Meet Dr. Melissa Cahoon

Building trusting relationships with patients

I first became interested in dentistry when I realized how very few health occupations outside of the dental field allow the provider to really get to know the patient. In dentistry, there is the time and the consistency for trusting relationships, even friendships, to develop and grow. That same amount of time doesn’t always exist in a hospital or in a pharmacy, and that makes dentistry very unique.

I am a people person and I look forward to every opportunity to get to know others around me. I enjoy learning more about patients’ lives and aspects of their health they may be looking to improve.  My goal is to build a strong relationship with every patient so that we can work together toward achieving a healthy and beautiful smile in a comfortable and trusting environment. It is always rewarding seeing patients get healthier teeth and gain more confidence in the process.

Joining Greenlake Dental Care

Joining Greenlake Dental Care was an easy decision because finding a dental practice with a team who cares more about each other and their patients is few and far between. Dr. Fraker and the staff take significant pride in their work. They go above and beyond to provide the ultimate five star patient experience. Going to the dentist is a very personal experience often paired with anxiety, and Greenlake Dental Care strives to be an office where comfort, detail-oriented, custom-tailored care for each patient is part of the daily culture.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Communications – University of Washington
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Washington School of Dentistry
  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry – Northwest Dental Residency

Expanding my knowledge within dentistry is important to me. Having an understanding of the latest technology and advances in the dental industry allows me to provide the highest quality of care possible. When I am not in the clinic, I try to attend as many continuing education courses as possible, through the state and local dental societies. Additionally, I meet with a study club to discuss cases. In study club, I am able to gain valuable input from other capable and high quality providers in a collaborative environment. I believe learning from others has made me a better dentist.

Professional Memberships and Associations

Outside of the Office

I grew up in Bellingham, WA, but have lived in Seattle for close to twelve years. Outside of dentistry, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Aaron, and our orange tabby cat named Benny. Aaron and I recently got married in Roche Harbor, WA which is located in the beautiful San Juan Islands. We enjoy traveling and discovering new places and we are currently planning our honeymoon in Italy for next Spring. Additionally, I am passionate about cooking and all things related to food, nutrition, and overall health and wellness. I also enjoy pilates, yoga, Husky football, interior decorating, and fashion.

Helping Improve Access to Dental Care

Since starting my dental career, I have made an effort to participate in community outreach events and have always found it to be a rewarding experience. I believe it has allowed me to become more empathetic, both as a person and as a provider. On Wednesdays in dental school, I provided free dental care to the homeless at the Union Gospel Mission of Seattle. Since, I have spent considerable time volunteering with the Yakima Union Gospel Mission as well through my residency program. Outside of the Mission, I have been to Jamaica twice in the summers to provide free dental services to the underserved as well. I have also participated in the Seattle King County Clinic at the Key Arena. There are so many individuals with little to no access to health care. Offering my time and skills allows more patients in the community to gain the access to care that they otherwise would never have been able to receive. The smiles filled with gratitude are what keeps me volunteering year after year.

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