At Smile Solutions, you will be served by a caring, considerate and experienced team providing all general & restorative dentistry services such as fillings, crowns, root canals & cleanings. Unlike most practices, we also specialize in implant dentistry and dental prosthetic options including dentures, implant supported or retained dentures & partials. We are recognized as the Northwest's leader in "Teeth In A Day" and "All on Four" implant solutions with the most comprehensive care, start to finish. Our specialized team of Denturists, Dentist and Hygienists ensures you the very best care and treatment options. We also partner with the most reputable oral & maxillofacial surgeons in the Pacific Northwest.
Our knowledgeable staff and full clinical and laboratory teams work together to assist you in creating your beautiful and functional new smile! We will go over ALL of the various options for your dental health, always taking into consideration your budget, timeline, personal and aesthetic goals, and the quality of life you desire.
Our friendly environment, expert services, and complete in-house laboratory help ensure that you will receive the most comprehensive dental care available in one convenient location in Puyallup, WA.
Dr. Pedraum Heydari, DMD
Director of General Dentistry
Dr. Pedraum Heydari was born in Seattle and raised in Kent, attending the University of Washington for his undergraduate studies, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology. During his time attending university, Dr. Heydari began volunteering and working as a dental assistant at the UW Dental Urgent Care Clinic as well as the Union Gospel Mission. Working with a dental clinic dedicated to serving Seattle's homeless population solidified his passion for dentistry and giving back to the community, leading him to pursue a career in dentistry. After earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, he returned home and began practicing what he loves in the community he was raised in.
As a dental provider, Dr. Heydari believes in staying up to date with all of the latest dental advancements in order to provide the highest quality of care possible to his patients. He frequently attends continuing education courses and conferences, including the National Leadership Conference, the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference, and courses in advanced implantology and other specialized procedures. He is currently working towards a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. Other professional organizations he belongs to include the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, and the King County Dental Association.
"General dentistry is amazing because it allows me to solve complex problems for my patients that span multiple skill sets and apply my knowledge where it's needed; whether the patient requires restorative, cosmetic, prosthodontics, endodontics, or oral surgery. My goal is to always deliver exceptional dental care, provide education on the importance of oral health, and create a practice where my patients can depend on consistent, beautiful results, in a comfortable and caring environment.” ~ Dr. Heydari
Outside of the clinic, you can find him enjoying all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. He enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, and spending time with family. He also has a love for good food and is always on the hunt for a new "hole in the wall" restaurant to try. Don't forget to share your favorite with him at your next appointment!
Rafael Clark, DPD, MDT, MBA
Director of Removable Prosthodontics
Rafael Clark has taken denturism to a new level. His unique approach and comprehensive skill set bridges the gaps for doctors and patients alike between the dental lab, restorative providers, and surgeons. His 25 years of experience in the lab and the chair sets him apart and provides his patients and fellow providers with an array of clinical options and predictable, beautiful, and dependable results.
After a stint wrestling for Pacific Lutheran University, Rafael joined the Navy, practicing in the Naval Dental Corps as an oral maxillofacial prosthetics specialist, later serving in the Airforce and U.S. Army Reserves as a medic and dental assistant, recognized twice as Sailor of the Year for the U.S. Navy. After his time in the military, while continuing to work as a master dental technician, dental assistant & surgical assistant, Rafael continued his education stateside, acquiring his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and his MBA from the City University of Washington, later achieving his license of Denturist of Prosthetic Dentistry. While fine honing his skills as a master technician in all forms of oral prosthetics, and putting 20 years of chairside knowledge to work, he later became the only denturist to ever complete the rigorous continuing education for both dental and laboratory studies at the prestigious KOIS center. In 2000 Rafael took ownership of Puyallup Dental Laboratories, Inc. to provide excellent lab support and treatment planning to area doctors while continuing to grow his denture practice into a comprehensive restorative center, ultimately employing two dentists, two denturists and a full hygiene staff. The center was designed with the intention of caring for its own organic patients, as well as functioning as an extension of other doctor’s practices to create a better product and predictable outcomes for their patients in the less commonly seen multi-media prosthetic cases, such as implant supported and/or retained hybrid appliances and full mouth fixed reconstructions. Rafael soon became invaluable to these doctors, surgeons and their patients, as well as his own, and began to provide mobile surgical services working with the best surgeons in the Pacific Northwest. Rafael now specializes in implant supported prosthodontics and several forms of oral maxillofacial restorations and therapies. He has completed more surgical hybrid conversions and successful teeth in a day cases with long term after care than any other private practice provider in the Pacific Northwest. He is endorsed by the heavy hitters of implant dentistry around the world, Nobel, Straumann, Zimmer & Neodent, and he is locally recognized as their preferred surgical conversion specialist for teeth in a day solutions. An FDA study in his own facility for Sterngold implants led to several of the advancements patients benefit from today. Always on the cutting edge of technology, Rafael embarked on the digital denture frontier, becoming the first and only provider of digital dentures in the area, endorsed by Global Dental Science. As the only Denturist in the world recognized as a KOIS specialist provider and technician, and the owner of one of only 16 KOIS Specialist Labs in the country, he is recognized as one of the best, and sought after to share ideas, techniques and experiences with surgeons, dentists and specialists all over the country, leading several talks, seminars, study clubs and symposiums nearby and far from home. Joining the team here at Smile Solutions as our Clinical Director of Removable Prosthodpntics enables him to take his art and patient care to the next level while continuing to mentor those around him. His laid back, attentive and sincerely caring demeanor and approach to his patient’s needs has endeared him to us, to thousands of patients, and many more to come. In his off time Rafael enjoys traveling and excellent cuisine with his wife, exploring the Pacific Northwest with their six children, and coaching wrestling and baseball to PNW youth in rec and select leagues over the last 20 years.
