our team

Nate Seimears

Owner/ Cosmetic Specialist

Nate is one of the owners, and the driving force here at WDL. He has been working in the lab since he was just 11 years old. Over the past 20+ years he has grown to become the county’s specialist for cosmetic work and complex cases. He spends his time outside of the lab adventuring with his family and working on outdoor projects.

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Rick Seimears

Owner/ Founder

Rick began his lab career in 1974, and opened WDL shortly after. Although he is enjoying semi-retirement, you can still find him at the lab contributing to the caseload and mentoring the staff. Born & raised in Whatcom County, he is active in his church and thrives sharing the gospel and making a backyard paradise for his grandkids

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Deanna Baydak

Office Manager

Deanna is the one who really runs the show around here. She has been WDL’s office manager since 2018. She is the secret sauce that makes WDL work seamlessly and successfully. This Whatcom County gal enjoys going on roadtrips and other adventures with her friends, and spending time with her close-knit family.

Alla Lysikova

Pickup & Delivery

Alla is on our team of pickup and delivery drivers. She is a local gal who enjoys working out and spending her time outdoors. You can find Alla snowboarding in the winter and playing volleyball in the summer.

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Andrey Kelvich

Ceramist / Dental Technician

Andrey recently moved from Chicago to join our team. He is originally from Ukraine, and has been a dental tech for over 34 years. Andrey spends almost all his free time with his family; his wife Lyudmila, daughter Varvara and cat Urra. They draw, read, listen to and play music, play games, and enjoy the outdoors together.

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Ann Seimears

Pickup & Delivery Driver

Before she was our pick up & delivery driver Ann was a dental assistant for over 26 years. She often found spoiling her 8 grandkids, teaching Sunday school, and camping with their friends.

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Anna Ellsworth

CAD/CAM Technician

Anna is a Washington local who is beginning her career in dental technology. She joined our team in 2023 and is assisting in our CAD/CAM department. Anna loves being in nature, working on her creative hobbies, and playing with her cat.

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Brian Green

Milling & Printing Department Lead

Brian is our milling and printing guru here at WDL Originally from Orange County California, he has long since settled here in Whatcom County. You will find him reading books and playing video games in his free time

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Chris Cooke

Ceramist/ Finish Technician

Chris is one of our skilled ceramists here at WDL. He has been a dental technician since 2013 and works on cosmetic restorations as well as hybrid cases. Originally from Denver Colorado, he moved to the PNW and joined the WDL team. When not making teeth at the lab, he instead creates art, music, and chills with his two cats and dog Cujo.

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Elena Buri

Dental Lab Assistant

Elena is one of our dental lab assistants. She is new to the industry but plans to become a Dentist in the future. Her hobbies include gardening, playing chess, doing trivia, skiing, and hiking.

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Greg Jones

Removables Department Lead

Greg runs our removables department. He is your guy for dentures, partials and other appliances. Greg has been a dental technician for over 47 years. Originally from LaPuente, California he now lives in Anacortes. You can find him fly fishing, hunting, or playing golf when he is not at the lab.

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Jessica Miller


Jessica, our in-house bookkeeper, has been assisting small businesses in our community since 2014.” She is originally from Bellevue, WA but now lives with her family on a hobby farm in Ferndale. She gets joy from being outdoors with her husband and two children and enjoys hunkering down to read or make lists.

Kevin Kowalski, CDT

Certified Removables Technican

Kevin is one of our skilled denture technicians. He brings over 30 years of removables experience to the team. He is from Burlington and enjoys spending time in nature.

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Madison Wheeler

Dental Lab Assistant/ Pickup & Delivery Driver

Maddi can be found in a variety of roles here at WDL, including doing our pickup and delivery. She was born and raised here in Whatcom County. In her free time she prefers to spend time with her family and dote on her nephews.

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Molly Seimears

Marketing & HR

Despite her best efforts trying to elude the lab life, Molly is now taking on the marketing & human resources for WDL. She is a Whatcom County local, and farm gal through and through. She is also a labor & postpartum doula, and stays active by chasing after her wild toddler and two school aged kids.

Ryan Fadden

Dental Technician / Traditional Fixed Metal Framework Specialist

Ryan joined WDL back in 2004. Over the years he has worked his way up in the lab and now is our specialist for traditional fixed metal framework cases. Him and his wife spend their time outdoors or watching movies together.

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Shannon Joneli

Model Room Lead

Shannon’s model work is a big part of WDL’s success. She has been creating quality models since back in 2000. She is happiest in life when snuggling with her pups (and her husband too of course).

Steve Tinklepaugh

Dental Technician / Skagit Lab Manager

Steve began his dental career almost 30 years ago. He began as our resident gold specialist and now manages WDL’s Mt.Vernon lab as well. Being outdoors with his family, and volunteering with youth sports are his activities of choice.

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Todd Fadden

Dental Technician / CAD-CAM & Finishing Technician

Todd has been on our team since 2002. He now focuses his skills on CAD/CAM and ceramic work. He is a Whatcom County native and enjoys his time spent outside of the lab with his wife and two children.

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Zelda Sagebiel

Ceramist / Dental Technician

Zelda is a Master Dental Technician from Hamburg, Germany. She has been in the industry for over 11 years and is one of our lead ceramists. Zelda enjoys the outdoors and spends a lot of time outside hiking, mountaineering and trail running. She is very interested in bow hunting/target shooting,  sketching and interior design, good cuisine and cooking. Additionally, Zelda likes plants, literature and is very interested in learning new languages.

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