Changing Lives through Dentistry
I love helping each patient develop a beautiful smile and healthy mouth. I truly care about each as a person and love how, through orthodontics and comprehensive dentistry, I can improve their lives. I particularly enjoy working with patients who experience dental anxiety and helping them overcome their fears. Initially we may use sedation, but over time the patient learns that no one will hurt them and they cease to fear visits.
I love working with children and adults of all ages and from so many backgrounds. It’s enjoyable to learn about their interests and what they’ve done; our conversations create a bond and help establish trust. It’s important my patients understand I’m here to help them: I want them to achieve their healthiest, happiest smile and that starts with trust and communication.
I’ve been practicing for more than 20 years and cannot imagine a more rewarding profession. As a dentist, I can alleviate pain, restore function, and help a person smile with confidence. I do all this while building wonderful, lasting relationships!
Education and Continuing Education
My Doctorate of Dental Surgery was awarded by the University of Washington Dental School. Since graduation, I have completed many continuing education courses. I have received my Mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry, in recognition of the more than 2,000 hours of course work in all areas of dentistry I have completed beyond dental school.
I have extensive training in sedation dentistry, Invisalign®, and full orthodontic cases. I have also completed more than three years of orthodontic training and extensive experience in oral surgery. In addition, I am the Continuing Education Coordinator for the State of Washington and complete 50 to 100 hours each year.
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry, Mastership, national president 2011-2014
- Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Association of Women Dentists
- American College of Dentists
- Academy of Dentistry International
- Pierre Fauchard Academy
- International College of Dentists
I grew up in a military family and moved about the country for 17 years. I graduated from Clairemont High School in San Diego. For the last 40 years I’ve lived in Federal Way. Before attending dental school I taught junior high and high school in Auburn for 14 years.
I’m happy to spend my days practicing dentistry with my husband, Dr. Bryan Edgar. We have a son, David, who is a 737 pilot for Alaska Airlines. He and his wife Judy have two beautiful daughters, Tatum and Annalise. Our family is rounded out by our two Golden Retrievers, Kona and Charlie.
When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, walking, and volunteering. I love playing with my granddaughters, traveling, and learning new things.