Meet the Team

We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

The level of training our team has attained is truly rare; it far exceeds general dentistry standards and distinguishes Southcenter Dental as a premier Northwest dental practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family and look forward to working with you.


Scheduling Coordinator

I love how our team always thinks about what’s best for our patients and put their needs first. This is a positive, supportive office, and you, our patients, are a big part of creating a great environment. I handle scheduling, making sure that we accommodate your schedule as much as possible and get everything taken care of. I also work with the insurance companies, so you get all the benefits you’re due.

I love spending my free time with my son and family. We enjoy hiking, camping, and snowboarding. and of course, we cheer for our Seattle Seahawks!


Financial Coordinator

Michelle has been working in the dental field for over 13 years. She received her Dental Assisting degree from Renton Technical College. In her free time she loves going to music festivals, sporting events, wine tasting and spending time with her husband, 2 children and her dog Honey. “I am very passionate in advocating for our patients to help get their treatment covered.  With my clinical knowledge I oversee all dental claims and payments and help educate our patients on their treatment needs and finding a balance with their insurance. Quality and professional patient care is my priority.”


Registered Dental Hygienist

Teresa graduated from Clark College with her Dental Hygiene degree in 2003. She is dedicated to providing quality patient care with a gentle touch. Her passion is to help the confidence of patients through preventive dental care and patient education. She is a Washington state native and loves cheering the Seahawks on with her family!! Go Hawks!



Registered Dental Assistant

A member of the Southcenter Dental Team since 1999

Tammy will help coordinate your overall treatment. As an assistant to Dr. Baruffi for more than 10 years, she can take great care of you! Are you curious about ways to increase your smile power? Let Tammy introduce you to some of the new cosmetic techniques our doctors routinely perform.


Registered Dental Assistant

Crystal has been in the dental field for the past 14 years. It is a people based profession, and I am all about connecting with the patients and giving them the very best care. Whether it is ensuring comfort during your visits or getting you the information you seek to help you meet your goals. I have taken great pride in working alongside Dr. Baruffi and Dr. Austin and team, providing the best dentistry and advanced technology like the Cerec machine or the materials that we utilize. The results are rewarding. I truly enjoy working with this great team and recommend Southcenter Dental and our staff to anyone I know and my personal family.



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