MEET THE DOCTORS
Teresa K. Yagi, D.D.S.
Dr. Yagi is a lifelong resident of the Seattle area. At age 11 Dr. Yagi began to tell her family and friends she was going to be a dentist. At age 15 as a Renton High School student she began training and working in a dental office. At age 17 she graduated early from high school and began her pre-dental training at the University of Washington. In 1986 she graduated from the UW dental school as a proud Husky.
Dr. Yagi has two wonderful children, Rachel a University of Washington neurobiology major and pre-medical student and Adam a pre-dental student at Seattle Pacific University.
In addition to providing dental care for Kirkland Dental patients and attending dental conventions, Dr. Yagi also enjoys being an active participant in charitable dental and faith organizations both locally and globally.
Dr. Yagi’s professional organizations and honors include:
Seattle King County Dental Society
American Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
University of Washington Dental Alumni Class Representative
2009-2013 Seattle Met Top Dentist
Melissa C. Woo, D.D.S.
Dr. Woo grew up in Bellevue, Washington. After graduating from the University of Washington, she decided to attend dental school in San Francisco where she could explore a new city. Upon graduation from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, she and her husband Jake lived and worked in the Pleasanton, California area for 4 years where they also had their first daughter. While pregnant with their second daughter, they decided they truly belonged back at home in the Pacific Northwest with their families.
Dr. Woo has been practicing at Kirkland Dental ever since. She constantly updates her skills and knowledge by attending courses throughout the year from world-renowned teachers including Dr. John Kois, Dr. Gordon Christiansen and Dr. Frank Spear. When she is not seeing patients at the office or chasing her girls around at home, Dr. Woo and her family enjoy being out on the lake, exploring the city, and sharing life with friends and family.
Lauren J. Ma, D.D.S
Dr. Lauren Ma grew up in Bellevue, Washington and is happy to be living back in the Pacific Northwest. Lauren attended University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where she began a six-year accelerated dental program (3 years undergrad + 3 years dental school) and earned her BS in Biological Sciences. Dr. Ma graduated with her DDS from University of the Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. During dental school, she received awards for Clinical Excellence in Aesthetic Dentistry and for exceptional dedication to community service
Some of her hobbies include skiing, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Lauren became interested in dentistry from a young age and was attracted to the interpersonal and service aspects of the field, as community service is one of her biggest passions. She feels fortunate to have been a part of dental mission trips to Belize and Jamaica, and has enjoyed volunteering with various organizations in the Bay Area as well as the greater Seattle area.
Dr. Ma is a member of the American Dental Association, Seattle/King County Dental Society, Washington State Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Association of Women Dentists, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Kirkland Dental Team