Dr. Jim especially enjoys getting to know what each patient’s needs and concerns are so that he can best satisfy each patient, keeping them healthy, comfortable and giving them the smile they want. His motto is “tell us what you want—we are listening”. He loves to help his patients understand the various treatments available and help them choose what best suits their needs. In the end, a smiling, healthy, happy patient is his (and his patient’s) reward.
He is regularly recognized by Seattle Magazine with their annual “Best Dentist” award. Dr Jim has a thirst for continuing dental education which has earned him the Fellowship award from the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD). He regularly attends monthly dental study groups. Dentistry is both his profession and his passion. He loves helping people solve their dental problems whether in his Bellevue office or in the several villages in the Caribbean that he (and his staff) has gone to as volunteers. He has also been a teacher and lecturer at the University of Washington Dental School and to many dental study groups. Twice the Seattle-King County Dental Society nominated him as the State of Washington Citizen of the Year and the Seattle-King County Dental Foundation gave him their annual award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016. He has been instrumental in bringing BioClear certification to our office which in turn provides yet another option for our patients to pursue moderate, long-term cosmetic restorations.
Dr. Jim was born and raised in Seattle attending Franklin High School and the University of Washington. He also was a Golden Gloves boxer but decided to pursue dentistry. He is an instrument rated pilot; he enjoys cars, motorcycles, and tennis in his spare time. After Dental School he served as a dentist with the Marine Corp for two years before starting his own practice in Bellevue. Jim and wife Vivian met in high school and have two sons who both live in the area with their wives and Jim and Viv’s five grandchildren. Jim has been very active in many community and professional organizations.
Dr. Susan joined our practice in October of 2002. She is devoted to her patients and the practice of dentistry. Dr. Susan is known for her empathetic nature and friendly practice style, where children and adults feel at ease.
Before joining our practice, Dr. Susan practiced dentistry in California, where she excelled in cosmetic, implant and pediatric dentistry. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) from Loma Linda University in Southern California in 1997. She is an active member of the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA). She is also a member of the prestigious national Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU).
Areas of advanced training include esthetic dentistry, occlusion and implant dentistry. As an avid learner, she attends as many continuing education courses as possible to keep informed of the latest materials and techniques that dentistry has to offer. She is a member of The Eastside Treatment Planning Seminar, The Washington Treatment Excellence group as well as regularly attending Bioclear Matrix systems classes.
Dr. Susan and her husband, Dr. Franco Audia, a practicing Oral Surgeon in Bellevue, met while in graduate school. They both love Washington and feel it’s a wonderful place to call home, especially since they love the outdoors and staying active. You just might catch her at Soulcycle in Bellevue if you like to wake up early and take the 6 a.m. classes!
While working, Dr. Susan graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in 2013. She works occasionally downtown at The Rainier Club and for Gourmondos Catering and Café Company. She loves the culinary arts because “it’s art and science” just like dentistry. She is always willing to share recipes and talk food anytime!
Dr. Susan has always been interested in foreign languages and has studied both Italian and Spanish.
While Dr. Susan enjoys working and many hobbies, her passion in life is taking the very best care of her Family. She has two children, Ethan and Sophia. They keep her forever busy with driving, cooking, and homework. She always has plenty of stories to share.
We, as a team, love Dr. Susan’s passion for taking excellent care of our patients and also our staff! Kindness and compassion run deep in this woman’s soul and she practices the art of giving and giving her best without exception!
Dr. Nadia Fugate is a family and cosmetic dentist and a very valued member of our team. She strives to exceed her patient’s expectations by providing a gentle approach to quality dental care. A firm believer in a proactive approach to care, she spends the time necessary to educate, encourage, and support her patients. By focusing on the prevention of dental disease, her patients realize an improved quality of life, brighter smiles and better health.
Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Fugate graduated from Rutgers University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She then went on to obtain her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine graduating with Honors in 2012. In that time, she was recognized by the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology for research on the use of Cone Beam CT. Nadia is also a professional member of the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Fugate’s desire to serve the public as a clinician has been long-standing. Following dental school she became a commissioned officer in the United States Navy and completed a one-year hospital-based dental residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. She served three years overseas as the sole General Dentist at the Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. While there, she was an active advocate for improved quality and access to dentalcare for our nation’s military men and women and their families. Her commitment then brought her locally to Washington where she completed her military service stationed at Naval Hospital Bremerton and Bangor Submarine Base.
Nadia is married to a supportive husband who is also a former Naval officer and is currently a practicing physician on Mercer Island. Outside the office, Dr. Fugate enjoys traveling, photography, scuba diving and hiking with her dog.