Philip Etheredge, DDS
I am blessed with the skills that I’ve been given and am happy I can contribute in some small way to the well-being of people locally and around the world. I hope that I make a difference in my patients’ lives by not only providing them with the highest standards of oral health, but providing an environment where they feel safe, cared for, and a part of our practice family.
I value relationships more now than ever. I have the ability to look back in time and see the long-term relationships we’ve built with so many individual patients. The beauty of dentistry is that your patients become like one big family. I get to see them go through all different phases of life, from births to graduations, and marriage to starting families of their own. I love what I do in terms of the technical aspect of dentistry, but building relationships with people is what keeps me excited about going to work every day.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science in biology – University of Puget Sound
- Doctor of Dental Surgery – University of Washington School of Dentistry
I participate in continuing education because I love to learn and I’ve always felt there is an infinite amount of knowledge to gain in this field. I value and appreciate continuing education classes because I get to choose coursework that will affect my patients on a daily basis.
In the last year, I’ve completed about 50 hours of continuing education classes. Courses included medical emergencies in the dental office, diet and nutrition, dental erosion, sleep apnea and sleep medicine, implant classes, and CAD/CAM dentistry involving the CEREC® technology that we use in the office. In the past I have also been involved in an implant study club and attended a convention put on by Dr. Edward Zuckerberg regarding digital communication technologies.
- Seattle King-County Dental Society
- Washington State Dental Association
- American Dental Association
- Insight Seminars Study Club
Insight Seminars is a multi-disciplinary study club that offers high-quality continuing education to dentists who are committed to becoming better practitioners. It follows the concept of lifelong learning and strives to create a “university without walls” setting designed to build collegial relationships where each member can learn from the others.
I’ve been married to my wife Julie since 1984. She currently works for Medical Teams International in fundraising and has been associated with the organization for 15 years. Her two passions are her family and her volunteer work in dog rescue. She volunteers with Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.
Julie and I have been blessed with three wonderful children. Our oldest daughter Lindsay graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in international political economy, Latin American studies, and Spanish. She has spent the last four years working in various nonprofits and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest with her husband Dan. Our second child Nicholas graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in mechanical engineering and has spent the last year working as an engineer in Seattle. Maria, our youngest, is currently studying at the University of Portland and working toward a degree in elementary education and Spanish.
I’ve had a lifelong love of tennis and could be considered slightly addicted! I usually play two to three times per week. I love to be active at all times, whether it’s doing yard work, playing sports, jogging, or riding my Harley Davidson Sportser. I’m also involved in my church and over the past several years have participated in various ministries such as eucharistic minister, lector, prison ministry, tent city, social justice programs, and teaching Sunday School.
In the Community
It’s extremely important to me to live out my personal values of integrity and compassion in my work with my patients and in the ways I spend my time outside of the office. I’ve been involved with Medical Teams International for 20 years. MTI is an organization that provides disaster relief and medical/dental services to communities suffering from disaster, conflict, and poverty around the world. MTI has facilitated my 14 dental missions to Central America. I’ve also had an opportunity to volunteer locally on MTI’s mobile dental van, which provides dentistry to low-income children and adults who don’t have access to care. My entire family continues to be involved in various ways with MTI and it plays a central role in our lives.
I’ve also had the privilege of developing and directing a summer program called Micah 6:8 Tennis and Social Justice Camp. It’s one of my proudest accomplishments because I’ve been able to merge three of my passions: tennis, social justice issues, and working with young people. The camp brought teens together in a fun environment where they could receive professional tennis instruction and listen to speakers on social justice topics, including: environmental issues, food and hunger, poverty, developing world issues, criminal justice, homelessness, and living in intentional simplicity.