Meet our Staff
Ryan Lemke DDS and his staff strive to provide the best possible dentistry available while located in a warm, craftsman-style Wallingford neighborhood house, a relaxing, stress-free atmosphere. We clean, repair, and replace teeth using modern bridges and implants, and create natural esthetics through whitening, straightening, veneers and crowns for a smile you’ve only dreamed of!! Our patients have found that by improving their outer appearance, they were able to enjoy greater inner confidence and live a more fulfilled life. Please come and visit our “home”.
When you come to visit us, you’ll first meet Clare, our office manager. She provides our patients with an office they can count on for their every need. Carla is our full-time hygienist, competently and gently maintaining our patients, and Jessica assists Dr. Lemke with all aspects of clinical patient care.
We understand that life is very full and make every effort to accommodate your personal schedule, offering flexible days and hours. To learn more about our office, please visit us at our website at: www.wallingfordfamilydentistry.com. Thank you!!
Meet Dr. Lemke
The Puget Sound has been home for Dr Lemke since he first arrived in 2000 as an enlisted man in the Navy. He earned his BS in Biochemistry from UW Seattle, living in and near Wallingford for 10 years. He left for NYC, to earn his DDS from Columbia University, among world-class staff and peers. Dr. Lemke then moved to Denver, for a residency in General Dentistry at Denver Health Hospital, gaining expanded techniques and experience in all aspects of dentistry. Returning to Seattle for practice ownership in Wallingford is the culmination of a lifetime of aspiration and terrific work for Dr Lemke. .
Dr. Lemke is happy to find in dentistry a career that fulfills his need to help people every day. He believes that it’s not enough to practice daily, but to constantly challenge himself to new clinical and didactic excellence. He is happiest when comforting an anxious patient, or delivering a perfect restoration. Dr. Lemke will help you devise a plan your plan to achieve your best oral health, and he will be your partner and your friend through all phases of your treatment. Dr Lemke is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA), and the Seattle King County Dental Society (SKCDS). He particpates in multiple study clubs in Seattle, and occasionally instructs at UW’s dental school.
Dr. Lemke brought his incredible partner, Clare, back to Seattle with him in 2016. They are avid cyclists and outdoorspeople, dance, music, and art fans. Ryan is overjoyed to show Clare around Seattle’s fantastic cultural scene and the wild and rugged beauty of the surrounding mountains.
Clare| Office Manager
We couldn’t be more lucky than to have Clare as our office manager. She comes to us with immense experience in customer service, executive level management, degrees from Carnegie Mellon and her MFA from UCSD. Since joining us, she has been a whirlwind of activity; constantly improving the office operations, and challenging us all to heights we never suspected we were capable of. You will get a warm greeting, and unbeatable service from Clare. We’re sure you’ll come to love her as much as we do in the years ahead.
Jessica | Dental Assistant
Jessica is a Washington Native who graduated with honors from Pima Medical Institute and has been the lead dental assistant at Wallingford Family Dentistry since 1999. Her history with us speaks to her loyalty as an employee, and her great attention to detail shows in her work. We are happy to have her as one of our valued team members.
She has a passion for providing a positive and comfortable experience for our dental patients. She has a knack for making everyone in chair feel at ease… from the youngest to the eldest of our patients. Jessica’s hobbies include outdoor activities and working out. She loves to spend time with her significant other and bull dog. She is family oriented with a love for traveling and sightseeing.
Carla | Hygienist
Carla has been a hygienist at Wallingford Family Dentistry since 2009. She is committed to giving personal care and providing each patient the information and tools needed for a healthy mouth and optimal health. Graduating in 2000 from North Dakota State College of Science, she uses her experience and attention to detail to provide the highest quality of care in a comfortable and professional environment. Carla truly enjoys her work and building relationships with her patients.
Carla is an active member of the Seattle Study Club, attending continuing education classes throughout the year, constantly adding to her knowledge and staying up to date on the current information and procedures. In her spare time, Carla enjoys spending time with her husband and family, yoga, reading, gardening and good food. She has been fortunate to travel internationally recently and hopes to add to the list of countries visited.
Dennis J. Falcone DDS has been the life and blood of Wallingford Family Dentistry from June 1994 until his recent retirement. During these years, he has lead the team to create a wholesome, welcoming, relaxed atmosphere with his sincere manner and an open heart. Dr. Falcone is well respected in the dental community for his longtime membership in the Greater Blue Heron branch of the Seattle Study Club and for his volunteer efforts at at multiple local clinics. He has always provided ethical care of uncompromising quality. He has been our mentor, leader, and friend. We are certain that every patient of Wallingford Family Dentistry will miss him as much as we do. If you’re lucky, he might be around one day when you visit us.
Dr. Lemke mentored with Dr. Falcone at Wallingford Family Dentistry in 2008-09, and fell in love with the patients, setting, and staff. He resolved to one day run a practice of his own just like it. Years later, when Dr. Falcone decided to retire, he contacted Dr. Lemke as his first choice of a worthy successor. The transition was completed in November 2016. Dr. Lemke hopes to continue Dr. Falcone’s legacy of excellence, and to be your dentist of choice for many years to come