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Dr. Tami Trieu

Dr. Tami Trieu
Dr. Tami Trieu graduated from the University Of Washington School Of Dentistry as one of the class’ finest graduating dentists. Dr. Trieu was named Top 5 Operators in Fixed Prosthodontics, received the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators Achievement Award, received honors in Orthodontics and an honorable mention in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Trieu was also invited to become a teaching assistant in Removable Prosthodontics.

Before joining Light Dental Studios, Dr. Trieu worked at Kool Smiles specializing in Pediatric Dentistry and also at a General Practice in the greater Seattle area. Dr. Trieu reunited with her dental classmates that were top of her class at Light Dental Studios. Light Dental Studios' core values shines and showcases how amazing the people are which is the reason Dr. Trieu chose to drive 1 ½ hrs a day to join the Light Dental Studios Team. We are so blessed to have Dr. Tami Trieu in our Light Dental Studios family.

Dr. Trieu is married to her husband Joe. In her free time, she loves playing and chasing her 5 beautiful children Nathaniel, Cecilia, Isabella, Annabelle, and Alena.

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

WSDA
Washington State Dental Association

WAGD
Washington Academy of General Dentistry Mastertrack Study Club

WAGD
Washington Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship Study Club








Dr. Veronica Layacan

Dr. Veronica Layacan
Dr. Veronica Layacan was born and raised in the Kent-Renton area of Washington. She attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry where she obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery with honors, graduating #5 of her class. While in dental school she received an award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement from the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and the F. Burns Guthrie Memorial Scholarship from the American College of Dentists. Dr. Layacan was also invited to become a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society upon graduating. Outside of clinic, she was fortunate enough to be invited to peer mentor second year dental students in removable and fixed prosthodontics.

She also attended the University of Washington for her undergraduate studies, where she graduated cum laude upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Biochemistry and Dance. During college, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Dr. Layacan also enjoyed volunteering throughout her time at UW. In dental school, she completed over 50 hours of community service and outreach, frequently providing free dental care for those in need in the community. One of her most favorite volunteer experiences was spending one week in Panama with Global Medical Brigades, providing free care to patients there.

Dr. Layacan hope to guide her patients towards better oral health through providing them the knowledge and skills to do so, as well as providing excellent dental care. And, it makes it much more meaningful that she is able to do so for the community that she was raised in and has truly grown to love!

In her free time, Dr. Layacan enjoys dancing, reading, discovering new restaurants, and spending time with her dog, Jax.

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

WSDA
Washington State Dental Association

AGD
Academy of General Dentistry

Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society
Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society








Dr. Amrita Majumdar

Dr. Amrita Majumdar
Born and raised in India, Dr. Amrita earned her Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree in 2008 with honors from one of the top ten dental schools in India. After completing her internship, she pursued advanced training in Endodontics in India. During the three-year residency, Dr. Amrita was involved in specialty patient care as well as research which resulted in various publications. She continued to hone her dental skills in India as a lecturer and clinician in a dental school where she taught pre-doctoral dental students and managed the out-patient dental clinic. During that time, she also volunteered numerous hours to treat and spread awareness among low-income groups, rural school kids, prison inmates and under-served population of northern India.

Dr. Amrita moved to Massachusetts in 2015 after she got married and received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston in 2019. She continued to give back to the community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Mission of Mercy, Elder Brown Bag program and American Red Cross Society. She is an active volunteer for Remote Area Medical (RAM).

Her unique blend of experiences enables her to relate to patients from all walks of life. She grew up in a culture where people are much less aware of their oral health. As a child, she would accompany her mom to the dentist and over several instances would be horrified to see her mom agonize over dental pain. This experience literally changed her life and reflects today as empathy towards patients who have a lot of dental fear and anxiety. While she takes great pride in delivering high-quality beautiful smiles, it is the meaningful personal interaction that gives her immense satisfaction. Dr. Amrita considers patient education to be paramount and would love to partner with you to find long term solutions to your dental concerns.

Moving to the Pacific Northwest is inspired by her love for outdoors and a desire to be closer to family. Outside the dental office, you could find her exploring new places, hiking, kayaking and enjoying different types of cuisine.

