Dr. Michael Scoles
Dentist, husband, father, veteran, and aviation hobbyist.
From Paisley, Oregon (population 435) to the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Michael Scoles’ life and career have taken a nontraditional route in more ways than one. At age 17, Dr. Scoles’ ambition was to become an aeronautical engineer. But after he got to hold the mirror during his wisdom teeth extraction, his fascination turned to the mechanics of dentistry. His passion for building things, however, remained strong.
Dr. Scoles attended Oregon State University as an undergraduate and obtained his dental degree from Temple University in Philadelphia.
After dental school, he served in the US Navy for three years. While in the Navy, Dr. Scoles received advanced training in Oral Surgery, Endodontics and Prosthodontics at the Naval Submarine Base, Bangor in Silverdale, Washington. This additional training enables Dr. Scoles to perform a wider array of procedures in the practice, procedures that would normally have to be referred to a specialist.
Dr. Scoles is a master trainer for CEREC technology. A technique that allows dentists to make crowns in a single office visit. He enjoys teaching other dentists and sharing his knowledge. He also lectures around the country on behalf of one of the leading dental product manufacturers teaching dentists about the newest materials available.
After fulfilling his military obligation, he returned to the Pacific Northwest and has practiced here for the past fifteen years at his offices in Renton and Issaquah. Dr. Scoles and his wife Laylia have two boys Kai and Jace. Besides spending time with his family, he enjoys kiteboarding and building large-scale model airplanes.
In addition to treating patients, Dr. Scoles enjoys educating other dentists. He’s become a sought-out speaker, lecturing across the country on topics such as guided implant surgery and dental restorative materials.
“Both of my parents were teachers.” Dr. Scoles states. “Education is in my background, and will continue to play a big role in my life.”
Dr. Christine J. Chen
I love helping my patients achieve and maintain the smile they’re proud of!
This begins with creating a positive, empowering, and comfortable experience for each and every one of my patients. I love getting to know my patients by learning about their backgrounds, experiences, fears, and goals. As a general dentist, I find it very rewarding to see my patients from all walks of life transform when they achieve a functional and radiant smile.
Whatever your oral health goals are, our team at Valley Smiles will always be there to help you create a smile that brings out the best in you!
I have always loved learning and continually challenge myself to grow my knowledge and clinical practice. Education is what has allowed me to develop as an individual and help others through this amazing profession. I received my Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and returned home to Seattle for my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Go Huskies!
I am committed to excellence and remain involved in continuing education after dental school. I regularly take courses through the Washington State Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry in order to learn the latest advancements in dentistry.
- Seattle-King County Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- American Dental Association®
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
In the Community
Helping others outside the office is equally as important to me as helping my patients! I find that opening ourselves up to serve others allows us to learn about other cultures, backgrounds, and traditions and to further our humanitarian qualities. I have enjoyed volunteering with organizations such as the Special Olympics, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, and 1000 Smiles – Great Shape! Inc. in Jamaica!
I am especially passionate about empowering women and families in need. I love helping children and women as a volunteer at Mary’s Place.
I was born in Seattle and grew up in Bellevue. After venturing out to the Midwest for my undergrad, I was thrilled to finally come home to the Northwest for dental school.
In my spare time, I love reading, baking delicious treats, going to Mariners games, and salsa dancing. I also enjoy trying new things and traveling to new places!