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  • 718 Yelm Ave West Yelm, WA 98597
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Rhonda Goldworm

I began working in the dental field as a dental technician in the Navy. I soon learned that dentistry was something I wanted to pursue as a career. I earned my associates degree in dental hygiene at Pierce College and a Bachelor of Science degree at Eastern Washington University. My husband and I have lived in various cities in Western Washington all of our married life. We raised our three boys in Yelm where I started working with Dr. Blackner and Dr. Smith. I pride myself in keeping current with the latest research and techniques that help make me a better clinician and provide the best patient care. I enjoy volunteering within the community and spending time with family and friends, especially my little grandchildren. 

Noemi Cruz

I am a registered Dental Hygienist and I love having the opportunity to meet everyday with patients and assist them in achieving a confident smile. I obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Pierce College in 2019 and immediately started working with Dr. Smith, Dr. Blackner, and Dr. Wood. I'm very grateful to be apart of this dental team and I hope to serve you, the community, with lots of care. During my time off, I enjoy trying new coffee shops, traveling and exploring different states and countries. My favorite thing to do is spend quality time with my family. Another one of my passions is humanitarian work and my hope is to go on many dental missions in the future.


I have been working as a hygienist full time since I graduated from the Clark College dental hygiene program with honors in 2003.  I continue to study the newest developments in oral hygiene and I enjoy sharing this knowledge with my patients.  If you have a question about your dental hygiene I will be happy to answer it.  However, I understand that sometimes you just want to sit in the chair and sleep.  In that case, I can be very quiet and avoid giving unsolicited advice.  

My hobbies include tennis, water and snow skiing, reading sci-fi/ and fantasy books, and watching sic-fi movies.  My greatest joy is at home with my family.  I have been married to my wife Amye since 1997 and we have four children.


It has been my privilege and pleasure to practice dental hygiene.  It combines both my love and appreciation for others as well as a decidedly nerdish passion for evidence based treatment planning and patient care.  I count my association with Yelm Dental as one of the many blessings in my life and have been part of the team since 2007.  I graduated from Pierce College in 2003 with my Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene and continued to completion of a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Washington University. Yelm is my home, along with two small dogs, a clutch of chickens and my spouse.  We enjoy being a part of the community.