Thomas Duffy, DDS
Thomas Duffy, DDS received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2014. While there he was part of the third class of the RIDE Program (Rural Initiatives in Dental Education) which emphasizes early clinical skills, a broader skill set often called for in more rural or underserved areas, and direct collaboration with multiple health care specialties. In the first five years after completing his training, Dr. Duffy developed these and many new skills under good mentorship in a private practice in Shelton. Now he is excited that Gig Harbor is home for Peninsula Family Dentistry.
Dr. Duffy’s belief is the human person is a whole greater than its parts. He says, “Therefore, in health care, we cannot examine and treat individual systems in isolation—we must compassionately and accurately consider the whole person. Dentistry really is a specialty, a subset of medicine which itself is a part of health care.”
Dr. Duffy was raised in Redmond, Washington, cultivating passions for photography, classical piano, tennis, hiking, marksmanship, and computer repair. He attended Thomas Aquinas College, a small, liberal arts, Catholic college in California, with an emphasis in philosophy, mathematics, and theology.
He and his wife Sarah, a Gig Harbor native, met while attending the UW for their respective doctorate programs in dental surgery and music. They now have three girls and a boy. Sarah is the organist at their parish, and Dr. Duffy is active in the Knights of Columbus and the parish men’s group.
Dr. Duffy is a member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Society, Pierce County Dental Society, and Thurston-Mason County Dental Society.
Leah Hendrickson – Dental Assistant
Leah Hendrickson has more than 20 years experience as a dental assistant and excels at setting people at ease in the dental chair. She is a sincere advocate for the patient, attending to each person’s individual needs. Leah does her best to help her patients understand their proposed treatment options, while keeping in mind their particular life situations.
Leah is a native of Belfair, and enjoys spending time with her family, especially keeping up with her kids’ athletic events.
Rhyana Mork – Office Manager
Rhyana Mork is the office manager here at Peninsula Family Dentistry. A Gig Harbor native and a graduate of the PIMA Medical Dental Assisting Program, Rhyana graduated in 2009 with honors and began her professional career as a dental assistant. Over the years, she has transitioned to working in the front where she can be a liaison to dental treatment and patient care. Rhyana can assist in explaining and reviewing to the patients about treatment navigation and finances, along with coordination and explaining any concerns about insurance.
As a mother of two, she loves the positive, family-like environment that Peninsula Family Dentistry provides, along with the fun, constantly changing world of dentistry. Her favorite part of the job is interacting with patients, building relationships, and making our office a welcoming place to visit. In her spare time, Rhyana enjoys surrounding herself with friends and family, traveling whenever possible, and rooting on her beloved Seattle Mariners and Seahawks.