“I love providing quality dentistry that I can stand behind that actively improves peoples’ lives.”
When you first meet Dr. Christina Donnelly, you quickly discover what a keen sense of humor she has, which helps put her patients at ease. “The best tool in my arsenal for creating a comfortable environment in my dental chair is my sense of humor,” says Dr. Donnelly.
This Arizona native left the sunny desert environs of Mesa to attend school in the gray and wet Pacific Northwest. She was attracted to the difference in weather and actually savors the wet climate. (Now that’s a sense of humor!)
“For someone who grew up in a desert area, being able to see the water and green trees every day fills me with joy. The fact that I now get to practice in Ruston, right by Point Defiance, makes my dentist heart very happy. My goal is to help improve my patients’ lives so that they can spend more time enjoying and exploring this beautiful area of the country.”
She attended undergraduate school at the University of Puget Sound. After graduating with a degree in biochemistry, she attended dental school at Boston University, where she graduated cum laude, but eventually Tacoma beckoned her back. Dr. Donnelly missed the independent experience of Tacoma and the laid-back attitude of the Northwest.
“I love Tacoma,” says Dr. Donnelly.
Her favorite part of being a dentist is building a comfortable rapport and a trusting relationship with her patients. “I care about doing quality work and strive to ensure that every patient receives the absolute best level of dental care,” she says.
A lifelong learner, Dr. Donnelly enjoys staying up-to-date on the latest dental techniques by attending on-going dental education courses throughout the year. “I enjoy putting in the time to stay current on cutting edge dentistry and it’s also important for my patients,” she says. Specializing in family and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Donnelly has a particular interest in crown and bridgework. Furthermore, Dr. Donnelly considers dentistry a great marriage between science and art.
When she’s not beautifying or restoring her patients’ smiles, Dr. Donnelly plays in two local bands – the Tacoma Community College Symphonic Band and the Harbor Winds in Gig Harbor. Word on the street is that she plays a mean euphonium—that’s the brass instrument that resembles a miniature tuba while playing a tenor pitch.
She also volunteers her time every year in Guatemala, where she provides dental care to underserved communities in addition to mentoring dental school students.
Something you might not know about Dr. Donnelly? She’s played Carnegie Hall in New York City, where she performed with her high school’s band and orchestra! She’s also a self-proclaimed Harry Potter nerd!