Meet Our Team

Meet Dr. Terry Hickey & Team

Dr. Terry Hickey, DDS has been providing high-quality, gentle dental care to the Tacoma community for more than 25 years. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Dr. Hickey also enjoys attending the Pacific Northwest Dental conference in Seattle and the Oregon Dental Conference in Portland on an annual basis to stay up-to-date with current technology and the state of dentistry today.

Dr. Hickey maintains memberships in the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, and the Pierce County Dental Society.

Dr. Hickey’s favorite treatments are those that improve someone’s well-being, such as dental implants and smile makeovers. Not only do such treatments restore a person’s oral function, but they also restore their personal confidence. Our whole team loves to witness the transformations!

Sound To Mountain Dental is a completely unique dental practice and we’re proud to showcase our music theme and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. We’ve found that our relaxed atmosphere puts patients at ease. Dr. Hickey takes each patient’s concerns, fears, and anxiety about dental care into careful consideration. His gentle approach results in a comfortable, less stressful visit for each patient.

As a bass player for Darby Picnic, SASS, The Diamond Experience, and Tumbling Dice, Dr. Hickey enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for music at Sound To Mountain Dental! He’s even performed at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and in the Temple Theater in Tacoma.

A native of the Tacoma area, he is proud to serve the community he calls home through annually volunteering his services for low income and special needs individuals. In his spare time, Dr. Hickey likes spending time with his wife and two sons as well as boating, fishing, golfing, and working in the garden.

Meet Our Team Members

Sound To Mountain Dental of Tacoma, WA is proud of our well-trained staff, full of energy and compassion. From our office staff to our dental hygienists, your family’s health and comfort are our #1 priority!


Kelly Kot – Office Manager

Kelly has been working with Dr. Hickey for 13 years. A graduate of the Clover Park Technical College’s Dental Assisting program, she transitioned to the Office Manager position over the years. Kelly treasures our patients, and enjoys learning about their lives and helping them have confidence in their smiles. Kelly says it is both rewarding and challenging to help our patients meet their ultimate goal of good oral health by scheduling, submitting and collecting insurance and helping them understand their financial options.

Kelly has two sons, ages 27 and 28, and a wonderful grandson Jaxon, 2. She seeks to live life to the fullest, and enjoys traveling and sharing experiences with family and friends. Kelly also loves to read and crotchet in her spare time.


Kirsten Kuhnau – Dental Assistant

Kirsten graduated from Clover Park Dental Assisting School in 2001. Kirsten loves working with her Sound to Mountain Dental Health Center work family. She also enjoys helping patients achieve—and keep!—their desired smiles. She has worked both in oral surgery and general dentistry. Kirsten took a little time away from dentistry to raise her son, but missed her patients and decided to come back!

Kirsten has been married for 20 years! When Kirsten is not working at Sound To Mountain Dental Care, she enjoys watching her son play football and baseball, spending time with her husband, gardening, and reading Stephen King novels. You can also find her volunteering for a variety of causes. 


Emily – Receptionist

Emily is excited to begin her dental career at Sound to Mountain Dental Health Center. Emily’s favorite part of her job is to see improvement in our patients’ quality of life, and working with our friendly team.

Emily will officially become a part of the Hickey family in July 2018! She will be marrying Dr. Hickey’s eldest son, David, with whom she has a son, Finley, born in April 2017. Finley is Dr. Hickey’s first grandchild! Outside of work, Emily likes outdoor sports like snowboarding, climbing and rafting. She and David also have two dogs.