Dr. Nygaard is a Board Certified Periodontist, with three additional years of specialty training beyond dental school. Dr. Nygaard attended Loma Linda University where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Dr. Nygaard continued her education for three additional years at Loma Linda University in the graduate periodontics program for specialty training in periodontics, soft tissue procedures and implant dentistry where she earned a Certificate in Periodontics and a Masters of Science degree. Dr. Nygaard is well know for her exceptional skill with connective tissue grafting and esthetic dental implants. She is also an advocate for patients who desire to manage their total health through proper oral health. Dr. Nygaard works closely with several cardiologists and heart attack & stroke specialists to manage patients' risk(s). Dr. Nygaard lectures on the possibilities and benefits of connective tissue grafts, as well as other dental topics. Dr. Nygaard is a member of numerous dental organizations including the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, the Spokane District Dental Society.