- Sleep Therapy
‘‘I truly believe in my patients' whole-health and remain committed to meeting the needs of my patients beyond clinical dentistry. In addition to yearly continuing education in excess of 75 hours, In December of 2017, I completed a Masters Degree program at Creighton University in Lifestyle Health and Wellness. My intent is to further educate my patients on chronic disease, behavioral change, health awareness, and leading a lifestyle that contributes to the prevention of disease."
- Dr. Bloomquist
‘‘To deliver effective care in today’s world requires treating the lifestyle causes as the foundation of care."
- The International Journal of Clinical Practice, Nov 2014
I received my undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan in 1994. I moved back to my Northwest roots and worked in the Seattle area for 6 years. During this time, I was influenced by some great dentists and decided to advance my career further. I relinquished my career as a hygienist and went back to school where I graduated from Creighton University with my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2004.
I grew up with my father being a dentist, so I had an opportunity to experience the whole spectrum of working in the dental field. By the time I graduated from dental school, I was more than ready to start private practice. I opened SoundBridge Dental Arts in Gig Harbor in 2005 and have dedicated my time and energy to make the office particularly unique when one chooses a dentist. Our team strives to create a relaxing atmosphere and provide the best possible dentistry available by utilizing the latest in technology. We pride ourselves on high standards and the entire team attends a wide range of continuing education every year.
I think long-term when considering treatment needs and take the time necessary to provide treatment that falls in line with those goals. With the continuing advancements in dentistry, there are always plenty of options to discuss.
When speaking to my patients, it is important to consider your overall health and wellness as I believe the oral cavity is a window to many systemic health concerns. For example: The link that the oral cavity has to sleep medicine and sleep apnea is apparent and has monumental health effects. It is also important for me to be aware of lifestyle factors that influence general health and overall physical condition. To further advance my knowledge in this arena, I completed my Master’s degree (MS) in Lifestyle Health and Wellness in 2017. This advanced degree is in support of my commitment to my patient’s overall health and is hopefully a testament that I truly believe oral and systemic health, as well as lifestyle, are all interconnected!
As a team, we enjoy working together and believe in collaborative care. The sleep apnea division of SoundBridge has Dr. Chiarina Iregui who has solely dedicated her practice to treatment of sleep apnea by utilization of oral appliances. We make a concerted effort to coordinate whatever medical and healthcare providers are necessary in the overall treatment of our patients. These range from pulmonary-sleep specialists, physical therapists, mental health, oral surgeons, personal trainers, and primary care physicians to name a few. We are a fantastic resource and have a depth of knowledge that we believe goes beyond dental fillings. Of course, we excel in that realm too!
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It was a dream to work in a state-of-the-art practice and have the responsibility of overseeing how the practice would grow from the “ground-up.” We made a commitment to the community and to the patients we see to continue to grow the practice and its philosophy with the ever-changing advancements in dentistry. I stay up to date with continuing education by attending a minimum of 75 hours a year.
My world suffered a tremendous loss when my husband and business partner passed away from cancer in 2007. He was only able to enjoy his profession in our beautiful office for a short year and a half. The SoundBridge Team and I still live by the “committed to the higher standard” quote he believed in when he practiced dentistry every day.
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