MEET THE TEAM

At Coastal Denture Clinic our team is here to help you achieve your best smile and your optimal overall health. With you, we will develop a specialized treatment plan with you that takes into account your dental history, medical factors, and unique life circumstances. We want you to feel confident when you are making your dental care decisions.

Our friendly, knowledgeable team is here to help you with any of your denture needs, whether that is a full mouth reconstruction, partial denture, fit adjustment, or repair.

Our team is made up of Michael Kast, a Licensed Denturist and Dental Technician serving his community’s  denture needs for over 20 years, and Ruth Bourke, a Dental Technician who has dedicated the last 40 years of her life to her passion for removable prosthetics.

We are centrally located inside the Armory Square Mall in downtown Port Angeles, and dedicated to the goal of improving the lives of our patients by providing the highest level of comprehensive care. We won’t treat you as just another mouth. We will treat you as a person.

MEET MICHAEL KAST

For Michael, being a denturist is about more than just helping a patient replace missing teeth. When a person has lost teeth, they often receive unfair judgements and assumptions from society that can leave them feeling ashamed, self-conscious, and isolated. Some of Michael’s most rewarding and joyful experiences come from being a part of the transformation in patients’ lives when their smile is restored.

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Michael began his career at R.E. Bourke as a laboratory technician in 2003. Under the mentorship of Ruth Bourke, he discovered his professional calling – a field in which his personal strengths allowed him to be exceptional in his work.  His dedication to evidence-based techniques and his focus on precision details were natural advantages, allowing him to develop a well rounded expertise in every aspect of the denture making process. Michael understands how critical the correct fit, function, and natural aesthetic of a denture is to his patients’ quality of life, and knows how to optimize for these results at every stage.

Michael has been privileged to work alongside some of the most distinguished restorative dental technicians, dentists, oral surgeons, and prosthodontists in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom. He deepened his knowledge by training with world-renowned figures like Dr. John Kois in Seattle, Dr. John Besford in London, and Dr. Jack Turbyfill in South Carolina. He has furthered his specialization in implants and dentures with hands-on training courses through industry leaders Nobel Biocare, Straumann, Biomet 3I, and Ivoclar.

These experiences motivated Michael to pursue his degree as a Licensed Denturist, thereby allowing him to work directly with patients and establish the highest standard of care, quality control protocols, and customer service values. He strives to help patients understand their dental condition and options for care so that they can make a well-informed healthcare decision. This important communication provides the foundation for  his strong and lasting relationships of trust with patients. 

Michael opened Coastal Denture Clinic in 2023 to help improve the lives of people in his local community. Born and raised in Washington, Michael lives in Port Angeles with his wife and their huge, very furry, mutt. You can find him spending his free time on any one of his many projects or hobbies, or out and about enjoying the natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula.

Meet Ruth Bourke

Ruth’s career as a dental technician began in London in the late 1970s where she earned certificates in Dental Technology and Advanced Prosthodontics from the City & Guilds of London Institute. She took her first technician position at Guy’s Hospital and later became a senior technician and instructor at both the Eastman Postgraduate Dental Institute and the Royal London Hospital Medical College.

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While at the Royal London Hospital, Ruth developed a strong interest in dental aesthetics and the power of the emotional component of removable dentures under the mentorship of Dr. John Besford. His philosophy on complete dentures continues to be a motivating influence in her work today. While working alongside Dr. Besford, Ruth created a personalized denture for a young woman whose life had been deeply affected by the loss of her teeth. That denture dramatically improved the patient’s self-esteem and quality of life. This rewarding collaboration sparked a passion in Ruth, who has since committed her career to delivering life-changing experiences to others.

Ruth continued to pursue her lifelong love of learning and teaching within academic institutions when she joined the academic staff of Manchester Metropolitan University as a lecturer in the Department of Dental Technology and Materials Science. While still teaching, Ruth completed a second degree in Dental Technology and, together with Dr. Besford, began collaborating with dental manufacturer Davis Schottlander & Davis on the design of the Enigma Denture System, which, in 2004, won the Queen’s Award for Industry.

In 1996 Ruth moved to the U.S. to join the University of Washington’s Department of Restorative Dentistry as an affiliate faculty member and oral-maxillofacial prosthetic technician.  Alongside her academic experience, Ruth has taken every opportunity to attend continuing education courses. Most recently, Ruth has attended numerous courses given by Dr. John Kois at the Kois Center located  in Seattle where she is regularly invited as a guest speaker on the field of dental technology as a Recognized Specialist.

Since 2003 Ruth and Michael have worked together specializing in personalized denture aesthetics and implant retained removable prosthetics. Together they have made it their mission to deliver excellence in the area of removable restorations.

Contact Us Today

The first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment. Please contact our office by phone or complete the appointment request form below. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment. If you are an existing patient, this contact form should not be utilized for communicating private health information.
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