Meet the Team
We’ve worked hard to create our “dream team” here at Green City Dental. Each person on it loves what they do, and our patients can definitely feel it when they walk in the door! We support good, positive energy in our office and project that on to our patients. What if coming to the dentist were the most relaxing and fun part of your day?
Rebecca Taylor, DDS
“My goal,” says Dr. Taylor, “is to treat people, function, and cause of disease, not just teeth or symptoms.
“Often in dentistry, we forget that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body. We become tooth mechanics, neglecting the impact we, as dentists, have on whole body health. My intention is to help people find the missing pieces to their health, which many times can be found in the mouth and the structures surrounding. Dentistry truly can be life changing.”
Dr. Taylor holds a BS in molecular and cellular biology from UC Santa Barbara and her DDS from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.
After dental school, she studied with the International Academy of Oral and Medical Toxicology, becoming an accredited member (AIOMT) and certified in safe mercury removal. She also attended the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry, making her a board certified naturopath, and obtained her degree in Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine. She also has completed coursework though the Institute of Functional Medicine and is certified in ozone and myofunctional therapy.
This comprehensive background allows her to communicate with physicians in their own language and create collaborative, individualized treatment plans for their shared patients. It also allows her to quarterback patient care and direct patients to help them achieve total mouth and body health.
Believing that continuing education is critical to both professional development, patient care, and personal development, Dr. Taylor dedicates hundreds of hours each year to further her education in dentistry, medicine, and nutrition to ensure she is up to date with the latest techniques and research in biological dental medicine. Areas in which she has received additional training include:
• Ozone therapy.
• Myobrace, ALF, and DNA appliance therapy (alternative to braces treatments and sleep apnea treatment).
• Functional orthodontics.
• Tongue-tie release.
• Laser dentistry.
• Nightlase (snoring treatment).
• Facial aesthetics (nonsurgical “face lift”).
• Neuromuscular dentistry.
• Myofunctional therapy .
• Advanced TMJ treatment.
• Sleep apnea treatment.
• Heavy metal detox.
• Buteyko breathing.
• Platelet rich fibrin (PRF), in both surgical applications and facial aesthetics.
• Zirconia (ceramic) dental implants.
• Micro air abrasion (alternative to drilling).
• Safe mercury removal.
• Perioscopy (minimally invasive treatment of advanced gum disease).
• Nonsurgical treatment of cavitations.
• Cranial-sacral, chiropractic, and physical therapy, and how these can be applied when treating the airway and TMJ.
Recently, Dr. Taylor has developed a real passion for treating both the root cause of crowded teeth and sleep apnea/airway issues. “Fixing the causes of obstruction in both children and adults to support optimal systemic health is so rewarding,’ she says. “Oxygen is THE MOST IMPORTANT nutrient our body needs. We make such a big deal around the nutrition we put into our bodies, which is important, but we skim over the oxygen supply pathway: our breathing! Oxygen is KING, and without sufficient oxygen, every organ system breaks down.”
Based in Washington state, Dr. Taylor has become one of the top Myobrace, DNA/ Vivos system providers on the west coast. Drawing from her diverse training, Dr. Taylor has developed an interdisciplinary treatment protocol that merges her knowledge across biological dentistry, laser techniques, naturopathic/functional medicine, cranial-sacral/physical therapy, and functional TMJ and orthodontics to treat jaw development issues and sleep apnea/snoring.
Dr. Taylor is a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, the Holistic Dental Association, and the International Association for Orthodontics.
Outside the office, Dr. Taylor enjoys organic vegan cooking, Pilates, yoga, painting, live music, and exploring the great outdoors. She loves to travel and discover authentic new places near and far. On the weekends, you can find her at the local farmers market, spending time with family in the San Juan Islands, or attending a continuing education course.
The Green City Dental Team
Nick Koogler, DDS
“My patients kept presenting with problems that conventional dentistry and medicine could not provide solutions to,” says Dr. Nick Koogler.
I would see patients complete orthodontic treatment only to develop TMJ problems. Patients would come back from TMJ doctors with a bottle of muscle relaxants. The modern medical and dental model seems to put a band-aid over a problem rather than look for and treat the root cause.
The longer I have been in practice the more I have seen a lack of comprehensive vision regarding traditional dental treatment; this led me to look for alternative solutions to traditional problems. I began researching, educating myself and taking courses surrounding these issues. Soon I realized how much I did not know, and how many other solutions exist outside the long-established dental model.
Along my journey, I met Dr. Taylor at one of these TMJ courses. We immediately clicked while discussing our patient treatment philosophy, and the rest is history.
Dr. Koogler is a born and raised Buckeye from Columbus, Ohio. He holds a BS in biology from Denison University and DDS from The Ohio State University. Once he completed dental school, Dr. Koogler helped start and grow a new practice in Columbus before deciding to move to Seattle a few years later.
