Dentist

Brigitte Higgins, DDS

Education: 
B.A., Whitman College, 2009
D.D.S., University of Washinton School of Dentistry, 2015
Certification: 
Western Regional Examining Board, 2015
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I work at Neighborcare Health because of the organizations dedication to reduce health care disparities in our community. I aim to live into this mission by providing high quality, ethical dentistry to all my patients.
Other: 

Brigitte was a dental assistant before she decided to go to dental school. After she completed her degree she went on to do a General Practice Residency at Swedish. While there she worked primarily with medically complex, disabled and fearful patients. Brigitte moved to Seattle from Portland, OR in 2000. In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, spending time outdoors, and traveling.

Languages spoken:
English

OJ Valdez, DDS

Education: 
B.S., University of Washington, 2011
D.D.S., University of Washington, 2016
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I work at Neighborcare Health because the organization puts patient health and well-being above all else, an ideal that is important to me in my work as a dentist.
Other: 

Before coming to work at Neighborcare Health, OJ was completing his education at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. While completing his degree he had the opportunity to work in a community health center in Wenatchee, WA. This experienced solidified his commitment to work in a community health center, providing patients with needed dental care. OJ is originally from Yakima, WA but has lived in Seattle for over 10 years. He likes being outside, going out to eat and exploring in his free time.

Languages spoken:
English

Joe Vaughn, DMD

Education: 
B.S., University of Montevallo, 2011
D.M.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2015
G.P.R. Residency, University of Washington, 2016
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I work at Neighborcare Health because we have well trained professionals working in neighborhoods across Seattle providing excellent care to amazing people that can have a hard time finding accessible health care.
Other: 

Before working at Neighborcare Health, Joe was a resident in the University of Washington General Practice Residency program. During this intensive training program he had the opportunity to work at the University of Washington Medical Center, treating patients. In this setting Joe often provided dental care to patients who had complex medical needs. This work inspired Joe to work in a community health setting. He is originally from Alabama, but enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest. In his free time Joe likes to watch sports, see movies, drink coffee, go for hikes and explore Seattle.

Languages spoken:
English

Katherine Sloan, DDS

Education: 
DDS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I work at Neighborcare Health because I am invested in the organizations mission to eliminate barriers to quality health care, including dentistry for all.
Other: 

After Katherine graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry she completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Lutheran Medical Center in New York City. She proceeded to work for several years in other community health center settings before joining Neighborcare Health in 2016. Outside of work Katherine enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring Seattle, and taking in the natural beauty around the state.

Languages spoken:
English

Erica Moon, DDS

Education: 
BS, University of Washington, 2003
DDS, University of Washington, 2010
Certification: 
Western Regional Examining Board, 2010
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I work at Neighborcare Health because the orgnaization shares my commitment to treating patients as if they are my own family, and helping everyone access quality dental care.
Other: 

Erica completed her Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Neighborcare Health at High Point after graduating from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She then went on to work at other community health centers and as well as teach dental residents at NYU Lutheran. Erica returned to Neighborcare Health in 2016 as a dentist. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with friends and family.

Languages spoken:
Korean, English

Samuel Sun, DDS

Education: 
BS, University of Washington, 2009
DDS, University of Minnesota, 2015
Certification: 
Central Regional Dental Testing Services, 2015
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I enjoy serving a diverse group of patients with friendly and supportive co-workers. It makes working at Neighborcare a fun and rewarding experience.
Other: 

Samuel had the opportunity to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Neighborcare Health after graduating from dental school. Since completing his residency he has become a dentist at Neighborcare Health. Samuel was born in Taiwan, went to high school in Canada and came to the U.S. for college and dental school. In his free time, Samuel likes to play tennis, the piano and drums.

Languages spoken:
Mandarin, English

Amanda Patterson, DDS, Dental Director

Education: 
BS, University of Washington, 2008
DDS, University of Washington, 2014
AEGD, Lutheran Medical Center, 2015
Certification: 
Western Regional Examining Board, 2014
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I chose to work at Neighborcare Health because they are known for treating patients and staff well. I am excited about working with such a motivated team of health care providers and patients.
Other: 

Before joining Neighborcare Health and studying to become a dentist Amanda worked as a bioengineer at Philips Oral Healthcare. She also worked at the VA Medical Center as a diabetes researcher. After completing dental school Amanda completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency in Des Moines, WA. Amanda is originally from Salt Lake City, UT but loves living in the Pacific Northwest. She has two cats and enjoys hiking, baking and gardening in her free time. She once rode her bicycle from Seattle to Portland in one day.

Languages spoken:
English

Tyler Lee, DDS

Education: 
B.A., University of Washington
D.D.S., University of Washington School of Dentistry
Certification: 
Western Regional Examining Board
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
Through my experiences, Neighborcare Health is both a home and an organization I truly believe in. It’s rewarding to be able to serve our patients, foster relationships and improve their overall health
Other: 

Tyler had the opportunity to complete a pediatric externship at Neighborcare Health at High Point during dental school.  After graduating Tyler completed a one year dental residency program at NeighborCare Health.  After completing his residency Tyler worked as a dentist at another community health center.  Tyler is a third generation dentist who grew up in Seattle.  He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, enjoying the outdoors and cheering on the husky's. 

Languages spoken:
English

Leslie Darnell, DMD

Education: 
B.S., Psychology, University of Arizona
B.S., Microbiology, University of Arizona
D.M.D., Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Advanced Education in General Dentistry Fellow, Neighborcare Health at High Point
Certification: 
American Board of General Dentistry
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I feel like part of a family at Neighborcare Health. I find it easy to connect with patients and staff and enjoy being a part of an organization that is able to provide comprehensive dental care to underserved communities. Working at Neighborcare Health is very rewarding and I am excited to be part of the team.
Other: 

After graduating from dental school in Massachusetts, Leslie moved to Seattle to complete a  one year residency program in general dentistry at Neighborcare Health at High Point.  After completing this residency program Leslie was hired as a dentist and will be working at Meridian Center for Health.  Leslie is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and she likes to play tennis and pickle ball.  She also plays piano and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  Leslie is looking forward to exploring more of the Pacific Northwest.

Languages spoken:
English
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