Meet North Seattle Dentist
Dr. Leah Worstman

“I care for my dental patients like they are part of my family and truly value the relationships we establish”

Growing up in Montana as well as Alaska, Dr. Leah Worstman found her path to becoming a dentist was an easy one to follow.  It provided the perfect blend of healthcare, science and art.  

She feels very fortunate to have chosen a career where she gets to see friends and family each day Dr. Worstman also thanks her parents for being a positive influence on her choice to become a dentist. “They were always supportive and were my role models for working hard and achieving goals,” she says.

Dr. Worstman graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1994, and then furthered her education by completing a one-year General Practice Residency at the University of Washington providing dental care to low income and medically compromised patients during rotations through four Seattle hospitals.  

Following her residency, she made North Seattle Dental her permanent home. The staff shared her philosophy of patient centered care and a focus on dental excellence. She enjoys treating both adults and children, including fostering a family atmosphere within the office. “We truly value the relationships with our patients, and their family and friends. It is building relationships and caring for others that make a career meaningful.”  

Dr. Worstman enjoys helping fearful patients’ overcome their dental anxieties and changing their perception about dentistry.  She encourages them to be open and involved in their dental care and provides the necessary information needed to understand how dentistry can benefit them. “We have a very welcoming office, and a staff that supports our patients in a positive environment.” Televisions and Nitrous Oxide help to further create a relaxing environment.

Committed to improving her patients oral health and providing the best care possible Dr. Worstman believes in educating her patients about the importance of preventative and restorative dentistry. “Oral health plays an important role in overall health and it is our responsibility to be an active partner in our patients well-being,” she says.  

As part of this commitment Dr. Worstman includes services such as periodontal therapy,restorative treatment, Oral Cancer Screenings using the Velscope, SomnoDent oral appliances for sleep apnea, and Botox therapy for treatment of facial pain and aesthetics, as well as sports-guards and night-guards to protect your beautiful smile.

Dr.Worstman also offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry services including Invisalign, implant restorations, veneers, porcelain crowns, and in-office or take home teeth whitening, as well as coordination with local specialists for complex treatment plans. “We are a fully digital office offering the latest technology to make your visit as comfortable as possible and look forward to sharing our passion for dentistry with you.”

Professionally, Dr. Worstman dedicates her skills and time by providing free dental care to patients awaiting transplants through the King County Project Access program, and the Donated Dental Services program which provides free dental care to King County’s most vulnerable. She is an active member in the Bolender Prosthodontic Study Club, a Kois Center Graduate and is currently pursuing an advanced certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine.

When she’s not working Dr. Worstman enjoys spending time with her two daughters and her husband. Traveling, hiking, biking, running, yoga, skiing cooking and gardening are just a few things that keep them busy. She also enjoys giving back to the community by fostering animals for PAWS, volunteering for Top Soccer, St. Luke School and Holy Names Academy.   

Something you may not know about her, she’s a die-hard Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball fan and a self-proclaimed podcast junkie, who constantly enjoys learning about new things or viewpoints that help give her a different perspective.

 

 

Education:
General Practice Residency University of Washington 1994-1995
University of Washington School of Dentistry 1994
Bachelors in Zoology University of Washington 1989
500+ hours in continuing education.

Awards:
– Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society
– 2016 Seattle Met Magazine Top Dentist

Memberships:
– American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association
– Seattle King County Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry
– Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society
– AAFE (American Academy of Facial Esthetics)
– Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity
– Bolender Prosthodontic Study Club
– Graduate-Kois Center for Advanced Dental Education
– Associate Fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute
– Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Discipline

Volunteer Activities:
– NW Kidney Center and King County Project Access program: providing free care to patients awaiting transplants. $17,000 donated services to date.
– Donated Dental Services (DDS)- partnering of Dental Lifeline Network and SKCDS providing free care to King County’s most vulnerable. $111,000 donated services to date.
– Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) presenter- Inspiring girls to pursue STEM careers.