Our Staff Members

Meet The Team of Metro West Orthodontics and Periodontics

We are Metro West Orthodontics & Periodontics, Omaha’s dental specialists in Orthodontic, Invisalign, Periodontal Reconstructive / Regenerative Therapy and Dental Implants. We believe that the growth of each team member is a critical component of our business model to be the leader in dentistry to exemplify excellence. 

Our key concept is "Growth of the team = Growth of the practice". Our expectation to our individual team member is quite unique. We ask each team member to grow 0.1 percent each day to improve professionally as well as personally. 0.1 percent growth per day will lead to 36.5 percent growth in one year and 365 percent growth in 10 years.


With the Growth mindset, we challenge the status quo, be champions of change agent, and be humble for future knowledge. Our practice is committed to invest time and resources on each team member to create an extraordinary experience for you.

Amy Murillo


Amy Murillo

Amy is the Insurance and Treatment Plan Coordinator at Metro West Orthodontics and Periodontics. She was born in Faribault, Minnesota. Amy attended Mercy College of Health Sciences where she pursued an Associate of Science in Nursing degree. Her attention to detail and excellent follow-ups are invaluable as our Insurance and Treatment Plan Coordinator. She helps patients navigate the complex world of insurance policies. Our patients can rest assured that they have Amy on their side, ready to help. Amy loves to travel and spends most weekends going someplace new. When she is not traveling, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with her family.


Becki is a Dental Hygienist at Metro West Orthodontics and Periodontics. She was raised in the Omaha area. Becki graduated in 2002 from IWCC’s Dental Hygiene Program as valedictorian of her class. Becki is an avid learner and educator; She has certifications on laser therapy and guided implant surgical guide design. She lectures both nationally and internationally on topics related to dental hygiene. You will find Becki passionately educating patients and coaching them how to achieve optimal oral health. Her entrepreneurial skills are used to run two home based businesses. Becki is known in the dental hygiene community for inventing a well-known dental product. Becki and her husband have 3 children and 2 dogs. In her free time Becki is busy with family activities; be it watching her children play sports, going to the gym, chasing after her youngest son and spending time with her family. Becki loves working at Metro West because of our core values and our amazing patients.

Becki Cole
Clarissa Jacinto


Clarissa Jacinto

Clarissa is the new Director of First Impression at Metro West Orthodontics & Periodontics. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Her belief of "Listening is a foundation of communication" is well suited to Metro West and aids her as she tackles multiple phone lines and helps patients to feel comfortable and valued. With 4 years of Customer Service experience, and having a bilingual background (English and Spanish), she is excited to assist our patients who are in need of someone to listen to or help them navigate through the world of dentistry where it can be complex and confusing at times. Clarissa’s pastimes include drawing, listening to her favorite artists and watching k-dramas.


Gillian grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and joined the Metro West Orthodontics & Periodontics team in 2018. She currently attends Iowa Western to pursue her goal of being a dental hygienist. Being a dental assistant allows Gillian to fulfill her passion for education and innovation in the field of dentistry. Her talent in education goes beyond clinical settings. She is also Metro West’s Marketing Director and Metro West Seminar’s Coordinator, bringing fun and joy into educating our dental community. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors and going hunting with her dad.

Gillian Smithson
Kanoe Sakamoto



Jesus is a Puerto Rican native who came to Omaha to continue his athletic career and education at Creighton University. He graduated with a Bachelors' Degree in Exercise Science and Pre-Health Professions and will be attending Creighton University School of Dentistry. “I am grateful to have found a team like Metro West whose mission not only aligns with my own personal goals but also encourages me to grow in all aspects of my life,” says Jesus. “I have developed a passion for dentistry, but as a Christian, my real desire lies in helping others.” During his time off, Jesus enjoys working out, fishing, and going to Chipotle.


Kanoe was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from Creighton University in 2017 where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and Policy degree. Since graduating, Kanoe’s time spent as a dental assistant at Metro West Orthodontics & Periodontics has amplified her passion to promote the importance of oral health. In her free time Kanoe participates in continuing education courses to pursue her dream of becoming a dentist. Kanoe also enjoys making jewelry for her small business and volunteers in dance classes that allow children with special needs the opportunity to dance.

Kanoe Sakamoto
Kassie Tolle


Kassie Tolle

Kassie is the Lead Orthodontic Assistant at Metro West Orthodontics and Periodontics. She was born in Kansas but grew up in Omaha. She graduated in 2014 from Central College with her degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. Her approach to a Fun and Happy Life is contagious to everyone. You will often find her immersed in fun conversations with patients, and also laughing and celebrating the progress of patients finally achieving their healthy smiles. In her free time Kassie enjoys cheering on the Huskers, playing sand volleyball, traveling, and spending time at the lake/pool. Fun fact about Kassie: she is an identical twin.


Krin is a Dental Hygienist at Metro West Orthodontics and Periodontics. Krin has a passion for learning. She graduated in 2008 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2010 Krin graduated from Vatterot College’s Dental Assisting Program. She then graduated in 2013 with an Associate of Art and Science of Dental Hygiene degree. She is gentle and kind, both inside and out. Our patients love her gentle approach which makes them feel comfortable. In her downtime Krin enjoys being with her two-year-old son by going to the zoo, hiking, walking, face painting and making balloon animals.

Krin Solanki
Tami Paass


Tami Paass

Tami is the Office Manager at Metro West Orthodontics & Periodontics. She grew up in a small Iowa town called Schleswig. Tami graduated in 1999 from IWCC’s Dental Assisting Program and worked as a dental assistant for 18 years. For the last 10 of those years, she worked at Creighton University Dental School in the Pediatrics department and then transferred to the department of Periodontics with Dr. Takanari Miyamoto and Dr. Melissa Lang. She joined Metro West in 2017 to fulfill her dream of healthcare management and a leadership role. Tami says her favorite part about working for Metro West is that “We all come from different backgrounds and walks of life, but we come together as a team to give our patients the best care possible. We are a big family and take care of each other”. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Health Studies and a minor in Leadership in May 2020 from Fort Hays State University. Tami and her husband Ken have 6 children. Some of her favorites are time spent with her family, family cookouts and Husker Football.

12225 W. Giles Road La Vista, NE 68128

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Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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