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Dr. Steve Marinkovich

Steve Marinkovich, DDS, D. ABDSM

Steve Marinkovich, DDS,

Dr. Marinkovich grew up in Tacoma and graduated from the University of Washington (both undergrad and dental school). He has authored and lectured on several topics. For the last twenty years plus, he has taken a special interest in the treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing and has the distinction of being board certified by the prestigious American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. His practice is one of the few in the United States that has received accreditation by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is the only dentist presently in Western Washington with both those prestigious distinctions. Dr. Marinkovich has limited his practice to only Sleep Apnea for the last four years.

Besides being honored with fellowships in both the American and International Colleges of Dentists, he was a member of the Washington State Board of Dental Examiners (which ensured quality dentistry for the citizens of our state) for six years, including five additional years as an Agent. He also served as the president of that Board. He presently is in full time practice and until recently served part time on the clinical faculty at the University of Washington Dental School in Restorative Dentistry (he taught for nearly twenty years). He currently serves on the Pierce County Dental Society Board of Directors.

  • The only dentist/office in the South Puget Sound who has both Diplomat status with the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and is accredited by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine which is a nonprofit organization.

Dr. Marinkovich is an active member of
American Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
Washington State Dental Association
Pierce County Dental Society
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Somno Med

Dr. Rich Opler

Dr. Rich Opler

Dr. Richard Opler grew up in Washington and graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle. He earned his bachelor’s degree at New York University with a double major in History and Economics. While attending NYU, Dr. Opler served as a 5th grade math and English instructor in a public after school program as well as volunteered at the New York City Rescue Mission. After college, Dr. Opler worked in Seattle developing medical equipment for persons using wheelchairs. He was admitted to the dental school after scoring in the 99.7th percentile on the Dental Admissions Test.

Dr. Opler believes in evidenced based dentistry, where dental treatments should be recommended to patients based upon the most current clinically relevant research. He has worked to further the body of dental knowledge and has been actively involved in dental materials research since 2010. Dr. Opler has had his work with implants and dental cements published in the International Journal Oral Maxillofacial Implants and in the textbook "Cementation in Dental Implantology: An Evidence-Based Guide". In 2016, Dr. Opler was the recipient of an award from the Academy of Dental Materials.

Dr. Opler prides himself in providing quality care to his patients and being active in his community. He volunteers his time to provide free dental services to those experiencing homelessness at the Union Gospel Mission. He enjoys spending his free time mountaineering as well as camping with his wife Laurelle and his dog Chris. Dr. Opler was delighted to join Light Dental Studios in 2016 and is an active member of:

Dr. Opler is currently an active member of
American Dental Association
Washington Academy of General Dentistry

Dr. Shelly Bedayse

Dr. Shelly Bedayse Dr. Shelly Bedayse loves being able to make a difference in someone’s life whether it be through smile transformation or providing positive dental experiences that encourage lifelong relationships. Many patients compliment her on her thoroughness and patience during procedures since she takes her time to answer all questions and the patients leave well informed. She has a very gently demeanor.

Dr. Bedayse graduated from the University of West Indies School of Dentistry in 2006. She continued her education at the University of Michigan in 2015. Dr. Bedayse received many academic honors during her schooling. She is the recipient of the Faculty of Medical Sciences President’s Medal for Excellence in Child Dental Health (2006) from the University of West Indies. And from the University of Michigan she received the Donald A. Kerr Award for Excellence in Pathology (2013), the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Horace Wells Senior Student Award (2015), Arthur H. Merritt Award for Excellence in Periodontics (2015), Raymond L. Hayes Award for Excellence in Endodontics (2015) and Samuel D. Harris Award for Excellence in Pediatric Dentistry (2015). Lastly, she was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon (Chi Chapter) in 2015.

Dr. Bedayse chose the field of dentistry after noticing the lack of oral health awareness in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago and the impact that it specifically had on the children. Her sincere hope is to educate parents (and children) on the importance of oral health as part of her philosophy that prevention is the key to healthy smiles and overall well being.

Dr. Bedayse lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband, Matthew, and their cat, Johnna. She enjoys cooking and experimenting with recipes!

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

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