Jeffrey Kanter, DDS, MS
For 26 years, I have come to work each day knowing that I am making positive and lasting changes with my patients. Whether they are experiencing periodontitis (gum disease), missing teeth, or any other conditions, I have enjoyed the challenge and reward of helping people. It has been so gratifying watching my patients make the changes needed to lead better, healthier lives through their improved oral health. I grew up thinking about dentistry, as my grandfather began practicing dentistry in 1925, my father started practicing in 1955, and I have been a dentist since 1985. My grandmother was the office manager in my grandfather's practice, my mother managed my father's practice, and my sister was the dental hygienist in our family practice until she went to medical school. Through providing excellent treatment, information, and understanding, I have committed my life’s work to helping people be healthier and feel better.
Education and Continuing Education
I completed my Doctorate of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1985. After practicing general dentistry in our family practice, I went on to receive my first specialty certificate in prosthodontics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. I followed this by accepting a fellowship in oral-facial and communicative disorders (cleft-palate prosthodontics), also at Chapel Hill, in 1990. Then, I traveled to Seattle, WA, to complete my specialty certificate in periodontics at the University of Washington in 1998. Also in the same year, at the same school, I received my master’s degree in oral biology and accepted an NIH fellowship in molecular biology research.
However extensive my formal education has been, I understand how important it is for my patients that I stay as up-to-date and educated within the rapidly developing dental field as possible. My patients deserve nothing but the most effective and efficient treatments available, and this is why I stay closely attached to the academic community as well as continue various educational courses. I am an affiliate faculty member (clinical assistant profesor) in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Washington Dental School. I also am a visiting lecturer at the LWTC dental hygiene training program. Further, I am the mentor for a local branch of the Spear Study Club, which allows me direct access to the latest and most scientifically proven trends and treatments. The continuing education programs at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and Academy of Osseointegration (AO) are a regular source of the latest scientific information on Periodontology and dental implants.
By holding membership in the following professional affiliations, I am given further opportunities to continue my education so that I can provide my patients the benefits of scientific and technological advancement in my field:
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- American Academy of Periodontology
- American Board of Periodontology, Board Certified
- Academy of Osseointegration
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society
- Washington State Society of Periodontists, Past President
- Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, Past President
- Lake Washington Technical College Dental Hygiene training program, Board of Advisors and guest faculty member
In the Community
For nearly 20 years, I have had the pleasure of being a part our beautiful little place in the Pacific Northwest. I have met so many unique and interesting people through my profession, and I have never ceased to be amazed at how much this community has given me. One way that I say thank you, and because I believe strongly in giving back to my community, is by staying active in community outreach programs and other organizations that help out the people who make up our home. Following is a list of organizations and programs that I am a part of that allow me to give back to my amazing friends and neighbors who make up my community:
- Teen Feed — Inter-denominational program to prepare and serve meals to homeless Seattle teens in the University District
- International (Mexico) dental charity missions
- DDS (Donated Dental Services) — Local dental charity that provides free dental care through the WSDA
- Private efforts to treat tent city residents organized by local dentists.
I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio, but I have called the Pacific Northwest home for the last 18 years. My wife and I, along with our two daughters, have truly enjoyed the beautiful landscape and wonderful people this place provides. When I’m not in the office serving my patients, I enjoy African folk drumming, flying trapeze, creating jewelry and sculpture (I was an art major before entering dentistry), cooking, reading, dancing, skiing, and kayaking. Some fun facts about me are: I spent five years as a migrant farm laborer in Washington, I was a professional musician in Cleveland, and I was a construction laborer and salmon canner in Alaska. All before I became a dentist!