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Class of 1991

Dr. Carrie York’s Class of 1991 slide show



Dr. Carrie York, Mercer Island, Wash.: Moved practice to a new office location in September 2018. My practice is still on Mercer Island. My twins are juniors in college. (Spring 2019)


Dr. Brian K. Buchanan and Dr. Rahmelle C. Thompson, Lithonia, Ga., are proud to announce the anticipated addition of their daughter, Dr. Zerita Christine Buchanan, to Dental Dreams, LLC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry on May 9, 2014. Zerita attended Lakeside High School in Seattle and graduated from The Paideia School and Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. (Fall 2014)

Dr. Buchanan holds daughter Zerita at Hooding in 1991
Dr. Zerita Buchanan and Dr. Brian Buchanan


Carrie York
Dr. Carrie York, Mercer Island, Wash.:
Dr. York was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists at its 83rd Annual Convocation in San Francisco on Oct. 19. The cap-and-gown ceremony, which recognizes outstanding service to the profession and the community, included a membership plaque, gold lapel pin and gold key. (Spring 2013)


Dr. Katherine M. Hakes, Spokane, Wash.: Following graduation, I associated with Dr. Dorothy Stewart, now at the UWSOD, and then bought my own practice in 1993. In the course of time from 1993 to the present, I continued to expand my practice, received my fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry and International College of Dentists, served as a board member for WOHF, became a mentor for several dental students and served for the past four years on the WSDA Board of Directors. This summer I will be celebrating 24 years of marriage, three children in college and being empty nesters for the first time in 22 years. For those that recall, my association with the UWSOD has come full circle. Our oldest child, Jackie, graduated from Penn State and is now a first year dental student at the UW in the RIDE program. Nick, 19, is a sophomore at Gonzaga University and Alex, 17, is a senior at Mead High School and will be deciding on colleges shortly. (Spring 2012)

Eric Carlson
Dr. Eric Carlson, Edmonds, Wash.
: Life has been good. My kids are now 15 and 16 and are a freshman and sophomore in high school. My yellow Lab is the best bird dog I have ever had and bird hunting has been great. I have enjoyed owning a now 8-year-old gelding quarter horse that I show in the spring and summer in an equine discipline called reining. I have enjoyed living in downtown Edmonds and practicing in Shoreline. (Spring 2012)


Katherine Hakes
Dr. Elizabeth Bell, Bainbridge Island, Wash.:
Hello, classmates! I have been busy on Bainbridge Island being a mom of my two children and running my practice with Dr. Nick Thompson. I fill my spare time with skiing, working out, golf and spin classes. I have also enjoyed taking Kois Center courses. I feel very blessed and busy, but life is good. I can’t believe it’s been 19 years. (Spring 2010)


30th Reunion

Class of 1991 group shot
People around a computer at a meal
Two people talking on right. Computer Zoom call on left

20th Reunion

 Back row (from left): Scott Ostler, Bill Heath, Eric Carlson, Greg Wetterhus, Brian Buchanan, Doug Milner, Mike Velling. Front row (from left): Elizabeth Bell, Carrie York, Karen McNeill, Kathy Tomasu.
Back row (from left): Scott Ostler, Bill Heath, Eric Carlson, Greg Wetterhus, Brian Buchanan, Doug Milner, Mike Velling. Front row (from left): Elizabeth Bell, Carrie York, Karen McNeill, Kathy Tomasu.

The Class of 1991 held its 20th reunion on June 17, 2011, at the 101 Club at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle. It was held after PNDC. Thank you to all who came to the reunion, and, to all of those who didn’t, you were missed.




Dr. Laurin

Dr. Mark R. Laurin passed away suddenly on March 25, 2017 due to complications from pneumonia while on vacation in his favorite destination, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He was 51.

Dr. Laurin was born on June 4, 1965. He had a swagger and style and a zest for life that endeared him to his large following of patients, family and friends. In his youth, he learned to hunt, fish and explore the wilds of Alaska from his father. He continued to share those skills with good friends into his adult life. He was a sports fan who had only recently favored the Seahawks over the Rams.

His priority was always his patients, followed by his dental practice. He constantly strove for high levels of quality and service as a dentist. He was deeply compassionate and highly regarded among his clients and colleagues. His appreciation for the staff working with him never went unacknowledged or unrecognized. He was thankful for the skillful support he received from staff during the early years of his practice and relied heavily on the talents of his latest crew. While he ran on his treadmill in his dedication to fitness, he watched videos of dentistry and techniques on facial and plastic surgeries.

He was a devoted son who spoke often with his mother, Galene, and relied on her sound business advice and decorating assistance. He enjoyed a particularly close relationship with his sister Taree, whose daughter, Ashlann, was his guide to the young world of trends, slang and social media. He was beloved by his three sisters and was attentive and kind to the women in his life. Through life’s trials and tribulations, he didn’t judge and always saw the best in people. His friends sought his support and advice, which he always gave unselfishly.

Dr. Laurin is survived by his mother, Galene Axelson; sisters Sabrina Laurin, Taree (Joseph) Wood and Lisa Laurin; nieces and nephews Ashlann and Savannah Wood, Rene and Jared Laurin and Trevor and Arianna Hansen; stepmother Wendy Laurin; stepsisters Darcelle and Dorothea Axelson; and girlfriend Sadi and her daughter, Raci. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald, and stepfather David Axelson.