From the very beginning, when we opened our Lacey dental practice, we envisioned a practice that was unlike any other. We removed all the "clinical" sights and smells, replacing them with a spa-like setting and services so our guests could relax and enjoy a well-deserved pampering while they get the dental care they need. We also recognized the need for "affordable luxury" and took great care to ensure that our prices remained competitive, and we are in-network with most of the major dental plans in the area.
We were thrilled to find that the community responded in droves to our comfortable, safe, compassionate care, and since we first opened our doors, we have opened two additional practices, one in Tumwater and one in Tacoma, so we can provide the same outstanding gentle dentistry to the entire South Sound. We never changed our philosophy, however, or the personalized care we provide.
We'd love to take a moment to introduce our team to you, and we hope to see you soon!
Dr. Lori Noga’s treatment philosophy encompasses health, function, and beauty. She believes that dentistry is more than just fixing teeth; it is putting overall health as the priority and building function and beauty from there. Teeth, after all, are a part of the human body! She understands that a great deal of trust must be allowed by the patients while undergoing care and treats each individual she sees as if they are her own family, providing the very best care possible.
Dr. Noga grew up in central New York and attended college at the University of Hartford, where she earned a business degree in actuarial science. She spent several years working in the insurance industry before deciding it wasn't the perfect fit for her personality. Upon realizing this, she quit her job as an actuary and was accepted by the prestigious Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she would earn her Doctorate of Dental Medicine.
During her four years in dental school, Dr. Noga was awarded several merit scholarships by Tufts University and received the Dr. & Mrs. Albert J. Kazi Award for Excellence in Crown and Bridge.
During dental school, Dr. Noga was awarded the prestigious Health Sciences Collegiate Scholarship by the United States Navy. In return, she served as an active duty general dentist and Navy Lieutenant for three years with the Marine Corp, stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Because of the large population of the base, Dr. Noga was able to work alongside all types of dental specialists and gained vast amounts of knowledge and experience. She was honored to have a hand, albeit a small hand, in helping and treating the men and women who sacrifice so much to serve our country.
She's excited to now reside near another large military installation and have the privilege of treating the families of our great military members.
Dr. Noga feels it is imperative to continue the learning process throughout her career in order to keep current on materials and treatment options so that she can always provide the very best treatment. She actively seeks out continuing education classes offered locally, regionally, and through magazines and internet resources. She is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics, and American Academy of General Dentistry.
In her free time, Dr. Noga is active in the community through various organizations. She also enjoys spending time exploring the Pacific Northwest and beyond with her husband, Colby, and her two sons, Cameron and Carter. She's a HUGE animal lover and has two dogs, Lucky and Delilah, and a cat, Kramer. She is excited to serve the Olympia, Lacey, Hawks Prairie, Dupont, and Tacoma communities and to care for you and your loved ones for years and years to come.
Dr. Colby Cockrell believes in customized treatment plans for each patient, not the one-size-fits-all approach that you may find elsewhere. He believes that dental treatment should be tailored to fit each individual patient’s needs, not to satisfy the dentist providing the treatment.
To that end, Dr. Cockrell’s treatment philosophy is not to “sell” patients on treatment, but to advise each patient as to their options for a given problem. He believes strongly in preventative and proactive care to avoid future (and often times more costly) problems.
Dr. Cockrell was born and raised in Olympia and has always called Western Washington home. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2003, he attended dental school at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 2008.
He worked for two years in North Carolina, practicing dentistry in the military town of Jacksonville before moving back home to Olympia in the spring of 2010.
Dr. Cockrell is an avid sports fan—if you didn't know the score of last night's game, you'll probably hear about it while you're in the office (Go Huskies!). He also enjoys golfing, skiing, and taking in the occasional rock concert.
Dr. Cockrell is married and has two sons, Cameron and Carter, as well as a cat and two dogs.
Dr. Sonja McCoy’s desire is to help improve her patient's oral health. This begin early in childhood when family and friends experienced oral health problems. Most of them only went to the dentist when they had pain. By then, many suffered and tooth loss was the only option. Regular dental exams may have discovered problems before eventual tooth loss. A regular dental exam can detect cavities, possible oral cancer, tooth wear problems which may lead to fracturing of teeth, and joint problems which may lead to future jaw pain.
Dr. Sonja McCoy grew up in southern California where she completed her undergraduate studies in northern California at the University of California at Berkeley. She then moved to Washington state to attend the University of Washington School of Dentistry. After graduating from UW, her passion to help others lead to work in community health clinics. For several years Dr. McCoy enjoyed working with children and their families, providing dental care and educating her patients’ about proper dental care.
