Dr. Stephens CV


D.D.S., M.SC.D.

A third generation Seattleite, Dr. Stephens earned his DDS degree at UC San Francisco, a general practice hospital residency in New York, and a two-year Endodontic residency at Boston University earning his master’s degree in dentistry.

Endodontics (root canals) and eliminating pain has been Dr. Stephens’ passion for the last 30 years at his practice in Tukwila.

The non-surgical root canal treatment he uses is now taught by over 2/3 of all US dental schools. Technology has brought significant changes to the therapy used for treating pulpal disease. His office uses microscopes, digital radiography, current rotary shaping systems, ultrasonics, and an on-call anesthesiologist (for the occasional patient).

Dr. Stephens’ goal is to provide patients with a predictably successful outcome with no post operative discomfort.

Dr. Stephens is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association and King County Dental Association.



411 Strander Blvd., Ste. 306
Tukwila, WA 98188
Phone: (206)-575-1122


Date of birth      April 26, 1953
Place of birth    Seattle, Washington

1986- present   Private Practice of Endodontics


1975      B.S. Physiology, University of California, Davis.
1975      San Jose State University, San Jose, California
1975      San Francisco City College, San Francisco, California
1980      B.S. Dental Science,   D.D.S. School of Dentistry, University of               California San Francisco.
1981      General Practice Residency in Dentistry, USPHS Hospital
Staten Island, New York.
1984      Certificate of Advanced Graduate Dentistry, Henry M. Goldman
School of Graduate Dentistry Boston University.
1985      Masters of Science in Dentistry, Henry M. Goldman
School of Graduate Dentistry, Boston University.


1980      California License Number 29107
1981      Northeast Regional Boards
1981      New York License Number 36090
1981      New Jersey License Number 13267
1981      Washington License Number 5679
1982      Massachusetts License Number 15333


Inactive reserve, Lieutenant
United States Public Health Service


1976      San Jose State University. Instructor, Department of Biology
1977      School of Dentistry, University of California, San Francisco.
Instructor, human anatomy, summer orientation course.

1986      School of Dentistry, University of California, San Francisco.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Endodontics.
1991      School of Graduate Dentistry, Boston University. Regional
Representative for Admissions Committee.
2015 School of Dentistry, University of Washington. Seattle. Affiliate Associate Professor of Endodontics.


1976-present      California Dental Association
1976-present      American Dental Association
1981-1982          Richland County Dental Society, New York
1982-present      American Association of Endodontists
1986-present      King County Dental Society
1986-present      Washington State Dental Association
1986-1995          Washington State Association of Endodontists
1987-1999          South Seattle Endodontic Study Club
1988-1990          Seattle-King County Dental Society Peer Review Committee
1988-present      Ed Truelove Oral Medicine Study Club
1990-present      Seattle-King County Dental Society Forensic Committee
2010-2012          Emerald City Study Club
2014-present      Schilder Institute for the Advancement of Endodontics


1977                  Chemical Alteration of Subgingival Ecosystems. Summer research fellowship with Dr. Gary Armitage. UCSF.
1977                  Blastogenic Resoponse of Mouse Spleen Lymphocytes to Human Plaque Antigens. Summer research fellowship with Dr. Gary Armitage. UCSF.
1978                  Immunofluorescent and Ultrastructural Localization of Shigella
Flexneri in Gingival Tissue from Macaques. Summer research
fellowship with Dr. Gary Armitage. UCSF.
1984                  Investigation of an Electronic Heat Transfer Instrument. Master                                   Thesis. Henry M. Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry. Boston       University.


1987      Root Resorption. Lecture for third-year dental students. UCSF.
1989      Vertical Condensation of Warm Gutta Percha. Vancouver, B.C.
1992      Predictably Successful Endodontics in the ‘90s. Vancouver, B.C.


2006          Seattle Magazine, Top Dentist
2009-2015 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Top Dentist

Our Practice

At Southcenter Endodontics our goal is to provide you with the best patient experience in a warm, caring and professional manner.   Our staff are all responsible, honest, empathetic and ethical,  and our priority is to preserve your natural teeth.

Southcenter Endodontics is here to assist you and your dentist establishes a lasting functional dentition.

Dr. Stephens was again voted one of Seattle’s Top Dentists for 2014! Seen in Seattle Met Magazine, January 2015.



“My first root canal. DDS Stevens was very gentle and we were able to get the entire procedure done in one sitting. Although pain medication was prescribed just in case, I have not experienced any swelling. Quick and painless! Very thorough and friendly staff.”

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