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. 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.
Dr. Wai Shan Chiu enjoys working with patients to improve their oral health through education and prevention of dental disease.
Dr. Chiu was born and raised in Hong Kong. She moved to Seattle in 2002 and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry at the University of Washington. She later received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Washington School of Dentistry, where she was also an assistant clinical instructor in removable prosthodontics. She had the wonderful experience providing dental sealants to prevent cavities for children when she was on a mission trip in Haiti.
Dr. Chiu is a member of the American Dental Association, Santa Clara Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
When Dr. Chiu is away from dentistry, she enjoys spending time with friends and family (including her dog, JJ), traveling, and watching movies.
Dr. Zhu’s goal is to provide the best possible care for all of his patients, always keeping their long-term goals in mind.
Dr. Zhu was born in Shanghai and moved to Los Angeles in 2000. After high school, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology with a concentration in immunology from UC Berkeley. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at University of Michigan, where he earned the American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Dental Student Award. He moved to Washington and joined Tranquility Dental Wellness Center in July of 2016.
Dr. Zhu enjoys furthering his education in dentistry and is a current member of the ADA and WSDA. In his free time, he spends his time exploring the Pacific Northwest as well as reading and watching movies.
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.
When she's not at the office, she works part time as a K-12 substitute teacher in North Thurston Public School District. On the weekends, she enjoys sunshine, coffee, chocolate, and shopping.
Ashley graduated from the National Dental Assistant Board of Canada in 2008 as a certified dental assistant and moved to the United States in 201. She began her career with Tranquility Dental Wellness in early 2014, and although she still loves chairside assisting, she has since changed positions and is now 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."
Denise loves her position at Tranquility Dental Wellness Center as it allows her to meet and assist many interesting people daily. One of her favorite things about her position is greeting children and helping to calm their nerves as they arrive. Denise and her husband have spent many years as foster parents and her care for children is evident in all that she does.
Denise was born in Germany (Guten Tag!) and spent many years of her childhood growing up across Europe. She and her family arrived in the Pacific Northwest after spending the past 13 years moving throughout the country with the Army. When she's not assisting her awesome Tranquility patients, Denise enjoys baking and spending time outdoors with her husband and their three boys.
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 greatly.
Jessica grew up in the small mountain town of Eatonville but moved to North Dakota in 2010. She relocated back to Washington in 2014 with her cat Moe. She is very happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest, close to Mt. Rainier and her family.
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.
Hilary graduated from Yakima Valley Community College with her Associates of Science in dental hygiene. Aside from her obsession for cleaning everything, she loves dental hygiene because it allows her to meet awesome people and build relationships with both patients and coworkers.
In her spare time, Hilary likes to spend time with her boyfriend, Ryan, and their new corgi puppy, Walter. Hilary plays in multiple volleyball leagues year-round, likes to travel, and enjoys hiking in the PNW.
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.
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.
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.
Kiara has been with Tranquility Dental Wellness Center since 2016. She enjoys helping others and is happy to be a part of our team, whose values reflect her own.
When Kiara is not in the office, she might be found serving others at her other job in a coffee shop. She is a foodie at heart and also loves traveling and films.