Our Orthodontists in Tacoma
Dr. Thomas Gessel
Dr. Thomas Gessel loves being an orthodontist. It allows him the opportunity to combine his passion for science, aesthetics, and patient care, in a fun and rewarding career. Dr. Gessel enjoys getting to know each of his patients personally, customizing treatment plans, and delivering the best possible results.
Dr. Gessel grew up in Tacoma, graduating from Curtis High School. After earning a degree in business management from BYU, Dr. Gessel attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine where he discovered his love of orthodontics. He then completed a post-doctoral residence in orthodontics at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Gessel married Emily, also from Tacoma, in 2011. They welcomed a son, Miles, into their family in 2014.
Dr. Mariana Muguerza
Dr. Mariana Muguerza, an orthodontic associate at our practice, assists Dr. Gessel in all aspects of patient treatment. She grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, as the child of two orthodontists. She earned her dental degree in her native country from the Universidad Santa Maria in 2010, where she graduated in the top of her class.
She worked as a general dentist and taught dentistry in Venezuela before moving to Seattle to start her master’s degree in orthodontics at the University of Washington. Gessel Orthodontics welcomed Dr. Muguerza to our practice soon after she completed her orthodontic program.
When she is not working, Dr. Muguerza enjoys traveling with friends and family, running, and horseback riding.
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