She then decided to take time off to raise her son Dominique and daughter Shayera. Eventually, Dr. McCoy’s passion to help others lead her to private practice. Today, she continues to enjoy providing dental care for all her patients and their families and educating them on the importance of regular dental exams and cleanings.
Dr. McCoy continues to grow academically to better serve her patients through various continuing education courses and is a member of a local Spear Education Study Club.
In her spare time Dr. McCoy can be found with her husband Marvin, and their two children doing various activities around town or traveling to their favorite spots in California, Hawaii, or Florida.
Dr. Jason Perlman's goal is for all his patients to keep all their teeth all their lives, in comfort, health, function and beauty. He believes in building personal and professional relationships based on trust, caring sensitivity, warmth, and sincerity. By helping improve the oral health in the community, he hopes to in turn improve people's overall quality of life starting with a comfortable, healthy, and esthetic smile.
Dr. Perlman grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, before attending Arizona State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in business management. Following a brief time working with the city of Phoenix's small business relations team, he traveled back to his home state to attend the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Following dental school, he trained at an intensive general practice residency program at Akron City Hospital's Center for Dental Health, where he received awards for excellence in restorative, periodontal, and endodontic therapy.
Dr. Perlman loves dentistry and has continuously pursued continuing education after receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. In particular, he trains at the L.D. Pankey Institute, recognized worldwide for its excellence in advanced technical dentistry. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, and Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. He also attends local study club events.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Perlman loves spending time with his wife, Karyn, with whom he shares a love for the outdoors. Together, they spend their free time on weekend hiking and backpacking trips, particularly enjoying when their dogs Moe and Mochi are able to join. He is an also an avid bicyclist, and for the past seven years, he has participated in Pelotonia, a grassroots bike tour that raises money for cancer research.
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Ashley graduated from the National Dental Assistant Board of Canada in 2008 as a certified dental assistant and moved to the United States in 2010. She began her career with Tranquility Dental Wellness in early 2014, and although she still loves chairside assisting, she has since transitioned into the Senior Leader for Tranquility Dental. She is responsible for the business operations at each of our three locations.
"I've had the pleasure of helping Tranquility Dental grow from a single-doctor five-chair practice to what it is now, yet the most gratifying part has been forming this truly wonderful team!"
When she’s not in the office, Ashley enjoys cooking, traveling, working out, and visiting her close friends and family in British Columbia.
Princess started working in the dental field in 1998 as an expanded functions dental assistant. One day she needed to step in and cover the front desk and the dentist she was working for fell in love with the way she handled patient’s concerns. She impressed him so much, he asked her to step into a management role and ever since it’s been nothing but an adventure. Although her first taste of the dental field was assisting, she has no problem doing anything needed in the office and has built a wide range of knowledge over the years. Her first love is her family. Her second love is dentistry. She lives by the motto, "nothing is better than making a person SMILE on purpose."
Cindy began working in the dental field in 2001 after a career at a small-town newspaper. She truly wants our patients to feel comfortable and relaxed at each and every one of their appointments, and that includes alleviating any concerns about their pocketbooks! Your budget is Cindy’s budget; she will help you find the financing necessary to get you to excellent dental health. She will also help you through any of your insurance questions; if she doesn't know the answer, she will find it!
Cindy was raised in the Pacific Northwest and moved to Shelton with her wonderful husband in 2007 from the Washington coast after raising her three beautiful daughters. She loves adventuring with her camera and pastels around the Puget Sound area.
Jennifer has been in the field of dentistry since 2003. She began her career as a Dental Assistant and enjoys every aspect of the office. She joined our team in 2016 and has become an integral part of the patient experience! Jennifer strives to help each patient understand and receive their treatment needs, as she acts as a liaison between the patient and the insurance company. Jennifer also is part of our leadership team and has helped transform our Tumwater office into all it is today!
Jennifer has been married for 15 years and has 3 children and one crazy dog, Marley. Her husband being in the military, she has had the opportunity to travel and live in 5 different states! In her spare time she loves to curl up with a book or go hiking with her family.
Tiffany was born in raised in the Pacific Northwest. She attended both the University of Washington and the Evergreen State College, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science focused in biology and biochemistry. She began working at Tranquility Dental Wellness Center in July of 2016 as a Greeter. She has excelled with the company and moved to a position in finance.
On the weekends she enjoys sunshine, coffee, chocolate, and shopping!
Lisa wants to live in a world where the fear of the dentist is eliminated. She has found a team of like-minded professionals with Dr. Noga!
A well-experienced dental assistant, Lisa graduated from SPSCC Dental Assisting Program in 1997. She has loved her work over the years and has given back to the community through her work at the Olympia Union Gospel Mission Dental Clinic as well as mission work with a dental team in Mexico.
