AboutSierra Smiles

Sierra Smiles is a Reno based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Bocchi and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 775-313-9383 and experience why our patients think Sierra Smiles is the best dentist in Reno.

Dr. Bocchi

Dr. John Bocchi

Dr. John Bocchi is passionate about dentistry and the effects it can have on your whole-body health. This is where complete health dentistry came to life! He believes in optimizing growth and development for kids and adults to improve breathing, prevent several health issues and make the smiles of his patients dreams. Having a healthy vibrant smile improves one's self confidence and can become their most valuable asset. He has trained for thousands of hours all over the country on the latest techniques and technology complete health dentistry has to offer. He believes that you always need to continue learning in order to provide the best care for patients. He has been voted best dentist in Northern Nevada in the Reno News and Review’s annual vote from our community. He was also featured in Reno Magazine as a Top Cosmetic Dentist. The Reno Gazette Journal recognized him as one of the top 20 professionals under 40. Dr. Bocchi stays active in many different organizations and is the Past President of the Nevada Academy of General Dentistry and Vice-President of the Reno Chapter of The Flying Doctors charity.

He is also a member of:

  • American Academy of Oral Systemic Health
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Nevada Dental Association
  • One of Dr. Bocchi’s areas of expertise is with the CEREC machine, completing porcelain crowns and veneers in a single visit. He is Mentor for CDOCS.com, a prestigious group that is by invitation only, where he helps teach other dentists. Dr. Bocchi has been featured on Channel 2 News in the “Some to Know” and “Ask the Doctor” segments with Kristen Remington to educate our community. He has also been featured on Channel 4 News for his pro-bono dental work. He and his wife Jen are proud parents to Keira and Kipton. Dr. Bocchi enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, loves photography, fishing, hiking, biking, snowboarding and the many other outdoor activities in Northern Nevada!

    Dr. Robert Vong

    Dr. Robert Vong was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. He received his Bachelors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. He then went to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.

    While Dr. Vong was finishing his studies at UNLV School of Dental Medicine, he completed 300 hours of comprehensive training in implant dentistry. Following his training, he received an Affiliate Associate Fellowship through the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is active in the dental community and is currently a member of:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Northern Nevada Dental Society
  • Dr. Vong is a friendly, caring, and detailed oriented dentist. His main priority is to treat every patient like a family member. Dr. Vong likes to get to know each individual patient and provide them with the best treatment possible. He strives to make every patient happy with their dental needs.

    Dr. Vong lives a healthy and active lifestyle. When he isn’t practicing dentistry, you can find him snowboarding, playing basketball, fishing, and trying new restaurants. He loves to spend time with his friends and family by enjoying the great outdoors that Reno and Lake Tahoe has to offer.

    Dr. Amy Nygren

    Dr. Amy Nygren was born and raised in Fallon, Nevada where her family has been ranching and farming for four generations. She grew up with a passion for the stage and continued ballet and theater at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Theater and worked as a chemist before realizing she needed a career with more personal interaction. She says, “Dentistry is the perfect combination of art, science, and health; all the subjects I love!”

    Dr. Nygren attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine where she fell in love with dentistry; the research, technology, and fun gadgets make her career continually progressive and exciting. She enjoys meeting new faces every day, building relationships with her patients, and helping them become more confident, pain free, and healthy. Her goal is for patients to love their smiles and enjoy coming to their dental appointments.

    Dr. Nygren is a member of the Northern Nevada Dental Society and volunteers with Compassion Community Clinic here in Reno. She attends the annual American Dental Association conference where she meets dentists from around the country and takes a variety of courses including implants, root canals, oral surgery, opioids, Botox, and Invisalign.

    You can find Dr. Nygren attending a variety of plays, musicals, festivals, concerts, and sporting events especially if it involves the Nevada Wolfpack or the Denver Broncos! She has a large and crazy family that gets together for big family events and holidays throughout the year. She loves travelling to see new places and experiencing different cultures. Dr. Nygren hopes that her future includes volunteering and using her dental skills in overseas mission trips.

