Dr. Steven Lockett was born and raised in Burien, WA. After graduating from Highline High School (Class of ‘73), he earned his BS degrees in Biology and Chemistry at Western Washington University (1977) and his DMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA (1980). Armed with knowledge, determination…and a shiny new degree…he moved home and set up shop in West Seattle, where he practiced until bringing his talents to the Fairwood area in 2009.
Over the years, Dr Lockett has learned that dentistry is about relationships, not teeth, and he values his team and patients above all. His greatest joy is helping people achieve their goals, and creating a calm, comfortable, and caring environment in which to do so. When asked to recall one of the many rewarding experiences throughout his career, Steve replied,
“I was working at the VA, just outside of Boston. One of my patients was a cancer survivor who had undergone extremely aggressive chemo and radiation treatments. He lost his teeth as a result – along with part of his upper jaw, lower jaw, and his nose. His daughter was getting married, and he didn’t want to look ‘hideous’ at her wedding. As a part of the surgical reconstruction team working on his case, I got to see his reaction when he saw his new face and teeth. That reaction will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
He and his wife, Nancy, have lived in Normandy Park for over 28 years and have three grown children: Craig, Daniel, and Emily. When not in the office you might find him at his favorite fishing spot, scuba diving (off the coast of Redondo), or in the kitchen (testing out a new recipe on Nancy). He is also a lover of competitive sports, both team and individual. Whether he’s donning his catcher’s gear or fine tuning his tennis game, he finds participation to be a fun and enjoyable way to stay healthy and fit.
Dr. Lockett is a member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, King County Dental Association, and belongs to the Seattle Study Club, the TMJ/TMD/Periodontal Study Club, and Core Sleep Medicine Study Club. He is actively involved in the study of sleep medicine and has completed a variety of courses on the subject, including the Jeff Rouse Lecture Series.
Words to live by: “Leave the ego at the door.”
“Luck is the intersection of preparation and opportunity.”