Dr. Amrita is an active member of

ADA
American Dental Association

WSDA
Washington State Dental Association








Dr. Judy Yuan

Dr. Judy Yuan
Dr. Yuan grew up in the state of Michigan after immigrating from China at the age of 7. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from The University of Michigan, and is proud to have attended the #1 Dental School in America,

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry. For her record of excellence in patient-centered care and education, she became one of five recipients of the 2016 Michigan Periodontal Alumni Association Award. She received multiple "Make a Difference" awards because of her ability to create trust and friendship with her patients. Because she enjoys caring for people of all demographics, Dr. Yuan participated in multiple donated dental care days, and spent a third of her last year caring for patients at community dental clinics across the state of Michigan.

Her dedication to serving her community is also evident in her professional involvements. She travelled with the American Student Dental Association to Lansing, MI and Washington D.C. to advocate for patients’ access to oral care. She also enjoys mentoring younger students and served for two years on the Executive Board of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity’s Chi Chapter. She was awarded the 2015 ASDA National Leadership Conference Scholarship.

Dr. Yuan is bilingual, with full fluency in Mandarin and her hometown Sichuan dialect. She spends her free time managing her college admissions consulting business and enjoys photography, travel, and piano performance. She looks forward to exploring the Washington outdoors with her rescue mutt Pepper!






Dr. David Crouch

Board Certified Orthodontist



Dr. David Crouch
Dr. Crouch feels so fortunate to live and work in the community in which he grew up - helping thousands to achieve amazing, beautiful, and healthy smiles.

He believes it is important to give back by helping charitable causes like the Puyallup Family YMCA, teaching at UW, serving as a Pierce College Trustee, and consulting at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

Education

  • Doctorate in Dentistry from the University of Washington in 1978
  • General practice residency in San Diego VA Medical Center
  • Three years of private family dental practice in Des Moines, WA
  • Master’s degree at UW’s prestigious orthodontic program in 1984
  • Board Certified with American Board of Orthodontics
  • Active member in Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists
Seattle Met Top Dentist
Dr. Crouch has been named a Top Dentist 2020 by Seattle Met.

Further Orthodontics

  • Consultant to the SW Washington Maxillofacial/Cleft Palate Team for Special Needs Children at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
  • Past Editor at the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Journal

Community Involvement

  • 5 years on the Board of Trustees at Pierce College
  • Helped fundraise for Good Samaritan’s Children’s Therapy Unit and Puyallup Family YMCA
  • Sponsor of numerous community school auctions and fundraisers
  • Co-chair 2018 Corks and Crush MultiCare Auction
  • Come Walk With Me Team, MultiCare Breast Cancer Awareness campaign


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

WSDA
Washington State Dental Association

PCDS
Pierce County Dental Society

AAO
American Association of Orthodontists

PCSO
Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists

WSSO
Washington State Society of Orthodontists

ACPCA
American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association

WFO
World Federation of Orthodontists








Dr. BJ Kim

Dr. BJ Kim Dr. Kim grew up in Bothell, WA. After graduating highschool as valedictorian, Dr. Kim attended Seattle Pacific University where he obtained his bachelors degree in Biology and graduated with the honor of Cum Laude. Dr. Kim was president of the Asian American Association, and was a mentor for international Korean students.

He then went to sunny Phoenix, Arizona where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine. There he studied dentistry in a brand new state of the art dental facility learning from the latest in dental technology. Dr. Kim was an active member in his class coun

cil. Dr. Kim returned to Seattle and practiced in North Seattle before joining Light Dental Studios.

Dr. Kim gives back to the community by volunteering dental services at Union Gospel Mission Dental Clinic and Medical Teams International. He also has been invited back several times to speak in front of pre-dental students about dentistry at Seattle Pacific University.

On his spare time, Dr. Kim is a lego builder where he builds lego masterpieces freehand. Despite being born in America, Dr. Kim is fluent in both English and Korean.

Dr. Kim is committed to providing excellent quality care in a comfortable environment. He is always a listener and enjoys getting to know all his patients.








Dr. Nikolaas Reyna

Dr. Nikolaas Reyna Dr. Nikolaas Reyna was born and raised in Puyallup, Washington. He graduated from Emerald Ridge High School top of his class and then went on to graduate from University of Washington with a degree in biochemistry.

