Meet the Doctors
STEPHEN E SMITH, DMD
I’m excited to be a part of the Yelm Dental team. I am fortunate to have such a wonderful group of people to work with and to be able to return to the South Puget Sound after an extended absence.
I grew up in Lacey, graduated from Timberline High School in 1998, then left Washington for twelve years. I am a 2004 graduate of Brigham Young University, and a 2008 graduate of Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. My family and I spent the following two years in Detroit, Michigan where I received additional training in oral and maxillofacial surgery which included I.V. sedation, the removal of impacted wisdom teeth, and dental implant surgery.
During those twelve years away, I married my wonderful wife, Stephanie, a native of Federal Way, Washington. We have four rowdy boys named Thomas, Hewitt, Donny, and James. These little guys keep us very busy. Our family has enjoyed becoming a part of the Yelm community.
As a new member of the team at Yelm Dental, I fully support the practice’s long-standing commitment to efficient dental care with a gentle touch. Patient comfort and safety are my first priorities. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and to provide you with the high quality care that our patients are accustomed to receiving.
Daniel G Blackner, Dmd
I am excited to be able to work at Yelm Dental and be a part of the wonderful staff here. I strive for excellence in patient care and am proud to be in a practice where the principles of gentleness, conservative treatment and preventative dental care are paramount.
My wife and I are natives of Federal Way, WA. I graduated from Federal Way High School in 2001 and went on to receive my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in 2008. I graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia in 2013. After four years of living on the East Coast, my family and I are so excited to be back in the Northwest cheering for the Seahawks and hiking and playing in the outdoors.
In my spare time, I enjoy participating in any and all sports as well as spending time with my wife, Brittany, and son, Emerick.
I am very excited to be joining the team at Yelm Dental. It’s an honor and privilege to be a part of such a well-respected practice that has been serving the community for years.
I moved to Seattle where I worked as an EMT for TriMed for seven years.
I moved to Portland Oregon and received my doctorate of dental medicine (DMD) from Oregon Health & Science University. I graduated with great honors in 2016 and was elected membership into the dental honors society Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
I absolutely love what I do and the relationships that I get to forge. I take great pride and responsibility in the trust that is built between me and my patients. I strive to provide the best care and continue to learn every day. I am very thankful of the opportunity that Yelm Dental and the community has given me to do what I love.
When I’m not seeing patients, I love spending time and traveling with my fiancé Molly. I am an avid Seattle sports and fan and find any opportunity to root them on.