About Us

McCleary and Elma, WA Dentist - Dr. Donald J. Arima

Dr. Donald J. Arima

Dr. Donald Arima grew up in McCleary and attended high school in Elma. (He was inducted into the Elma High School Hall of Fame in 2004). He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Biology, and subsequently earned his D.D.S. degree from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1981.

Dr. Arima has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education programs, including work at three prestigious programs:

  • PAC-Live (Pacific-Aesthetic) Continuum, with a concentration in functional anterior and posterior restorations and full mouth rehabilitation aesthetics
  • Dental Boot Kamp: dentistry’s most intensive and comprehensive patient communication training continuum
  • Kois Center for Advanced Dental Learning

Dr. Arima has actively participated in several professional organizations, including Washington State Dental Association, Grays Harbor District Dental Society, Northwest Asian American Dental Seminar, Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Crown Council. Dr. Arima is a Mentor and teaching assistant at the Kois Center.

Dr. Arima has served as an Olympia chapter of the Japanese-American Citizens League. He is currently a member of the McCleary Chamber of Commerce.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Jennifer Scheel | Dental Assistant

Jennifer plays a key role in making our patients’ visits smooth and relaxing. She talks with patients while preparing them for treatment, answering any questions they may have. She pays special attention to the details when getting our treatment room ready, taking x-rays and logging information into patient charts. She assists Dr. Arima during dental procedures and patients can feel confident they are in good hands.

Jennifer graduated from Bryman College in 2001 on the Directors’ honor roll. She had three years experience at Sea Mar Community Health before joining our office.

Her interests include horseback riding, riding motorcycles, hiking and gardening.

Megan Totten

Megan Totten | Dental Hygienist

Megan is the primary preventive practitioner in our office, responsible for teaching patients about good oral hygiene. She examines patients’ teeth and gums, records the presence of disease, removes calculus, stains and plaque from teeth and performs root debridement (deep cleaning). She takes and develops x-rays, applies cavity preventive agents, administers anesthetic and places restoration. She also works with Dr. Arima to develop long term treatment plans for patients.

Megan earned her A.S. degree from Gray Harbor Community College, and her A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from Yakima Valley Community College. She has taken several hours of continuing dental education, including three Dental Boot Kamps.