Meet Dr. Donna J. Quinby, DMD, MSD, FAAPD
“A visit to the dentist is not just about teeth. It is about connection and having a ton of fun! Pediatric dentistry has been a gift to me, allowing for connection with patients and families, providing dental care to populations of patients that otherwise would not have access to dental care, and seeing young patients mature and pursue their passions.” – Dr. Donna J. Quinby
With her gentle, calming nature, Dr. Donna (as her patients call her) creates relationships with children and families based on trust and confidence in an environment that is safe and comfortable. Her hope is to give her patients experiences that they carry with them forever, and providing skills that go beyond just dental hygiene.
Early Experiences Paved the Way
Dr. Donna was born and raised in New Jersey and is the oldest of two children. Her first visit to a pediatric dentist at the age of three was instrumental in her decision to become a dentist, announcing to her mother when returning to the reception area, “This is what I want to do when I grow up.” Either that, or it was the Dracula teeth she found in the toy box.
Dr. Donna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.) She then completed a one-year general practice residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Donna completed her post-doctorate studies in pediatric dentistry and Master of Science in Dentistry, also at the University of Washington.
Since 1999, Dr. Donna has practiced pediatric dentistry with Drs. Liu and Lombardi, continuing the tradition of providing the best dental care to the children of Issaquah and surrounding areas. Since 2013 Dr. Donna has been selected annually by Seattle Magazine as a “Top Dentist.”
Experience has taught Dr. Donna the best treatment approaches to guide a child through a dental appointment, and continuing education gives her the tools to deliver dental care that has stood the test of time or is something totally new and cutting edge. Attending education courses also allows her to use what she sees in a patient’s mouth as a clue to other health concerns. She is dedicated to giving her best to every patient, and continuing dental education is a key component of that.
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Washington State Dental Association
- Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry
- Seattle King County Dental Society
- Northwest Pediatric Dental Study Club
- International Association of Dental Traumatology
- Academy of Laser Dentistry
Dr. Quinby is also a medical staff member of the following local hospitals:
- Seattle Children's Hospital, Medical Staff Member
- Swedish Medical Center, Medical Staff and General Practice Residency Instructor (GPR)
Out of the Office in the Great Outdoors
Dr. Donna has lived in the Seattle area since 1995. She and her husband have two rescue Australian cattle dogs that keep them on their toes. Tonga is a senior pup and Sierra is very energetic.
Outside of the office, Dr. Donna can be found on her yoga mat, on a hike, on the water, holding up a scarf at a Sounders game, or working on various home and garden projects. Yoga has taken her upside down and twisted around, but more importantly, it has helped her find ground and shown her the importance of living a balanced life. Dr. Donna’s most ambitious hikes have taken her to the top of Mount Rainier in August of 2011 and across the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand in January 2014. Some of her favorite moments are spent disconnected but recharging in the High Desert of Oregon.
Active in the Community
Being of service is near and dear to Dr. Donna’s heart and fills her soul. One of her new endeavors includes being a Clinical Director for the Special Olympics, Special Smiles program. She and the EPDG Team have participated in Holiday Stockings for the Homeless (a program with the United States Coast Guard), the Leukemia and Lymphoma Pineapple Classic, and the Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk. They have encouraged middle school girls to consider a career in the dental field with their time in the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) program, which gives girls hands-on experience in activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Dr. Donna has also taken the opportunity to provide dental care to adult and child patients with volunteer organizations such as RAM (Remote Area Medical) in Signal Mountain, TN, Mission of Mercy in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, and in Mexico with Amigos de los Ninos.