Here at Walla Walla Periodontics & Implants, we believe that a smile tells a thousand words, and we are dedicated to giving our patients high-quality dental care. We offer a full range of dental services, so all of your family’s needs are met under one roof.

Our goal is for you to leave our office with a memorable and enjoyable dental experience, which is why our welcoming and compassionate staff will do everything they can to make you feel right at home.

If you are looking to brighten and enhance your smile, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (509) 516-1200!

Dr. Johnson

Dr. Dwight L. Johnson

Dr. Johnson grew up in Clearfield, UT as the oldest of 6 children and attended Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, UT where he graduated in 1994 with dual degrees, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in Portuguese. Prior to graduating from BYU Dr. Johnson served a 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in São Paulo, Brazil. Before graduating BYU, Dr. Johnson met the love of his life, the former Melanie G. Wood of Price, UT. Together they have 7 wonderful children (6 boys and 1 girl), Justus, Hunter, Kumen, Ammon, Talmage, Zenock, and Avery. Dr. Johnson graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine as a DMD in 1999 and joined the US Air Force. He completed a 1-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) in 2000 and served as a general dentist in the Air Force prior to beginning his Periodontal residency in a joint program with the Air Force and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He graduated in 2005 with his Masters in Oral Biology and a certificate in Periodontics from Wilford Hall Medical Center and shortly thereafter became board certified in periodontics. Dr. Johnson has recently completed a exceptional career in the Air Force where he received numerous awards and recognition. He won the highly esteemed Orban and Prichard awards for Periodontal research in 2005 and taught on the Faculty of the Air Force Post-Graduate Dental School as a periodontal and AEGD-I instructor.

God, family, and country are all very important to Dr. Johnson. He loves doing anything and everything with his wife and best friend Melanie, children and dogs (Rusty and Ranger). Outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, biking and any type of sporting activity are all family favorites along with the occasional musical adventures of both parents and children on the violin, piano, cello.

Heather Rafanelli

Registered Dental Hygienist

Heather is a dental hygienist who focuses on the importance of prevention, patient education, and whole-body health. She helps patients understand comprehensive oral health, so they can make better decisions on treatments to minimize disease. She continues her education yearly, to learn and incorporate new dental techniques and periodontal procedures backed by the latest research. In Heather’s spare time she can be found in her ever-expanding garden!

Melanie Johnson

Treatment & Scheduling Coordinator

Graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors Degree in Spanish Teaching and Psychology. Although native to Utah she has lived all over the United States, Portugal and Spain. She has spent most of her life as a “Stay at Home” mom and teaching children. Her family is her greatest joy and accomplishment. She loves music and has taught piano and violin students wherever she has lived. She recently completed training as a Dental Assistant and is fascinated with Dentistry. Interests include God, family, music, community involvement and outdoor activities. She loves learning about new people places and things. Walla Walla is beautiful! The town is quaint, streets are clean, and people are friendly. It’s exciting to be part of a great team in such a beautiful place.

Laura Schuon

Office Manager

Laura McNeil has over 30 years of experience as a revenue cycle expert in the dental field. She has excelled at being a clinic manager and collaborating with dental staff members. She values teamwork and enjoys working with others and serving patients. Laura believes in helping patients and in supporting great dental care. She obtained her certificate in Dental Assisting many years ago at Trend College.
Laura has expertise in patient care as she was a surgical technician in the operating room for major oral surgery cases. For the past six years, Laura has been a consultant and assisted dental practices with documentation, coding, and billing. Over these consulting years, Laura has enjoyed working with Indian Health and Tribal Hospital Dental Practices.
Laura grew up in a large faith-based family. She is ninth of nine children. She loves living in Walla Walla and enjoys her time in the outdoors. She spends time with her sister, daughters, and grandchildren. She enjoys tasty food, especially good Mexican dishes and likes to cook.

Jennifer Romero

Dental Assistant

Waa sa iyatee (how are you) my name is Jennifer Romero (Cytanovich). I am a dental assistant for Walla Walla Periodontics and Implants. I have years of experiences as a dental assistant, focusing on implants and surgery.
As a dental assistant my goal is to help patients feel more comfortable while in the dental office, as well educate patients to achieve their goals for a more beautiful healthy smile.
A little about myself, I was born in Alaska and moved to Walla Walla as young girl. Moving back to Alaska after high school and then after some years back to Walla Walla. I have four amazing children and three beautiful grand-loves. In my extra time when I’m not spoiling the grandkids, I love being in the mountains and exploring the great outdoors with family and friends.

Kari Cole

Dental Assistant

Kari attended high school in Walla Walla, then moved to Seattle, which is where she lived for 21 years. After graduating from dental assisting school in 2008, Kari practiced with a general dentist for several years. She then went on to become the Lead Dental Instructor at a local medical college. She has also worked for various specialty offices: Endodontics, Periodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and complex Prosthodontics at Spear Aesthetics, which is where Dr. Frank Spear founded Spear Education.
Kari is dedicated to attending continuing dental education courses in order to help provide the most advanced treatments and comprehensive dental care to her patients. She continues her education working towards her masters and maintaining her yearly CE’s in the dental industry.
On a personal level, she likes to travel. She has been to Mexico, Canada, and most states that touch oceans. Kari enjoys biking, camping, hiking, scuba diving, cooking, and laughing as often as possible.