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Evyenia Kollia, DMD
Born and raised in Greece, Dr. Evyenia Kollia came to the U.S. in 1995 to pursue her undergraduate studies at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where in 1999 she received her B.A. degree in Biology. She then attended the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in Farmington, CT, where she earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2003. In addition, Dr. Kollia went on to perform a postdoctoral residency at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, where she earned an Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate in 2004.

Following her educational experiences Dr. Kollia practiced general dentistry in Massachusetts as well as Washington before starting Aesthetica Contemporary Dentistry in 2008. Dr. Kollia, who enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, is a member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry. She also is a member of several dental study clubs. Dr. Kollia has been named to Seattle Met’s Top Dentists list every year since starting her practice.

In her leisure time Dr. Kollia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travel, personal fitness, and various academic pursuits.

Angelina Fu, DMD
Dr. Angelina Fu is a native of Kentucky, where she completed her education at the University of Kentucky, earning a B.S. in Biology, B.A. in Chemistry, and research accolades in Zoology. She then earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 2004. Dr. Fu practiced general dentistry in Kentucky, St. Louis, and finally Washington before joining Aesthetica Contemporary Dentistry in 2016. Dr. Fu enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, especially the relationships with her patients and her ability to care for them in the best way possible. However, if you ask her, she will also say she really enjoys treating children as well as performing extractions and root canals! It is safe to say that Dr. Fu truly enjoys her work as a general dentist.

As a member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, as well as various local study clubs, Dr. Fu is continually enjoying and expanding her knowledge in all aspects of dentistry.

Dr. Fu will joyfully tell you that she moved to Seattle “on purpose” in 2006 because of its natural beauty, both indoors and outdoors, and the rich local culture in the arts and education that our area has to offer. Local travel and cuisine, gardening, and making crafts also brighten her day.

Lori A. Herbert
Lori A. Herbert comes to Aesthetica Contemporary Dentistry from Massachusetts with an extensive background in dental practice management and consulting. Her vast experience in the dental field enables her to run our practice seamlessly in every area, from the clinical side to the business side. In her role as Practice Administrator, Lori models what makes Aesthetica so very special…her focus on attention to detail in every area. It is her personal mission to make the Aesthetica experience different than any other.

With B.S. degrees in Education and English, Lori finds many opportunities to make the Aesthetica experience more enlightening and enjoyable for our patients. From treatment plans to financial options, Lori clearly communicates every detail so that patients are able to make wise decisions about their oral health.

In her leisure time Lori enjoys spending time with her family, travel, gardening, dining out, and home renovation projects.

Sofia Bates, Office Manager
Sofia (Sofi) has recently assumed the role as office manager, having spent the past five years as Aesthetica’s patient care coordinator. This, combined with her background in dental assisting, allows her to communicate with patients, staff, and referring doctors with ease.

Sofi was born in Eugene, OR, and is the granddaughter of author and journalist J. Douglas Bates. Raised in Seattle, Sofi was a high-school cheerleader for four years prior to coaching high school and Little League cheer. When she is not working her magic to keep our practice running smoothly, Sofi enjoys spending time with her son, Jayden, camping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Carissa Benedict, RDH
Carissa Benedict, RDH
Carissa was born in Binghamton, NY and raised in Western Washington. She originally earned a BA in Liberal Arts at Eastern Washington University in 1995. After nine years in the business world she decided to pursue a career in dental hygiene. In 2008 she earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene at Columbia Basin College.

Outside the practice Carissa spends her time with her family. Her two children, Savanna and Jackson, keep her on her toes! In between driving her children to one sporting event after another Carissa has managed to run three full marathons and numerous half marathons over the last four years. She enjoys snow skiing, golfing and reading and is a passionate football fan.

Jaclyn McDonald, RDH
Jaclyn was born in Seattle and was raised in Wenatchee, WA. She earned her Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Columbia Basin College in 2005. In 2010, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the Oregon Institute Technology. With 10 years of clinical experience in General Dentistry, Jaclyn truly enjoys the service she provides.

Outside of work, Jaclyn enjoys running, snow skiing, camping, cooking and traveling with her husband Aaron. They also love spending time with their friends and family.

Danielle Bernhard - Dental Assistant
Danielle Bernhard is our superstar assistant. Born in Seattle, Dani lived in MT for a time before moving back to WA while in junior high school. She is a Pima Medical Institute graduate who loves the outdoors and hanging out with friends and family, especially while camping (year round), river floating, and eating BBQ. Most people don’t know that Dani’s dad is a member of the popular local band Afrodisiacs/Spazmatics, so she loves to watch them play. She is also a big fan of cars, motorcycles, Japanese anime, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, building model cars, shopping and shoes! Dani predicts much travel in her future, as she plans to take aviation classes to obtain a helicopter license.

Tori Denton, Dental Assistant
Born and raised in Greenville, TX, Tori is relatively new to the Seattle area. She traded sunshine for rain with her significant other and their two pups, Oliver and Ginger. Tori is an avid golfer who enjoys spending as much time as she can on the course. When she isn't golfing she enjoys the many outdoor activities the Pacific NW has to offer, and loves spending time with family and friends.

Caitlin Shoemaker, Patient Care Coordinator
Caitlin earned her BA in Urban Studies from the University of Washington in 2014. In her role as patient care coordinator, Caitlin’s goal is to continue the exceptional level of customer service that our patients deserve and have come to expect. She truly strives to make the Aesthetica experience a positive one for each and every patient.

Born and raised in the Seattle area, Caitlin enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating, traveling, dance and entertainment.


Aesthetica Contemporary Dentistry • (206) 588-0714
2701 Eastlake Ave E • Seattle, WA 98102