Our Staff



Dr. Thomas Safley, DDS

I am very excited to announce that a new dentist has joined our expanding practice at Arlington Dental Clinic.  Please help us by welcoming Dr. Safley to our practice.

Dr. Safley is working here part time.  Dr. Safley was a military brat until Third grade, traveling the world to new Air Force Bases. After his travels were completed he settled in Tacoma. His college years and Dental school all found him at the University of Washington. GO DAWGS!! He worked for the Puyallup Indians for two years, in their dental clinic, then opened his own practice in Bellevue. His skills grew as he serviced that community for 26 years. He loves dentistry and strives to maintain integrity in always educating and presenting his patients with the best dental options.  Dr. Safley prides himself on delivering excellent dentistry with comfort and care. He is married to Patti, a first grade teacher. They have five daughters. He also loves biking, skiing, woodworking and family time.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Angela has worked for Dr. Dykstra for over 10 wonderful years.  We are pleased that we have had the opportunity to work alongside Angela, she is an exceptional person.  We have enjoyed her infectious smile and laughter over the past decade.  Angela has become part of our  family and will miss her immensely, but wish her nothing but the best in her new endeavors.  She will always remain a part of our family, and hopefully we will get to see her every now and then.  This is a small town you know……We love you Angela!

It is with great sadness and joy we say goodbye to a very special team member. Samantha and her husband Blake have been transferred to Virginia with the Navy.  We will miss you! Samantha attended Owens Community College in Ohio and received her associate’s degree in dental hygiene. Samantha is originally from Michigan, she had her husband who is in the Navy moved here to Washington. They have a dog Roscoe and enjoy the outdoor activities. Samantha enjoys shopping in her spare time and her favorite part about being a dental hygienist is being able to have a connection with her patients, and to assist them in forming and maintaining healthy oral habits.





Please help us welcome back Tasha. Tasha graduated from Tallahassee Community College in Florida in 1998 in Dental Hygiene. After graduation she and her husband moved to Washington State where she began her career as a hygienist with Dr. Dykstra. Tasha was first employed by Dr. Dykstra from 1998 through 2003, when she abruptly ended her employment due to a family emergency. Tasha then spent the next 15 years homeschooling her 3 children. In 2017, when her daughter asked to go to private school for high school, Tasha felt it was the right time to head back into her profession. Because of the familiarity with patients and the trusted relationship with Dr. Dykstra, Tasha knew this would be the perfect place to start off again. Tasha enjoys her career and has loved the transition back into her profession. When not working, Tasha can be found on the baseball field cheering on her boys, Andrew and Adam, or hanging out with her daughter Ava, playing games or watching movies. Most people would say her greatest asset is her laugh, but she will tell you that it’s her marriage of 23+ years and her children.

Administrative Team

Michelle is our administrative and treatment coordinator and has been a part of our team since 2009 and absolutely loves it! Michelle brings many years of administrative experience to her position.  Her enthusiasm and commitment encourages patients, their families and friends to come to our practice.  She enjoys spending time with her family and leads a very busy life with sports and outdoor activities including riding her horses.  Michelle is available to answer your questions and explain treatment, fees and insurance benefits.

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Dental Assistants

Jamie is a Registered Dental Assistant.  Jamie received her certification from Bryman in 2002. She has been in the dental field since 2001. She enjoys helping patients feel comfortable and improve their oral health. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and friends.