He spent the next several years expanding his skill set by attending over 100 hours of continuing education per year, including several advanced surgical courses to become more proficient at implants, implant-related surgeries, and biological root canal training. During this time he also obtained his certification in the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, a minimally invasive technique to treat gum recession, as well as neuromuscular functional orthodontic and TMJ certification.
Dr. Koogler has taken advanced endodontic courses and studied under Dr. Val Kanter, a leading researcher in biological root canal therapy. Through her course he has learned how to perform “biological root canal therapy,” which utilizes a laser and biocompatible materials to prevent unwanted inflammatory and foreign body reactions post-operatively.
Apart from his surgical interests, Dr. Koogler has studied extensively under neuromuscular functional orthodontic pioneer Dr. Jay Gerber. Dr. Koogler completed Dr. Gerber’s entire course curriculum to become certified in Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics as well as Advanced TMJ treatment. To further his TMJ care, Dr. Koogler learned Craniocervical and Craniomandibular Manipulation/Therapy from world-renowned expert Dr. Mariano Rocobado. Dr. Koogler is one of the very few doctors on the West Coast practicing neuromuscular functional orthodontics with applications of craniocervical/craniomandibular therapy.
With the help of his mentor and colleague, Dr. Taylor, Dr. Koogler is currently studying to become a member of the International Association of Oral and Medical Toxicology (IAOMT) and plans to become a board-certified naturopath and to attain a degree in functional medicine in the future.
In whatever field he is working, Dr. Koogler brings a unique stack of skills from other aspects of his life. In his free time, he enjoys doing art, guitar, woodworking, working on his motorcycle and taking it to the racetrack, yoga, trail running, weight lifting, hiking and camping, backcountry snowboarding, and water sports. Whatever the activity may be, Dr. Koogler uses his unique perspective from each discipline and applies it to dentistry to create his own special blend of well-rounded treatment.
Lily Corley, BA, LMT, CST, CSOM
Lily first met Dr Taylor in 2016, when she heard Dr. T present on airway dentistry. She knew right then and there that she wanted to be part of an integrative team.
Today, Lily leads our clinical program here at Green City Dental, providing cranial sacral therapy, intraoral TMJ therapy, myofascial release, Buteyko breathing, and myofunctional therapy. All these support Dr. T’s holistic approach, which understands the mouth as an integrated system with the whole body. It’s a vibrant collaboration – one we feel leads to better treatment outcomes and a better dental experience.
Lily began her journey in alternative medicine while a student at the University of Rochester. A chronic sinus infection that allopathic medicine couldn’t resolve led her to dietary changes and work with a Chinese medicine practitioner. Finding relief, she began studying yoga, Ayurveda, and other Eastern practices, along with dance, movement, and somatic therapy.
After earning her BA in anthropology with a focus in sustainable community, Lily moved to Oregon where she began to study permaculture design, ultimately earning advanced certification. This merged with health as she became a whole foods chef and studied herbal medicine.
But she also started to have TMJ issues, and her search for a solution introduced her to cranial sacral therapy, where her first session alone seemed to miraculously resolve her popping and clicking. She felt like she had found her calling and was soon studying manual therapy through the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts. Soon after, she became a licensed massage therapist, as well.
Lily has since pursued additional studies in advanced intraoral work and CST with Lauren Christman, Infant cranial sacral with Carol Gray, and neural developmental movements,(RMT) with Sonia Story. In 2018 she underwent advanced training in TMJ treatment with Dr. Mariano Rocobado and Bill Esser PT.
In 2017, Lily began studying myofunctional therapy with Joy Mueller and became a certified specialist in orofacial myology (CSOM) with Sandra Coulson through the Graduate School of Behavioural Health Sciences. She has studied Buteyko with Patrick Mckeown and has also trained in Myobrace with Myofunctional Research Institute.
Because of her rich and diverse background, Lily is able to help patients with symptoms ranging from TMJ pain to dental anxiety. She works closely with Dr. T in pre- and post-tongue tie release, TMJ treatment, and airway orthodontics, and especially loves working with young children, helping create positive interventions so they can grow to their optimal potential, breathing right for life and favorable health.
When not in the office, Lily loves spending time with her teenage son, walking in nature, being with friends, traveling, doing yoga/dance, exploring the food culture of the Northwest, gardening, and embracing the concept of food as medicine.
Barbara Tritz, RDH, BS, MSB
Barbara knew from the age five she wanted to work in medicine, loving science – and especially biology! – from an early age.
Today, she is a registered dental hygienist with over 40 years of clinical experience and a practicing orofacial myofunctional therapist. In 2019, she received the Hu-Friedy/ADHA Master Clinician Award from the American Dental Hygienist Association.
She received her dental hygiene degree from Onondaga Community College, a Bachelor of Science in dental auxiliary teacher education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in business from Husson University in Bangor Maine. She continued her training in myofunctional therapy from the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in Los Angeles. She’s a mother of two lovely young ladies, and wife of Tom. In her spare time, she loves reading, traveling, and talking with other dental geeks. Be sure to check out her blog, Queen of Dental Hygiene!