Bird Family Dental Team
As your dental health professionals, we want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians. We pride ourselves in providing the care you need to keep your smile healthy. To give you the best possible service and results, we are committed to continual education and learning.
We attend dental lectures, meetings, and dental conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern dental office can utilize to provide state-of-the-art dental care. Also, being members of various professional dental associations helps us to stay abreast of the changes and recommendations for our profession.
Albert R. Bird, DDS
Experience & Education
Dr. Bird grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. His positive experience as a teenage dental patient at the dental school in that city inspired him to become a dentist. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in 1974. Following two years in the Army Dental Corps at Fort Lewis, he decided to remain with his young family in the Pacific Northwest, entering private practice in 1976. His practice grew on his reputation for skillful, compassionate, and gentle care. For forty years, Dr. Bird has been active in his professional community, serving as president of the Pierce County Dental Society and as a volunteer dentist in various organizations in Washington, as well as Guatemala and Ecuador.
Dr. Bird remains involved in aspects of the practice that involve his special interest and expertise.
He enjoys travel, camping, learning about the natural world, and being with his family of five children and seven grandchildren.
Please contact us if you have questions for Dr. Albert.
Zachary A. Bird, DMD
Dr. Zac was born and raised in the Tacoma area where he attended Curtis High School. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and his dental degree from the School of Dental Medicine at Boston University. As planned, he joined with his father in 2005. He now has assumed responsibility for most clinical work in the office. His patients appreciate his gentle touch and caring attitude.
Dr. Zac is a full scope general dental practitioner with particular skill in high quality cosmetic restorations. He is also proficient in implants, Invisalign, and root canals. He has a true family practice, so children are welcome.
Dr. Zac was drawn to dentistry to make a difference in patient smiles, function and confidence. He has earned the loyalty and confidence and of his patients.
When not busy in the office, he and his wife spend time taking their 3 children to their youth sports, camping, boating, skiing and traveling.
From the cheerful voice you hear on the phone when you call to schedule your appointment, to the smile you see as you arrive in our state-of-the art dental practice, our business team will help you understand your dental benefits, schedule appointments, and review your financial obligations for any recommended treatment.
Adrianne, Patient Accounts Coordinator
Adrianne joined Bird Family Dentistry over 18 years ago. She enjoys working as a bridge between our patients and their insurance to help accomplish the treatment plan they desire. She enjoys working in the family business with a caring, hard-working staff and doctors with a gentle, generous manner and an aesthetic eye.
Adrianne and her husband have 2 great sons and a darling daughter. She spends her time reading, crafting, running, volunteering at her children's schools, and as a church youth advisor. Together with her family they enjoy traveling, camping, skiing and playing.
Aja, Insurance Coordinator
Aja has been a part of Bird Family Dentistry's front office team for over 7 years. She is grateful to work with such an amazing staff and friendly patients. She loves that she is able to help assist patients utilize their benefits to the maximum and implement a difference in their health care. She has great respect for both doctors because they are passionate about what they do and are always learning and growing in the field.
Aja was born in the Seattle area but has lived all over the U.S. including San Francisco, Atlanta, and Maui. She is a licensed cosmetologist in hair and make up. She along with her husband love traveling, golfing, music and spending time with friends and family.
Lisa, Patient Scheduling and Benefits Specialist
Lisa came to us with 3 years prior dental experience. She is both a registered dental assistant and a friendly, competent part of our office team.
Lisa along with her fiance, 2 great children and cute dog love to spend time outdoors. They enjoy boating, camping and spending time at the mountain.
Our hygiene staff are dedicated to continuing education and ensuring that you have the very best hygiene care. As Registered Dental Hygienists, they have extensive training in identifying areas of disease and decay and work closely with Drs. Al
and Zac Bird
to keep your mouth healthy and beautiful!
Billie, Registered Dental Hygienist
Billie has worked as one of our fantastic Dental Hygienists for 10 years. She joined us shortly after graduating at the top of her class at Pierce College
, where she was also admitted as a member of both Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Phi Alpha. Billie is truly dedicated to providing quality care to each patient and is proud of the clinical skills, professionalism, integrity, dedication and enthusiasm of our entire Dental Hygiene Team. Her patients quickly learn she has a big heart and is passionate about improving and maintaining their health. She values this opportunity to work with compassionate and professional doctors.
