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Michelle Shimmin | michelle@ortho-consulting.com | 425-239-4012


Shimmin Consulting was started out of a passion for teaching and training others to understand the enormity of the impact they have on others and how that represents personal and professional success. When your team succeeds, your practice and your business succeed. Our goal at Shimmin Consulting is to give you and your team the tools to understand human nature and the significance we have to effect and impact our patient’s lives, not only through their smiles, but through the relationships we build with our patients and professional partners.


In helping doctors and team members truly understand this impact, we are giving you the step-by-step guide to a powerful referral program, all within our exceptional quality of care.


Shimmin Consulting believes in setting up systems and processes as complete, recorded steps for efficient training, streamlining your practice through each new employee, saving you both time and money.

Kamie Sawtell
Senior Consultant

I have been working as a dental professional since 2003. I have had the opportunity to learn all aspects of dental and orthodontic practices. My career began right out of college and I quickly realized I was exactly where I needed to be. Working alongside many professionals has truly helped guide me to where I am today. I joined Shimmin Consulting to utilize my abilities and work creatively with a firm that highlights my strengths as a consultant. I bring an intuitive approach that is personalized to the culture of my clients.


My husband John and I enjoy our historic home in Olympia, WA. We love the outdoors and take advantage of as many non-rainy days as possible. We bike, hike, kayak, paddle board and love being at the lake. Our time is spent with friends, family and our two spoiled dogs, Poodle and Rocky. 

I look forward to working with you and building a relationship with your practice. Together, we can highlight your team, your practice and magnify your overall productivity!

Diana Weaver
Senior Consultant

I was drawn to dentistry at an early age.  While I originally dreamed of becoming an orthodontist, I obtained my degree in Communications and graduated Summa Cum Laude. I have had the pleasure of being in the orthodontic profession for close to 20 years.  This has given me the unique opportunity to work in all areas of the dental and orthodontic profession which has lead me to become detail oriented and organized.  I am passionate about our industry!


My husband, Adam, and I, along with our two children ages 5 and 2, live in Northwest Arkansas.  As natives to this area, we enjoy the outdoors of the Ozark Mountains.  You will often find us hiking or camping.  We take a summer vacation each year as a family to Colorado tent camping, yes you heard that right! Good thing I’m a patient person!


I look forward to working with you, to encourage and support you in ensuring that your goals are achieved.  Your success is my success.  Let’s put the passion of what we love back into the practice together and give our patients the experience we all desire!

Jenny Gessler
Senior Consultant

I started in the dental field over 20 years ago, working with specialists in Orthodontics, General Dentistry and Oral Surgery with her focus and experience in Operational Management. Early on, I found my passion in Orthodontics that has stood the test of time! The ability to build and develop relationships with patients and truly make a difference in someone’s life through their smile has always had a significant impact on me.


I studied Business Communications in college and this, combined with my many years of Operational Management, deliver a remarkable resource to our clients. I have a talent to truly ‘hear’ the needs of those around me, helping each team member maximize their individual strengths, contributing to the practice as a whole. I am very proactive in the training of team members, which ultimately provides unbelievable practice results with the elevated patient experience they deserve. Through a precise and calculated approach to coaching, I thrive at bringing teams together, cultivating teams that are vested and proud to contribute!


Born and raised in Alaska, my husband Mike and I now reside in the Pacific Northwest due to his military career. I am a Mom to high energy four legged kids and enjoys exploration adventures and RV camping whenever possible.

Jen Drysdale
Director of Operations

As Michelle’s twin sister, I add quite the dynamic to the Shimmin Consulting team and I am thrilled to work as her Director of Operations.  As a natural “extension” of Michelle, it comes very easy for me to work so well and so closely with her.


I have a background and education in Mechanical and Aerospace Design. I worked as a CADD Engineer for Honeywell’s Aerospace division for many years, continuing on with over a decade of leadership management, team building and conflict resolution. I bring tremendous organization and support to our team here at Shimmin Consulting.


My husband, Derek, and I live in Eastern Washington, and enjoy our teenage sons and the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, including biking the rugged trails near our home. Our hobbies include gardening and healthy, organic eating. Aside from my family, my personal passion is rowing. I compete on the local crew team and love the physical and mental aspect of being on the water.


I look forward to assisting you and being a part of your practice reaching its full potential. Do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Lisa Jensvold
Clinical Trainer

Lisa is our Clinical Specialist. She has been in the orthodontic field for the past 14 years and is experienced in all areas from schedule coordinating to treatment coordinating. Her current position, as Clinical Lead, allows her to oversee the inventory and ordering for her office, and has allowed her to develop efficient techniques and processes in the treatment area.

Lisa specializes in scheduling templates, doctor time vs. non-doctor time, appointment types and scheduling, patient flow, running clinicians in columns, and procedure protocol. She will dive into scheduling from a focus of the back vs. the front office, as well as knowing your doctor and your patient and best ways to handle emergencies.


A valuable part of your clinical team is being organized and efficient with inventory and ordering processes. Lisa is an expert in all things clinical. You will not only thoroughly enjoy her enthusiasm and knowledge, but you and your clinical team will not be the same after implementing what she has to share!

Sara Simmons
Marketing and Brand Specialist

I am a social media and marketing specialist, and have been a registered dental assistant in the dental and orthodontic fields for the past 13 years. I started at Shimmin Consulting to provide the complete package to our customers, providing brand and marketing consulting with a level of excellence in all aspects of your practice needs. I consult alongside Michelle, with each client, to develop practice marketing goals and strategies to ensure a competitive advantage in your market.  My passion is social media and marketing within the online world, providing unique and calculated content, brand development and online growth, ensuring the success of each of our clients.

My husband, Ryan and I live with our two children and our black lab in Snohomish, Washington. We enjoy camping as a family and during the Fall/Winter months we love to support our favorite football team - the Seattle Seahawks! I also enjoy yoga and baking for friends and family in my off time.

I look forward to working with you, providing a level of excellence with all of your social media and marketing needs through a successful marketing campaign for now and for the future of your business. Contact us to get started building your brand today!

Delana Pomada
Administrative Assistant

My education and experience is in project management and leadership. I have an excessive background in managing large teams and multi-level projects. As Shimmin Consulting’s Administrator, I bring an extreme level of organization that helps to keep our team running smoothly.


I live in Edmonds, WA, with my husband, our three sons, and two dogs. We love everything football, from our youngest playing flag football to Friday Night Lights with our oldest. We are loyal Seahawks fans and rarely miss a game, unless of course, one of our children are playing. As a family, we enjoy taking new ‘adventures’ where we explore new destinations, usually involving a ferry ride. Outside of my family, my passion is cooking, baking, reading, and cake decorating.