Seattle Pediatric Dentists

206.525.4777

 

4500 Sand Point Way NE

Suite 208

Seattle, WA 98105 map

Jon L. Way, DDS, MS, PLLC

Elizabeth Velan, DMD, MSD

Board Certified Pediatric Dental Specialists

Meet Our Pediatric Dental Specialists

Jon L. Way, DDS, MS, PLLC

 

Dr. Way grew up in Pullman, attending school from first grade through graduation Phi Beta Kappa from Washington State University. The next four years he studied at the University of Washington, School of Dentistry earning a Doctor of Dental Surgery. After a brief stint in general dentistry, he started working solely with children at a public health facility in South Seattle. He quickly realized that he enjoyed working with children more than anything else, which motivated him to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry.

 

Returning to study at the UCLA School of Dentistry, he completed a two-year postdoctoral residency program earning a certificate of specialty in Pediatric Dentistry. A masters degree in Oral Biology and a certificate in Developmental Disabilities from the Neuropsychiatric Institute were also received from UCLA.

 

Dr. Way is a Diplomat (Board Certified) of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and has been deciphering the unique needs of treating children from all realms of life for over 25 years. As a parent of two young children himself, he is acutely aware of the rapidly changing moods and behaviors associated with the unique nature of every individual child. While striving to practice with the highest integrity and quality, a pragmatic approach to treatment planning is tailored to be in accordance with the wishes of the parents. To this end, a broad range of techniques and treatment styles have been achieved to attain this goal.

 

Dr. Way and his wife, Chau, have two children and enjoy watching them play baseball and dance. They can sometimes be found crabbing and clamming in the sound and enjoying time with their extended family.

 

Dr. Way is proud to be recognized for the last several years by the Seattle Met as a Top Dentist.

 

Memberships:

•  American Association of Pediatric Dentistry

•  American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

•  College of Diplomats, ABPD

•  Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

•  Seattle-King County Dental Society

•  Washington State Dental Society

•  American Dental Association

•  Seattle Pediatric Dentistry Study Club

•  Greater Seattle Multi-Disciplinary Study Club

•  Active Staff Seattle Children's Hospital

•  Past Adjunctive Faculty University of Washington in Pediatric Dentistry

 

Elizabeth Velan, DMD, MSD

 

Dr. Elizabeth grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and completed her undergraduate degree at Portland State University.  She earned her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from Oregon Health and Science University in 2004. She then completed a two year certificate in treating medically complex adults a the University of Washington Graduate Residency Program prior to completing her Masters in Dentistry and Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Washington.

 

Since graduating, she has worked as a dental provider at Seattle Children's Hospital and as the Graduate Program Director for the University of Washington Pediatric Dentistry Program. Although Dr. Velan enjoyed academics, she issued her original drive to become a pediatric dentist, establishing a relationship with families and having the privilege of observing children transform into young adults. She continues to teach pediatric dental residents at Seattle Children's Hospital.

 

Dr. Elizabeth has been a Diplomate (Board Certified) of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry for over ten years.

 

Dr. Elizabeth strives to make every dental experience as positive as possible. She believes the best approach to oral health is to maximize prevention – but if restorative dental care is needed, we may have behavioral management options tailored to an individual family's needs.

 

Dr. Elizabeth and her husband Tomas have two children. Together they enjoy kids soccer, swimming, hiking and cooking. She gets away from it all in her garden or curled up with a book.

 

Dr. Elizabeth was recognized by the Seattle Met as a Top Dentist for 2017.

 

 

Memberships:

•  American Association of Pediatric Dentistry

•  American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

•  Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry

•  Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

•  Seattle-King County Dental Society

•  Washington State Dental Society

•  American Dental Association

•  Special Care Dentistry Association

•  Active Staff Seattle Children's Hospital

•  Past Program Director and Training at University of
      Washington Pediatric Dental Residency Program

 

Our Pediatric Dental Office

 

Meet Our Team!

