Meet Our Doctors

Jim Carey, DMD, PS

Dr. Jim Carey was born and raised in Bend, Oregon. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, earning a degree in business management. While attending school, he met and married his sweetheart, Michelle, who grew up in Richland. They have been married for twenty-five years and have six wonderful children. After graduating from dental school at Oregon Health & Science University, they moved to the Tri-Cities and have been very happy raising their family there.

While Dr. Carey no longer actively treats patients, as the practice owner, he is grateful for the opportunity to look after and manage the practice full-time. He is highly regarded among his peers for his ability to create an environment where team members thrive and find success in assisting patients in achieving dental health.

Michael Pratt, DDS

Dr. Michael Pratt, a Tri-Cities native, is thrilled to practice in his hometown of Kennewick. After graduating from Kamiakin High School, he completed his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University and his dental training at the University of Washington. In all schools, he graduated with honors.

Dr. Pratt is recognized by peers and mentors as being genuine, compassionate, and leading out in excellence. He has received extensive training in the latest dental treatments, including complex implant placement, laser usage, Invisalign and 3D imaging. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the Seattle Study Club. He is also a graduate of the WhiteCap Dental Implant Institute. Dr. Pratt believes strongly in broadening his skills and is constantly involved with formal continuing education. He is committed to provide you with the latest dental treatments and the highest quality of care.

Dr. Pratt and Kirsten, his wife of over 10 years, have four loveable children. When not involved with dentistry, Dr. Pratt enjoys water sports, rebuilding cars, playing with technology gadgets, and watching football. He is also involved with his boys’ Grid Kids football program and other sporting teams. Church and family are the highlight of his life!

Nate Watkins, DDS

Dr. Nate Watkins grew up in Ogden, Utah, and earned his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Weber State University. He then went on to dental school at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, where he excelled in all aspects of general dentistry—especially treating children.

Dr. Watkins is great with kids! He and his wife, Britni, have four active boys themselves. They love the Tri-Cities and enjoy spending lots of family time together, particularly in the outdoors. Dr. Watkins is an avid sports fan, and loves Ohio State football. He is active in his community and in his church. In his spare time, he coaches his son’s basketball and football teams. They also like to go camping, fishing, hunting, and hiking together.

Before joining Family First Dental, he practiced dentistry for 5 years in the underserved community of Sunnyside. There he focused most of his efforts on treating children of all ages and all levels of cooperation, utilizing various sedation methods.

Dr. Watkins enjoys seeking out new knowledge and techniques to better serve the needs of his patients. In fact, he is an active member of the prestigious Seattle Study Club, a national group of leading dentists who meet regularly for continuing education.

Bradley M. Almond, DDS

Dr. Bradley M. Almond was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. After high school he completed his undergraduate studies at Idaho State University and graduated from the University of Louisville School Of Dentistry in 2006. Dr. Almond practiced in Colorado for 10 years before moving to the Tri-Cities to be closer to family.

Dr. Almond recognizes that not everyone enjoys going to the dentist. His goal is to be gentle and make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Dr. Almond and his wife, Lisa, have 5 children. Some of his favorite activities include spending time with his family and playing basketball, racquetball, and golf.

Mehak A. Zentz, DDS

Dr. Mehak A. Zentz was raised in the Seattle area where she attended the University of Washington for both undergraduate and graduate training. While attending the UW School of Dentistry, Dr. Zentz was recognized for her accomplishments in restorative dentistry and chosen for her skills by the faculty to be one of the teaching assistants to help shape the skills of younger dentists. She was also granted a scholarship by the National Health Service Corps for her willingness and desire to help serve patients in need. While in dental school, she met and began dating her now husband, Ryan. Following graduation, they moved across the mountains to the Tri-Cities!

Dr. Zentz began her career working at a local community health clinic where she not only received the Peak Performance in Patient Satisfaction Award, but thoroughly enjoyed serving her community and those most disadvantaged. Dr. Zentz always puts her patients’ care first.

Dr. Zentz has a passion for helping others and strives to provide the best possible care and comfort to her patients. We are so happy to have Dr. Zentz as part of our Family First Dental team!

In her free time, she enjoys exotic foods, traveling, hiking, reading, and working out. Most importantly, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, husband, and her two giant “fur babies” (dogs), Apollo and Odin.

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