Meet Dr. Brian Oleson
After more than 40 years of practicing dentistry, the most rewarding thing for me is getting to know my patients. A person sharing stories, telling me about their life experiences, family, and dreams, is an experience I remember and treasure for years.
The most important part of dentistry is the relationship I have with each patient. I want people to be comfortable and confident in their treatment plan and to understand there’s no such thing as too many questions. It’s essential a person is informed, encouraged, and supported throughout care. Achieving optimal oral health and great smiles requires a team, and the patient is the most important part of the team.
I take pride in the quality of my dentistry, whether it’s a child’s first check up or a complex multidisciplinary case with an adult. But, at the end of my day, it is the individual I remember the most, not their dental situation.
I have been helping people in Hoodsport and the Hood Canal area with their dental needs for more than half my life. I cannot imagine a more fulfilling way to spend my life.
EDUCATION AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
My undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. I then enrolled at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in Chicago, where I graduated with Honors and earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS).
While I received a great education at the University of Illinois, it is essential to build on that knowledge and stay up-to-date. Many changes in dentistry have occurred since my graduation in 1980. Completing continuing education courses provides me knowledge and insight I can use to better treat my patients.
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Thurston-Mason Counties Dental Society
BEYOND THE OFFICE
I was born and raised in northern Illinois and maintain strong ties to the Midwest farming community. I was the first Oleson to not be born on a farm since the Viking days! My great-great-grandfather emigrated from Norway in 1872! I’m still connected to my Minnesota farm cousins and Norwegian cousins.
I’ve lived in Hoodsport, WA, since 1980. My wife and I live in a house in the middle of a forest at the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. My two sons are both Huskies: the oldest is a CPA and the youngest is a PHD chemical engineer. We have always had pets, usually a long-haired cat or two and an Adopt-a-Pet dog. Our current dog, Mocha, is a black lab who loves being queen of the forest.
One of my favorite pastimes is maintaining our property as a habitat for wildlife. With the exception of our house and garden areas, we have tried to keep our property in its native condition and to encourage wildlife to use it as their home. It is sometimes challenging though to keep the deer and rabbits out of the strawberries and tomatoes. The bear, Horace The Horrible, needs to leave the birdfeeders alone!