Who We Are
We provide high-quality dental services to children and youth (ages 0 thru 20)
throughout the Puget Sound, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
Providing accessible, compassionate, & effective dental care to vulnerable children in need thorughout the Puget Sound.
Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children was founded in 1936 and originally named after Carl E. Lindquist, a Tacoma banker and philanthropist. The original Carl E. Lindquist School Clinic was supported by the Tacoma School District and The Federation of Social Agencies (now the United Way of Pierce County) and served students in the Tacoma School District.
In 1975, the clinic moved to Bates Technical College and then Clover Park Technical College, serving the community as an educational clinic. In 1998, the demand for low-cost children’s dental care increased and we began operating the clinic in a rented 5 chair dental clinic in Parkland, south of Tacoma. At that time, the organization transitioned from an teaching clinic with limited hours of service to being entirely professionally staffed with 8am to 5pm hours of service.
In 2001, we purchased a larger building in Parkland, and in 2002 changed the name to Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children (LDCC). Between 2000 and 2002, LDCC increased patient services by over 50% and began literally “bursting at the seams.” In 2005, we expanded our Parkland clinic to 10 chairs. Between 2009 and 2010 we opened two additional clinics, including Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula (3 chairs in the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound’s Jim and Carolyn Milgard Family HOPE Center) and South Tacoma (6 chairs in the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound’s Donald C. Topping Regional HOPE Center) and we launched a community and school-based Dental Outreach program. In September 2013, we renovated our Parkland clinic, expanding from 10 to 15 chairs as well as updating equipment, adding an expanded sterilization area and additional waiting room, flooring and office space. In October 2013, we opened a 6 chair dental clinic in Bremerton in a new facility adjacent to and in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound’s new Bremerton Teen Center. During this same time, we extended our Parkland Clinic hours to include every other Saturday. In five years, our school-based program, providing screenings and preventive services, has expanded from 12 to 35 Pierce County schools.
-Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children (LDCC), a Private Not for Profit 501(c)3, is dedicated to providing accessible, compassionate, and effective dental care to Puget Sound children in need. We provide quality dental service to children and youth (ages 0 thru 20) throughout the Puget Sound, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
Since 1936, LDCC has grown to 15 operatory rooms along with our regionally-recognized School-based Dental Care Outreach Program. Our dedicated team of staff, volunteers, service members, and board of directors embrace the LDCC vision that all children in need deserve and have access to optimal oral health.
Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children’s (LDCC) mission is, “To provide accessible, compassionate, and effective dental care to children in need.”
LDCC is a thriving, state-of-the-art practice which, through the collaborative efforts of its staff, board and compassionate members of the community, ensures that all Puget Sound children in need deserve the opportunity to achieve optimal oral health.
LDCC accepts patients who are covered by Medicaid (e.g: DSHS, Provider One, Apple, Basic Health Plus and more), Tri-Care Dental (In support of our service personnel whose families meet income qualifications, there are no out-of-pocket cost for covered services) and most private insurances. LDCC also offers a sliding fee scale based on income and family size for children from low income families who are either under-insured or uninsured.
Kelley Birdeau, DMD
Hien Dao, DDS
Trienel Sackman, DDS
Alicia Stephens, DDS
Dental Director, Dentist
CEO & President
Carolyn McDougal Weyrick
President & CEO
Board of Directors
Mike Dunbar | Immediate Past Chair
Principal, Financial Insights
Carole D. Hayward-Lightell
Army and School Nurse (Retired) & Volunteer
Julie P. Hersey
Client Services & Events, CK Financial Services
Diane L. Kelleher | Secretary
Partner and CFO, NextLevel
Health Care Administration, Retired Colonel, U.S. Army
Kathy L. McVay | Chairperson
Healthcare Advocacy, Former Mayor of City of Fircrest
Owner, GreenHaven Interactive
Skyrocket Media – N2 Publishing
Carlyn Roy | Vice-Chair and Treasurer
Exec. Development, Humanidei & O'Rourke
Executive, Trofholz Technologies