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Dr. Haley Vanderpool

Dr. Haley Vanderpool
Originally from Idaho, Dr. Vanderpool has slowly been moving further and further northwest. She attended undergrad at Washington State University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Zoology. Dentistry had always been an interest for her, and it felt right to move across the state and attend the University of Washington to earn her D.D.S. (However, she will always be a Cougar at heart.)

While at WSU and UW Dr. Vanderpool made giving back the community a priority. At WSU, she volunteered in community events put on by WSU’s pre-dental club, as well as traveled to Guatemala for a health outreach program. At UW, she continued to participate in community clinics and teaching events promoting good oral hygiene.

During her free time Dr. Vanderpool loves to bake, read, or go explore the city with her husband and two dogs.

Dr. Vanderpool loves getting to know her patients and forming good, long-lasting relationships with them. She believes this is the key to a great experience, as well as great dentistry.

Dr.Vanderpoole is currently an active member of
WSDA
Washington State Dental Association

AGD
Academy of General Dentistry








Dr. Richard Hayashi

Dr. Richard Hayashi Dr, Richard Hayashi was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. He received his Bachelors Degree in Zoology from Washington State University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Following graduation Dr. Hayashi served as a dentist in the United States Air Force for three years before entering private practice in Kent, Washington. He maintained his private dental practice in Kent for over 35 years before joining Light Dental Studios.

Realizing that patients have many choices, Dr. Hayashi is honored when patients entrust their dental care to him. He values the relationships and friendships he has established with his patients and feels that strong doctor patient relationships engender trust and facilitate appropriate health care decisions.

Outside of dentistry Dr. Hayashi enjoys running, golf and Cougar Sports. Dr. Hayashi and his wife Bev have two sons Marc and Kevin.

Dr. Hayashi is currently an active member of
ADA
American Dental Association

WSDA
Washington State Dental Association

SKCDS
Seattle King County Dental Society








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

ADA
American Dental Association

WSDA
Washington State Dental Association

AACD
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

AAID
American Academy of Implant Dentistry

AGD
Academy of General Dentistry

WAGD
Washington Academy of General Dentistry








Dr. Nicole Hsieh

Dr. 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
ADA
American Dental Association

WSDA
Washington State Dental Association


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