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Meet The Team

Nicole Gordon

East Peak Dental

Dentist
Dr. Gordon is a South Lake Tahoe native and graduate of South Tahoe High School. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of San Francisco and attended dental school at New York University College of Dentistry in Manhattan. She graduated from dental school in 2005 and has worked as a general dentist in Gardnerville and Lake Tahoe ever since.

Dr. Gordon's passion for dentistry began at the age of 16 when she worked for a general dentist here in South Tahoe. She has worked in dentistry since that time and stays up to date with oral health research and dental techniques via continuing education. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the Sacramento District Dental Society.


Derek Appelblat

Derek Appelblatt, DDS

Dr. Derek Appelblatt is pleased to serve the South Lake Tahoe community alongside Dr. Nicole Gordon. Born and raised in Sacramento, he attended UC Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!) before being accepted into dental school at the University of Pacific in San Francisco. Since graduating school, he has continued to study many areas of dentistry, and is focused on constantly improving his work through use of DSLR photography. He uses a biomimetic approach to dentistry, which is a conservative approach focused on maintaining a patient's own tooth structure and achieving strong adhesive bonds between the tooth and restorative material. If you want to find out more about him, or biomimetic dentistry, you can follow his dental instagram @dental_dna. Outside of dentistry Dr. Appelblatt is fueled by nature and actively pursues alpine mountaineering, rock climbing, and paragliding.


Kim Pevenage

Kim Pevenage

Registered Dental Hygienist
Kim has lived in Tahoe for over 25 years. She earned her Associate’s Degree from Lake Tahoe Community College and then went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Loma Linda University in 1997. Kim started working for Dr. Nicole Gordon part-time in 2014, and as of May 2016, has been with Dr. Gordon full-time. Kim and her husband enjoy raising their two daughters in Tahoe.


Christy Mancuso

Christy Mancuso

Registered Dental Assistant
Christy has been working as a dental assistant since 2013 after gaining her Registered Dental Assistant license from Carrington College, Sacramento. She moved to Lake Tahoe in 2019 and joined our dental team. Christy loves helping patients with their dental treatment. In her spare time, she enjoys taking her dog on long hikes rivers or beaches.


Jessi Smith

Jessi Anne Smith

Registered Dental Assistant
Jessi grew up in Amador County and moved to Lake Tahoe in 2013. Jessi managed the Children's Center at Kirkwood Ski School for 7 years. In 2019, she completed the Dental Assisting program at LTCC. She gained her Registered Dental Assistant License in 2022. Jessi joined our dental team in 2020 and is excited about her career in dentistry! Jessi enjoys the beautiful outdoors in the Tahoe basin enjoying Hope Valley and the Truckee river while residing in beautiful Gardnerville, NV.



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