I am a minimalist at heart, but this is a maximist's review!
When you walk into the Greenwood Family Dentistry office you think minimalist. There are only two chairs, both of which can be seen from the front desk. The front desk is more often than not manned by a niece or nephew putting themselves through college, or an older gentleman neighbor of Dr. Chan's. There is minimal art on the wall, but children's drawings are put up, including the graphic self portrayal of one 7 year old's gag reflex demonstrating the keen ability to rid oneself of one's lunch. This picture is accompanied by a very kind apology for accidentally throwing up on Dr. Chan. It's not center stage, just there in the middle with other, more neutral portrayals of visits to the dentist.
Dr. Chan is an excellent dentist. She does excellent work, she works ridiculously flexible hours (Saturdays!), she has a great sense of humor and is overtly conscious of the expense of dental care. Dr. Chan is one of the few dentists in Seattle who accepts children's Medicaid coupons. She has actually refunded money to me when my insurance paid more than they told me they would!
If you are looking for soothing paint jobs, expensive overhead, headphones and videos, this probably isn't for you. However, if you want really good inexpensive dental care, human interaction, NPR playing from the front desk, great conversations about education and children, to be treated with respect and honesty, this is the place for you! \
Dr. Chan is an excellent kids dentist! Recently my 7 year old son had a disgusting loose tooth that wouldn't come out, and well, I'm too much of a wimp to pull out someone else's tooth. Dr. Chan called us at home after school and told us to just come on by and she'd numb it up and pull it out. I didn't ask, she just remembered me talking about the tooth to her dental hygienist. Off we went. It was obvious that my son was nervous, so Dr. Chan put me in a chair to distract him, and then put him in a headlock (it's the preferred tooth removal method of all 7 year old boys, she is literally the coolest dentist at our local elementary school!) And she popped that tooth right out. Everyone was happy.
I like Dr. Chan's simple model of life and business, nothing to excess, and I really like the quality of care my family gets.
I highly recommend her!