Committed to learning more, Dr. Reyna spent his last summer of dental school going to oral surgery externships to hone his oral surgery skills. He went to esteemed programs to learn: University of Michigan, University of Washington, University of Maryland, Oregon Health and Sciences, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Reyna spent time at each university accruing experience in didactic courses while working side-by-side with the oral surgery residents during on-call trauma cases. He then received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Throughout his schooling, Dr. Reyna spent a lot of his spare time in One World Dental Clinics, where he provided dental care to underprivilege patients in rural areas of Omaha. He participated in the mentorship program Dental Explorers, which helped high school students prepare their academics for the field of dentistry. The Reyna family also spent four years running in the Smiles for Miles fundraiser at Creighton, raising money for patients who couldn’t afford dentures.

Dr. Reyna focuses on the whole person while providing patient care and spends his time learning about who he’s taking care of. He is compassionate, diligent, and a team player. Building a relationship with his patients and making sure they have the absolute best experience is extremely important to him.

Outside of the office, Dr. Reyna enjoys spending his time with his wife, Kimmie, and their two sons, Kaiden and Oliver. Dr. Reyna joined Light Dental Studios in 2019 and is excited for his new journey here while giving back to his hometown of Puyallup!






Dr. Melanie Jenkins

Dr. Melanie Jenkins
Dr. Melanie Jenkins grew up in University Place, WA where she discovered at a young age that dentistry is her passion. Her main draw to dentistry came from her desire to help people. At a very young age, she discovered that dentistry could not only get patients out of pain, but could also drastically improve patients’ self-confidence and have a lasting impact on their lives. She attended Curtis High School where she graduated with honors and was very involved with sports including Softball, Swim team, and Varsity Cheerleading. During this time, she was an active member of ASB, Key Club, and worked with Habitat for Humanity and her church to serve the underprivileged in Tijuana, Mexico.

After high school, Dr. Jenkins pursued a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Washington. While at the University of Washington, she was an active member of multiple clubs including Global Medical Brigades where she traveled to Panama to help provide medical and dental care to the indigenous Emberá community.

While earning her Doctor of Dental Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA, Dr. Jenkins held many leadership roles and made the Dean’s list. She was her Class Treasurer all four years, held leadership roles in ASDA, was president of the Cosmetic Dentistry Interest Group, and founded her school’s chapter of The Academy for Sports Dentistry. She was also an active member of the American Student Dental Association, American Association of Women Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry, California Dental Association, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Jenkins enjoys challenging herself with continuing education courses to learn updated techniques in general dentistry, dental surgery, and cosmetic dentistry.

In her free time, Dr. Jenkins enjoys exploring the outdoors, baking, and spending quality time with her husband, family, friends, and pets.

Dr. Jenkins is extremely excited to be practicing in her hometown and honored to be treating the community she grew up in. She believes in creating individualized treatment plans for each patient tailored to their specific needs and treating each patient with honesty, respect, and a gentle touch.

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

WSDA
Washington State Dental Association

AGD
Academy of General Dentistry

AACD
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry








Dr. Gibran Hyder

Dr. GIblan Hyder
Dr. Gibran Hyder grew up in Sammamish, WA where he has always believed in the importance of giving back to his community. In high school, Dr. Hyder was extensively involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, leading his high school event to rank #1 in the Great West Division, and #17 nationwide. He continued giving his time to the American Cancer Society throughout his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, where he graduated with a degree in Physiology.

At the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Dr. Hyder was elected to be the Vice President of his class for all four years. He supplemented his educational experience by taking extra courses in endodontic techniques (root canals), periodontal surgical skills, and cast gold restorations. Excelling in both the classroom and the clinic, Dr. Hyder was selected from amongst his peers and invited to instruct and mentor 1st and 2nd year students in their dental anatomy, occlusion, operative, and fixed prosthodontics courses. During this time Dr. Hyder volunteered with many organizations including Husky Smiles, the American Student Dental Association, 45th St. Clinic, Burlington Migrant Farm Workers, and the Seattle/King County Clinic. Dr. Hyder was honored with the International College of Dentists Leadership Award and the Student Council Student Recognition Award for his leadership, and positive contributions in the school and community to improve the field of dentistry.

