Dr. Chris Pickel

Meet Dr. Chris Pickel, voted Seattle’s best dentist for eight years running. Over the last three decades, Dr. Pickel has become one of the most respected dentists in the Pacific Northwest, helping thousands of people in the Puget Sound improve their smiles and attain optimal oral health. Dr. Pickel’s great sense of humor and ability to make his patients feel comfortable have allowed him to find his place within the Seattle community.

Always on the cutting edge of dentistry, Dr. Pickel attends about 200 hours of continuing education on a yearly basis to strengthen his skills in cosmetic dentistry and advanced dental technologies. He is also a renowned educator, teaching dental classes on Treatment Planning and Risk Assessment to other dentists at the Kois Center for Dental Excellence in Seattle.

Outside of the office, Dr. Pickel loves to spend time with his wife, daughter, and son, and enjoys following his hobbies. An avid snow and water skier, you can find Dr. Pickel catching air during any season. As a music lover, he has been playing the trombone and piano since his college years.

For Dr. Pickel, the most rewarding part of his work is making long-lasting connections with patients. These meaningful relationships are what drives him forward as a dentist.

“Whether I’m helping someone feel better or look better, it’s about getting to know them and building a relationship.”

Associations:

  • Board of Directors, Washington State Dental Association
  • Past President, Seattle-King County Dental Society
  • Clinical Instructor, Kois Center
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Fellow, International College of Dentists
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists
  • Fellow, Pierre Fauchard Academy

Education:
University of Washington School of Dentistry 1988, Bachelors in Zoology 1982. 1,800+ hours post graduate training in comprehensive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry.

Awards:
Mentor/Clinical Instructor, Kois Center for Advanced Dental Education; Seattle Metropolitan Magazine’s Top Dentist 2012 to 2019; Seattle Magazine’s Best of 2007 (Best Cosmetic Dentist); Seattle Magazine’s Top Dentists 2006; Best Dentists in America, 2004; America’s Top Dentists, 2003.

Memberships:
American Dental Association; Washington State Dental Association (Member of multiple boards); Seattle King County Dental Society (Past President); Academy of General Dentistry; American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry; International Congress of Oral Implantologists; International College of Dentists, Fellow; Pierre Fauchard Academy, Fellow; American College of Dentists, Fellow.

Volunteer Activities:
Seattle-King County Dental Society, NW Kidney Center and King County Project Access program providing free care to patients awaiting transplants.
MusiCares – MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for people in the music industry in times of need. We provide reduced fee services for those who qualify through this organization.