Dental Staff

Mark Schutte, DDS

Dentist serving Pasco & Tri-Cities area

Wine Country Family Dental
Mark Schutte, DDS Dentist in Pasco, WA


Dr. Mark Schutte was born and raised in the Columbia Basin area with both ties to Othello and the Tri-Cities. He established Wine Country Family Dental in Pasco, WA in the Tri-Cities area in order to practice dentistry and give back to the communities and people he has grown up to know. He comes from a background of the family who is farmers and teachers.  Working summers on the family’s farm when he was younger has made him appreciate the hard working people of the Columbia Basin

Dr. Schutte grew up and graduated in Othello, WA. He continued his undergraduate studies at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA and graduated in 2009 from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. After graduation, he served for five years in the United States Navy as a dental officer completing a one-year rigorous hospital-based General Practice Residency at Naval Hospital San Diego.  Then completed a two-year operational tour at Marine Corp Air Station in Yuma, AZ where he received the Commanding Officer’s Clinical Excellence Award.  His final two years he was stationed at Naval Hospital Bremerton Branch Dental Clinic Bangor in Silverdale, WA. 

Continuing education in dentistry is a high priority for Dr. Schutte. He strives to bring his patient’s the best and most up-to-date care that dentistry has to offer.  Dr. Schutte completes up to a hundred continuing education hours a year, far exceeding the minimal requirement of twenty-one set by the Washington State Dental Board. He is actively involved in the world renowned Great Blue Heron Study Club takes numerous classes in dental sleep medicine, orthodontics, oral sedation, and many, many more.  He has active memberships in the following professional associations:  American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association and also a member of DOC’s education for sedation dentistry.

Dr. Schutte is actively involved in the communities of the Tri-Cities.  He is currently an active adjunctive faculty member at Columbia Basin Community College for the Hygienist Program.  Wine Country Family Dental are active members of Pasco Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau.  The office actively participates in other community events like the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Mariachi Festival, Hanford worker’s Health and Safety Expo at the TRAC, Breast Cancer Awareness Run at Columbia Park, as well as, routinely give out free toothbrushes and info to members of the community.

Outside of work, Dr. Schutte enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  He has two rescue dogs Taylor (Weimaraner) and Bruce (German Shorthair Pointer) who have made numerous moves with him while being in the military.  When not at work or with family and friends, you will find Dr. Schutte exercising, out hiking with his dogs, on the golf course, or out on the lake or river where he enjoys fishing or boating.  

Lori Hernandez – Office Manager

Lori has been in the dental field since 2000 and has been with this practice since April of 2010.  She helps patients with treatment planning, maximizing their dental benefits and arranging an affordable payment plan.  She works all aspects of the front office, from greeting you with a smile, to saying “see you next time”.  She loves building long lasting relationships with all patients and loves when they leave the office with a smile.

In Lori’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, shopping and going on nature walks with her dogs.

Lydia – Registered Dental Hygienist

Lydia who was born and raised in the Tri-Cities understands the value of family and community.  She attended Columbia Basin College and graduated with her degree in Dental Hygiene.  Her love for the dental field began at a young age and has worked in the dental field for 6 years now.  She takes pride in building lasting relationships with her patients and creating an environment of comfort and trust.

As a newlywed, Lydia and her husband LJ enjoy spending time with family and friends, being involved with their church, traveling and watching the Seahawks.

Cindy Castillo – Registered Dental Assistant

Cindy has been dental assisting for six years.  She joined our team in 2012.  Cindy is a people person who loves working with and learning about our patients.  She is our go-to person who always has a smile.

On her spare time, Cindy enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Emma – Registered Dental Assistant

Emma started as a dental assistant in 1988.  She grew up in the Tri-Cities and graduated from Faith Christian Academy

Emma has a deep love for her faith, her family, and her job.  In her spare time, Emma enjoys watching old black and white movies, cooking for her family, but most of all spending quality time with her grandkids is her favorite pastime.