Ina Apanasevich, DPD
Ina Apanasevich hails from Belarus, moving here with her husband and two children to pursue the American dream. Leaving her homeland, family, and law practice behind, Ina set off to find her new home, and stumbled upon an unexpected passion. An incredibly tenacious lady, Ina set out immediately to prepare herself for a new career in dentistry, learning English while simultaneously earning her Denturist of Prosthetic Dentistry license in her new home of Tacoma, Washington. While still in school she went to work for Puyallup Dental Lab fine honing her skills in fabricating dentures and removable prosthetics, and was soon added to the team at Puyallup Denture Services and Restorative Center as an associate. Working in both the dental lab and the clinic, and expanding her knowledge and expertise through hands on mentorships and extended studies at the prestigious KOIS Center of Dental Science in Seattle, Ina has set herself apart and has established herself among the top providers of removable prosthetics in our area. Ina joined our team at Smile Solutions to provide even more extensive services to her patients and continue to evolve in her craft.
Beloved by her colleagues and patients alike for her warm demeanor, her sunny disposition, bright humor, and her tireless efforts to (quite literally) bring a smile to the face of everyone she meets, Ina is a wonderful addition to our team, and sure to win you over as well!
Angelina Buxton, RDH
Talk about someone who loves her patients! Angie has worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist in our area for over 10 years, and most recently completed her studies in myofunctional therapy. Regularly exceeding her annual continuing education requirements, Angie always keeps abreast of the latest techniques, standards and technologies to ensure that she provides the best and most comprehensive care available to every patient, every time. Angie lives in Puyallup with her husband Marshall and two sons Riley and Tucker. She enjoys music & dancing and is also a voracious reader. She loves to travel and spend time with friends and family, but no matter where she goes, she always ends up with another owl of some sort to add to her obsession....ehhhemmm...collection. Her sunny disposition, as well as her caring and practiced hand will keep you smiling...with the pearliest of whites!
Front Office Manager
Theresa is the voice on the phone, the face in the office, and the mastermind behind the desk that lets you know all at once that you are welcome, you are in good hands, and it's all going to be ok. Theresa's background in business and finance ensures that no stone goes un-turned when getting you the most out of your financing or insurance benefits, while her background as a dental assistant and care coordinator provides her the knowledge to help you navigate and understand your treatment options. Theresa puts her whole heart into everything she does, and it shows! Beloved by patients and colleagues alike, Theresa will always go the extra mile for those that depend on her. A mother of three sons, Geoff, Devon & Cody, and wife to her husband Mike for almost 30 years, Theresa knows what it takes to keep a good thing going...on a timeline and on a budget!
Partner, Director of Operations & Business Development
Heather is the welcoming smile at the front , and the brains behind the scenes in the back! For 13 years Heather worked as a consultant streamlining systems, personnel, marketing, technology and finances for a diverse group of businesses. Utilizing that experience and her education in Workforce Education & Development at Southern Illinois University, Heather strives to make us the best we can be, both individually and as a comprehensive care team, working and communicating with you and one another with efficiency, consideration and excellence. Heather's Southern charm is evident in her warm interactions with patients and employees alike. You can see her touch in everything we do, from the comforting design of our practice and hand selected team of compassionate providers, to the painstaking detail and research it takes to ensure our facility is efficient and well run, equipped with the most up to date technology, equipment and products. When she's not running the show at work, she's running in circles at home, the proud mama to six children and her precious granddaughter. When a moment for some personal time finally presents itself you can catch her snuggled up at home with a good book or out on the town with her husband in search of the best music and cuisine she can find! Don't be surprised if you catch her on a stage herself, as this songbird has been known to belt out a tune with some of the best musicians the Northwest has to offer.