With her many years of experience, she coaches our wonderful dental assistant team and always leads by example!
Wendi was born and raised in Thurston County and joins our team with experience in the medical industry. She enjoys helping each patient feel welcomed, relaxed, comfortable and positive about their experience with our office. Wendi always has a smile on her face and a positive outlook!
When she is not in the office, Wendi is a dance instructor and has traveled throughout the world. In her free time she loves being with her husband and two children.
Jessica has been in the dental field since 2006, originally working as a dental assistant. She quickly realized how much she enjoyed working in the front and has spent most of her career in a dual role working front and back with experience in both general and oral surgery offices. Jessica joined the Tranquility team in May 2015 as a treatment and scheduling coordinator, in which her experience as an assistant helps tremendously!
Jessica grew up in the small mountain town of Eatonville but moved to North Dakota in 2010. She relocated back to Washington in 2014 and is very happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest, close to Mt. Rainier and her family.
After graduating as Valedictorian from Kamiakin High School, Alexa received her dual dental hygiene and expanded function dental auxiliary degrees at Columbia Basin College, graduating with honors within the top of her class. While there, she received an exceptional education that provided constant practice with all facets of dentistry. Being clinically skilled and self-motivated, she continually strives to never stop learning and to fully serve her patients and the public.
Soon after graduation, she became certified in laser dental hygiene techniques and has continued her education so she can be consistently on the cutting edge of technology and research. She is also a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and Washington State Dental Hygiene Association, which allows her to stay current on new information so she can provide the most beneficial care available. During her dental hygiene career, she has regularly been a hygiene volunteer, providing free dental care to underprivileged patients, and has received awards and honors from the WSDHA for dental research.
She loves to build relationships and make her patients smile! She finds she can apply her interests fully in this rewarding career. She loves providing top-quality care while helping to put her patients at ease. She is your dental superhero!
Alexa is so grateful to be a part of the wonderful team at Tranquility Dental Wellness Center – a practice that puts patient needs and comfort as a top priority, while providing the best care possible.
In her free time, she loves supporting the local music scene, both attending and helping behind the scenes. You can also find her looking for adventure, crafting, and singing karaoke! She also is a fur-mom to an adorable kitty, Peter Parker.
Petra became a dental assistant in 2006 with the American Red Cross while stationed overseas in Germany. She began working at Tranquility Dental Wellness Center in September 2015 and loves working chairside, providing the best patient experience possible.
Petra and her family settled in Washington after spending 15 years moving around the world with the Army. She has a passion for the US military and has volunteered more than 2000 hours within the military community.
Windie has had an interest in dentistry since she was a child and recently decided to go back to school to pursue this passion. She became a dental assistant and joined our team in 2017.
Windie grew up in the small town of Port Townsend where her family has resided for four generations. She moved to Tacoma in 2004 where she loves enjoying the great outdoors and spending time with her two children.
Coming straight from the medical field, Chantel knows first hand how to make patients feel comfortable and welcomed. Chantel has a positive attitude and strives to learn more about dentistry every day. These qualities make her the perfect person to greet you in our Ruston office! Chantel’s eagerness to learn new things is what brought her from a job as a CNA to Tranquility Dental. She believes it’s never too late to learn something new!
When Chantel isn’t working, she spends her time with her baby boy, Royce. She also enjoys quality time with her friends and family and is actively involved in modeling, acting, and sewing.
Savanna is a native of the beautiful PNW and graduated from South Puget Sound Community College in 2017 with an Associates in Arts degree, completing her prerequisites for hygiene school. She aspires to become a dental hygienist in the near future! She loves providing oral health care to people of all ages; especially kids!
Her passion is to help ease patient's fears of dentistry into a more positive and comfortable experience. When she is not at the office, you can find Savanna spending time with her friends exploring new places or online shopping for makeup.
Kinzie was born and raised in Whatcom County where she graduated from Whatcom Community College with her associates degree. She then moved to Kirkland and pursued her lifelong dream of working in the dental field and graduated from Lake Washington Tech’s dental assisting program in 2016. Kinzie has a strong passion for dentistry; she loves interacting with patients and helping create an unforgettable dental experience.
Kinzie moved to Lacey early 2018 after her husband's job relocated them to the Olympia area.
For fun, Kinzie enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, friends, and fluffy labradoodle :)
TiraLyn is currently working on a Bachelor's of Science degree in dental hygiene through Eastern Washington University. She is passionate about volunteering and giving back to those in need. She volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission and has been on mission trips to provide dental care to children in Haiti and Honduras. She is also actively involved in Junior League of Olympia. TiraLyn is an excellent complement to Dr. Noga's caring and compassionate style of dentistry.
TiraLyn was born in Buffalo, New York, and raised in Tumwater, Washington. She has eight younger siblings. She enjoys kayaking, scuba diving, walking her dog, and spending time with her friends and family. She has a son named Jonah and a daughter named Chloe.
Sarah graduated from Blinn College in Bryan, Texas, with an Associate in Applied Science degree in dental hygiene in 2009. She is passionate about dental hygiene and strongly believes in educating her patients to help them improve their oral health.
Sarah’s favorite part about being a dental hygienist is getting to meet so many awesome people. She loves getting to know her patients and forming great relationships with them. Sarah really enjoys being a part of the wonderful Tranquility Dental family and started working with Drs. Cockrell and Noga in 2011.
Sarah is a Washington native and grew up in Lacey. When she’s not working, Sarah enjoys being with her family. She and her husband have been married for almost 10 years and they have two young sons. They also have a couple of horses that keep them very busy!
Kaitlin graduated from the Dental Assistant Training Center in 2011 to follow her dreams into the dental field. Kaitlin has been with Tranquility Dental Wellness Center since our doors first opened in 2012. Although she started as a scheduling coordinator, Kaitlin has now realized her true passion is working as a dental assistant!
Kaitlin really enjoys getting to know her patients and creating a trusting relationship with them. She is currently working toward becoming an expanded functions dental assistant and learning to place restorations so can truly go as far as her chosen career field has to offer.
Kaitlin enjoys spending her free time with her boyfriend, Brett, and their three dogs, Zip, Faith, and Waylon. Kaitlin is very active in the rodeo community, where she participates in the great sport of barrel racing with her horse, George. She grew up in the small town of Montesano, where she still spends an abundance of time with her amazing family.
Amy grew up in the amazing PNW, more specifically Gig Harbor, and is the youngest of three girls. She was raised with a deep passion and love for music, playing the piano since the age of five and she began singing shortly after. All throughout childhood, she had an intense desire for the stage: to share her love of music with anyone who would listen. After graduating from Peninsula High School, she was offered a job to perform on the Spirit of Puget Sound, a cruise ship out of Seattle. It was her dream come true! Sadly, shortly after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the cruise ship was no longer able to continue service and she was let go. It was ultimately a blessing in disguise for her, however, as it allowed her to really focus on her career and passion for her love for dentistry! (Doesn't she have a great smile?!)
She graduated top in her class with an Associates of Science in Dental Hygiene from Clarke College in Vancouver, WA. She also received the National Honor Society Award for her academic excellence and was voted "most likely to become a dentist" by her peers! Shortly after graduating from Clark College, her love for learning continued to grow and she completed her Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene within one year, all while working full time as a dental hygienist!
Despite all of her professional success, she can easily say that she has been most blessed by having three beautiful children and meeting her wonderful husband. She absolutely loves Friday night "movie nights" with her family and the moments that really capture what life is about: watching her kids grow and develop a lifelong love for learning. Her family brings her the utmost happiness and at the end of the day, her desire to love and care for them is her motivation!
Kylie has always had an interest in the dental field and decided to pursue her interest in becoming a dental assistant. She joined our team at the Lacey location in June of 2016. Kylie enjoys getting to know all her patients and delivering the best care possible. Kylie is fantastic when it comes to caring for children; in fact, before she became a dental assistant, she was a nanny for four years!
Kylie grew up in the small town of Gig Harbor and moved to Tacoma for schooling and more job opportunities. She enjoys spending her time with her family and friends and is currently planning a wedding for this summer.
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Jonni has been with our team behind the scenes since early 2015. Born and raised in the beautiful PNW, she has been in the customer service field for over 20 years! The majority of her experience and her true passion has always been with children.
In her spare time, Jonni loves to travel, avidly attends concerts and is a hardcore Seahawks fan! Go Hawks!
Brooke truly enjoys working alongside our wonderful doctors and as part of a great team. She graduated from Centralia College and went to Cloverpark Technical College for her Dental Assisting Degree.
Brooke loves the summer time since she's an avid swimmer and paddle boarder. She's also a huge Fall Out Boy fan and will always be in attendance at any of their concerts!
Michelle has been a dental hygienist for over 30 years and brings an abundance of talent to our team! Originally from Canada, she studied in Montreal and Quebec city, but has now lived in the USA for 15 years.
Asides from bring passionate about our patient's oral heath, she also loves helping animals and caring for her horses. She even knows how to play the guitar!
Kyla has been in the field of dentistry for three years and enjoys assisting with oral surgeries and periodontal procedures the most! She loves being able to meet such a variety of people, both patients and coworkers, and create lasting relationships with them!
In her spare time, Kyla enjoys hiking and exploring the beautiful PNW and having fun adventures with her daughter!