Linda B. Hagedorn, my family and friends call me “Lin”
I am one of the lucky ones, when I was in High School, I knew I wanted to be a Dental Hygienist.
My journey started with cleaning dental offices every afternoon after school; I would ride the bus from Sammamish High School to downtown Bellevue to clean Dr. Swanson’s dental office. However, my big break came when Dr. Swanson’s Dental Assistant asked if she could return to England for the summer to visit family and Dr. Swanson offered me the opportunity to learn on the job and assist him for a summer. He was demanding, a perfectionist and I learned quickly.
After high school, I was accepted into the Dental Hygiene program at the University of Washington and have only continued to be so thankful for that early decision to pursue Dental Hygiene.
My longevity in the field of dentistry stems from my deep desire to support people as they move towards their best selves. We are at this wonderful time when the science, evidence based approach to dentistry and a clear oral ~ systemic link to health/disease have given us all the information we need to be motivated to move towards a more healthful place. Dental professionals are in the unique position to intersect with people and act as personal health coaches, with the focus on oral health and the benefit experienced by the total body. Seeing the whole patient, providing care in relaxing and compassionate environment and helping patients reach their personal goals, are what I love best about my job and what I am grateful for each and every day.