DeW Dish–Questions and Answers with Kriston Reisnour

As originally published in part in DeW Life Magazine Spring 2020


What is the best part of your job?

The best part of working for Seattle Study Club is having the opportunity to work with a team of passionate and dedicated individuals with a primary focus of empowering individuals to reach their true professional and personal potential. 

Being dental healthcare providers, we are able to reach one person at a time however now through the educational offerings presented by the Seattle Study Clubs we help the dental communities reach the masses. We are blessed to work with many study club directors and coordinators, providing guidance and direction in putting together their academic educational programs for their members. I am excited that the educational offerings are state of the art, evidenced-based and utilize the philosophy of the Seattle Study Club founder, Dr. Michael Cohen, which is based on a comprehensive interdisciplinary treatment plan for better patient care. I believe we provide the best educational opportunities!  

Dental professionals gather in a non-threatening environment, learning alongside and from their peers. It is a university without walls that allows for interactive and collaborative education being discussed and shared amongst both general and specialty providers. Together they become stronger in their personal and professional lives. I am beyond excited to work for an organization that provides this level of education in a way that the members can absorb, maintain, and immediately implement into their practices.  This is what separates Seattle Study Club from all the others, and I am proud to be a part of the team.

How do you measure success?

Success to me is measured by how many individuals you have helped reach their goals and or their definition of success. I am a firm believer in Zig Ziglar’s sayings:

“ You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want”  

“The Greatest good we can do for others is not just to share our riches with them but to reveal theirs” 

And finally,

“ The foundational stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love, and loyalty” 

What is your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is rice pudding.

What do you do to turn around a bad day?

To turn around a bad day I put on some oldies but goodies music and sing along.

What advice do you have for the new person in your office?

The advice I would give for a new person in my office is to believe in yourself and all your abilities. Embrace your strengths and also your failures and believe you are here for a reason. Be patient with yourself as you are learning and give yourself permission to not be perfect. Learning is a process, be still and allow it to happen. 

What is your favorite Indoor/Outdoor Activity?

My favorite outdoor activity is fishing and then hikes or walking in the park with our dogs Max and Emma.

They are playing your theme song as you walk on stage. Name that tune!

My theme song would be I WILL SURVIVE!

What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation would be Disney World. Love that place! Would go every year if I could. Brings out the kid in me.

How do you take your coffee?

I take my coffee black 

What is the best gift you ever received?

The best gift I ever received was of sentimental value. I received a gold chain from Dr. Laughlin the first Periodontist I worked for coming right out of dental hygiene school. His guidance and mentoring made me the dental professional that I am today.  

What scares you the most?

What scares me the most is not being able to live up to my potential and use wisely the gifts GOD has given me. 

Share something about you that someone would never guess?

Someone would never guess that I worked in the woods cutting down trees to pay for my first horse. 


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Kriston Reisnour RDH, BSDH, CCSH, CSOM passionately coaches dental teams on their role in today’s integrated dental/medical healthcare system. She comes highly recommended having been the Dental Program Director for the Bale/Doneen Method and her extensive experience and knowledge of the comprehensive approach to optimal care. She is a credentialed clinical sleep health educator, certified in orofacial myology, and an airway ambassador. Ms. Reisnour is an accomplished speaker, writer, owner of “Intentional Hygiene”, and dental hygienist with over 29 years of experience. Her ability to combine scientific depth and empathy is unique. As a proficient author, she is regularly featured in peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of ADHA,WSDHA, AAOSH, and can be reached at


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