AboutSierra Smiles Tahoe

Sierra Smiles Tahoe is a Zephyr Cove based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Bocchi and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 775-515-8930 and experience why our patients think Sierra Smiles Tahoe is the best dentist in Zephyr Cove.

Dr. Bocchi

Dr. John Bocchi

Dr. John Bocchi is passionate about dentistry and the effects it can have on your whole-body health. This is where complete health dentistry came to life! He believes in optimizing growth and development for kids and adults to improve breathing, prevent several health issues and make the smiles of his patients dreams. Having a healthy vibrant smile improves one's self confidence and can become their most valuable asset. He has trained for thousands of hours all over the country on the latest techniques and technology complete health dentistry has to offer. He believes that you always need to continue learning in order to provide the best care for patients. He has been voted best dentist in Northern Nevada in the Reno News and Review’s annual vote from our community. He was also featured in Reno Magazine as a Top Cosmetic Dentist. The Reno Gazette Journal recognized him as one of the top 20 professionals under 40. Dr. Bocchi stays active in many different organizations and is the Past President of the Nevada Academy of General Dentistry and Vice-President of the Reno Chapter of The Flying Doctors charity.

He is also a member of:

  • American Academy of Oral Systemic Health
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Nevada Dental Association
  • One of Dr. Bocchi’s areas of expertise is with the CEREC machine, completing porcelain crowns and veneers in a single visit. He is Mentor for CDOCS.com, a prestigious group that is by invitation only, where he helps teach other dentists. Dr. Bocchi has been featured on Channel 2 News in the “Some to Know” and “Ask the Doctor” segments with Kristen Remington to educate our community. He has also been featured on Channel 4 News for his pro-bono dental work. He and his wife Jen are proud parents to Keira and Kipton. Dr. Bocchi enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, loves photography, fishing, hiking, biking, snowboarding and the many other outdoor activities in Northern Nevada!

    D.M.D.

    Dr. Lucas McShosh

    Dr. McShosh is originally from the state of Michigan where he earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, graduating in 2016. He spent his first years practicing in the state of Michigan before moving to be with his fiancé in Reno. In his youth, Dr. McShosh enjoyed socializing with friends, being with family, and participating in as many sports as he could. He eventually settled on hockey and has been playing and coaching since he was 8 years old. With a new ice arena being built in Reno, he hopes to become involved in coaching and develop the sport in Nevada.

    In 2018, Dr. McShosh joined Sierra Smiles as the primary dentist in our Lake Tahoe office and has continued to serve the patients and community. He prides himself on exceptional patient care and optimal oral health and complete health services. He believes that each patient presents with unique needs and through compassionate care and the use of modern technology and innovative techniques he seeks to offer the best possible care for his patients and community.

    Dr. McShosh has always had a passion for volunteering. He is committed to providing dental care to those that may not have easy access to a dental provider. In Michigan he worked primarily as a clinic dentist for the uninsured and underserved as well as participating in Mission of Mercy and a mission to the Dominican Republic. In Nevada he has continued volunteering his time with Adopt-A-Vet and Give Kids A Smile. Being relatively new to Nevada, Dr. McShosh is always seeking new opportunities to participate and serve his community. He enjoys the outdoors and anything active. Lake Tahoe has become the perfect landing spot for him as he continues to develop as a person and as a dentist. Dr. McShosh is excited to be a part of the Lake Tahoe community and is eager to provide the very best dental and complete health treatment possible for his patients in a gentle and caring manner.

    At Sierra Smiles we practice complete health dentistry. What does this mean? Complete health dentistry aims to educate the patient about how the mouth relates to the body. It is specific to each patient based on oral health, medical history, and daily habits. Complete health dentistry allows the patient to understand that oral disease has just as much effect on the body as communicable and autoimmune diseases. This comprehensive approach not only focuses on the clinical issues with a patient’s teeth, but gathers information to further examine the problem and consequences of oral disease.

