After 33 years of dentistry, Richard Lowell has carefully chosen another dentist to transition into his comfortable, beautiful Main Street practice in Monroe. He has selected Donald Kim, an experienced Snohomish dentist who is dedicated to the same kind of gentle care and patient service for which Lowell is known. Kim is a soft-spoken, thoughtful dentist with an impeccable education. He got his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and went to graduate school in the prestigious dental program at Loma Linda University in California. Kim returned to Washington after graduating, and worked in large dental offices in Mill Creek and Smokey Point before deciding to take on a practice of his own. He moved to Snohomish about seven year ago, actually not far from the home of Dr. Lowell, because he prefers small towns to city living. So when he saw that Lowell was looking for a dentist for his Monroe practice, he was very interested. Lowell interviewed Kim to make sure he would be a good fit for his tradition of care. The two hit it off, said Kim. “We met up and we kind of clicked, so we decided to transition this way,” said Kim. Kim kept much of the business the same, including the long-time staff, the same patients and the beautiful, sunny rooms full of plants and music. The lobby of the practice, which is in a beautiful historic home, will also remain one of the most relaxing in town, with its Keurig coffee maker, its soothing fish tank, its comfortable chairs and extensive selection of books and magazines. But Kim also plans to add some of the latest techniques and technologies. “We are in the process of remodeling,” he said. “We started with digital x-rays and paperless charts, and we are updating the office a bit.” The paperless charts mean greater security for patients, as well as protection of files in case of fire or other disaster. And with digital x-rays, images are clearer and patients are exposed to less radiation. Kim will soon add another patient comfort; that of nitrous gas for those who suffer anxiety when undergoing treatment. The dentist also has techniques for helping anxious children through exams and treatments. “We explain things to them so they understand, and we hide anything that might look scary,” he said. Among the services Kim offers are root canals, oral surgery, bridgework and other tooth substitutes, periodontal care of gums, ligaments and bones of the mouth, pediatrics and cosmetic dentistry. There will from time to time be specials on cosmetic procedures; a recent special offered a half-off discount on bleaching in time for homecoming. And those who refer new patients get a $25 referral credit on their next visit not only for themselves, but for a friend or family member as well. Kim takes excellence very seriously. “Integrity is important,” he said. “I take pride in my work.” Call (360) 805-9060 to make an appointment, or with questions. Evening appointments are available. The office is located at 623 Main Street. To learn more about Dr. Kim and his practice, seewww.donaldkimdds.com.