“I chose to practice in the field of dentistry to be able to use my hands to make a difference in people’s lives. Developing relationships with our patients and working together with staff to help improve how people feel about themselves is immensely rewarding.” — Dr. Urback
Dr. Steve Urback is a native of the Sumner/Lake Tapps area. He attended Dieringer School and Sumner High School, where he participated in sports every season. While in high school, Dr. Urback decided on a career in dentistry. He wanted to do something to help people, and enjoyed working with his hands, which he expressed by working in wood: carving by hand as well as designing and building larger projects using power tools.
He graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in biology while satisfying the requirements for dental school. Dr. Urback also rowed on the Husky Crew for his four undergraduate years.
Upon graduation from the UW, Dr. Urback entered the University of Washington School of Dentistry, and completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1980. Dr. Urback and his wife moved to Chicago so he could complete a one-year general practice residency at Michael Reese Hospital. After that, he returned to this area and started a new dental practice in downtown Puyallup, on Second Street, where it remained until the City of Puyallup purchased his office in order to build a new city hall. In March 2006, Puyallup Valley Dental Care opened at its present location in the Riverside Professional Center.
Dr. Urback’s interest in sports and his eight years at the University of Washington have made him an avid Husky fan as well as a follower of the Mariners and Seahawks. His time away from the office is spent gardening and traveling with his wife, a local attorney. Their son and daughter are grown and living on their own.
Photography is an integral part of all Dr. Urback’s activities, as can be seen by all the photographs displayed in the office and on this website. His photographs are also printed for note cards that are sent to patients and available for sale in the office. All proceeds go to local charities such as Puyallup Food Bank and Medical Teams International.