Meet the Doctor

Dr. Jed de la Paz

Dr. de la Paz, a graduate of Loma Linda University, considers it a privilege to provide quality dental care to the residents of Pierce County. He has a fantastic staff and is devoted to providing the kindest and most gentle dental care to his patients. One of the things that Dr. de la Paz enjoys doing, is meeting patients who are fearful or have a lot of anxiety about getting dental work done. By explaining each procedure step by step and providing very gentle dental care, it is his goal to help fearful patients overcome their anxiety and eventually enjoy visits to the dentist. Throughout his years of experience, Dr. de la Paz has discovered that people who have not seen a dentist in years, have neglected their teeth, and are often embarrassed to see a dentist. He loves meeting these kinds of patients because he finds joy in helping them feel comfortable, overcoming self-consciousness, and restoring their smile!  He highly considers this to be one of the most rewarding parts of dentistry!

One of Dr. de la Paz’s passions is ministry. He has done mission dental clinics to Fuji, Jamaica, Ethiopia, and the Philippines, as well as helping with many local health clinics. He has found that caring for those in need is a tremendous blessing. It is a life changing experience and has helped him become a more loving and compassionate caregiver. He is also active in the local church where he loves to serve and help with music ministry. His other passions include hiking, photography, basketball, traveling, and trying awesome food!

Meet the Office Staff

Esme Rodriguez

Front Office Admin

Esme joined Bright Smile Dental in November 2017 and fell in love with her team. “The dynamic we have is incomparable to any other team.” Esme enjoys making patients laugh and comforting those who are anxious or nervous about their dental visit. She is native Mexican and moved to the United States when she turned 12. Esme graduated as a certified Phlebotomy Technician and later on studied Medical Front Office and Administration. She enjoys volunteering for the community, art sculpting, painting, claymation, and outdoor activities. Her major love is her small, puffy Pomeranian named miss Ellie. 

Grace Kim

Lead RDA

Grace first joined Bright Smile Dental in December 2017, but soon became a vital member of our team. She loves being a dental assistant and being a part of the process of creating beautiful and healthy smiles. Many patients that come to the practice are scared or stressed about visiting the dentist. She enjoys meeting these people and helping them feel comfortable and confident during their visit. Grace loves working at Bright Smile Dental because of the diverse and enjoyable personalities in our team. She was born and raised in Washington and currently resides in the Tacoma area. In her spare time, she enjoys adventuring the night life, doing volunteer work, travelling and sightseeing with her German Shepherd and Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Her dream is to go back to school to become a Dental Hygienist.