Meet the Doctor

Dr. Jim Cunnington In my many years in Dentistry, what I’ve enjoyed most is being able to help my patients maximize their dental health. Some of my patients have a focus on overcoming fear, some on stability, while others may have a primary concern with appearance. For each patient, finding a successful balance is both a challenge and personally fulfilling.

I’ve always felt that taking advanced continuing education is an important part of serving my patients. So, through the years I’ve accomplished the Fellowship, and later the Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, ( I’ve been an active member of the Washington Academy of General Dentistry ( I’ve participated in their Mastertrack continuing education program for several years. I’ve been on the Washington AGD board, on their continuing education committee, and was asked to serve as their president. I am currently active with the Spear Institute ( in their Study Club Education program.

I was raised in Michigan and spent my school years in Southern California, where I majored in Physics, and then got my Doctorate in Dental Surgery at Loma Linda University. We had our first child while in dental school. I joined the Air Force and was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana, where we had our second little girl. My oldest learned how to ride a bike there, but the only helmet I could find back then was a hockey helmet. So, she looked like one tough hombre on the base.

While visiting my relatives in the Northwest, I was attracted to its beauty, and so settled down here eventually adding three more children. My oldest daughter has a Masters in Environmental Sciences and works for the city in Bellingham, WA. My other 2 daughters live near Everett. One is a dentist and the other is a homemaker. My two boys each served in the military. One in the Air Force, and the other served in the Marines. They both are in college majoring in Computer Science.

When they were little, I would take them to Mt. Erie near Anacortes to go rock climbing. Climbing shoes back then were not available for wee ones, so they would scamper up barefoot. I took them skiing, back packing (only ONE cabbage patch doll per child please!), and snow cave camping among other adventures. They were real troopers, and it’s gratifying to watch them introducing these activities with their kids.

My current interests, are a bit more sublime. I’m attempting to learn sailing, and back country skiing which, for me, is a reflective retreat that I can still share with my kids.

Meet the Team

Barbara - Office Manager
When you walk into our office, you’ll be greeted with Barbara’s warmth and cheerful smile. She is a native of Tucson, Arizona who moved to Washington in 2010. Barbara has been in the dental field for over 20 years. Her love of problem solving and passion for helping others shows in her willingness to go above and beyond to assist patients in making the best decisions for their dental needs. Barbara is always happy to help answer any questions regarding treatment, financial planning, or the complexities of dental insurance.

Outside of the office you can find her enjoying cooking, reading, camping, fishing, and spending time with her husband, children, and granddaughter. Consider her your personal concierge at Cunnington Dental. She looks forward to meeting you!

Julie - Hygienist
Julie was born and raised in California. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Julie moved to Port Townsend in 1994, following a 2-year sailboat cruise around the South Pacific. She strives for clinical excellence which shows in the quality of her work while getting to know her patients and providing them with a calm and comfortable hygiene appointment. Julie is married to a local General Contractor, and she has two grown daughters. She spends her free time running, traveling, and boating.

Jaime - Hygienist
Jaime moved to Sequim as a freshman in high school. The Olympic Peninsula quickly became her forever home. She married in 2009, graduated from the dental hygiene program at Pierce College in 2010, and has worked in this office ever since. Jaime prioritizes making sure her patients are well educated and have all their questions answered before leaving their appointment. She is only currently working one day a week, so she can be at home raising her three young daughters.

Jes - Hygienist
JES is a native of Washington state and moved from Bothell to Jefferson County in 1984. She then became the first dental hygienist for the dentist, that had his practice in this very office, Henry Nichols, DDS. She does her best every day, to make each dental visit as pleasant as possible. JES’ son was born and raised in Port Townsend and sculpts the whaleships, orcas, and other items you might see around the office . JES also sings with the Port Townsend community chorus and has sung for 18 years with Wild Rose chorale, a local a cappella group. She loves to walk to do her errands around town and to sew baby clothes for her grandson.

Megan - Dental Assistant
Megan grew up in Port Ludlow, WA and started her journey in the dental field shortly after graduating from high school in 2007. She has gained experience over the years working with general dentists and with a periodontist. Megan enjoys helping patients throughout the many different path’s dentistry can take them and makes it a priority to make every patient feel relaxed and comfortable throughout their dental journey. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, gardening, and traveling with her young daughter and family.

Teddi - Dental Assistant
Teddi grew up in Lyons, Colorado, before moving to Orcas Island, where she began her career as a dental assistant in 2013. Teddi has volunteered with World Health Organization and Medical Teams International, providing free dental care both locally and overseas. Her number one priority is providing patient comfort from the moment she brings you back to them exam room. She is a mother to a joyful 2-year-old daughter. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, beachcombing, and spending time with friends and family.

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