Dr. Greg Psaltis
Dr. Greg Psaltis received his bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University and then continued his education at the University of California, San Francisco for both his dental degree and his pediatric specialty training. Following the completion of his training, he served three years in the U.S. Navy as a pediatric dentist and had the good fortune of being stationed in Japan. In 1981, the doors to his private pediatric dental practice opened in Olympia. The office has been supported by many talented and dedicated Team members, including three partners over the years— Dr. Kerry Tramontanas, Dr. Scott Rowley and Dr. Ben Ruder. He is proud to have turned the practice (now known as Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry) to Drs. Rowley and Ruder and continues to work on a part-time basis there.
Dr. Psaltis is happily married to Mary Ellen Psaltis, a nutritionist and speaker on the dental continuing education circuit. Their main interest at this “empty nest” stage of their lives is travel. While they go to multiple areas around the world, they have deep ties to Mexico and Austria. Among Dr. Psaltis’s favorites past times is learning and speaking languages. His German is exceptional, the Spanish better and better and the Japanese is passable. The Spanish also helps during his two annual volunteer mission trips to Mexico, where he provides free care for the indigent children of Cabo San Lucas and Zihuatanejo.
Three children have blessed his life— Erica, who is married and works as the program director of a memory care unit in Bend, Oregon, Reid, who just completed a master’s degree in scientific illustration and is now completing an internship at the Natural History Museum of New York City, and Kosta, who in June graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the prestigious Claremont-McKenna College in southern California. Each have provided the joys and challenges known to all parents.
Outside of the practice, Dr. Psaltis has created an entirely separate career as a speaker on the dental CE circuit, having now spoken at more than 200 meetings and having given over 500 presentations. The lectures have taken him all over the United States and he has spoken internationally in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Kuwait and, most recently in Russia at the Moscow Dental Conference. It is both challenging and interesting work to help other dentists learn how to provide the best care for children. The majority of the material he teaches is based on the philosophy and principles still in place at Small to Tall.