Outside of the office, Billie can often be found fixing up their lake property with her husband and adorable puppy. She is an avid reader and enjoys relaxing with a good book. Billie has an extensive local family she loves to spend time with. She also volunteers at church youth camps.
Sandy, Registered Dental Hygienist
Sandy is a registered Dental Hygienist and has been with the practice 9 plus years as a full time member of our Hygiene Team. She has dedicated over 40 years to patient care in dentistry. Her accomplishments include graduating from Pierce College in 2007 with an Associates degree in Dental Hygiene and previously working for 35 years as a certified dental assistant. Sandy has a passion for dentistry and delivers premier patient care and enjoys providing education and comfort to all her patients. She is professionally affiliated with the American Dental Hygienist Association
and has also volunteered her time and talents with Medical Teams International.
When not working Sandy enjoys spending time with her soul mate of 40 years as well as motorcycling, cooking and just enjoying life to the fullest.
Theresa, Registered Dental Hygienist
Theresa received her degree in Dental Hygiene in 2009 from Pierce College, but been in the dental field in a variety of ways since 2006, when she first started at Bird Family Dentistry in the front office, then as a sterilization/hygiene assistant, and currently as a Dental Hygienist. She had wanted to be in dentistry for as long as she can remember. Theresa enjoys being a part of the team because of the passion for high quality dental care, and for the friendly, compassionate, caring, detail-oriented atmosphere. Her favorite part is building relationships with the patient and becoming their advocate to achieve and maintain optimal oral health, leading to improved overall health through high quality clinical care and education using state of the art equipment and techniques.
Theresa and her husband have two young children and reside in the Gig Harbor area. When she's not at work, she is kept quite busy volunteering in her children's schools, watching her kids play sports, working out, traveling, skiing, boating and having fun with family and friends. She also volunteers in her community as an educator for elementary and pre-school children.
At Bird Family Dental, our dental assisting team provide warm and comfortable care to all of our patients. Whether taking digital x-rays
for diagnosis, assisting the doctor during a complex treatment case, or answering your dental health questions, you'll find your appointment flying by!
Frances, Registered Dental Assistant & Lab Specialist
Frances has been at Bird Family Dentistry for 27 years, the last 12 working chair-side with Dr. Bird and Dr. Zac. She appreciates her staff team and believes them to be the most talented and caring professionals in the industry. Dental health has always been important to Frances, not only because it keeps the patients' teeth healthy, but also because she believes in the confidence and self-esteem a beautiful smile can bring. Frances has two children, a daughter and a son, and in her free time she enjoys boating, snowmobiling, camping, and of course, spending as much time as possible with her two wonderful granddaughters.
Charlene, Registered Dental & Orthodontic Assistant
Charlene entered the dental field 30 years ago and has 22 years of orthodontic experience. She brought her orthodontic and lab work experience to our office about 14 years ago. She loves the dental field and feels we have a great staff and doctors to work with. Charlene loves to see the patient transformations with a new smile and is delighted to see their happiness. She notices how good a great, new smile makes the patients feel about themselves and considers it a blessing to be a part of that.
Outside of the office, Charlene enjoys many active pursuits such as scuba diving, motorcycle and dirt bike riding, walking and camping with her husband Michael, their 5 children and 2 grandchildren.
Jaimee, Registered Dental Assistant
Jaimee has been part of our team since 2010 after graduating as a Registered Dental Assistant. She was not new to our practice as she has been a patient here from adolescence. She has always appreciated the individual attention given to each patient and the comprehensive, high quality care. She fits right in with her desire to do likewise.
Jaimee grew up in the Tacoma area and is actively involved in supporting her 5 children's athletic teams and activities. She is an avid crafter and seamstress and enjoys travel.
Melissa C., Registered Dental Assistant & Restorative Implant Coordinator
Melissa has been in the field of dentistry for 23 years and with Bird Family Dentistry for the past 6 years. She was first inspired to work in dentistry because of her relationship with people and families. Because she wants each patient’s dental experience to be comforting and calming, Melissa specializes in communicating with and listening to each individual. She enjoys these relationships with patients and treats them as family. She is thankful to work with doctors of experience and technical skill.
Melissa enjoys families and children so much she earned her CDL and has worked as a school bus driver. She is the mother of 4 children, 2 adult daughters and 2 sons, one currently attending WSU. She likes baking, gardening and beach retreats.