About Dr. Chris Pickel – Seattle Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Chris Pickel is one the premier cosmetic dental specialists in Seattle, and one of the most respected and well known dentists in the Pacific Northwest. Over the last two decades, Dr. Pickel has helped thousands of people in the Puget Sound improve their smiles and also attain great dental health.

“We love what we do, and the care that we provide is a reflection of our enthusiasm and commitment to the well being of our patients.” ~ Dr. Pickel

Always on the cutting edge of dentistry, Dr. Pickel attends about 200 hours of continuing education in cosmetic dentistry, reconstruction and advanced dental technologies each year. He is also an educator, teaching dental classes on Treatment Planning and Risk Assessment to other dentists at one of the more prestigious dental training schools in the country.

Outside of the office, Dr. Pickel is an avid skier, and can be found most weekends during the winter with his family at Mission Ridge (where both his kids are on the race team).  He’s also a comedy buff, and some of his patients have been known to call him “a pretty funny guy.” (After 25 years, his comedy routine is finally starting to come together…)


  • Board of Directors, Washington State Dental Association

    2011 to 2014
    The Washington State Dental Association has been the voice of dentistry in Washington since its inception in 1887. Over 4,000 members strong, the Association’s mission is to promote oral health of the highest quality.

  • President, Seattle-King County Dental Society

    2009 to 2010
    The Seattle-King County Dental Society is a membership organization of almost 1,700 dentists practicing in King County, Washington. We are a component society of the Washington State Dental Association (www.wsda.org) and the American Dental Association (www.ada.org). If you would like to learn more about the dental society, please click here.

  • Clinical Instructor, Kois Center

    2012 – present (Seattle)
    A Clinical Instructor (“CI”) is a Kois Center Mentor who has an excellent understanding of the Kois Center concepts and applies these principles in their daily practice. In addition, this person has a genuine desire to teach others, as if they were an extension of the Kois Center. There is a nomination and evaluation process for becoming a CI, and a set of criteria for maintaining CI membership. Prior to being selected as a clinical instructor, Chris graduated from the Kois Center program and spent 13 years as a mentor to fellow Kois Center dentists.

  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists

    2010 to present
    The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) was founded in 1972. Devoted to providing implant education to the entire dental team to better serve its patients, the ICOI is not only the world’s largest dental implant organization, but it is also the world’s largest provider of continuing dental implant education.

  • International College of Dentists

    2012 to present

    The International College of Dentists (ICD or “College”) is the world’s oldest and largest honor society for dentists.  Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only.

    A nominated dentist must pass a rigorous, peer review process leading to the recognition of the individual’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.”

  • Pierre Fauchard Academy

    2008 to present
    Fellowship in the Academy is by nomination by professional leaders and is designed to be itself an accolade to past accomplishment and an encouragement to future productivity. Contributions to dental literature, service to the profession of dentistry, and service to the general community, thereby bringing credit to dentistry, are among the criteria for consideration of fellowship.

  • Education

    University of Washington
    University of Washington School of Dentistry 1988, Bachelors in Zoology 1982. 1,200+ 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 2015; 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

  • 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.

Starts Practice
Dr. Pickel starts practicing dentistry at North Seattle Dental, a family practice in the Northgate neighborhood of Seattle.

Begins Teaching
Becomes a clinical instructor at the Kois Center for Dental Excellence, the pre-eminent dental training & continuing education center in the country.

Named Best Cosmetic Dentist
Named a “Best Cosmetic Dentist in Seattle” by Seattle Magazine.

Serves as President
Serves as President of the Seattle-King County Dental Society.

Dental Implant Expert
Joins the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Seattle “Top Dentist”
Named a Seattle “Top Dentist” by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine for the fifth year running.