Dr. Hyder believes strongly in the power of mentorship, and has helped many students navigate the dental school admission process, serving as a G.U.I.D.E. (Guiding Undergraduates Interested in Dental Education) mentor from 2014-2016. He was also a founding member of the Muslim Health Professionals of Greater Puget Sound, an organization of health professionals that actively donate their time and resources to the underserved. Dr. Hyder was invited back by the University of Washington Department of Biology to serve as a panelist for their quarterly networking night, and by the University of Washington School of Dentistry to serve as a mentor for the 2nd year students operative and fixed prosthodontic courses.

In his free time, Dr. Hyder enjoys running, weight lifting, and baking. He enjoys exploring the outdoors, hiking, and spending quality time with his wife, Sanna, and their daughter, Zahra.

Dr. Hyder believes in working with and empowering his patients to improve their overall health and quality of life. He looks forward to developing an individualized plan for each and every patient tailored to meet their specific desires and needs.

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








Dr. Rachel Chen

Dr. Rachel Chen
Dr. Rachel Chen is a transplant to Washington after having grown up in both Asia and Canada. She had attended undergrad at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from China Medical University in Taiwan in 2010. After working in a hospital and private practice in Taiwan for a few years, she moved to the United States to pursue further education and training.

Dr. Chen spent a year receiving advanced postgraduate training through the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (A.E.G.D.) program at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she provided service to various populations including special needs, medically compromised, geriatric, and pediatric patients. Subsequently, she went on to receive additional training and provide dental care to underserved communities in Central Washington through the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinics and Columbia Valley Community Health Clinics prior to joining Light Dental Studios.

Dr. Chen is committed to providing the highest quality dental treatment to patients with compassion and care. She continues to further and refine her knowledge and skills through various continued education courses. Community involvement is important to her as well and she has been active in volunteering throughout her life – including the provision of free dental care to rural villages in Cambodia in 2011.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Chen loves travelling, food, photography, and spending quality time with family and friends.






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








Dr. David Shin

Orthodontist



Dr. David Shin
Dr. Shin was raised in his hometown of Puyallup and went to Rogers High School. He feels incredibly fortunate to be a part of the Light Dental Studios family, right where he grew up. He is passionate about serving the community that has personally raised him.

For his education, Dr. Shin is a triple Husky. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology. Thereafter, he obtained his doctorate from the University of Washington School of Dentistry and graduated #1 in his class with honors. He was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and received various awards for excellence and service in the community. Dr. Shin finished his Orthodontic residency at the University of Washington and received his Master of Science in Dentistry. He was trained in the treatment of various malocclusions and dentofacial orthopedics. He learned the benefits of digital workflow and aims to implement the latest technologies to his practice, ultimately for the highest level of personalized care and comfort for his patients. In his training, he has worked closely with an interdisciplinary team of practitioners and aims to provide the most comprehensive care catered to each individual patient.

Dr. Shin enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and church. He enjoys skiing, running, dual-sport adventuring, and backpacking. He has a love for music, and can often find him relaxing with a good book or instrument.

In the past, Dr. Shin was very fearful of the dentist and received orthodontic treatment for various issues with his bite. He fully understands the anxiety and concerns patients of all ages have, and he strives to provide an environment of comfort, care, and trust. He looks forward to meeting you and serving his hometown and the greater Puget Sound - alongside the amazing team here at Light Dental Studios.

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

WSDA
Washington State Dental Association

PCDS
Pierce County Dental Society

AAO
American Association of Orthodontists

PCSO
Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists

WSSO
Washington State Society of Orthodontists

OKU
Omicron Kappa Upsilon








Dr. Amit Gharpure

SPECIALIST IN PERIODONTICS AND IMPLANT DENTISTRY

Dr. Amit Gharpure
Dr. Gharpure graduated from Nair Hospital Dental College in Mumbai, India at the top of his class. He was awarded the Colgate Indian Dental Association Scholarship, Nair Hospital Dental College Student’s Association Award, and the J.R.D Tata Scholarship for Academic Excellence. He was then accepted into the Advanced Education in Restorative Dentistry Program at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in New Jersey where he received clinical training in removable, fixed, and implant prosthodontics. He completed an Internship in Oral Surgery at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, and treated patients with complex medical and dental needs. Subsequently, he worked in private practice in Mumbai. After a few years in private practice, he continued his education to complete a 3-year specialty training program in Periodontics and Implant Surgery at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and earned the Master of Science in Dentistry degree.

