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Liza Mathias, D.D.S.


Introducing the latest addition to the Uptown Dental Clinic

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Liza Mathias, D.D.S.


Introducing the latest addition to the Uptown Dental Clinic

Coming home...

I grew up in Port Townsend, attending its schools, walking to friends’ houses, playing in Chetzemoka Park and Fort Worden, and enjoying Waterfront pizza each Friday night at the Mathias household.   I enjoyed the small, close knit community, the beauty of the town and the emphasis on remaining a small town with a heavy artistic influence as well as an appreciation for living healthy lives.  As high school graduation approached, I was uncertain of a career path. I felt a strong pull toward art as well as science and medicine, from my mother and father, respectively. 

I left Port Townsend to pursue my undergraduate degree, a bachelor of arts in biology, at Whitman College in Walla Walla. After graduating, I moved to Seattle, where I considered studying medicine or physical therapy, yet neither of these seemed right for me. An acquaintance suggested I look into dentistry. After volunteering at a local dental clinic and shadowing its dentists, I quickly realized dentistry provided exactly what I had been looking for: a mix of art, science and caring for people.

I finished the prerequisites, continued volunteering, and was accepted at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Within the dental school, I 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. We spent our first year of dental school studying in Spokane, and the second half of our fourth year practicing in community health clinics in Eastern Washington. I graduated second in my class and was granted honorary membership into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, which also awarded me scholarships in each of the previous three years. 

I continued my post-graduate work at Idaho State University’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program in Boise. This program allowed me to practice with specialist mentors in all areas of dentistry, expanding my procedural knowledge. In addition to learning tangible skills, I refined my practice philosophy.  My goal in dentistry is to use my knowledge and skills to act as my patient’s trusted advisor in their oral health and deliver exceptional comprehensive care.  Oral health is integral to systemic health and I strive to help patients achieve that.  Whether my patient’s goal is to improve their smile, relieve dental pain or if they don’t have any complaints and just want to stay healthy I would like to share my knowledge and advise of action plans regardless of whether it is something that needs another dental visit or if it is simple homecare tips to help make the next check-up a good one.

Upon completion of this residency I decided to return to Port Townsend to practice alongside my childhood dentist, Dr. Steven J. Scharf. I am pleased to return, not only to enjoy the benefits of Port Townsend like taking a run in Fort Worden, strolling through the farmers market and downtown, or catching a movie at the Rose, but to share my passion with the community where I grew up.  Port Townsend is a special place that helped to shape who I am today.  It is an honor to be able to return and support the health of my community.

Dr. Mathias

  • Graduated from the University of Washington Dental School with honors
  • Baccalaureate degree from Whitman College
  • Graduated from Port Townsend High School with honors
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Steven J. Scharf, D.D.S.


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Steven J. Scharf, D.D.S.


Since my father was in the military, I was born in Kansas and lived as an infant in England. Our family roots are from the Snohomish area. I, however, grew up in Portland, Oregon and then Tacoma, WA, where I graduated from High School.

In four years at Lewis and Clark College in Portland I earned a B.A. in biology, followed by four years at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, where I received the Academy of General Dentistry Award. After a General Practice Residency (an optional hospital-based one-year internship) in Burlington, Vermont, I established my practice in Port Townsend.

During my second year of Dental School, I visited a friend in Port Townsend in 1975 and decided on the spot that this was where I wanted to live. I began my dental practice in Port Townsend in 1978.

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Hygiene Services


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Hygiene Services


Gayle Koschnick

R.D.H.

Gayle earned her Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Pierce College. She joined our staff in 2000.

 

Grace Lytle

R.D.H., B.S.

Grace earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene, with a minor in Health Sciences, from Eastern Washington University in 2010. Having worked for Dr. Scharf's office as an assistant for five summers, she returned here not long after dental hygiene school.

Shannon Murock

R.D.H., B.S.

Shannon earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene at Eastern Washington University. She has been practicing in Washington since 1991 and joined us in 1997.
 

 

Cami Carr

R.D.H.

Cami earned her degree in Dental Hygiene from Shoreline Community College. She has been practicing in Washington since 2004 and joined us in 2007.

 

Heather Polizzi, Hygiene Coordinator

Heather Polizzi, Hygiene Coordinator