After graduating from Port Townsend High School, Dr. Mathias earned a bachelor of arts in biology at Whitman College. Deciding that dentistry was a profession that combined her interests of art, science and caring for people, she entered University of Washington School of Dentistry.
There she was one of eight selected to take part in the RIDE (Rural Initiatives in Dental Education) program, which focuses on bringing awareness and access to care in rural areas. She graduated second in her class and was granted honorary membership into Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, which also awarded her scholarships in each of the previous three years.
Dr. Mathias continued her post-graduate work at Idaho State University’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program in Boise, where she practiced with specialist mentors in all areas of dentistry.
Dr. Olson was raised in Minnesota, Washington and Colorado and has made Washington her home. She spent 3 years growing up in Port Angeles and has been trying to move back to the Olympic Peninsula since.
She attended University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned her degree in Integrative Physiology. After college, she decided to move back to the Pacific Northwest and worked in Seattle as an optometric technician, optician, and then orthodontic assistant. During this time, she learned how much she enjoyed working with her hands and caring for patients and decided that dentistry would be a great way to combine both interests.
Dr. Olson then attended University of Washington School of Dentistry and was a part of the school’s new curriculum where she participated in intensive clerkship rotations. During her final year of school, she spent 5 weeks working as an intern in a private practice in Hardin, Montana. She also spent 6 weeks as an intern at a Community Health Clinic in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Olson graduated fifth in her class and was awarded membership to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society for academic achievement.
Since he began his dental practice in Port Townsend in 1978, Steven Scharf has been an exemplary doctor and community member. Many hearts hold him dear for his compassionate dental care throughout the years. Though it will be a great loss for us, Dr. Scharf has exciting worldly adventures to attend to and will be discontinuing his treatment of patients. Uptown Dental Clinic will continue on in the same caring fashion through Dr. Scharf’s hand-picked successors, Dr. Liza Mathias and Dr. Adrian Olson.
Gayle earned her Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Pierce College. She joined our staff in 2000. A lifelong interest in science along with what she describes as “fascinating and positive dental visits,” led Gayle to a career in dental hygiene. When she’s not at work, Gayle has many interests, including road and mountain biking, camping, road trips, exploring places off the beaten path, sewing, quilting and enjoying the peace and quiet of home.
Grace E. Lytle, RDH, earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University. Having worked as an assistant to Dr. Scharf for many years she returned here after dental hygiene school. When she’s not cleaning teeth, Grace enjoys reading, crocheting, walking at Fort Worden State Park and spending time with her husband and young son.
Shannon earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene at Eastern Washington University. She has practiced in Washington since 1991 and joined us in 1997. Shannon always knew she wanted to work in the medical or dental field and found that dental hygiene offers the perfect work and family balance. When she’s not cleaning teeth, Shannon loves textiles and creating. Whether quilting, sewing or knitting, she tries to create something every day.
Cami earned her Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Shoreline Community College. She has practiced in Washington since 2004 and joined us in 2007. Cami chose a career in dental hygiene because it allows her to spend extended time with patients and the opportunity to improve their oral health. When not working, Cami and her family enjoy beach walks, hikes, camping, sailing and playing hard!
Heather earned her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Dixie State College in Utah. She has been practicing since 2008 and joined Uptown Dental in 2017. Heather developed a love for dentistry while working with her father, who is a dentist, and his hygienists. She appreciates the preventive approach of hygiene and enjoys helping patients develop healthy oral hygiene habits. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time outdoors with her husband and crew of animals.