Summerwood Aesthetic Dentistry
Julie A. Spaniel DDS

Meet Our Team

Alyssa, Extended Functions Dental Assistant


Alyssa has been a dental assistant since 2007, she graduated from Concorde Career College in Portland. She has always loved making beautiful smiles for people to show off to the world. She loves meeting and helping people through out their whole dental experience. Alyssa takes pride in making patients feel well educated and comfortable in the chair. She has volunteered in Downtown Portland at the Mission of Mercy, providing dental care for those in need. As well as volunteering with One World Brigades and has been to Houndous, Ghana and Kenya.


Karen, Office Administrator


Karen has been working in a dental office for over 30 years. She started out in high school working as a sterilization tech at the local dentist in her small town . She became a dental assistant in 1990 and has worked in offices in Oregon and Southern California.

After spending many years in San Diego, she came back to Oregon in 2008 and worked as a front office administrator for a local Lake Oswego dentist for over 10 years. When her employer retired she went looking for a new dental home and that is how she found Dr. Julie Spaniel. It has always been important for Karen to be part of a great dental team and she has found that at Summerwood Aesthetic Dentistry.

Karen lives in Lake Oswego with her husband and young son and enjoys being a mom more than anything else. Her weekends are spent at parks, swimming pools or where ever else her active little boy takes her.