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A dental office experience is only as good as it’s team members, and at The Tooth Ferry, we pride ourselves on hiring the very best. Dr. Posthuma was eager to hire assistants who she had known for many years and bring them together at her own office when assembling her “dream team”. Her assistants agree with her philosophy of treating each and every child with kindness and respect, and allowing the time needed to work at the child’s pace, explaining and teaching as they complete each part of a child’s appointment.

Megan and her husband Josh collaborated to build The Tooth Ferry from the ground up- it is truly a labor of love and their family business. Their mission is to provide high-quality, easily accessible dental care in an environment in which you and your children feel heard and respected. Dr. Posthuma and her team treat every patient as if they were family. Dr. Posthuma does not believe her job is to diagnose and fill cavities. She sees her profession as a calling- one of building relationships with children and families and providing them with positive associations with dental care that will last for a lifetime. She is an educator regarding oral health, which she believes to be more central to overall health of the body than previous generations have ever realized.

Dr. Megan Posthuma, Pediatric Dentist in Ballard, Seattle

Megan K. Posthuma, DDS

Founder and Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Posthuma loves what she does, and it shows! Her ultimate goal is for her patients to enjoy coming to the dentist and for parents to leave feeling they have unsurpassed trust in her as a care provider.

She is an active member of two study clubs, and has a love of life-long learning. She is always eager to address all questions regarding pediatric oral health and growth and development, such as questions about growth of the orofacial complex, ankyloglossia (tongue-tie), pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, tooth grinding, speech development, non-nutritive sucking habits (thumb, pacifier), fluoride exposure, and ideal timing for orthodontic intervention.

Read more about Dr. Posthuma.

Carrie Turnell, Lead Dental Assistant at The Tooth Ferry Pediatric Dentistry

Carrie Turnell

Lead Dental Assistant and Insurance Specialist

Carrie Turnell has been working in pediatric dentistry for 24 years and is so happy to be a part of The Tooth Ferry family! Working with, and helping children have positive dental experiences has always brought Carrie a wonderful sense of purpose and given her such joy. Joining The Tooth Ferry in 2019 was a decision that brought her to a place where she can learn, grow, and do great things. She is so thankful to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are some of the best in the industry.

Carrie is a proud Seattle native (Redmond to be precise) and she loves to take advantage of all the Puget Sound area has to offer. She particularly enjoys cooking, entertaining, gardening, and camping. You may find Carrie most summer weekends at her family property on Camano Island, kayaking, walking the beach, and eating Dungeness crab.

Marissa Luckenbaugh, Dental Assistant at The Tooth Ferry Pediatric Dentistry

Marissa Luckenbaugh

Dental Assistant and Marketing Coordinator

Marissa is excited to be a part of the Tooth Ferry family and is looking forward to helping build a practice in such an amazing community. She is very passionate about changing kids’ views on dentistry making the dentist a safe, fun and exciting place to visit. Her 15+ years of experience has not only given her amazing chairside skills but has taught her how to love and care for every child, treating them with kindness and giving them the confidence that they can do it! She brings fun and enthusiasm to the office!

Marissa was born in Spokane and spent her childhood in Mukilteo before returning to Spokane where she went to college to get her dental assisting degree. Missing her family, she came
back to Seattle where she met her husband. Currently, they live in beautiful Lake Stevens where they bought a house and have a Great Dane puppy, Brixton. Marissa loves spending most of her free time with family and spoiling her two nieces and nephew. She and her husband enjoy golfing, skiing, spending time on their boat, and love traveling — whether it’s a long getaway or a quick weekend trip to the coast.

Josh Posthuma, Business Manager at The Tooth Ferry Pediatric Dentistry

Josh Posthuma

Founder and Business Manager

After finishing college in Minnesota, Josh returned to Seattle, where he was raised and earned an MBA from the University of Washington. His professional experience includes serving as a financial consultant for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Project, Director of Philanthropic Operations with Vulcan, and most recently, Business Manager for Evergate Stables.

Josh has always enjoyed community engagement including roles as the treasurer of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, treasurer of the PTA at Cascadia Elementary School, and board member of the Seahawks Family Foundation. He has also enjoyed coaching his kids’ soccer team, the Cascadia Dragons, for the past three years.

In early 2019, Josh brought his diverse resume in business operations management together with Megan’s knowledge of pediatric dentistry to collaborate on the creation of The Tooth Ferry. Josh’s varied professional background combined with his love of creating experiences that are fun for children
have helped make The Tooth Ferry the unique space it is today.

Outside of his work, you’ll find him spending time with his family and raising his three boys (identical twins, age 10, and a new baby) in the Ballard neighborhood that he and Megan call home. In his free time, he loves hiking with their dog Ruth, camping, boating, fishing, and enjoying all the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.