I’ve been in practice for over 35 years. I’m more excited and passionate about the field today than I have ever been before. It is my goal to show patients that our office provides a safe, comfortable way to have their dental work done whether they’re a high-fear patient who hasn’t been to the dentist for 20 years, a patient who’s finally ready to get that new smile, or someone who simply wants to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Education and Continuing Education
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Washington School of Dentistry
One of the things I love about being a dentist is learning about research and new techniques and then applying them to my patients’ care. As a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, I am required to attend many additional continuing education classes in all aspects of dentistry. I’ve gone beyond this to the next level when I received my Fellowship in the AGD in 1996. I have also belonged to one or more dental study clubs most of my career, including the Redmond Multidisciplinary Study Club and as a co-founder of the Horse Creek Study Club.
Sedation dentistry is one of the unique areas I have studied as well. We are able to help patients who are very afraid of dental care and those who want to complete years of needed work in a few comfortable visits. For patients, the best thing about sedation dentistry is they don’t remember anything that happened in the chair and most everyone is able to go back to work the next day. I’ve taken advanced training in sedation and received a Fellowship in the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation in 2007.
I was also fortunate to learn about the early research into microscopes for dentistry. In 1982, I became one of the first dentists to use a microscope in a full-time private practice. I am a member and historian for the international Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry.
- “The History of Microscope Dentistry” Washington Academy of General Dentistry Today Vol. 20, No. 3 Fall 2007
- “Microscope Dentistry and Sedation Dentistry: A Common Origin” DOCS Digest 2009 Issue 1
- “Q & A with Dale Travis DDS” DOCS Digest Winter 2013 Issue 1
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Seattle King County Dental Society
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Outside the Office
I grew up in Olympia, Washington, and have lived in Kenmore for over 30 years. Liz, my wife, is a kindergarten teacher at Brookside Elementary in Lake Forrest Park. Kristin, my daughter, is an architect who’s back in school at Portland State getting a mechanical engineering degree. Craig, my son, is a pharmacist at the Tualatin Community Hospital in Hillsborough, Oregon. He takes care of the hospital ICU and PCU. He lives in Tigard with his wife, Tanae, and their daughter, Johana.
When I’m not working I love to snow ski, golf, and play several musical instruments. I also enjoy boating and going to Washington Husky football games.