Dr. Sarah Hill
Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist

Why did Dr. Hill opt to work specifically with children? Because it is possible to start a new generation without dental fear and anxiety. Children are resilient and can replace negative experiences with positive new ones. Communication is the key! Dr. Hill has a couple of core mantras at work.

  1. Psychological health and oral health… neither one at the expense of the other.
    You will find Dr. Hill continually balancing your child’s emotional needs as well as their dental needs, in an effort to ensure that your child may enjoy coming to the dentist and actively participate in the experience without fear. With an almost hypnotic voice, she often incorporates soothing stories and songs as she works with your child to allay their concerns.
  2. The first line of defense in preventing tooth decay is DIET and ORAL HYGIENE.
    The clinical experience has only temporary benefits without appropriate attention to what happens at home. Dr. Hill and her staff work with both parents and patients to educate them in real-life strategies about how to improve their daily brushing routines, as well their dietary choices.

Dr. Hill’s clinical interests extend to interceptive orthodontics (i.e. trying to minimize the need for braces by managing growth and development). She also thoroughly enjoys her hospital based practice, where she addresses the needs of some children under general anesthesia. The hope is to re-establish a baseline of oral health for those who cannot tolerate clinical procedures due to young age, language barriers or medical disability.

As an older mother of two teenage daughters, Dr. Hill has rediscovered the magic of laughter, lullabies and gentle touch. With the opening of the Anacortes office, she is excited to be able to bike to work!

Dr. Hill was born in Utah, raised in Wisconsin, educated in Peru, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington. She is bilingual in Spanish and is fascinated by other dialects and languages. She comes from a large family and when she’s not at work, she love to sing, work, read, work, travel, work, bike/walk, work… you get the idea?

Please see educational and professional resume below for relevant details.

Dr. Sarah Hill’s Resume

Education:

    Pediatric Dentistry Master’s Program, University of Washington, School of Dentistry
    Master of Science in Dentistry, 1996
    General Practice Residency, University of Washington, School of Dentistry 
    Certificate, 1993

    School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry
    Doctor of Dental Surgery, 1992

    Undergraduate, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
    B.A. Romance Languages, magna cum laude, 1983
    (Junior year at University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Hospital Affiliations:

    Island Hospital   ACTIVE
    1211  24th St. Anacortes, WA 98221      (360) 299-1300

    Seattle Children’s Hospital  ACTIVE
    PO Box 50020/S-114E, Seattle, WA 98145-5020       (206) 987-5217

Private Practice:

    Playhouse Dental, Oak Harbor (and Anacortes as of 2016)
    June 1996—Present (360) 675-4613
    Owner, January 2013

    Kulshan Pediatric Dentistry, Mt. Vernon & Oak Harbor
    June 1996—Dec 2014  (360) 424-3811

    Referrals for Restorative Care Under General Anesthesia
    August 1996–Present

Professional Associations and Certifications:

  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Certificate# 05619
  • Washington State Board of Dental Examiners, License #6920
  • Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • NW Pediatric Dental Study Club
  • American Dental Association
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • Mt. Baker Dental Society
  • UW School of Dentistry, Part time clinical instructor, 1993, 1996-present

Dr. Joseph Stout
Dr. Stout is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from the University of Washington in 2003 with a B.S in Molecular Biology. After spending three years working in an academic research lab he returned to the University of Washington to pursue his dental training and doctorate degree.

After a volunteer trip to Ecuador working with Children’s International and extensive work in the special needs clinic in dental school, he knew pediatric dentistry was the path for him. After graduating from dental school he completed his pediatric dental residency training at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, where he served as chief resident his senior year. Dr. Stout became board certified in Pediatric Dentistry in 2013.

Dr. Stout is proud to have the honor of guiding children through their early experiences at the dentist. He believes that early preventative visits can build a foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.

Dr. Stout and his family are pleased to be living on Whidbey Island, where his wife is a native and an alumnus of Oak Harbor High School. He has two young daughters and enjoys spending time with his family enjoying the beauty of Whidbey Island.