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
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. 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!