    Lancette VanGuilder

    RDH, BS

    Lancette graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1995 and has loved every minute of her career over the last 2 decades.

    In addition to serving her patients at our Lake Tahoe office, she also works in public health/non-profit work, as a dental hygiene professional coach and is an internationally recognized continuing education speaker for dentists and dental hygienists.

    She would love to help you reach your goals for a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime!

    Lancette has received many awards, including the Nevada Dental Hygienist of the Year and the Innovative Career Vision Award. She gained national recognition when she received the 2018 Professional Achievement Award from the American Dental Hygienists Association recognizing her for her nationwide contributions to the advancement of the art and science of the dental hygiene profession over the last 15 years.

    She has been an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association for over 25 years. Lancette believes strongly in the power of prevention, the importance of complete health dentistry and that all communities should have access to affordable dental care.

    When she is not talking about teeth, she loves to spend time outdoors with her husband, two children, parents and her siblings. Whether it is on the pontoon, in the woods camping or on the ski hill- you will find her with a smile on her face surrounded by family.

    Frida

    Dental Assistant

    My name is Frida, I started with Sierra Smiles as a Sterilization Tech and am now working as a Dental Assistant. I have lived in South Lake Tahoe my entire life and enjoy every second of the hiking, swimming and exploring that it has to offer. I love seeing people smile and always try my very best to make it happen!

    Jessica

    Dental Assistant

    Jessica has worked in the dental field for 8 years as a Dental Assistant. She was born and raised in Lodi, California, moved to Reno in 2012, and recently moved to South Lake Tahoe in September. Her fun bubbly personality coupled with her love of adventure always put smiles on the faces of your patients.

    Jen Eckert

    Team Leader / Treatment Plan Coordinator

    I grew up in South Lake Tahoe and started my dental career as dental assistant in 1998. I have worked from administration, to a treatment plan coordinator, and am currently the team lead for Sierra Smiles which I have made my home for over 5 years. I feel so grateful to work with such an amazing team whose passion is getting our community healthy through complete health dentistry. My husband and I are proud parents of our son, who has recently graduated with honors from Chapman University. In my spare time I am either on my mountain bike, snowboarding, or out enjoying any outdoor activity that our beautiful Lake Tahoe has to offer!

    Viviana

    Scheduling Coordinator

    I graduated from a dental assisting course from LTCC in 2019. I have been working at Sierra Smiles as a sterilization tech since 2019 and more recently have been working up the front office. In my free time I enjoy hiking and spending time with family and friends.

    Tara

    HR Manager

    I was born and raised in Longview, WA and I try to get back to the Pacific Northwest and visit as often as I can. I received my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and my Masters in Sport Management. Before joining the dental field, I spent 11 years working in Professional Baseball between the Oakland Athletics and Reno Aces. My husband, Alex, and I were married in 2015. Our son Jacob joined the family in March of 2018 and we are expecting another boy in September of 2020. I am an avid fan of sports and outside of work enjoy running, golfing, skiing, yard work, and travel. I joined the Sierra Smiles family in June of 2015 and feel so fortunate to have found this great office. I thoroughly enjoy my role and the growth we have experienced in the last five years. I get the pleasure to work with all three of our offices and our amazing and diverse team members. I look forward to where we will be in another five years and how we can transform lives through Complete Health Dentistry.

    Kyle

    Director of Marketing Operations

    Kyle was born in Reno and raised in Lake Tahoe. After receiving his Associate’s Degree in both Natural Sciences and Biology. He learned early on that the traditional college route didn’t suit him, and started working as a Dental Assistant at the Sierra Smiles Tahoe location in 2017. He later moved to Reno where he worked at their South location as a Treatment Coordinator, and in June of 2020 moved to the Kietzke office where he has been able to take over the role of Director of Marketing Operations and New Patient acquisition. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, hiking, and exploring Reno’s downtown scene.