    Zaray

    Dental Assistant

    I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I attended TMCC, where I graduated as a Registered Dental Assistant with an associate degree in Applied Science. I enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends, but most of all love spending time with my baby boy Sebastian. I enjoy cooking, taking mini vacations, and exploring.

    Vicki

    Hygiene Coordinator

    My family has been in Reno for seven generations, and family is very important to me. I love my nine great nieces and nephews. I love to take road trips to go fishing and camping. The best job I have ever had is here at Sierra Smiles. It’s fun, lots of laughs, challenging, and I get to work with great people.

    Trista

    Team Lead

    I have been the Team Lead at Sierra Smiles for 2 years. I have really enjoyed learning the dental field. I love dealing with the patients and the team on a daily basis. My background is in the teaching field. I was an elementary teacher for 21 years. I taught Kindergarten, First, and Second grades. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in administration from the University of Phoenix.

    I get to utilize my teaching/coaching skills in my current position at Sierra Smiles which makes me happy. In my off time, I enjoy spending time with my family. We enjoy traveling, boating, hiking, and camping. I love to be social but during my quiet time reading is my favorite thing to do.

    Tara

    HR Manager

    I was born and raised in Longview, WA and I try to get back to the Pacific Northwest and visit as often as I can. I received my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and my Masters in Sport Management. Before joining the dental field, I spent 11 years working in Professional Baseball between the Oakland Athletics and Reno Aces. My husband, Alex, and I were married in 2015. Our son Jacob joined the family in March of 2018 and we are expecting another boy in September of 2020.

    I am an avid fan of sports and outside of work enjoy running, golfing, skiing, yard work, and travel. I joined the Sierra Smiles family in June of 2015 and feel so fortunate to have found this great office. I thoroughly enjoy my role and the growth we have experienced in the last five years. I get the pleasure to work with all three of our offices and our amazing and diverse team members. I look forward to where we will be in another five years and how we can transform lives through Complete Health Dentistry.

    Patrick

    Dental Assistant

    I have been in the dental field for over 10 years. I take great pride in my work and enjoy working for Sierra Smiles. I believe knowledge is power, and I use that to propel myself forward; always making sure to take advantage of continuing education courses to keep my skills up to date. One of the aspects I enjoy most about dentistry, is seeing how changing a patient’s smile can also change their life. In my free time I enjoy being with my family, fishing, and cooking.

    Michelle

    Billing Manager

    Hi, I’m Michelle. I have been in dental for almost 20 years but can say the last 5 ½ years at Sierra Smiles have been the best. I started out as the insurance coordinator at Kietzke but, I now work as the billing manager for our amazing billing team that covers all 3 of our practices. I love how all our Sierra Smiles’ team members go above and beyond to make sure that everyone from the patients, to other team members have the best experience when in one of our practices.

    When not at the office I enjoy spending time with my husband Ken. We love to kayak at all our gorgeous lakes, spend time with our blended family of 3 kids and one grandson, and are so excited that one more child is on the wa! Life is best when you enjoy what you do and the people you spend time doing it with!

    Megan

    RDH

    I was born and raised in small town Nevada. I always knew I wanted to be dental hygienist and received my Associate of Dental Hygiene Degree from College of Southern Nevada.

    I am the youngest in my family with just one older brother. My family has always been at the top of my priority list, we all love spending time together and laughing as much as we can. I now have the most adorable niece that has made our family even happier and full. She is full of spunk and is very sassy, she gets that from me! When I am not in the office, I love working with my hands doing wood working, crafting, and everything from sewing to painting. I also enjoy getting outside to spend time in our beautiful Nevada, especially in the summer. During the summer you can find me up in Tahoe on the lake paddle boarding or just sitting in the sand with a cold drink. During the fall and winter, you will usually find me spending my time doing DIY project at my house I share with my four-legged child Mia.

    Maria

    Scheduling Coordinator

    My name is Maria, I am 23 years old and I am the oldest of four siblings. I was born in California and grew up in a small town in here in Nevada. I moved to Reno 5 years ago and have loved it here since. On my free time I spend time with my five-year-old daughter Ximena and I am always looking for something fun to do with my friends and family. I have been working at Sierra Smiles for about five months now and I love everyone here and everything about this place. I have learned so much that I never knew in these past few months, and I am so grateful to be able to be part of such a great team. I love learning new things every day, meeting with people, and I am always looking for opportunities to grow as a person!

