Our Dental Team

Going above and beyond to bring exceptional healthcare to our patients.

Meet the Smile Team

A dental team dedicated to personalized attention and a positive dental experience.

Nick Koogler, DDS

Dr. Koogler is a born-and-raised “Buckeye” from Columbus, Ohio. He holds a BS in Biology from Denison University and a DDS from Ohio State University. Once he completed dental school, Dr. Koogler helped start and grow a new practice in Columbus, Ohio. After spending a few years building the practice, he decided to move to Seattle. Dr. Koogler spent the next several years expanding his skill set by attending over 100 hours of continuing education each year, including several advanced surgical courses in implants, implant-related surgeries, biological root canal training, pinhole gum grafting, and neuromuscular functional orthodontics and TMJ therapy.

Aside from dentistry, Dr. Koogler is an entrepreneur at heart, enjoying private equity, real estate, and watching financial markets. In whatever field he is working, Dr. Koogler brings a unique stack of skills from other aspects of his life. In his free time, he enjoys doing art, guitar, woodworking, working on his motorcycle and taking it to the racetrack, yoga, trail running, weightlifting, hiking, camping, backcountry snowboarding, and water sports.

Whatever the activity may be, Dr. Koogler uses his unique perspective from each discipline and applies it to dentistry to create his own special blend of well-rounded treatment.

Michele Keller Larkin, Ph.D.

Laboratory Manager and Senior CAD/CAM Designer

Dr. Larkin graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Biochemistry from Western Washington University. She then earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she researched metabolic determinants of stem cells under the associate director of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. She received the prestigious Cytotherapeutics scholarship and was honored to present her research and publications at several national research conferences.

Dr. Larkin took a quick sabbatical to raise her three strapping lads with her husband, Dana, on Camano Island. When not watching her sons play music or baseball, she loves photography, reading, and cooking, and recently took up running – finishing two half marathons in the last year (which she claims equals a marathon). She loves working with Dr. Keller, her brother, discovering and implementing innovative techniques to turn his vision of smiles into reality.

Jozelle Lopez, RDA

Lead Treatment Coordinator

Jozelle was born and raised in the Woodinville area. She attended Lake Washington Technical College where she earned her Associate Degree in Dental Assisting and was on the Dean’s List.

She lives a very active lifestyle with her husband. She also loves to cook and bake.

Stephanie Griffiths, RDA

Director of Surgical Assisting

A graduate of Western Washington University and Lake Washington Technical College for Dental Assisting, Stephanie is Dr. Keller’s Lead Surgical Assistant.

Stephanie loves biking, boating, fishing, exploring her home state of Washington, and traveling around the country.

Veralie Rigor, RDA

Neuromuscular Treatment Coordinator

Veralie is Dr. Keller’s right hand in Neuromuscular bite treatments. She regularly attends national training sessions to learn new technologies and techniques in advanced dentistry through the Las Vegas Institute and aesthetics workshops.

A hard worker and a strong believer in the power of positive thinking, Veralie regularly goes to the gym and yoga classes to improve her healthy lifestyle. She also likes hiking, biking, and social events. Veralie loves to travel, seeing attractions, and experiencing good food.

A Filipino native, she speaks three languages, including English, Tagalog, and Ilocano.

Jessica West, RDA

Treatment Coordinator

Jessica graduated from Everest College with Dean’s List honors and has worked in the dental field for over nine years. She was born and raised in Seattle and has a nine-year-old son. Her role at Smiles by Design as a treatment coordinator allows her to provide her patients with skilled and efficient care.

While working chairside with Dr. Keller or one-on-one with a patient, it is her goal to put patients at ease. The joy of changing a patient’s life through a new beautiful smile is one of those rewards that can’t be measured!

In her free time, she loves trying new restaurants, shopping, hiking, and traveling!

Lilly Garcia, RDA

Treatment Coordinator

Born and raised in Tucson, AZ, near the end of high school, Lilly moved to Washington State for a better atmosphere and the music scene. After years of working in the coffee industry, she decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps and learn the art of dental assisting.

Lilly specializes in creating a transparent environment for the patients to achieve a well-rounded, healthy, body-mind-and-soul connection.

With a love for her two adorable little dogs, community building, and the arts, Lilly enjoys calling Redmond home. She also speaks two languages: English and Spanish.

Adele Hackler, RDA

Front Office Manager

Adele was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and graduated from Vancouver College as a Certified Dental Assistant. She also graduated from the University of British Columbia with separate certifications in Assisting with Orthodontics, Dental Forensics, and Treatment Coordination. She has 20 years of dental assisting and front office experience in Pediatrics, Orthodontics, and Cosmetic Dentistry.

Adele raised two beautiful children while furthering her education in the dental field. Adele moved to Seattle, WA, when she married her husband, Eric.

When not working, she likes to read, take long walks, work-out, and play with her fur-baby. She loves her position at Smiles by Design, helping change people’s lives with beautiful smiles.

Rachel Eklund, RDA

Front Office Coordinator

Originally from Seattle, WA, Rachel graduated from Shoreline’s Dental Assistant Training Center in 2016. Her deep compassion for helping people achieve life-changing results lead her down the path of becoming a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance, and a nutrition-certified personal chef via Cornell University.

Besides working at Smiles by Design, teaching yoga, and cooking for her private clients, Rachel enjoys staying fit by hiking with her two precious puppies, training at the gym, and trying out new vegan restaurants.

Rachel aspires to attend dental hygiene school, lead her first yoga retreat, and visit a bucket-list destination: Santorini, Greece.

Transcending Traditional Care

We take the time to get to know our patients so they look forward to visiting us in Kirkland.

Dr. Shawn Keller talking to a patient who's taking the time to address her dental concerns
We take the time

There are not that many places left where you will be greeted with a smile and by people who take the time to chat, but that’s exactly what you will get at every visit with Smiles By Design.

Our dental hygienist showing a patient dental x-rays - one of the many benefits from our dental team
You got a friend in us

Our compassionate team is with you every step of the way during your treatment. We happily make time to explain all procedures and give you advice.

Smiles By Design team member helping a patient
We’ll be there for you

Whether you’ve had a bad dental experience in the past or suffer from anxiety, our team will take the time to listen and provide the help you need (including sedation dentistry).

What a terrific find I made when I found Dr. Shawn Keller and his terrific staff at Smiles By Design.

- Phillip, Actual Patient

Not Just Another Dental Clinic

Experience the difference the moment you step into our office.

Comforts Amenities

Relax and enjoy a comfortable visit with our array of refreshments, soft blankets, and Netflix TV.

Forefront of Technology

Our Kirkland dentist uses only the finest and most up-to-date technology to bring you magnificent results.

Family Atmosphere

Each patient we see is treated as a member of our family, and we show this by our commitment to your care.

The entrance of Smiles by Design in Redmond, WA
The mission statement displayed at the entrance of Smiles by Design
Dr. Shawn Keller on Seattle's local TV show New Day Northwest to discuss the latest breakthroughs in dentistry
Painting of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson displayed in the waiting room of Smiles by Design
Dr. Keller using the CEREC machine to craft one-day restorations
Ready to See What We Can Do?

Come meet our amazing dental team at Smiles By Design in Kirkland.