Meet Our Providers

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Colby Cockrell, DMD

General Dentist & Managing Partner

Educational Background: After graduating from the University of Washington in 2003, I attended dental school at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 2008. 

Continuing Education Courses Attended: Implant Seminars Continuum Course – an 8 day, 88 continuing education credit intensive course with a live patient component, placing 20 implants on patients in the Dominican Republic. Ongoing Continuing Education through Spear Online Education.

What year did you join the current practice and/or group? 2010. 

Why do you enjoy the dental profession? I’m able to not just solve people’s dental problems and maintain their health, but I’m also able to cultivate relationships.

What is your favorite part about interacting with patients? I’m passionate about getting to know patients beyond their dental health – their interests, hobbies and activities. Being able to see patients multiple times a year on a regular basis allows me to stay in touch with people in our community! 

Why do you like this practice and coming to work every day? I believe in customized treatment plans for each patient, not the one-size-fits-all approach that you may find elsewhere. 

What do you do outside of the office for fun or as a hobby? I am an avid sports fan — if you didn’t know the score of last night’s game, you’ll probably hear about it while you’re in the office (Go Huskies!). I also enjoy golfing, skiing, and taking in the occasional rock concert. 

Where were you born/raised? Born and raised in Olympia and I have always called Western Washington home. 

Pets and Family: Married with two sons, Cameron and Carter. We have a cat and 2 dogs.

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Asma Arara, DDS

General Dentist

Educational background
Residency in Advanced Comprehensive Program | New York University, College of Dentistry 
Master Degree in Clinical Research | New York University, College of Dentistry
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S) | Tripoli University Faculty of Dentistry                                     

Continuing Education Courses Attended: 
Certificate Training in Dentistry | Duggan’s Institute of Dentistry in Costa Mesa, CA 2021

Affiliations or organizations you belong to:
American Dental Association
Washington State Dental Associations
Libyan Dental Associations

What year did you join the current practice?  2022

Why do you enjoy the dental profession? Because I am able to provide comprehensive dental care and help people maintain and improve their oral health.

What is your favorite part about interacting with patients? My favorite part is the interaction with many different people. Each patient has a story to tell, and every procedure provides a different challenge.

Why do you like this practice and coming to work every day? Because each day I get the opportunity to provide a positive impact on the oral health and self-confidence of others; it’s extremely rewarding and enjoyable.

What do you do outside of the office for fun or as a hobby? In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy cooking, baking, reading and traveling.

Where were you born? USA – California

Where were you raised? Libya & Netherlands

Gurveen Khatkar, DDS

Associate Dentist

Educational Background: University of Washington School of Dentistry – DDS 2020, University of Washington – Psychology BA 2016.

Continuing Education Courses Attended: I am currently working on implant training via Maxicourse AGD 2021. 

What is your favorite part about interacting with patients? I enjoy getting to know patients over their lifetime and having something I can do with my hands to help. I also enjoy getting to know them and always learning something new.

Why do you like this practice and coming to work every day? I get to focus on doing good dentistry and serving patients without pushing unnecessary treatment.

What do you do outside of the office for fun or as a hobby? I like working out, dancing, and hanging out with friends. 

Where were you born? Seattle, WA born and raised.

Gurveen Khatkar, DDS

Associate Dentist

Educational Background: University of Washington School of Dentistry – DDS 2020, University of Washington – Psychology BA 2016.

Continuing Education Courses Attended: I am currently working on implant training via Maxicourse AGD 2021. 

What is your favorite part about interacting with patients? I enjoy getting to know patients over their lifetime and having something I can do with my hands to help. I also enjoy getting to know them and always learning something new.

Why do you like this practice and coming to work every day? I get to focus on doing good dentistry and serving patients without pushing unnecessary treatment.

What do you do outside of the office for fun or as a hobby? I like working out, dancing, and hanging out with friends. 

Where were you born? Seattle, WA born and raised.

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Heather

Dental Hygienist

Educational Background: Bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan. 

What year did you join the current practice and/or group? I joined in 2018. 

What is your favorite part about interacting with patients? I love dentistry because of the people. Building relationships, educating my patients and helping them work through their fears and anxiety are my favorite things. 

Why do you like this practice and coming to work every day? I enjoy working for Tranquility because of the team and vision. I feel empowered to do what is right for each patient and provide personalized care. It is a positive environment and a work/life balance is encouraged. 

Where were you born? I was born and raised in Michigan. I moved to Washington in 2008. 

I started dental assisting in high school and throughout college. 

What do you do outside of the office for fun or as a hobby? In my free time I like to be outside, travel, go camping, take photos, and work on our travel blog. 

Pets (significant others and kids too): My husband is Corey and we have three kids, Cohen, Lennon, and Sloane. We have a dog named Bella and a cat named Theo.

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Shelby

Dental Hygienist

Educational Background: Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

What year did you join the current practice and/or group? 2022

Why do you enjoy the dental profession? I enjoy interacting with people and I really enjoy being able to work at my own pace being in dental hygiene.

What is your favorite part about interacting with patients? I really enjoy getting to know new people.

Why do you like this practice and coming to work every day? The whole team is willing to help whenever they’re needed which is really refreshing.

What do you do outside of the office for fun or as a hobby? I like to exercise, hike, paint, and go on small adventures with my family.

Where were you born? Georgia

Where were you raised? All over – I was an army brat.

Family: I have two kids; Camilla age 7 and Liam age 8 months as well as my boyfriend of 3 years, Cole.

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