Meet Your Team

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Charmaine Felix
D.D.S.
General Dentist

About Me

Dr. Felix says “Dentistry attracted me because I wanted an opportunity to educate others about the importance of dental health while being in a hands-on environment. I will make sure that I am here to take care of their dental needs and will do what I can to ensure a comfortable and positive experience. I love being able to interact and talk with patients knowing that I am making a difference in promoting healthier, beautiful smiles!”

After graduating from the University of Washington, Dr. Felix received her Dental Degree from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. To keep abreast of cutting edge technology, she’s a member of the American Dental Association and the Washington Academy of General Dentistry.

Of her free time out of the office, Dr. Felix says, “I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. Also, I Love to dance! I’ve trained in over five dance styles and play the piano and sing.” She has also trained in the martial art Krav Maga.

Education

  • B.S., Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology–University of Washington
  • D.D.S.–University of Washington School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • Washington Academy of General Dentistry
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Drew Lawhorne
D.D.S.
General Dentist

About Me

Dr. Lawhorne says, “I love my job and I am passionate about dentistry! I really believe in preventative and minimally invasive dentistry, and I will give you my best every time you are in my chair. I believe that taking the time to educate my patients is the best way to run a practice. One of my goals is for you to be as interested in taking are of your teeth as I am.” He continues, “I was first attracted to dentistry for a love of science and people. I like meeting new people, helping others, problem solving. I always wanted to be some kind of health care professional and Dentistry is so multifaceted and so dynamic!.”

After graduating from Washington & Lee University, Dr. Lawhorne received his Dental Degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. He is an active member of the American Dental Association and the Association of General Dentistry.
 
Dr. Lawhorne says “I enjoy being active and playing sports, like soccer, tennis, and racquetball. I watch a lot of soccer and am a big fan of Manchester United. Also, being outside in nature for fishing, tossing the frisbee or birdwatching.”

Education

  • B.S., Biology–Washington & Lee University
  • D.D.S.–Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry 
  • Residency–Monmouth Medical Center

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • Association of General Dentistry
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Michael Dyriw
D.D.S., M.S.
Endodontist

About Me

Dr. Dyriw says, “I enjoy working with patients and helping them through pain. It is a very rewarding profession. The dental profession is very exciting and I enjoy the challenge involved in treating anxious patients and the difficulty of complex cases. I enjoy making a difference in peoples lives, whether it is easing a patients anxiety, taking them out of pain or improving their smile!”

After graduating from Bishop’s University, Dr. Dyriw received his Dental Degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He received his M.S. in Endodontics from the Marquette University School of Dentistry. He’s a member of the American Association of Endodontics, the American Dental Association and the Washington State Dental Association.

Dr. Dyriw says, “I enjoy spending time with my family as well as the sport of hockey. I love watching hockey and especially playing!”

Education

  • B.S., Biology–Bishop’s University
  • D.D.S.–Indiana University School of Dentistry
  • M.S., Endodontics–Marquette University School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • American Association of Endodontics
  • American Dental Association
  • Washington State Dental Association
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Cindy Chow
D.M.D
Endodontist

About Me

Dr. Chow says, ““Helping people to achieve and maintain excellent dental health gives me the most satisfaction from my profession. In particular, I enjoy seeing the satisfied smiles of patients when a difficult procedure turns out fabulous!“

Dr. Cindy Chow grew up in Puyallup, Washington before travelled east to study at American University of Washington DC where she graduated with dual degrees in Political Science and Anthropology in 1997. She headed north to Boston where she attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After completing her General Practice Residency at the University of Washington, Dr. Chow again moved cross country to achieve her Endodontic training at Lutheran Medical Center in New York.

When not sitting chair side performing root canals, Dr. Chow enjoys cooking, baking, camping and travelling all while staying active with her family.

Education

  • B.S., Political Science and Anthropology–American University of Washington DC
  • D.M.D.–Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • Endodontic Certificate–Lutheran Medical Center in New York
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Tripti Pawar
B.D.S., M.S.D.
Orthodontist

About Me

Dentistry runs in her family–she is a 3rd generation dentist!  She loves the idea of a career that could help people in such an important way. It is not just about straightening the teeth, it’s about creating a beautiful and confident smile. She says “the satisfaction and confidence on my patients faces when the orthodontic treatment is completed is priceless.” She loves to make them smile!

Dr. Pawar received her dental degree from the University of Sydney School of Dentistry. She later was awarded her M.S.D. and her Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. She speaks Hindi, too.

Away from the office, Dr. Pawar and her family enjoy snowboarding and hiking.

Education

  • B.D.S.-University of Sydney School of Dentistry
  • M.S.D.-University of the Pacific School of Dentistry 
  • Certificate in Orthodontics--University of the Pacific School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • California Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
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Jinju Song
D.M.D.
Pediatric Dentist

About Me

Dr. Song says, “I love treating children and helping them to have better health. I am diligent and patient, but most importantly I absolutely love working with kids and their parents and feel very passionately about doing so. Childhood is a time of life when I can have a very positive influence on their dental care and their outlook on the importance of dental heath.”

Dr. Song has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington. Her Dental Degree is from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. Her Pediatric Dentistry Certificate was earned at the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. To keep up with the latest dental technology, she’s an active member of the American Dental Association and is a Board Candidate of American Association of Pediatric Dentists. She also speaks Korean.
 
In her free time Dr. Song enjoys yoga, traveling, and spending precious time with friends and family.

Education

B.S., Biochemistry–University of Washington
D.M.D.–Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Pediatric Dentistry Certificate–Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center

Awards

  • Pauline Fuller Persons Scholarship

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • Board Candidate of American Association of Pediatric Dentists

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