Since I was a young boy roaming the halls of my dad’s dental office I have wanted to be a dentist and follow in my dad’s footsteps. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to practice with my father for more than 20 years and be part of a profession for which I have such passion.
Education and Continuing Education
I received my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington School of Business in 1983. From there, I became a Doctor of Dental Surgery, obtaining my degree from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1987.
My post-graduate education has been extensive with an emphasis on restorative, gold, cosmetic, implant, complex restorative, and comprehensive dentistry. I have five mentors who have built the foundation for my practice philosophy: Dr. Richard V. Tucker, Dr. John Kois, Dr. Frank Spear, Dr. Gerald Schultz, and my father, Dr. Richard Swanson. I have spent thousands of hours with these world-class dentists building my knowledge and skill base as a restorative dentist.
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Seattle King County Dental Society
- American College of Dentists
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Awards and Achievements
- American Academy of Gold Foil Operator – Achievement Award
- Richard V. Tucker Study Clubs – Service Award
- Dental Benefits Committee – Professional Service Award for Chairman
- Best Dentists in America Award
- Seattle’s Best Dentist Award – 2006
- Seattle Metropolitan Best Dentist Award, 2007 – Current
- Schultz three-year Advanced Restorative Program – Graduate
- Kois – Creating Dental Excellence – Graduate
Faculty Positions and Study Clubs
My professional experience includes being an associate faculty member at the University of Washington. I was asked by Dr. Richard V. Tucker to guest mentor two separate Hawaii R. V. Tucker study clubs and was chosen to start and mentor a new R. V. Tucker study club in New Hampshire in 2004. After establishing and getting that club through its younger years, I was selected by Richard V. Tucker to direct the Tucker Institute, which I did from 2008 to 2011.
Being of Service
Together with the support of my staff I organized and provided a free day of dental work for needy children on the Eastside through the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club. We continued this great program for three years. Since then I have volunteered numerous days through the Jubilee Reach Program and Medical Teams Northwest mobile dental clinic. My family and I were fortunate to take a family mission trip through our church to Nicaragua where I was able to serve the local community by providing much needed, free dental care.
Activities Outside of Work
I enjoy skiing, golfing, and fishing. My wife Beth and I have been members of First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue for 18 years. I have coached many youth basketball, football, and soccer teams for my four children’s miscellaneous sports teams, but now that they are all teenagers, I am happy to take my seat in the stands and cheer.