John C. Kois, D.M.D., M.S.D.

Kois Center Director

Received his D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine and Certificate in Periodontal Prosthodontics with a M.S.D. degree from the University of Washington, School of Dentistry. He maintains a private practice limited to Prosthodontics in Tacoma and Seattle and is an Affiliate Professor in the Graduate Restorative Program at the University of Washington. Dr. Kois continues to lecture nationally and internationally, is a reviewer for many journals and is the co-Editor in Chief for The Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. Dr. Kois is the recipient of the 2002 Saul Schluger Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from both the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Additionally, he is the recipient of the 2014 Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award, which is presented annually to a dedicated educator who embodies the spirit of comprehensive dental care. He is the past President of both the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and a member of numerous other professional organizations. In addition, he continues to work with restorative dentists at the Kois Center, a didactic and clinical teaching program.


Teaching Style

When considering a postgraduate teaching program to advance your skills as a practitioner, it is important to recognize the vision that program has for you and your success. Dr. John Kois, director of the Kois Center, wants to “enable motivated dentists to achieve extraordinary levels, expanding knowledge and application skills in restorative dentistry.” This is an admirable goal that will only be achieved if the instruction allows you to succeed in both learning the information and applying the knowledge you have gained.  The message has to first “reach you,” and then be accompanied by a realistic process you can easily follow so you can immediately make a difference in your practice when you return. John’s first passion is to see you succeed. One of the primary tenants of his philosophy is “integrity.” This is pervasive in all aspects of his teachings. First, all of the information delivered is based on independent scientific evidence reviewed at the highest levels. This ensures that its application will yield predictable results. He is also passionate about relevancy, so the material is updated as new research comes out and is implemented into his teachings. He accepts no sponsorships and is not swayed by companies’ agendas. He has developed “systems” so that the clinical protocols will work in “your hands.” He maintains small class sizes so he can interact with you and support you with your questions. John is non-judgmental and encourages you to offer your opinions and views on concepts. He insists that you approach him as an equal colleague and is open-minded and receptive to your questions and concerns. He wants you to have every opportunity to “get it, then do it.”  He has developed an extensive support system, with fellow colleagues (the Tribe), that have completed the courses and are accessible for you to utilize in your practice growth.

He is passionate about teaching. He takes great pride in seeing you learn and succeed. He truly cares about the evolution of dentistry. He understands that you, as committed practitioners, are critical to this success. His passion becomes your passion.

Upcoming Lectures

Dr. John C. Kois Around the World

Dr. John Kois is honored to be invited to speak for many organizations around the world.  Please note that these events are neither sponsored nor organized by the Kois Center. Any questions related to these meetings, including registration, should be directed to the sponsoring organization.

Private Dental Practice

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Contact: Office Manager ~ Judi Nordstrom-Tilton
5615 Valley Ave E.
Tacoma, WA 98424
Phone: 253-922-6056
Fax: 253-922-3513