Meet Our Team
Meet Our Doctors
Jessie Banks, D.D.S.
"The Big Kahuna"
Dr. Jessie Banks completed her pediatric dental residency and internship at Texas A&M University – Baylor College of Dentistry and received her D.D.S from the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Banks has extensive experience in working with children who require special needs through her residency training at Baylor’s Dental Clinics, Children’s Medical Center and at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Dr. Banks has also completed her Board Certification in Pediatric Dentistry and is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She was the recipient of the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award for scoring in the top 3% of the nation for the written board exam.
The education required to practice pediatric dentistry includes specialized training of two or more years beyond dental school. Pediatric dentists such as Dr. Banks often work with pediatricians, physicians and other dental specialists in order to best provide the total health care necessary for the development of a child.
It is Dr. Banks’ true joy to work with and inform patients and parents on dental issues pertaining to oral health. Her goal is to increase awareness and provide education in anticipatory guidance of pediatric dental care in areas such as oral development, fluoride adequacy, oral hygiene and health, oral habits, nutrition, diet, and injury prevention. By doing so, she hopes to establish positive partner relationships with her patients, parents and community.
Dr. Banks has a strong commitment to education and community service. She is an active member in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Kitsap County Dental Society. She is also a member of the Evergreen Study Group, where she and other pediatric specialists meet to discuss topics in pediatric dentistry.
Dr. Banks enjoys spending her free time with her husband Greg, a firefighter with Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, and their sons Ben and Evan. Her hobbies include reading, walking, paddle-boarding, and hanging out with her boys!
Kristina Durickas D.D.S.
"One Aaah-some Toothbrusher"
Dr. Kristina Durickas grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, but has always had a passion for the outdoors and is very excited to be living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BS in Human Science. Additionally, she finished in the top quintile of her class at the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore. After graduating from dental school, she pursued her love for working with children by completing her pediatric dental residency at University of Connecticut. She maintains memberships with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association.
In her spare time, Dr. Durickas enjoys being involved in the community and taking on volunteer roles in tutoring and after school programs. When she is not busy enjoying her workday at Kitsap Kids, she can often be found touring on her bike or camping in the mountains, and spending time with her family and friends!
"The Sweet Tooth"
When you meet our dental assistant Haley, you may think her life is full of lollipops, rainbows, and bubblegum and, while she does indulge sometimes, she is really the sweet tooth in our office because of her amazing, kind personality. In addition to being full of sweet words and actions, Haley loves to make sure she imparts the importance of oral hygiene to our patients. She wants to help them keep those silly sugar bugs away! In her spare time, Haley loves to snuggle with her pet rats, shop for purses and shoes, and root for her favorite team. Go Bulldogs!
Paige is our amazing scheduling coordinator and our marketing administrator. Because she has red hair and enjoys daydreaming, you might confuse Miss Paige for the Little Mermaid, but really, she's our Scheduling Coordinator and Marketing Administrator. Paige loves to greet our patients and involve our office in local community activities and outreach programs. You might even catch a glimpse of her swimming through town and at events! She also schedules all of our office's Twinkle the Tooth Fairy visits and makes it her mission to ensure the community "is part of our world" and knows about our wonderful office. She was born on the coast of Southern California but flapped her mermaid tail into the Pacific Northwest and loves living here. When not at work, Paige enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and especially her son, Carter.
"Miss Fix It"
When something needs to be fixed in our office, who do we call? Miss Fix It! Allison is our Safety Officer and a dental assistant, and she makes sure our office is in tip top shape. She solves almost all mechanical and maintenance issues in our office with a flourish of duct tape, the pounding of her hammer, or the twist of a screw. No problem is too big or too small for Miss Fix It! When she is not here keeping our office up to date, Allison loves being outside with her family, sailing on her sailboat with her husband and beautiful little boy, and attending Home Depot training classes.
How do you put an obsessive organizer and lover of all things labeled to good use? Make her an office manager. While she never realized that her devotion to alphabetization, yellow Post Its, and Clorox Disinfectant Wipes (the ocean fresh scent) would lead her to a career in dentistry, Laura loves working with a menagerie of team members and helping them accomplish their professional goals while putting our amazing patients first. When Laura is not at work, she loves to lay on her yoga mat in child's pose and reward her hard work with extra hot fudge on her Bluberry Fro Yo. She also loves spending time with her amazing (and very laid back) husband, Ryan, and their beautiful puppies, Sam the Dog, and Mr. Wilson.
Crystal graduated from dental assisting school, but found her passion in dental office administration. Now she is our amazing Treatment Coordinator! While she isn't a "know it all," she does know it all! With her background in dental assisting and now as a Treatment Coordinator, Crystal is able to help parents navigate both clinically and financially through their child's appointments. She was born and raised in Bremerton and, while she loves this area, she refuses to wear socks with sandals. When not at work, Crystal enjoys spending time with her husband, Alex, and watching re-runs of "Friends."
Growing up, Jenny was always the biggest bubble blower on the block. She never thought she could turn it into a career, but now she blows bubbles like a popstar! Some might even say she is a triple threat. Jenny was raised locally in Port Orchard, and after her completion of the accredited Dental Hygiene Program at Clark College, she is happy to be back home with her family and childhood friends. While studying hygiene, Jenny was able to help provide free dental treatment to hundreds of children in the local community and educate expecting mothers on the various dental resources available. We feel incredibly lucky to have her with us as our dental hygienist. When she isn’t making children smile or blowing bubbles, Jenny enjoys aerial, biking, swimming, sleeping, hanging out with her nieces, and traveling.
"The Pink Plumeria"
Just like the pink plumeria, Olivia is sweet and girly and one of our fantastic dental assistants. Plus, she loves everything pink! She loves interacting with the kiddos at our office, and sharing healthy brushing habits with them. When not at work, Olivia loves shopping, going to the movies, and playing tennis. She also loves staying pretty, just like the plumeria!
"The Comic Relief"
What do dentists call their x-rays? Tooth-pics! Do you need a good laugh or someone to laugh at a corny joke? Well then, Georgette, one of our amazing dental assistants, is your go to gal! In fact, the only thing that makes Georgette serious is her passion for oral health care. She loves having the opportunity to educate children and parents on the importance of brushing. When she is not at work cleaning teeth or making people smile, she enjoys spending time with her husband, and their beautiful daughter, Ellie. She also likes to travel, snowboard, and camp.
"The Hawaiian Princess"
"The Supplies Surfer"
"The Go To Gal"
"Scheduling Sea Turtle"
"The Palm Tree Princess"
"Sugar Bug Sleuth"