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Dr. Ryan ReidDr. Ryan Reid grew up in University Place, WA and is a proud alumni of Curtis High School. He also graduated from the University of Washington where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics. He then went on to attend Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine in Pomona, California where he graduated #4 in his class and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. Dr. Reid was selected to the Dean's List all 4 years of dental school, served as his class’s Ethics Chair, and upon graduation was inducted into the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.
Giving back to his community has always been a priority for Dr. Reid. He has volunteered with programs such as Special Olympics, Give Kids a Smile, the First5 LA Community Health Initiative, the Meet Each Need with Dignity Dental Clinic, the San Gabriel Valley Foundation for Dental Health, and the South Sound Free Dental Day.
Dr. Reid is thrilled to be practicing in his hometown and enjoying all that the Northwest has to offer. He is, of course, a huge Husky and Seahawks fan, and enjoys all things outdoors. He married his wonderful wife Jenny in 2011, and they keep busy raising their 2 children, Allison and Jacob. Dr. Reid believes that great dental care begins with compassion, honesty, and by listening to the needs of each patient.
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Dr. Urvi RupareliaDr. Urvi Ruparelia obtained her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She graduated as one of the top students in her class and was inducted into the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society upon graduation. As an active participant in dental research, Dr. Ruparelia was one of forty-two medical, dental and veterinary students selected yearly to recieve biomedical research training as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) - National Institutions of Health (NIH) Research Scholar.
Upon presenting her research completed at NIH during her year away from dental school, she was the 1st place recipient of the 2011 American Association of Dental Research Hatton Award. Her research experiences have instilled a deep appreciation for the fact that oral health plays an integral and interactive role in overall health. During her time in Boston, Dr. Ruparelia volunteered in the community by providing dental care to homeless, at-risk youth and by educating children and families about oral health prevention.
Dr. Ruparelia grew up just outside Atlanta, GA and recieved a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. After graduating with the honor of Magna Cum Laude, she worked at a world-reowned multispeciality dental practice in Atlanta, GA which confirmed her desire to practice dentistry.
Dr. Ruparelia spent the last year receiving advanced postgraduate training at the University of Washington General Practice Residency program, where she provided care to various patient populations including pediatric, adult, geriatric, medically compromised and special needs patients. She is also trained in moderate conscious sedation and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
In her free time, Dr. Ruparelia loves seeing all that the Northwest has to offer, including trying out various outdoor activities and supporting Seattle's sports teams! She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and learning to cook.
Dr. Ruparelia strives to provide dental care that is centered around the patient's needs and desires and helps each patient reach optimum oral health. She is very excited to be a part of the Light Dental Studios team and is looking forward to building relationships with patients both old and new!
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Dr. Michael BaldwinDr. Baldwin received his clinical training at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He continues to study at the UW, working on an advanced PhD degree in Oral Biology, with the goal of improving his knowledge about preventing and treating dental disease. Dr. Baldwin strives to provide his patients with comfortable and quality dental care. He is compassionate, honest, and takes the time to listen to his patients, making sure he understands their needs and desires.
Michael grew up in University Place and graduated from Curtis Senior High School. After high school, he served a two year mission for his church in Chile. Upon returning home from his mission, he attended Brigham Young University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and with University Honors, earning a BS degree in business management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and a minor in Spanish.
After graduating from BYU, Dr. Baldwin was admitted into the highly competitive dual DDS/PhD program at the UW. In conjunction with his clinical training, Dr. Baldwin has taken additional coursework investigating the biological processes of dental disease and has conducted extensive research, receiving national and international recognition for his work. For his academic excellence, Dr. Baldwin has received the Psi Omega Scholarship, Dr. Tony Michael Ponti Memorial Scholarship, Academic Careers in Oral Health Fellowship, ARCS Foundation Fellowship, and International Association for Dental Research Craniofacial Biology Award.
Dr. Baldwin enjoys serving in the community and helping those in need, and has done this in several ways. At the early age of 13, he organized the building of a playground in the Curran Apple Orchard in University Place, saving the city thousands of dollars. For his efforts, he was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Scouting. During his clinical training at the UW, Dr. Baldwin served as a representative of the American Dental Education Association and provided free dental care to children through the organizations Give Kids a Smile and Husky Smiles. As a dentist, Dr. Baldwin provides free dental care in the community through Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and South Sound Free Dental Day. He also helps teach anatomy to first year dental students at the UW.
When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Baldwin enjoys sports, the outdoors, serving in his church, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Baldwin is excited to be a part of the Light Dental Studios team, and looks forward to developing a relationship with his patients and giving them the highest quality of care with a light, gentle touch.
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Dr. David ParkDr. David Park is pleased to be able to offer beautiful smiles to his neighbors in Tacoma and the surrounding suburbs.
Dr. Park earned his dental degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. His memberships include the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and the Kois Center for Advancement in restorative dentistry.
Dr. Park has taken numerous postgraduate education courses, specifically selecting courses focusing on advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry. His most recent training in the new veneers-contact-lens thin porcelain veneers-allows him to incorporate this treatment into his practice and give you the long-lasting, healthy smile of your dreams. Dr. Park has been featured by local radio station KCMS and recognized as a dentist of distinction on local television, and has taught cosmetic dentistry topics to the local dental study club.
Dr. Park is an active participant in the community as a member of the Rotary Club and Tacoma Chamber of Commerce. He is the father of two beautiful children, and in his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, windsurfing, and traveling with his family.
Address: 7210 40th St W #320, University Place, WA 98466
Phone: (253) 565-1145
Fax: (253) 565-5228
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