Doctors

General Dentists

Overview

  • Drs. Winston, Letwin, Vainio, and Helal have dedicated their professional careers to working with special needs populations
  • Each has had extensive training and experience in the management of the most complex patients
  • Together they receive numerous referrals from all over the western United States for their expertise
  • All have medical staff privileges at Swedish Medical Center, including inpatient consults and operating room access

Dr. Amy Winston

  • DDS from the University of Michigan
  • Certificate from the University of Washington General Practice Residency (two year program)
  • Division Chair of Hospital Dentistry, Swedish Medical Center
  • Washington State Dental Association Board of Directors, 2015 – Present
  • Seattle King County Dental Society Foundation Board , 2014 – Present
  • Courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington Department of Radiation Oncology 2016 – Present
  • Assistant Director, Swedish General Practice Residency, 2009 - 2013
  • Seattle-King County Dental Society Access Committee, 2008 - 2015
  • Seattle-King County Dental Society Executive Council, 2008 - 2012
  • Washington State Dental Association Citizen of the Year, 2014
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy, Honorary Dental Society
  • International College of Dentists, Honorary Society

Dr. Noah Letwin

  • DDS from the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery
  • Certificate from Swedish Medical Center General Practice Residency
  • Program Director, Swedish General Practice Residency
  • Dental Director, Swedish Community Specialty Clinic
  • PhD in Pharmacology 2006, MS in Biochemistry 2004, all from The George Washington University
  • Seattle-King County Dental Society Access Committee, 2012 - Present
  • Seattle-King County Dental Society Executive Council, 2013 - Present
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy, Honorary Dental Society

Dr. Lauren Vainio

  • BS in Neuroscience and Psychology from Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • Researched Parkinson's Disease at Northwestern University
  • DDS from University of Michigan School of Dentistry - 2011
  • Certificate from Swedish Medical Center General Practice Residency 2012
  • Seattle-King County Dental Society Executive Council, 2015 - Present
  • Provides clinical attending coverage for the residents including after hours call

Dr. Salma Helal

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development from the University of Minnesota
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Minnesota
  • Certificate from Swedish Medical Center General Practice Residency 2015
  • Assistant Program Director, Swedish Medical Center General Practice Residency Program, 2016 – Present
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honors Society Member

Residents

Dr. Aarika Mitchell

  • BS in Chemical Engineering, minor in Spanish from Auburn University
  • DMD from University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Enjoys reading and water sports

Dr. Mona Nejad

  • BS in Psychobiology from University of California, Los Angeles
  • DDS from University of California, San Francisco
  • Enjoys travel, singing, and white water rafting

Dr. Kenechukwu Nwankwo

  • BS in Biology from University of Texas at Austin
  • DDS from Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry
  • Enjoys photography and soccer

Dr. Riley Schaff

  • BS in Biology from University of Michigan
  • DDS from University of Michigan
  • Enjoys running and outdoor activities

Dr. Matthieu Sullivan

  • BS in Biochemistry from University of Oklahoma
  • DDS from University of Oklahoma, School of Dentistry
  • Enjoys cheese, crosswords, and hiking

Pediatric Dentists

Overview

  • Drs. Williams and Quinby both provide dental care under general anesthesia to children here at Seattle Special Care Dentistry
  • Each has had extensive training and experience in the management of the most medically complex young patients

Dr. Bryan Williams

  • DDS degree from University of Western Ontario London Ontario Canada
  • Residency and graduate training in Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the University of Washington
  • Board certified in Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
  • Affiliate Professor in the Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the University of Washington
  • Member of the medical staff at Seattle Children's Hospital and Swedish Medical Center
  • Lectures internationally on pediatric behavior management, dental emergency management, cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, and the care of children with complex medical and developmental problems
  • Extensive experience in private practice, academics and hospital based practice including 11 years teaching at the University of Detroit as well as private practice in Windsor Ontario and 16 ½ years at SeattleChildren's Hospital where he was formerly Department Chief and a clinician

Dr. Donna Quinby

  • DMD from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Dental School, Certificate from UW General Practice Residency in 1996, Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry in 1998 and an MS in Dentistry in 1998
  • Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2006
  • Staff pediatric dentist with the Department of Dental Medicine at Seattle's Children's Hospital from 1998-2008
  • Hospital privileges at Seattle Children's Hospital and Swedish Medical Center
  • Private pediatric dental practice 1999 - present

Endodontist

Dr. Eric Vetter

  • DDS from the University of Washington in 2000
  • Certificate in Endodontics and MSD from the University of Washington in 2002
  • Affiliate Clinical Professor, University of Washington Department of Endodontics, 2002 – 2015
  • Full time, private practice in endodontics, 2002 - Present
  • Obsessive participant in all forms of mountain recreation and scuba diving, 1986 - Present

Periodontist

Dr. Lakshmi Boyapati

  • Dr. Boyapati was born in Australia and received her B.D.S. dental degree from the University of Sydney
  • She received her Certificate in Periodontics and her Masters of Science in Periodontics from the University of Michigan
  • She was also awarded a one year ITI Implant Scholarship to the University of Bern in Switzerland
  • She is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology
  • She is an active member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology and King County Dental Society

Anesthesiologist

Dr. Tomas Velan

  • Doctor of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 1996
  • Senior Fellow, Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington 1999-2004
  • Anesthesia Residency, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Washington 2004-2008
  • Pain Medicine Fellowship, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Washington 2013-2014
  • Clinical Instructor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Washington 2009-present
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology