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!
Meet Our Team
Lori A. Noga, DMD - Founder & CEO
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.
Colby Cockrell, DMD - General Dentist & Managing Partner
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 dog.
Jim Tsou, DDS - Associate Dentist
Dr. Tsou's philosophy is delivering care exceeding the patient's expectations. He believes the patient's desires and goals are his number one priority. To achieve optimum results and long lasting health and aesthetics is a collaboration between the dentist and the patient build and trust and respect.
Dr. Tsou grew up in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He received Bachelors and Masters of science degrees in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and the University of Michigan. After working as an engineer for several years, he decided to pursue a career in dentistry and obtained a dental degree from New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Tsou then served fours years as an Army Captain in the US Army Dental Corps., and he has thoroughly enjoyed serving alongside the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
Dr. Tsou is a relatively newcomer to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and he is really taking the time to explore and enjoy all the area has to offer.
Lori Ha, DDS - Associate Dentist
Dr. Lori Ha strives to provide a comfortable, relaxing dental environment where patients can understand and feel confident with their plan for dental health.
Dr. Ha grew up outside of Richmond, Virginia and attended Virginia Commonwealth University for both undergraduate and dental training. A recipient of the Health Professions Scholarship, she served for four years on active duty with the US Army following graduation from VCU School of Dentistry in 2013. She worked alongside general dentists and dental subspecialists providing high quality care to fellow servicemembers from all branches of the military. After leaving the Army, she entered private practice in Lexington, KY before moving to Western Washington.
She is passionate about ensuring all patients have access to quality dental care. She has consistently sought to work with dental mission and aid programs to provide rural and underserved communities with the care they deserve.
In her free time, Dr. Ha enjoys trying out new restaurants and hiking the beautiful pacific northwest with her husband.
Tiffany - Director of Finance
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!
Ashley, CDA - Director of Operations & Human Resources
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.
Jennifer - Chief Experience Officer/Treatment Coordinator
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.
Wendi - Chief Experience Officer/Treatment Coordinator
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.
Kharren - Patient Concierge
Kharren was born and raised in the Philippines where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Management. In 2010, she migrated to the United States with her family and gained her citizenship in 2012. She has had the pleasure of working in the customer service industry for over two years and is such a people person! She treats everyone with the utmost respect and humility. She’s personable, compassionate, has a positive outlook and enjoys the camaraderie of co-workers.
Kharren loves to spend quality time with her husband and daughter. Bike riding, trail hiking, swimming, and camping are some of the things they love to do as a family. She also enjoys the gym, potlucks with close friends and karaoke.
Hailey - Treatment Coordinator
Hailey was born and raised in the PNW. She joined our team after working in the management sector of the customer service industry for nearly 15 years. Hailey is excited to be part of a team that is so dedicated to providing excellent care to our patients.
When she's not in the office Hailey enjoys spending time with her family, getting lost in a good book, and going to the movies. She is active in a local PTSA and loves to volunteer at her daughter's school.
TiraLyn - Registered Dental Hygienist
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.
Michelle - Registered Dental Hygienist
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!
Heather - Registered Dental Hygienist
Heather was born and raised in Michigan where she attended the University of Detroit Mercy and graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in 2008. Prior to attending Dental Hygiene school, Heather was a dental assistant and worked in both general and endodontic practices. Her extensive and comprehensive knowledge of dental procedures gives her the ability to fully educate patients in both preventative and restorative dentistry. She truly values each and every one of her patients and always strives to give them the best experience possible!
Heather and her husband Corey have three small children and many pets! In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, spending time on the beach and exploring all that the beautiful PNW has to offer.
Lisa, RDA - Lead Assistant
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!
Petra, Registered Dental Assistant
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.
Kaitlin, Registered Dental Assistant
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.
Karla - Registered Dental Assistant
Karla was raised in the Bay Area and moved to the great PNW in the year 2000. It wasn't until she tried her hand at culinary arts and fashion design that she decided she loved dental assisting!
In her spare time Karla enjoys working out, hiking, and traveling with her 17 year old daughter.
Devin - Registered Dental Assistant
Devin has been in the field of dentistry since 2016 and has definitely found his niche! Prior to dental assisting, he worked in the I.T field with a specialization in networking.
Devin is the definition of a people pleaser and will always be found with a smile on his face. He is a perfect fit for our team, as he truly embodies the values we seek in our providers. He is caring and compassionate and loves meeting new people.
Brooke - Registered Dental Assistant
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!
Jonni - Administrative Assistant
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!