Dr. Steven L. Ash – Dentist in Centralia, WA Ash & Roberts
Doctor Ash grew up in Olympia, the son of a contractor and the oldest of four boys. His early experiences with dentistry were tough. “My mom selected a dentist who worked on us without anesthetic,” Dr. Ash says, “It’s so ironic that I became a dentist but really that shaped my career and has motivated me to do my best for my patients because I remember what it was like to be apprehensive about dentistry.”
Dr. Ash has practiced dentistry for over 40 years. After high school, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from PLU and then went on to graduate from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. The most impactful educational experience Dr. Ash has had since graduating has been completing the Kois Center’s (the center is a dental education and research center with a worldwide reputation) comprehensive dental curriculum. Dr. Ash and Dr. Roberts did this together and have attended the annual symposiums for over ten years.
Dr. Ash moved to Lewis County in 1978 with his wife Bobbi. They were blessed with two children, Gabe and Sarah! Bobbi passed away from breast cancer when Gabe was nine and Sarah was six. She had extraordinary faith and was a wonderful mother. In 1994 Dr. Ash and Candace were married and Candace’s daughter, Hannah, was an added bonus! Then a year later Miriam was born! Now Steve and Candace are the proud grandparents of ten grandchildren (which includes two foster children)!
Over the years Dr. Ash enjoyed men’s city league basketball and co-ed volleyball. At this time, golf is a good way to connect with his three brothers.
Dr. Ash says his love of family and passion for dentistry are huge joys but all of that is enriched and informed by the realization that Jesus the Messiah has “forgiven me, helped me through the most difficult times and has given me hope and purpose.” Dr. Ash is very involved in Grace Foursquare Church. He facilitates a Bible Study, meets with young adults (Faith Lab), and is in leadership.
Dr. Ash has been voted “Best of Lewis County” multiple times, but his greatest honor has been to develop long-term relationships with [his] patients.” Dr. Ash says, “I am so blessed to have an amazing staff and work with Dr. Roberts who is an exceptional Dentist.”
Dr. Brian D. Roberts – Dentist in Centralia, WA Ash & Roberts
Dr. Brian Roberts and Dr. Steven Ash maintain one of the most successful private dental practices in Lewis County. A local boy, he was born at the old St. Helen’s Hospital in Chehalis. He was raised in Onalaska and graduated from Onalaska High School as Valedictorian. He then went onto graduate from St. Martin’s College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/PreMed. Dr. Roberts earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1998.
Dr. Roberts has had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Ash for a long time; as he was his dentist since the third grade. The Lord has blessed him with the opportunity to observe in his office through an internship program during his years at St. Martin’s. They continued to stay in touch over the years while he was in dental school. After graduation, he was again blessed and became an associate with Dr. Ash. Coming back to the area he grew up in was important to him and his wife Amy.
“Being a dentist does not give me the right to practice dentistry, it merely gives me a license. My patients give me the right to practice dentistry.” This is a quote that rings true to his heart. He is thankful that his patients have chosen him and trust him to provide dental care for them and their families.
With this trust comes a responsibility to continue to grow, learn, and always do his best. Dr. Roberts was fortunate to attend the Kois Center for advanced dental education and graduated from that in the fall of 2009. Since then, he has attended the yearly Symposium that updates the most current scientifically proven, evidence-based techniques in dentistry. Dr. Roberts has also taken a sedation course from DOCS Education and an Implant course with the world-renowned Norm Ickert. Dr. Roberts is also a Fellow with The International Congress of Oral Implantologist since 2014.
During all of this, his biggest blessing has been meeting his wife Amy during college and marrying her during dental school. Since then they have been blessed with four children: Kyle, Kelli, Lexi and Kenzie. He could not be prouder; as these children are his pride and joy. He enjoys time with his family skiing, hiking, traveling, sports and hunting.