful team. Being a survivor of “terminal” cancer as a teenager as given me a special empathy for patients dealing with the fear and uncertainty that often comes with medical procedures and I excel at helping those patients walk through their treatment with peace and confidence. Outside the office, I am mother to four sons and grandmother to three grandchildren. I love participating in all manner of dog sports with my four bulldogs, including some TV and movie work.
Lina—Certified Dental Assistant
I have worked as a Dental Assistant with Dr. Wenzel since 2014. I graduated from Bellingham Technical College in 2013 and received my AAS degree as a Certified Dental Assistant. Being fluent in Spanish brings a much needed element to our practice. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two beautiful daughters. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, and cheering on the Seahawks. GO HAWKS!
Stephanie Kleinbrook, RDH, graduated from Lake Washington Technical Collage with her AS in Dental Hygiene. Looking at patients’ overall health is an important piece to Stephanie’s care with patients. In her time off, Stephanie likes to go hiking, camping and bike riding with her husband, two young daughters, and standard poodle.
Katie Gaston RDH attended WWU University for her undergrad and graduated from
Clark College in 1998 with an Applied Science degree in dental hygiene. She
continued her education through the AOMT in 2014 to become a
Myofunctional therapist. She loves educating patients and helping them get
to the root cause of disease. Being born and raised in Bellingham, her roots
grow deep here. Outside of the office, you will find Katie spending time with
her husband Micah, and their 2 kids, Lucas and Hazel. Katie enjoys trail
running, hiking, coaching basketball, and hanging out with family and friends.