Our Team

 
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James M. Thomas, DDS, MS
Founder + Changemaker

Dr. Thomas received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He discovered his love for working with young patients while volunteering at a special needs camp in Bay Cliff, Michigan and decided to focus on preventing oral health problems in the youngest population. He completed his Masters in Pediatric Dentistry (MS) from The University of Michigan in 2005. After relocating to Seattle in 2006 with his family, Dr. Thomas practiced as an associate in Lakewood and Mt. Vernon before opening his own practice – Everyone By One – in Bellevue, and later a second practice in Lynnwood and business office in Centralia. He sold the entire business in April 2016 in order to found health:latch. After treating thousands of children, some of whom struggled with breastfeeding due to tongue and lip tie, he has a unique understanding of the issue. Seeing firsthand how stressful it can be for families, he has created a specialty practice dedicated to changing the lives of these babies and their families.

Dr. Thomas is a member of the Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Support Network, the International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the WA State Association of Pediatric Dentists, the WA State Dental Association, and the Seattle Lactation Journal Study Club.

Dr. Thomas has been a guest speaker at several professional events and is available for speaking engagements. To collaborate, please contact Dr. Thomas here.

 
 
 
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Terry Gilbert, RN, IBCLC
Lactation Consultant

Terry brings her experience of over 35 years working with families as a registered nurse.  She received her RN in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and worked for many years as a critical care nurse caring for adults, children, and neonates. Combining her love for travel and working with families from all cultures, she worked as a traveling nurse in Saudi Arabia, Portugal, and several states in the US; where she met her husband.  Soon after that, she discovered her most passionate and important role to date; that of being a mother to their two children (now young adults).  After many years as a stay home soccer and baseball mom (and the neighborhood / sport team nurse) her passion to continue helping other mothers drove her to return to work. After obtaining her IBCLC (International Board Certificated Lactation Consultant), she has most recently spent over 10 years specializing in helping new mothers and babies thrive with breastfeeding in the postpartum period and beyond in both in and outpatient hospital and clinic settings. 

Terry is thrilled to bring her expertise and passion to health:latch and is delighted to work with Dr. Thomas as he eliminates a barrier (the tied tongue) to what she believes can be so detrimental to the breastfeeding pair.  She lives in Kirkland and enjoys walking her dog Violet, hiking, reading, family gatherings and travel.  

Terry is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association, the United States Lactation Consultant Association and attends the Seattle Lactation Journal Study Club.

 
 

Our Team

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Dr. Thomas received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He discovered his love for working with young patients while volunteering at a special needs camp in Bay Cliff, Michigan and decided to focus on preventing oral health problems in the youngest population. He completed his Masters in Pediatric Dentistry (MS) from The University of Michigan in 2005. After relocating to Seattle in 2006 with his family, Dr. Thomas practiced as an associate in Lakewood and Mt. Vernon before opening his own practice – Everyone By One – in Bellevue, and later a second practice in Lynnwood and business office in Centralia. He sold the entire business in April 2016 in order to found health:latch. After treating thousands of children, some of whom struggled with breastfeeding due to tongue and lip tie, he has a unique understanding of the issue. Seeing firsthand how stressful it can be for families, he has created a specialty practice dedicated to changing the lives of these babies and their families.

Dr. Thomas is a member of the Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Support Network, the International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the WA State Association of Pediatric Dentists, the WA State Dental Association, and the Seattle Lactation Journal Study Club.

Dr. Thomas has been a guest speaker at several professional events and is available for speaking engagements. To collaborate, please contact Dr. Thomas here.

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Terry brings her experience of over 35 years working with families as a registered nurse. She received her RN in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and worked for many years as a critical care nurse caring for adults, children, and neonates. Combining her love for travel and working with families from all cultures, she worked as a traveling nurse in Saudi Arabia, Portugal, and several states in the US; where she met her husband. Soon after that, she discovered her most passionate and important role to date; that of being a mother to their two children (now young adults). After many years as a stay home soccer and baseball mom (and the neighborhood / sport team nurse) her passion to continue helping other mothers drove her to return to work. After obtaining her IBCLC (International Board Certificated Lactation Consultant), she has most recently spent over 10 years specializing in helping new mothers and babies thrive with breastfeeding in the postpartum period and beyond in both in and outpatient hospital and clinic settings.

Terry is thrilled to bring her expertise and passion to health:latch and is delighted to work with Dr. Thomas as he eliminates a barrier (the tied tongue) to what she believes can be so detrimental to the breastfeeding pair. She lives in Kirkland and enjoys walking her dog Violet, hiking, reading, family gatherings and travel.

Terry is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association, the United States Lactation Consultant Association and attends the Seattle Lactation Journal Study Club.

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