    Marcela

    Insurance Coordinator/Billing Coordinator

    Hello! My name is Marcela, and I am a proud team member of Sierra Smiles. I have been working for Sierra Smiles for a little over two years now! I started out as a dental assistant, and now I moved into the billing department as an insurance coordinator. I love seeing our patients leave happy from our office and enjoying the Sierra Smiles experience! In my spare time, I love to read books, play video games, and play with my dog, Buddah. Keep on smilin’!

    Ashley

    Billing/Insurance Coordinator

    I have been part of the Sierra Smiles Billing team for almost 2 years. I work with Dr. Bocchi’s three practices located in the Reno-Tahoe area. My free time is spent with my 2 year old son and I am also a college student at TMCC. My favorite thing about working at Sierra Smiles is that our work revolves around respect, compassion and inspiration not only for our patients but for the team members as well.

    Crystal

    Dental Assistant

    I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I have been working with Sierra Smiles for 3 years. The best part of my job is giving people the confidence to smile. Whenever I’m not at the office I enjoy staying active with my friends and family.

    Christi

    RDH

    Hi, I’m Christi. I am born and raised here in Reno, Nevada. I have been a dental hygienist with Sierra Smiles since 2014. I graduated from Truckee Meadows with my Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene and from The College of Southern Nevada with my Bachelor’s degree in Dental hygiene with a focus in community health. I am very passionate about looking at the overall health of my patients and I specialize in airway and myofunctional therapy. I am the owner of Reno Tahoe Myo, which is a myofunctional therapy practice where I help people improve their nasal breathing, oral function, and facial growth and development by eliminating oral dysfunctions early in life.

    In my free time I am riding horses, hiking with my two Labrador Retrievers, being a lead instructor at Pure Barre, and planning my wedding with my fiancé for 2021. I look forward to meeting you and your family and helping you on your way to complete health.

    Becki

    Appointment Coordinator

    I am new to Sierra Smiles and excited to be a part of the team here while I learn more about the dental field. I am married and have three wonderful children. I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors, especially at the lake. I love to paddleboard and camp. I've worked in a preschool for the past ten years and although I've loved taking care of the children, I decided it was time to do something new. Now I look forward to taking care of people in a new way by working here at Sierra Smiles.

    Elysia

    Dental Assistant

    I grew up in Washington State and in Reno. My husband and I just celebrated our first wedding Anniversary this year. We have four fur babies and a pet turkey. In my spare time, I like to read and spend time with my family. I love being a dental assistant and hope to help our patients feel less anxiety when going to the dentist.

    Jackie

    Dental Assistant/Treatment Coordinator

    Hi, my name is Jackie I was born and raised here in Reno. I graduated from Milan Institute as a registered dental assistant in 2017 and have been at Sierra Smiles since! Over the years I have been cross trained to also help as a treatment coordinator and an appointment coordinator, so I guess you could call me a jack of all trades! It has been a great opportunity to be able to help patients maintain their overall health by starting with their smiles. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and going on adventures! I enjoy any outdoor activities as well as traveling.

    Hannah

    RDH

    I was born and raised in Reno, NV and I am currently a hygienist here at Sierra Smiles. I first earned my associate degree from Western Nevada College while playing collegiate soccer. I then moved to Las Vegas and received my undergrad in Hospitality Management at UNLV. I moved back to Reno and eventually decided to go back to school, first for dental assisting and then for hygiene at TMCC. I’ve been a hygienist since 2015. I love traveling, adventuring, hiking and spending time with my family.

    Katie

    RDH

    I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I am the youngest of four siblings. Everyone in my family still lives in the area and within fifteen minutes of each other. I worked hard to get into, and graduate from one of the top dental hygiene programs in the United States. I became a member of The American Dental Hygienists’ Association and was involved as a student many years ago in an effort continue to contribute to the growth of my profession. Currently, my family consists of one adorable yellow Labrador named Lola.

