Dr. Vicki Otterholt
Dr. Vicki Otterholt was born and raised in Ferndale, WA, graduating from Ferndale High School. She attended and graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, followed by graduation from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She moved to Mount Vernon and established her practice there in 1977 with her husband (and dental school classmate), Dana. She maintains her practice and continues to receive postgraduate dental continuing education.
Dr. Vicki is a member of the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, and the Academy of Operative Dentistry.
She has two sons, and a daughter, Dr. Kjersten Heron. In her free time Dr. Vicki enjoys jogging – as she has done daily for 30+ years – in addition to gardening, hiking, and traveling.
From Dr. Vicki:
“My father was a general dentist, and I worked in his office as a dental assistant starting when I was 12. I decided I wanted to become a dentist when I was 14. Growing up I was particularly drawn to the field because of my interest in art, having drawn, painted, and done sculpture since I was young. I always did crafts of all kinds – I even designed and sewed my own clothes. My other interest was science, excelling at that subject more than the rest. Dentistry is a combination of science and art, so that’s why I went into it.
As my practice grew, I found I had a natural ability to work with fearful patients. I enjoy helping those with dental anxiety to get their dental work done and their needs met, while they gain confidence that they can have dental treatment done. Over the years many patients have become great friends. I really feel honored and privileged that they trust me with their care.
I’m very passionate about dentistry and providing conservative dental care. Watching those cavities that can be watched vs treated, unless they’ve truly progressed to the point where they need to be addressed. And unlike most dentists, I do my own cleanings – no hygienist. This gives me time to get to know my patients and have them learn my philosophy about dentistry. In turn, this then puts us a step ahead when needing to comfortably complete more involved dental care, especially if the patient has dental anxieties.”