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The Sedation Team

The Sedation Team

Richard F. Stafford


Dr. Richard F. Stafford was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He and Dr. Liu have known and worked with each other since 1988 when Dr. Liu was on the faculty at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and Dr. Stafford was undergoing his dental anesthesia residency training.

Dr. Stafford graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry and also completed a general practice residency program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. Initially, he had chosen to specialize in dental implants but while doing his anesthesia rotation, was convinced to switch from the dental implant program into the dental anesthesia program.

Dr. Stafford has published articles and has lectured extensively in pediatric dental anesthesia. He is board certified in Dental Anesthesiology as well as certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. He also serves in the position of assistant professor of Dental Anesthesiology at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and the University of Southern California. He limits his practice to pediatric dental anesthesia.

When Dr. Liu entered into private practice full time and decided to make intravenous sedation available to his patients, he invited Dr. Stafford to provide these anesthesia services. Dr. Stafford was the perfect choice: his skill level and dedication to providing high quality care to his patients matches the philosophy of all the doctors at Eastside Pediatric Dental Group.

Andrea Fonner


Dr. Andrea Fonner was born and raised in the Seattle area. She graduated cum laude with a degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, and graduated with honors from dental school in San Francisco, California at the University of the Pacific. She then completed an intense advanced training General Practice Residency at the University of Washington where she became certified in intravenous conscious sedation and advanced cardiac life support.

In addition to private practice as a general dentist, Dr. Fonner was an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, an affiliate clinic of Seattle Children’s Hospital.

While practicing general dentistry, her passion for anesthesia developed, prompting her to pursue an additional degree and career as an anesthesiologist. Upon entering the prestigious anesthesia program at UCLA, she received extensive training in anesthesiology including both hospital and in-office anesthesia services. Her experience there also included comprehensive training in both adult and pediatric anesthesia modalities.

Dr. Fonner works with our dentists on in office sedation dentistry and hospital dentistry on an as needed basis. She’s been working with EPDG since 2009.

Dr. Fonner is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA)Washington State Dental Association (WSDA)Seattle King County Dental Society (SKCDS)American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists (ASDA), and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA).

Her dedication to education and the world of organized dentistry and anesthesiology has led her to the position of course director for the Annual Review Course for ASDA. She is responsible for creating the course content and efficiently running this annual national meeting. She is also faculty for the ADSA General Anesthesia Las Vegas Course, Oregon Health & Sciences University Intravenous Sedation Course, University of Southern California Intravenous Sedation Course, and for the General Practice Residency at Seattle Special Care Dentistry. She has published several expert articles in national newsletters advising pre-dental students and served on various organized dentistry committees to help young dentists. In addition, she frequently gives seminars to local dentists interested in sedation dentistry.

In an effort to maintain her skills as a dentist, she volunteers with the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Program, where she provides free dentistry for patients with no access to care.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her husband Matt. They recently completed their first Rock & Roll Half Marathon!

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