Our dental team services the Walla Walla Valley

and surrounding regions. 


Dr. Sharkey

Dr. Sharkey

Dr. Sharkey hails from Wallowa County, OR, where he grew up on a ranch and helped on the farm. After graduating high school, he went to Eastern Oregon State College (EOSC), in LaGrande, OR, for his undergraduate degree (1980-1983). While at EOSC, he met his wife, Lisa.

From there, Dr. Sharkey studied dentistry at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, OR (1983-1987). After graduating from OHSU, he opened two practices in Hermiston, OR, and Boardman, OR.

In 1995, Dr. Sharkey and his wife, Lisa, along with their three children Katie, Pat and John Paul, moved to Walla Walla. The Sharkey family wanted to put their children in the Walla Walla Catholic Schools and be closer to the mountains. In 1999, Dr. Sharkey bought Dr. Norm Passmore’s practice, which is now located at 342 Catherine St., Walla Walla, WA.

In order to stay abreast of the new technologies in dentistry, Dr. Sharkey attends courses for Invisalignand Anesthesia. He is also a member of several professional groups: American Dental Association (ADA), Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) and Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

Dr. Sharkey is not only a gifted and highly skilled dentist who aims to provide the best dentistry he can by educating his patients on good dental hygiene, but he also gets to know his patients so they can work together to meet the patients needs.

In 2002, Dr. Sharkey took a mission trip to Afghanistan with Medical Team International. He is also a frequent volunteer on the Medical Teams International mobile dental van based out of Walla Walla, WA.

With the kids now grown and In support of Dr. Sharkey’s passion for humanity, he and his wife are embarking on an annual mission trip to Guatemala City. He will provide dental care to the indigenous people (Mayans) in the highlands of Guatemala (West of Guatemala City).

When Dr. Sharkey is not busy creating beautiful smiles and volunteering on the mobile dental van, he loves biking, the mountain cabin, serving the community and his personal favorite is working with the Medical Teams International/mobile dental van. He and his family are also active in the St. Patrick’s Catholic community.



Dr. Kimberly Murdoch DDS grew up in Pasco, Wa. She fell in love with Walla Walla area when she spent 4 years at Walla Walla University. After Graduating in 1997 she moved to California to attend Loma Linda University and graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2001.

With her degree in hand, she moved to Spokane with her husband and son Aiden and opened a family dental practice. Six years later her daughter Zoey was born. To be closer to family, Dr. Murdoch sold her practice of 16 years and moved back to Walla Walla area. 

Dr. Murdoch has a thirst for knowledge and has continued her education through many courses throughout the US. Some of those courses include Las Vegas Institute, focusing on cosmetic dentistry, implants, endodontics and occlusion. She has trained under Dr. Brian Allman for TMJ and Sleep apnea.

She is excited about the opportunity to join Alder Family Dental and be with her family more. We are pleased to bring such an experienced and talented dentist onto our team.


Dr. Martin

Dr. Martin

Dr. Patty Martin grew up in Sumner, WA where she decided at the age of 15 she wanted to be a dentist. She attended Washington State University for her undergraduate studies, where she was a cheerleader and became a die-hard Cougar fan while studying Biochemistry and Spanish. She also was able to spend a semester abroad in Spain to master the Spanish language and better serve her future patients. Upon graduating she returned to her hometown and worked as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines, allowing her to see the world and work on her customer service skills, which she learned is of upmost importance in any industry.

She then attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry where she was part of a specialized group who received additional training in serving the needs of rural communities, as well as working interprofessionally to provide the best overall care for her patients. She completed a four-month externship in Okanogan, WA at a public health clinic, which cemented the fact that she wanted to be in a smaller town. She is excited to play a role in the opening of Stone Creek Dental Care and cannot wait to get involved in the community and begin her career in private practice.

Dr. Martin places a high value on providing excellence in dentistry to all her patients. While taking a holistic approach and considering all the unique patient variables, she puts an emphasis on prevention and patient education while providing the most comfortable care possible. While in school Dr. Patty took elective courses across a wide range of departments including oral medicine, pathology, oral surgery, periodontal surgery, and teaching. She continues to expand her dental knowledge and skills through dental continuing education opportunities. She is excited about her career in the dental profession and the opportunity to live and work in the Walla Walla area.

In Dr. Patty's spare time she enjoys getting outdoors with her husband, Mike and their dog, Jack. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Martin is a member of several professional organizations including: the American Dental Association (ADA), the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA), the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and Phi Beta Kappa.