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Dr. Victor Bauer

Dr. Victor Bauer
Dr. Victor Bauer graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. While in dental school, he served as treasurer for his class. Dr. Bauer continues to expand his dental knowledge through learning new and updated techniques by taking continuing education courses in aesthetic dentistry, prosthodontics, implantology, dental surgery, and occlusion. Dr. Bauer was selected to serve as a peer mentor to 1st and 2nd-year dental students in partial denture, restorative, and occlusion courses. Before his time at the University of Washington, he earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Finance with a Biology Minor at Gonzaga University, where he continues to lend his help as a mentor for pre-dental students. Go Zags!

Dr. Bauer grew up in Maple Valley and attended Kennedy High School where he met his wife and high school sweetheart, Natalie. Together they have a daughter, Riley, and an energetic Dachshund, Nora.

Dr. Bauer believes that patients are the most important aspect of dental care. He understands that working with patients each day is a privilege and works tirelessly to provide the best care possible. He works directly with his patients to provide personalized care designed to improve and restore their health, appearance, and function.

Dr. Bauer is an active member of

American Dental Association

Washington State Dental Association

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

American Academy of Implant Dentistry

Academy of General Dentistry

Washington Academy of General Dentistry

Dr. Ya-Wei Chen

Board Certified Periodontist

Dr. Ya-Wei Chen
Dr. Chen obtained her dental doctorate degree from National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan at the top of the class. She then completed 5 years of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, where she received extensive clinical training in oral cancer, maxillofacial trauma, jawbone tumors, and orthognathic surgeries. After the training, she got certified by the Taiwanese Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and was promoted to Attending Surgeon at Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital. When she was working as a surgical oncologist in the hospital, she was teamed with medical oncologists and has treated hundreds of oral cancer patients.

During a decade of practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery in the hospital, Dr. Chen also served as an assistant professor and taught head and neck anatomy and oral maxillofacial surgery in her alma mater. She also contributed extensively in oral cancer research and has published more than 30 articles in international journals. She kept pursued her passions of medicine and research and got her PhD degree from the School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University.

To excel in dental implant rehabilitation and periodontal bone reconstruction, Dr. Chen continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine and complete a 3-year specialty training program in Periodontics and Implant Surgery.

Dr. Chen is calm, professional, and always places patient safety and comfort as her top priorities. She will be providing all aspects of oral surgeries, including wisdom teeth surgery, bone grafting, dental implant surgery, and oral pathology at Light Dental Studios.

In free time, Dr. Chen enjoys playing tennis, travel, and all kinds of outdoor activities. She also likes to spend time with her partner and two cats, Spot and Nomi.

Dr. Chen is an active member of

Nicole Hsieh

Nicole Hsieh
Born and raised in Michigan, Dr. Hsieh attended the University of Michigan for undergrad, earning a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. From a young age, she was interested in pursuing a career in the health field. She wanted the ability to provide care and to help improve the well-being of others. After spending time shadowing her dentist and being a volunteer for University of Michigan’s Hospital Dentistry service, she knew dentistry would allow her to do just that. She continued her studies at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and received her DDS degree.

During her time in dental school, Dr. Hsieh served as a board member for the American Student Dental Association, Pediatric Dentistry Club, and Fit Club. She enjoyed getting involved and giving back to her local community through various volunteer events. Her favorite experiences included visiting elementary schools, educating the youth on oral hygiene and diet, and taking part in the Men’s Health Event at Ford Field where she raised oral health awareness and performed oral cancer screenings. During her summer breaks, she participated in and coordinated mission trips abroad, providing free dental care to the underserved communities of Chichicastenango, a beautiful town nestled in the Guatemalan highlands.

Dr. Hsieh had a wonderful experience with her dentist growing up and strives to provide a similar experience with her own patients, creating a space where they feel comfortable and well taken care of. She takes the time to listen and works closely with her patients to help guide them to a healthier and happier smile.

When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the beautiful PNW, and skiing!

Dr. Hsieh is currently an active member of
American Dental Association

Washington State Dental Association

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