Our primary asset is our talented and friendly staff...

 

Your child’s appointment will be comfortable and enjoyable because of the extensive training our team has received and the relaxed environment that we have created.

 

We cultivate a relationship with each of our patients, which not only ensures better children’s dental care, but also turns a visit with our doctors and team into a visit between friends.  Our team members look forward to enjoying a long-term relationship with both you and your children.

 

  • We take special notes on each child during the visit.

  • We care about what techniques work the best for your child.

  • We create an atmosphere of collaboration with parents, making sure you have a clear understanding of the treatment, follow-up, and solutions to your child’s dental health.

  • We believe in continuing education and as we keep ourselves up-to-date we will also keep you up-to-date on the latest equipment and techniques used to treat your children.

 

We are available
Monday  – Friday   8:00 to 5:00

Our doctor on call can be reached at
anytime for after hour emergencies.

Appointments

Your scheduled appointment time has been reserved specifically for you. We request 48-hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment. A cancellation fee will be charged if less than 48 hours notice is given.

 

Insurance

Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. Because insurance policies vary, we can only estimate your coverage in good faith but cannot guarantee coverage due to the complexities of insurance contracts. Your estimated patient portion must be paid at the time of service. If you have any questions, our courteous staff is always available to answer them.

 

Financial Information

Your treatment plan will include a breakdown of all applicable fees, and we will inform you of all costs before treatment is administered. Charges are payable at the time of treatment.

 

We accept payments by cash, checks, and all major credit cards. Please ask a member of our staff, and we will review our payment options to accommodate your financial needs. If special arrangements are needed, please talk to our office manager prior to receiving service.

 

Although we participate with most major dental insurances, it is difficult to participate in all insurances.  We welcome you to our office even If we are out of network with your insurance.  With many out of network plans, there is often little or no difference in the out of pocket expense going out of network with our office. We are happy to discuss all of these options with you.

First Visit to Our Office

 

During your first visit to our office we want to take the time to get acquainted and gather information. This includes a thorough examination and possibly taking digital x-rays we feel may be required to make a complete diagnosis. At this time we will also discuss with you the nature of any necessary dental care.

 

We have ways of explaining procedures to children, being honest and presenting it in a manner that will not frighten them. If your child asks, “will it hurt?” We feel it is wise to say that Dr. Way and Dr. Elizabeth are your friends and will be very gentle with you. Avoid phrases such as “it won’t hurt” and “that wasn’t so bad.”  We want your child to have positive memories of going to our office.

 

Please print and fill out our New Patient Forms.
Bring them with you at first appointment, Thank You.

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

 

A Pediatric Dentist like Dr. Way and Dr. Elizabeth is a specialist dedicated to the oral health of children and the monitoring of their facial growth and development. Our office is designed for treating children from infancy through adolescence, as well as the medically and the physically compromised. In our opinion, taking your child to see a pediatric dental specialist is as important as taking them to see a pediatrician.

 

What is a Board Certified

Pediatric Dentist?

 

When a Pediatric Dentist is Board Certified it means that the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry or ABPD certifies that the dental care being provided is based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality oral health care for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs. Certification by the ABPD provides assurance to the public that a Pediatric Dentist like Dr. Way and Dr. Elizabeth has successfully completed accredited training and a voluntary examination process designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to the delivery of quality patient care.

Establishing Your Child’s Dental Home

 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages parents and other care providers to help every child establish a dental home by 12 months of age. Establishing a dental home provides some key components to dental care for your child including...

 

• Comprehensive oral health care including acute care and
preventive services.

• Individualized preventive dental health program based upon a
caries-risk assessment.

• Anticipatory guidance regarding growth and development.

• Plan for acute dental trauma (emergencies).

• Dietary counseling.

• Referrals to dental specialists when care cannot directly be provided within the dental home.

• Referral at an age determined by patient, parent,
and pediatric dentist.

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