Dr. Gharpure has contributed extensively to clinical research. He has published over 20 research articles in peer-reviewed international and national journals and textbooks. His research has also been featured in print and online media. Currently, he is an Affiliate Faculty in Periodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, where he is involved in teaching pre-doctoral dental students.

Dr. Gharpure is calm, relaxed, and friendly and takes special care to make his patients feel comfortable throughout their treatment. He emphasizes on open discussion, patient education, and is adept at managing pain and anxiety to provide his patients with the best experience. He is proficient in all aspects of surgical and non-surgical periodontal and implant therapy.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Gharpure enjoys hiking, kayaking, and playing soccer. He likes exploring the Pacific Northwest and enjoys the natural beauty this place has to offer.

Dr. Gharpure is an active member of:
ADA
American Dental Association

AAP
American Academy of Periodontology

Academy of Osseointegration
Academy of Osseointegration

Washington State Dental Association
Washington State Dental Association








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. Michael Tsai

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon



Dr. Michael Tsai
C. Michael Tsai, B.Sc., D.M.D, is a full-time Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Light Dental Studios, covering the Bonney Lake, Puyallup, and University Place locations.

Dr. Tsai was born in Taipei, Taiwan where he was raised by his parents, aunties, and grandparents. He moved with his parents and younger brother and sister to Vancouver, BC, Canada when he was 8 years old, where he went through elementary and secondary school education.

Dr. Tsai then traveled to Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology (B.Sc.) from the University of Waterloo followed by a year of working in a lab at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as a research assistant studying the biology of wound healing. After the year, Dr. Tsai returned to Vancouver, BC, to study dentistry at the University of British Columbia and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D). Seeing his own family’s struggle with dental disease and dental anxiety, Dr. Tsai was motivated to pursue advanced training in oral surgery and anesthesia, which compelled him to move to Fort Worth, Texas to complete an internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Upon completion of his internship, he was offered a position in the coveted 4-year Oral and Maxillofacial Residency Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, which allowed him to further advance his skills while being closer to his family. During the program, he was exposed to comprehensive training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Anesthesia.

During residency training, Dr. Tsai published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, including papers on topics such as platelet biology, management of bleeding, sedation, temporomandibular joint surgery, and oral cancer. He was also offered scholarships to attend academic conferences, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Implant Conference in 2019.

As an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Tsai strives to do his best to give his patients a comfortable experience for wisdom teeth surgery and dental implant surgery. He is also skilled in complicated dental extractions, bone grafting surgery to the upper and lower jaws, oral pathology, management of oral and facial infections, as well as providing sedation and anesthesia for procedures. He is fluent in both English and Mandarin, as well as conversant in Taiwanese.

When Dr. Tsai is not seeing patients in the clinic or the hospital, he enjoys working out, taking long outdoor walks, cooking up a new dish, watching Netflix movies, and traveling.

Dr. Tsai is an active member of

ADA
American Dental Association

AAOMS
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

ACOMS
American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons








Dr. Thomas Manaois

Dr. Thomas Manaois
Dr. Thomas Manaois was raised in the Tacoma area and has seen it flourish over his lifetime. He attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery.

His parents met in dental school in the Philippines, so caring about a person's smile has always been in his blood. His goal in this field is to make sure that people feel comfortable and welcomed by providing high-quality dentistry.In his free time, he is hanging out with his Samoyed, Lulu, and hopes to one day open a large rescue for dogs. Music is a strong passion as he loves to sing and dance. He is also an avid foodie with a guilty sweet tooth.

  • First student chosen for a new competitive off-site rotation focused on intensively treating underserved pediatric patients
  • Recipient of the 2019-2020 Annual Service Learning Rotation Student Award







Dr. Yuriy Udod

Dr. Yuriy Udod
Dr. Yuriy Udod graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated with high distinction in the top 5 of his class. Dr. Udod grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Washington. He is happily married and has lovely twin daughters Alexandra and Victoria.

Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing outdoor volleyball, lifting weights, and practicing calisthenics during the summer. During the winter he enjoys snowboarding and ice skating. Dr. Udod loves getting to know his patients on a personal basis and takes special care to make his patients feel comfortable before, during, and after their treatment. He focuses on the patients and strives to provide the best experience every visit. He is proficient in all the aspects of general dentistry including digital dentistry, root canal therapy, Invisalign, and implant surgery.

Dr. Udod is currently an active member of

ADA
American Dental Association

WSDA
Washington State Dental Association

ACP
American College of Prosthodontists








Dr. Julian Nguyen

Dr. Julian Nguyen
Dr. Nguyen grew up in Redmond, Washington and attended Lake Washington High School. He loves to explore the Pacific Northwest and travel with his partner Tori. Dr. Nguyen is also a major coffee fan, before dental school he worked as a barista at a French bakery which helped him develop a love for strong coffee and excellent pastries.

Dr. Nguyen believes in patient-centered care and that patients should have an active role in their health and treatment. He believes oral health is part of systemic health and strives to provide the best care possible for his patients so they can live healthy, vibrant lives. Dr. Nguyen feels very privileged to work with amazing patients every day.

Dr. Nguyen is an active member of:

ADA
American Dental Association

AGD
Academy of General Dentistry

WAGD
Washington Academy of General Dentistry

SKCDS
Seattle-King County Dental Society

PCDS
Pierce County Dental Society

AAID
American Academy of Implant Dentistry








Dr. Caroline Corbett

Caroline Corbett Dr. Caroline Corbett is very excited to be a part of the Light Dental Studios team. She grew up in the border town of El Paso, Texas. For her undergraduate studies, she took her cowboy boots to North Carolina, where she attended Davidson College and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. During her four years at Davidson, she played Division I Volleyball, served as the team captain, and earned three consecutive All-Conference Honors in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

After graduating from Davidson, Dr. Corbett went to work as the assistant volleyball coach at Georgia College. As a past collegiate student-athlete and collegiate coach, Dr. Corbett understands the importance of dedication, teamwork, and how these attributes directly translate into the dental setting.

Dr. Corbett graduated from the University of Texas (UT) Health San Antonio School of Dentistry with a Distinction in Dental Education. During her four years at UT Health, she had the opportunity to serve as a student leader and volunteer for the San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic and the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA). With CMDA, she helped establish daily mobile clinics and provide dental care to underserved populations. She participated in South Texas and border dental mission trips and travelled abroad in 2015, 2017, and 2019 to provide dental care to the people of the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Corbett believes in patient-centered care and has a heart for serving others and giving back to the community. She is committed to continuing this throughout her dental career.

When not practicing dentistry, she enjoys music, swimming, skiing, hiking, travelling, and spending time with her husband Michael, who serves in the United States Army.

Dr. Corbett is an active member of:

ADA
American Dental Association

AGD
Academy of General Dentistry

CMDA
Christian Medical & Dental Association








Dr. Joseph Gossler

Dr. Joseph Gossler For the past 36 years, Dr. Joseph Gossler has dedicated himself to the dental health of Puyallup and the surrounding communities. Being a dentist enables him to make a real difference in the lives of those around him, and Dr. Gossler appreciates the amount of trust his patients place in him and his team. He gains great satisfaction in knowing that he’s impacted his patients’ lives, one tooth at a time.

As a dentist committed to providing the best care possible, Dr. Gossler is also committed to continuing his education. Through participation with several professional organizations, Dr. Gossler keeps current on the newest technology and materials designed to make your dental care as comfortable and efficient as possible.

Dr. Gossler is a native of Seattle and has lived in Puyallup for the past 32 years. He and his wife, JoAnn, have two sons, Derek and Kyle. In his free time, Dr. Gossler enjoys playing golf, fishing, Husky sports, and spending time with his family. He has also coached youth sports for many years.    

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

WSDA
Washington State Dental Association

PCDS
Pierce County Dental Society








Dr. Angie Dunn

Dr. Angie Dunn Dr. Dunn graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She graduated with the #1 rank in her class and is an exceptional, bright, and talented dentist. She received the Psi Omega Scholarship, the Omicron Kappa Upsilon scholarship for outstanding scholastic achievement, the Kirby and Erna Speyer Memorial Scholarship, the Omicron Kappa Upsilon William S. Kramer National Award, the Maurice Hickey Scholarship, the F. Burns Guthrie Award from the American College of Dentists, the Alpha Omega Scholarship, the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators, the John C. Kois Prize in Restorative Clinical Excellence, and the Academy of General Dentistry Award.

Dr. Dunn did her undergraduate training at the University of Washington as well, earning a B.S. in Biochemistry in only 3 years with a 3.91 GPA and the honor of Summa Cum Laude.

Dr. Dunn grew up in Auburn, graduating from Auburn Riverside High School with 4.0 GPA and Phi Beta Kappa - were you expecting anything less? Dr. Dunn enjoys giving back in numerous ways. During school, she spent numerous evenings at the 45th Street clinic for homeless youth in Seattle. She has also participated with the Medical Teams International program to provide emergency dental care to the local homeless. She was asked to teach with the Restorative Department at the UW School of Dentistry. In addition to this, Dr. Dunn serves on the Design Committee for the South Sound Free Dental Day that provides hundreds of members in the local community free dentistry each year.

Angie and her high school sweetheart, Joe, have two children Roman and Cora. Dr. Dunn joined the Light Dental Studios office in Puyallup in 2009 as Chief Operating Officer. She loves working with patients, as is evident from her friendly demeanor and relaxing humming while she works.  

Dr. Dunn is a member of
ADA
American Dental Association

WSDA
Washington State Dental Association

PCDS
Pierce County Dental Society

OKU
OKU National Dental Honor Society








Dr. Steve Broughton

Dr. Steve Broughton Light Dental Studios had a humble beginning 1971 as the solo dental practice of Dr. James Zanner. Dr. Broughton took over in 1997 and remains as its CEO and Founder today. Dr. Broughton holds a Bachelor’s degree from Whitworth College. He then attended the University of Washington and would graduate from the School of Dentistry in 1997.

Dr. Broughton has received several awards including the coveted 1999 American Dental Association’s Golden Apple Award. At the time, there were only 7 other dentists in Washington State to receive the honor. He was honored as the Outstanding Young Dentist of the year in 1998 from the American College of Dentists. This invitation-only society invites less than 2.5% of all dentists in fellowship. He received the 1997 Johnny N. Johnson Award from the UW School of Dentistry, The 1997 Award of Excellence from the American Student Dental Association, and the 1997 Special Achievement award from the Washington State Dental Association.

Dr. Broughton has served on numerous councils and boards in dentistry including:

  • 1997,1998, 1999, chairperson of the Liaison Committee for the Washington State Dental Association
  • 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 Liaison Committee member for WSDA
  • 1998 Alternate Delegate for the American Dental Association House of Delegates
  • 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, Delegate Washington State Dental Association House of Delegates
  • 2001 Legislative Committee. Pierce County Dental Society
  • 2001, 2002 Board of Directors. Pierce County Dental Society
  • 2002 Invited to sit on curriculum “think tank” University of Washington School of Dentistry
  • 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Executive board of Directors, secretary-treasurer, Vice-President, President, Past-President Pierce County Dental Society

Dr. Broughton been married since 1993 to his beautiful wife, Ann. They have two children, Katie and Claire. Outside of work, he enjoys…wait, what’s outside of work mean? Dr. Broughton loves his work and his family and has developed a life with little separation between the two. But, an unwavering LOVE for both.

Dr. Broughton is a member of
ADA
American Dental Association (past ADA alternate delegate)

WSDA
Washington State Dental Association (chairman WSDA Liaison Committee, past HOD delegate)

PCDS
Pierce County Dental Society (Past-President)

American College of Dentists
American College of Dentists (Outstanding Young Dentist of the Year 1998 – Washington State)

Dr. Broughton believes in a patient-centered approach. The patients comfort and well-being is the driver of every treatment modality.

Dr. Broughton been married since 1993 to his beautiful wife, Ann. They have two children, Katie and Claire. Outside of work, he enjoys…wait, what’s outside of work mean? Dr. Broughton loves his work and his family and has developed a life with little separation between the two. But, an unwavering LOVE for both.

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