Mukilteo Dental Center marks 10 years

Aug 21, 2013
Courtesy of: Christian Kim The Mukilteo Dental Center team is celebrating 10 years in Mukilteo with a Pirate Appreciation Month this August.

Pirates are notorious for their rotten teeth, but not at the Mukilteo Dental Center.

Dr. Nhi Pham and Dr. Kristen Walter and the MDC team are celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a Pirate Appreciation Month. All of them cared for patients’ teeth dressed up like pirates on July 23 to kick off the month.

This month, the dentists office is decorated with pirate ships, skull-and-crossbone flags and signs that warn “Beware of Pirates.” There is also pirate garb for patients to dress up with, like pirate hats and eye patches.

The office decided on a pirate theme because of this year’s Lighthouse Festival theme “A Pirate Adventure.”

“We attempted pirate accents and had our plastic swords,” said Sarah Burleson, patient care coordinator. “Now we have up pictures of us on Pirate Day.”

Dr. Pham said a pirates theme is a fun way to thank patients and their families for their support over the last 10 years – as well as the support of local residents for giving to one of the office’s annual fundraisers and drives.

The MDC hosts a toy drive and Mukilteo Food Bank fundraiser, as well as Red Cross fundraisers to go toward hurricane and earthquake relief efforts.

“Caring for our patients has always been our No. 1 priority, but we also love reaching out to our local community and our community at large,” Pham said. “We are blessed to be in a town filled with people that have such big hearts and generous spirits.”

Drs. Walter and Pham both graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry – Pham in 1999 and Walter in 2007. Pham also works part-time at the School of Dentistry.

Pham took over the practice in 2003, when Dr. William Olason retired. Walter joined the MDC team in 2011.

In 2008, MDC moved one block from a house built in the 1920s to its state-of-the-art dentist office at 7928 Mukilteo Speedway Ste. 201.

“We call ourselves the ‘MDC Phamily’ because we are a team who is united in caring for our patients, as if they are family,” Pham said. “We will do almost anything to put a smile on our patients faces – even becoming a swashbuckling dental pirate for the day.”

Dressed as a pirate, Pham teased a few patients that she would need to perform their dental treatment with her eye patch on. That got some laughs from most – although one patient shot her a fearful look.

“[That patient] took me seriously!” she said, laughing.

-Sara Bruestle

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