“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.

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