    Kayla

    Dental Assistant

    I was born in Reno, NV and grew up in Bridgeport, CA. My husband, Travis and I met in high school and have been married since 2012! We have 3 kids and 3 dogs! When I am not at Sierra Smiles, I am a huge advocate for peoples with Down’s Syndrome; I love educating people about inclusion and differences on the subject. As a family we love outdoor activities, camping, fishing, and all sports. I spend most of my days chasing my kids around.

    I fell in love with the dental field in high school after shadowing a dental office. I went to the TMCC dental assistant program and graduated in 2009. I realized quickly that I loved being an assistant. I was lucky enough to intern at Sierra Smiles while still going to school and I have been a part of the team ever since.

    I feel so fortunate to work at Sierra Smiles where we provide the best care for not only our patients teeth, but also their overall health. The effort and care Dr. Bocchi exemplifies while practicing with his patients and team is incredible. We are also big on technology, so there is constant learning about the latest and greatest technology in the dental world. I love being a part of a team that changes peoples’ lives daily.

    Kim

    Treatment Coordinator

    I grew up in Incline Village and moved to Reno after graduating Incline High School when I was 18. I have 2 daughters, Natalie age 12 and Audrey age 6. My husband and I are going on 10 years of marriage. When I am not working or bringing my kids to golf and soccer practice you can find me on the beaches in Tahoe. I have a huge passion for the ocean and all ocean life, but especially sharks. My dream is to swim with Great White Sharks. I have 3 dogs (a Bulldog, an Aussie and a Chihuahua), 2 cats and 2 frogs at home.

    Kyle

    Director of Marketing Operations

    Kyle was born in Reno and raised in Lake Tahoe. After receiving his Associate Degree in both Natural Sciences and Biology, he learned the traditional college route didn’t suit him, and started working as a Dental Assistant at the Sierra Smiles Tahoe location in 2017. He later moved to Reno where he worked at their South location as a Treatment Coordinator, and in June of 2020 moved to the Kietzke office where he has been able to take over the role of Director of Marketing Operations and New Patient Acquisition. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, hiking, and exploring Reno’s downtown scene.

    Laura

    RDH

    Hello! My name is Laura, I am a Dental Hygienist at Sierra Smiles. I attended Hygiene School at Truckee Meadows Community College and graduated in 2015. I joined the team at Sierra Smiles in 2016.

    I was born in Sacramento, CA, grew up in Redding, CA, and have lived in Reno for 13 years. My boyfriend, Craig and I live with our two dogs, a Brittany pointer named Keelie and Pig the Pug. I have two sisters and two brothers. I love to laugh, adventure and pretty much anything outdoors. My biggest passion is traveling. I have been to 15 countries, and I have a lot more to go on my list. Before I was a Dental Hygienist, I worked in restaurants from the age of 16. I love hanging out with friends, going to the beach, skiing, hiking, dancing, flying, concerts, and so many other things; as such, feel free to talk to me about anything as I really enjoy talking with my patients. My favorite part about being a Dental Hygienist is teaching my patients about keeping their great smiles, and staying healthy.

    Lizzy

    Treatment Coordinator

    Hi, my name is Lisbeth but my friends and patients can call me Lizzy! I am the Financial Freedom Fighter at Sierra Smiles and my goal is to make sure I can fit my patients’ treatment into their lifestyle to ensure they are as healthy as can be. Walking into a dental office can sometimes be very nerve-racking even for myself, so it’s important for our patients to know we care about their comfort and overall health! As a treatment coordinator I love when our patients leave our office feeling satisfied, knowing all their needs were met! We provide a very comfortable and relaxed environment with a professional team. I have been at Sierra Smiles for almost 3 years and have worked in the dental field for a total of 5 years.

    I am a social butterfly and dedicate my time to my family and friends. I love spending time with my significant other and attending social events. I enjoy walks with my furry friend, Jasper and hanging out with my sister and nephew. I love new adventures and traveling. I enjoy scary movies, conspiracy theories, and rollercoasters. One of my favorite foods is Chinese food or just food in general! I love making people smile and creating personal relationships with the people in my life.