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Dr. Ryan Reid

Dr. Ryan Reid Dr. 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.  

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

Washington State Dental Association

Academy of General Dentistry

Pierce County Dental Society

OKU National Dental Honor Society

Dr. Urvi Ruparelia

Dr. Urvi R Dr. 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 receive 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-renowned multispeciality dental practice in Atlanta, GA which confirmed her desire to practice dentistry.

Dr. Ruparelia continued her education by 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.

In her free time, Dr. Ruparelia loves seeing all that the Northwest has to offer, including rock climbing, snow sports, and supporting Seattle's sports teams! She enjoys spending time with her family and her puppy at home.

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 proud to be a part of the Light Dental Studios team and is looking forward to building relationships with patients both old and new!

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

OKU Dental Honor Society

Dr. Michael Baldwin

Dr. Michael Baldwin Dr. 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.

Dr. Baldwin is an active member of
American Dental Association

Washington State Dental Association

American Dental Education Association

American Association for Dental Research

International Association for Dental Research

American Association for the Advancement of Science

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
American Dental Association

Washington State Dental Association

Academy of General Dentistry

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

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:

American Dental Association
Washington Academy of General Dentistry

Dr. Leila Soltani


Dr. Leila Soltani Dr Leila Soltani is a Diplomate of American Board of Periodontology; Board certified in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry since 2004 in USA and Iran.

She graduated form New York University in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. Also she achieved MSD in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry from Shahid Beheshti university (National University of Iran) in 2004.

In 2004 she started practicing Periodontics and advanced implant dentistry in her private practice and in academic position in Iran and in 2012 she pursued her career in private and academic position in New York as Assistant professor at New York University College of Dentistry.

Periodontics and Implant dentistry has been her passion since 2004; However, in her spare time she enjoys joining her friends in any outdoor activities; Exploring the nature; Travelling and get to know other cultures, Hiking, Skiing, Yoga, Tennis; Running and Swimming. Listening to Classic music is her favorite. (Her patients will enjoy the classical music while performing the treatment).

American Dental Association
American Dental Association
American Academy of Periodontology
Northeastern Society of Periodontics
Academy of Osseointegration
Academy of Osseointegration
Dental XP
Dental XP

She is a Diplomate of American Academy of Periodontics and in her entire career she has been Awarded as

  • Chair’s Award for Outstanding contribution and patient management in Arthur Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (NYU College of Dentistry, USA, 2016).
  • Award for Academic Excellence in Arthur Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (NYU College of Dentistry, USA, 2016).
  • Award for Clinical Excellence in Arthur Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (NYU College of Dentistry, USA, 2016).
  • Outstanding Award as Iranian Board Certified in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. (Shahid Beheshti University school of Dentistry, Iran, 2004).
  • Outstanding Award as the first rank in Basic Science, Iran, 1995.
Her constant goal in her entire practice in Periodontics has been providing the best treatment to her patients as they needed. Integrating the latest technology with a thorough and gentle clinical exam, Implementing the treatment in a very nice, caring and pleasant atmosphere has been constantly provided in her practice. Patients’ satisfaction is her priority in her career.

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