Lauralee Nygaard, DDS, MS

Dr. Nygaard is a Board Certified Periodontist, with three additional years of specialty training beyond dental school.  Dr. Nygaard attended Loma Linda University where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.  Dr. Nygaard continued her education for three additional years at Loma Linda University in the graduate periodontics program for specialty training in periodontics, soft tissue procedures and implant dentistry where she earned a Certificate in Periodontics and a Masters of Science degree.  

Dr. Nygaard is well know for her exceptional skill with connective tissue grafting and esthetic dental implants.  She is also an advocate for patients who desire to manage their total health through proper oral health.  Dr. Nygaard works closely with several cardiologists and heart attack & stroke specialists to manage patients' risk(s).  Dr. Nygaard lectures on the possibilities and benefits of connective tissue grafts, successful techniques for anterior dental implants, and using digital case planning to ensure optimal dental implant placement, as well as other dental topics.  Dr. Nygaard has a passion for health and wellness primarily through proper nutrition, exercise and gut health.  She loves to share her experience and see patients succeed in their own desire for better health and wellness.

Dr. Nygaard is a member of numerous dental organizations including the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, the Spokane District Dental Society.  Dr. Nygaard is a Fellow in the International Society of Periodontal Plastic Surgeons.  Dr. Nygaard is also a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, an organization that recognizes dentists for their ethics and leadership in dentistry.

Dr. Nygaard is the director of the Meridian Dental Study Group (an affiliate of the nationally renowned Seattle Study Club network), a group of local dentists who are committed to providing quality, comprehensive treatment options for their patients. This group meets monthly to discuss clinical cases, new techniques and technologies. This forum allows the members to learn from each others' experiences, thereby elevating the level of dental care among the group.

Dr. Nygaard is married and has two adult children.  She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, snow skiing, boating, learning about clean and healthy diets, and reading.

Dr. Nygaard has a well deserved reputation from her peers as a high quality periodontist, providing exceptional smile enhancing procedures, who truly cares about her patients.