Hello, my name is Tracie Thomas and I'm the owner of Trace Ortho Lab. Thanks for stopping by! About me, I’ve been in the dental industry since 1988 and have had the pleasure of working in orthodontics since 1994. I grew up in Gresham, Oregon; graduating from Sam Barlow High School in 1987 (Go Bruins!), followed by Mt. Hood Community College and later Portland Community College. I earned my Oregon Dental Assisting License, X-ray Certification, Expanded Functions Dental Assisting License, and later, my Orthodontic Expanded Functions Dental Assisting License.
During the time I was attending classes for my career, I also worked as a dental/ sterilization assistant for a practice in the Portland area where I learned many skills I would use and perfect over the years. In 1994, I focused primarily on Orthodontic lab work, and in 1999, I started a position as an Orthodontic Assistant for a practice in Portland where I learned the orthodontic lab skills I would hone for the next 10 years. The practice for which I worked was led by two amazing doctors with about 25 employees and five offices, of which I handled the lab needs for before a new opportunity brought me North.
Over the years I honed my craft, fabricating Upper and Lower Holding Arches, Holding Arches with Exposure Loops, E-Arch Expanders, Rapid Palatal Expanders, TPA’s, Band and Loop Space Maintainers, Nances, Thumb Cribs, Distalizers, Quad Helix, W-Arches, Tongue positioning appliances, Circumferential Hawley Retainers, regular Hawley Retainers, and Hawley’s with pontics, *Catches breath* Essix Retainers, Reset Essix and Reset Hawleys, Apnea/ Snore Appliances, Nightguards and Sports Mouthguards, Flipper Appliances & clear Essix Retainers with pontics. I pour and trim study models and also enjoy doing cut and reset wax-ups for diagnostics.
When I moved to Seattle in February of 2010, I considered opening my own lab, but; not knowing what Seattle had in store for me, I decided to play it safe and get to know the dental community first. Consequently, I took an Orthodontic Assisting position on the East side where I was able to perform a bulk of the lab work as well as work chair side with patients again, a skill I believe sets me apart from other lab owners. During this time, I started performing lab work on the side for other offices until I felt it was finally right for me to start my own lab. Since then, I've allowed my business to grow slowly and steadily, which, in part, is what I attribute much of its success today. In addition to serving local practices, we take care of practices in Alaska and Oregon, and several outside our > 100 mile driving radius - so we're more than happy to ship anywhere!
I would love the opportunity to earn your business and to provide your practice with an excellent service and product! I'm a perfectionist; always striving to do my very best work and to accommodate those with whom I work. I also have an excellent support staff who share my vision, attention to detail, and dedication to the Dentists, Orthodontists, and patients we have the pleasure of serving. I couldn't be prouder of our progress as a company, our repport as a team, or the calmness under pressure we face every day.
Working with doctors one-on-one to treat complicated cases and fabricating custom appliances is what I look forward to every day. I absolutely love what I do and I feel that no other lab can beat our level of customer service or the quality of our work. If we can be of service to you, your staff and your patients, we look forward to meeting you!
Thank you & Sincerely, Tracie Thomas