Dentist

Vaishali Tuteja, Site Dental Director

Education: 
B.D.S., Mumbai University, 2002
B.D.S., UT Houston, 2010
G.P.R., CMC North Carolina, 2012
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I chose to work at Neighborcare Health because this opportunity will allow me to combine many of my passions: to serve the community, to develop a strong dental team, and finally, the continue to learn, grow, and practice as a dentist. I deeply care about my patients and community, and view this as my way to give back.
Other: 

 I was born and rasied in India, and have lived in the U.S. for the past 11 years. While in India, I practiced dentistry in multiple private offices, while also volunteering in community camps. In the U.S., I practiced in different private offices; during the past 3-4 years, I have enjoyed practicing evidence-based dentistry. In terms of special training, I have completed a General Practice Residency in a hospital setting.

I have a loving husband and two adorable kids who keep me busy most of the time. I do love to travel whenever I can, and enjoy cooking.

Languages spoken:
English, Hindi

John J. Cheng, Dentist

Education: 
Bachelor of Science, University of Washington (2002)
Doctor of Dental Medicine, Boston University (2007)
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I have always enjoyed working with the community to help ensure the oral health and well-being of all people.
Other: 

I was born and raised in Seattle. I have a shelter dog that is like my child. She goes with me everywhere. She likes to exercise, so we are constantly at the park, walking, hiking or camping.

Languages spoken:
Chinese, English

Micah Nicholson, DDS

Languages spoken:
English

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
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