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Dr. Ritu Bahl

Dr. Ritu BahlDr. Bahl is a graduate of University of Connecticut School of Dentistry and has been practicing general dentistry since 2006. She is well versed in all aspects of general dentistry and always strives to provide comprehensive oral care with a special emphasis on prevention of oral diseases. She cherishes the opportunities that general dentistry provides for developing long-term relationships with patients and their families, and relishes the challenge of personalizing best dental care to the unique needs of each patient.

Dr Bahl’s CV testifies to her significant academic accomplishments already during her dental career. She received the prestigious ‘Student-Clinician of the Year’ award at the 2004 annual session of the American Dental Association. Her essay on “Local Anesthesia in Dentistry” won the first place award by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and was later published in the journal ‘Anesthesia Progress’.

Her research findings on ‘Oral complications in Cancer Patients’ and ‘Genetic aspects of Osteoporosis’ have been presented at various dental meetings. During her dental training, she won numerous awards for outstanding skills. She was awarded the Horace Wells Senior Student Award for proficiency in the field of Anesthesia, the Marion Mattioli Award for outstanding skills in oral diagnostic sciences , Hinz Merit Award for outstanding academic achievement by School of Dental Medicine, University of Connecticut to name a few. She was recently named one of Seattle’s Top Dentist (2012) by Consumer Research.

Dr Bahl strongly believes in ‘Continuing Dental Education’ as a means to stay abreast of the latest advances in dental science and technology and is committed to providing her patients with personalized care and state-of-the-art dentistry.
Besides participating in many continuing education courses, Dr. Bahl is also pursuing a rigorous fellowship in general dentistry.

 She is an active member of several professional organizations including American Dental Association (ADA), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) and Seattle King County Dental Society (SKCDS).
She frequently volunteers for various community dental events and has spoken, on behalf of the University of Washington – Center of Pediatric Dentistry, at many local schools in Seattle area to promote oral health in children.

Outside of work, Dr. Bahl has two children, Manav and Anvi, to keep her busy.
Her husband, Shailender Bhatia is a medical oncologist at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Bahl loves to travel outdoors, cook and read. Basketball and swimming are her favourite sports, especially as the children are getting old enough to join in.

Dr. Kim Dean

Kim Dean
Dr. Dean is a graduate of The University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry. In her dental work, she strives to provide the highest quality of care to her patients and fully informing them of all of their treatment needs and options. She is thoroughly trained in evidence-based dentistry and believes that prevention of oral disease is the basis for oral and systemic health. She looks forward to working alongside Dr. Bahl, to building lasting relationships with her patients, and to assisting her patients in every way possible.

In addition to graduating among the top of her class, Dr. Dean was also awarded the Excellence of Prosthodontics award. During her time at UAB School of Dentistry, she was highly involved in her school and community. She served as Vice-President and social chair of the Alabama American Student Dental Association and a member of the American Association of Women Dentists. She researchedand presented a clinical pilot study titled “Buffering Capacity and pH levels of Saliva in the General Population” through the Department of Restorative Sciences. Dr. Dean was 1 of 10 UAB foreign exchange ambassadors during her senior year. This selective program allowed her to host Japanese and French dental students during their time in the United States, as well as visit Japan to learn about dental education on an international level.

Dr. Dean is an advocate of organized dentistry and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association (ADA), the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC), and the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (NDPBRN). She believes in staying involved and educated with the latest dental techniques in order to provide the most up-to-date and conservative treatment available.

When she is away from work, Dr. Dean enjoys spending time with her husband, Matt, who is also a dentist at the University of Washington. Dr. Dean and her husband met during their first year of dental school together. She enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, and exploring new restaurants.

Dental Hygienist
Jace Reyes, RDH

Jace Reyes, RDH has been a Tacoma native his entire life until July of 2017. Here is what he has to say.

I moved to the Ravenna area with some of my best friends from junior high and have had a blast living with them. I grew up playing sports but soccer was my focus through high school. Now I really enjoy working out and being outdoors with my friends; hiking, camping, whatever it is. Seattle sports and the Oregon Ducks have my loyalty, which has proved to be especially interesting living in enemy (UW) territory. I also love animals and hope to have a Bernese mountain dog one day. Finally, if there’s one thing my friends and family know about me, it’s that I love God, The Office, and peanut butter, or “The Big Three” as I like to call them.

I graduated from Pierce College with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and I am passionate about your oral health. I love my patients because they have allowed me to contribute to their systemic wellness, and for that, I am truly honored. I am excited to be a new part of the UDistrict Smiles team and hope to give you an amazing experience at your visit.

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