Meet Dr. Dorantes

Dr. Carlos Dorantes received his dental degree from Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala, and practiced in his home-town for three years focusing mainly on children’s dentistry. In 1999 Dr. Dorantes moved to Birmingham and began his specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Alabama Dental School (UAB). UAB’s Pediatric Dental Residency is a challenging 3 year dental school and hospital based program; this gave Dr. Dorantes the unique opportunity to practice at the world renowned Children’s Hospital of Alabama. When he was not busy with patients or academic work, Dr. Dorantes worked as a part time medical interpreter at Children’s Hospital, an experience that shaped him for years to come and that strengthened his determination to always work with the undeserved. Doctor Dorantes successfully completed his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in June of 2002, and was invited to stay as a Fellow Faculty member for the Pediatric Dentistry Department at UAB. After completing his Master’s degree from the University of Alabama, Dr. Dorantes moved to Yakima in the summer of 2003 to aid in the development of children’s dental services for the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. Two years later, in a joint venture with the University of Washington, Dr. Dorantes helped to pioneer one of the first Rural Pediatric Dental Residency training programs in the Nation. Finally, in December of 2008, Summitview Pediatric Dentistry opened its doors after several months of planning by Dr. Dorantes. We are very proud of being the only fully bilingual Pediatric Dental practice in all of central Washington.

Doctor Dorantes lives in Yakima with his wife Mei and their children Benjamin and Camila. He enjoys teaching, hiking and cooking for friends and family. He is also a published author in a peer-reviewed journal and is committed to education, prevention of dental disease and access to care for children. As an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, he also enjoys attending meetings that enhance his training and introduce him to newer techniques.

Customer Reviews

Samantha B.
I am so glad we found Summitview Pediatric Dentistry! I had a concern about my toddler's gums and felt she needed to be seen as soon as possible. I called around and most offices said they couldn't get us in for months. Summitview got us in within hours! I was highly impressed with each staff member I encountered. I am excited to establish care there for all three of my children!
Vanessa J.
The staff welcomed us as soon as we entered the building. We were taken back super fast and the dental assistant was super nice. She explained everything she was doing to my son so he wouldn’t get scared. This was my son’s first time in the chair and she made sure he was comfortable and happy. My son’s dentist was super friendly and informative. Overall we had a great experience. Definitely recommend to anyone in need of a pediatric dentistry.
Samantha M.
To be honest, I was nervous to take my 3 year old to the Dentist. It was our first Time here and I wondered how he would do. The staff here made us feel right at home! Everyone including the Dentist himself, was so gentle, patient and kind to my little one. They were thorough but made it fun so that it was a pleasant experience for everybody! My boy is cavity free and is already asking when he can go back! So pleased with this experience!

Meet Our Staff

Rosa E. Mesina

Billing Coordinator

Rosa graduated in 2014 from YVCC with her Associate’s degree in Medical billing & coding and has worked for Dr. Dorantes for 2 years. She loves using her vast knowledge of dentistry and dental insurance to assist patients. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their 11 year old daughter, and their 2 cats and poodle. She also loves spending time outdoors, hanging out with family and friends, and watching her daughter play basketball and softball.

Jessica L Villegas

Patient Care Coordinator

Jessica was born in Houston Texas and raised in Wapato WA where she graduated in 1998.  She attended YVCC and graduated in 2002 with her Dental Assisting Certificate.   She has been at Summitview Pediatric Dentistry since 2012.  In her spare time, she loves to be with her Family, animals and enjoys cooking.

Anahi Camargo

Scheduling Coordinator

The year 2017 brought many changes, but most importantly, it brought Anahi to our practice. Since then, things have never been the same! Anahi was raised in Wapato, WA. She graduated High School in 2015. She is one of the friendliest faces you see as you walk in. She is fluent in Spanish to help you with all your needs. The most important aspect of her job is making sure that our patients and their families feel like a part of our family. Since she likes helping families it makes her work a joy. Anahi loves her family. Her baby niece is her greatest blessing. She loves to spend time with her amazing boyfriend. She likes to go fishing, being outdoors, and going to the movies.

Janet Menieur

Registered Dental Assistant

Janet is originally from the Dominican Republic and began her career as a dental assistant in Miami, FL in 1992.  According to her, she “fell in love” with Pediatric Dentistry shortly after she began working with Dr. Dorantes at the Farm Workers Clinic in 2004.  After Dr. Dorantes opened his private practice, she joined his team from day one.  Janet loves to make your child’s dental appointment as fun as possible and making sure they always have a positive dental experience.

Denise Diaz

Registered Dental Assistant

Denise was born and raised in California and moved to Yakima in 2007.  She attended the dental assistant program at Pasco’s Charter College and finished in 2017.  She has been working for Dr. Dorantes since 2018, where she enjoys making young patients feel comfortable.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Yesenia Luna-Rosales

Registered Dental Assistant

Yesenia was born and raised in Yakima.  She graduated from Davis high school in 2015 and went to YVCC and YV-tech to do dental assistant program, which she completed in 2018.  In her own words:  “What made me want to work with children was working at Inspire (a child development center). I just loved seeing kids smiles and that’s when I realize I wanted to work with children in a dental office”. She loves spending time with her family and friends and is an accomplished soccer player.

Jessica Nelson

Registered Dental Assistant

Jessica is the newest member of our team we were happy to welcome her in April of 2020. She was born and raised in Yakima WA. She graduated from Davis High School in 2015 and graduated from Charter College in 2019. She enjoys being one of the first welcoming faces you see when coming to our office and is always there to help you with whatever scheduling needs you may have. Besides from work she enjoys spending time with her loved ones. She loves to relax, shop, go on hikes and spend time with her two dogs.