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About Clare
              Dental Hygienist

In 1989 I was looking to hire my first hygienist when I interviewed Clare. We hit it off immediately, and agreed that she would go to work for me as the head of preventive dentistry. Of course, she had to pass her state boards first (which she did with flying colors). Ours has been a respectful and simpatico relationship ever since.

Clare graduated first in her class at the most highly-rated dental hygiene school in the country, Shoreline Community College. She brings a warmth and professionalism to our staff that is unsurpassed. Our patients LOVE Clare. She has the rare ability to immediately connect with people at a profound level, be they 3 years old or 93. The normal state of affairs in her workspace is that it is inundated with peals of laughter.

Clare has two daughters, four grandkids, and a wonderful life partner. She is physically fit; she and her partner hiked the 100-mile Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier in the Summer of 2006, and she competed in the Danskin triathlon the same summer. She volunteers at Camp Hope for developmentally disabled adults every summer, and volunteers at her church, serving community meals, playing handbells at Sunday service, and sitting on the board of directors.

After 21 years of full time work Clare has cut back to 1/2 time. She still loves her job and patients but is eager to bring more balance into life. "Working, playing with grand kids, doing triathlons, life couldn't be much better", she says!

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