Dr. Kjersten Heron is the daughter of Drs. Dana and Vicki Otterholt. Born and raised in Mount Vernon, WA, she graduated from Mount Vernon High School, and completed her undergraduate education at Pacific Lutheran University. Dr. Kjersten received her doctor of dental surgery degree (DDS) from the University of Washington. During her time in dental school she completed a mission trip to northern Haiti, providing dental care to those in need in small rural towns.
After completing dental school Dr. Kjersten explored the midwest while working in a public health clinic in Illinois. The town she worked and lived in boasts 880 people, and was 25 minutes to the nearest movie theater or mall. Dr. Kjersten thoroughly enjoyed her time in Illinois, especially the large hearts of the people she befriended and the magnificent rain storms complete with thunder and lightening. When she and her husband, Scott, started a family of their own, they moved back home to the Skagit Valley.
Dr. Kjersten is a member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, Mount Baker District Dental Society, and Academy of R.V. Tucker Study Clubs.
From Dr. Kjersten:
“Growing up with two dentist parents you’d think I have ‘perfect teeth’ with no cavities. Unfortunately, and much to my parent’s dismay, my combination of a terrible sweet tooth and poor oral hygiene as a child and adolescent resulted in many hours spent in the dental chair. While no one likes getting fillings, I appreciate each time I need work done as it reminds me of what our patients experience, and I feel helps me be a more gentle and understanding doctor.
I chose to pursue a career in dentistry because I wanted to work with and help others, while combining my love of science and working with hands. My favorite part of my job is when I can relieve a patient’s pain, or fix a piece of their smile that they’ve been self-conscious about. I feel blessed to have a unique skill I can use to help others. I have and continue to participate in various clinics designed to serve those with little income or access to dental care. I find the time spent in these clinics is some of my most satisfying and fun time spent doing dentistry.
When I’m not at work you’ll most often find me at home with my husband Scott and our daughter Adeline. She keeps us busy reading books to her, adventuring to the park near our home, and turning everyday items from around the house into something new to explore. In my free time not spent with family I enjoy doing crafts and other projects around the house.”