Meet the team.
Dentistry is part of my DNA; I come from 4 generations of dentists and oral surgeons. I am a biological dentist -- also known as a systemic dentist, using holistic, natural, biomimetic materials, treatments and state-of-the-art technology with an integrative approach. I recognize the need for a broader scope in modern dentistry.
I am considered a pioneer in mercury-free, systemic and minimally-invasive dentistry, and I am regularly asked to speak at holistic dental and systemic dental conferences and to naturopathic students worldwide.
I would be honored if you wanted to learn more about my experience and research in more than 25 years of practicing holistic, systemic dentistry documented in my 2016 book, "The Good Dentist."
Barbara Tritz, RDH and Myofunctional Therapy Specialist
I am one of our region's only registered dental hygienists with a focus on holistic, integrative, systemic dental hygiene, and one of the only hygienists who uses a phase contrast microscope to attain the highest degree of precision and results. I am also a certified Myofunctional Therapist, a certified Periodontal Therapist and I have a certification in Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA). In my spare time I blog at The Queen of Dental Hygiene -- the world's only holistic dental hygiene blog for the everyday person. I’m also working on a children’s book about holistic oral hygiene and its connection to total body health, and I own and operate Washington Oral Wellness, specializing in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy which helps people of all ages with swallowing, breathing, noxious habit elimination and oral muscle re-education.
I believe in science-based treatments and I have committed to a lifetime of learning to be the best healer possible for my patients. I have a Bachelors of Science in Dental Auxiliary Teacher Education from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a Masters of Science degree in Business from Husson University and I regularly attend conferences and take continuing education courses. I share my knowledge by speaking at Dental Hygiene schools and volunteering my time at speaking engagements for local junior and senior high school health classes.
I love working with Dr. Panahpour because we share the same philosophy on wellness as well as a passion for learning, including staying on top of the newest research, techniques and technology so that our patients can benefit from the very best care supported by the latest science.
Barbara is classified as the following:
Registered Dental Hygienist
Holistic, Systemic Dental Hygienist Specialist
Non-surgical Periodontal Therapist
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Specialist
Fresh Breath Specialist
Oral Health Coach
Alena, Dental Assistant
Hello, I am Alena and I absolutely love what I do. It is my honor to assist one of the top oral doctors in the world. There is no school that can teach me what Dr. Panahpour can. I am thankful to learn from the best.
I choose to go into dental assisting because dental health has always been a big part of my life as I’ve struggled keeping fillings at a minimum. I also choose to assist because I LOVE serving people. I have nannied for a family for several years and I truly became apart of their family, always helping with all aspects of their lives. I have a heart for people of all ages, young or aged. I hope my passion for people is felt in every appointment, with every patient, with every treatment.