Our Doctors

Lawrence R. Ladowski, DDS

“I believe the key to being a good dentist is having a quality education. The skills I have learned at dental school, combined with the knowledge from additional training courses, help me be a dentist you can rely on.”

After graduating from Bethel High School, I started my education at Washington State University where I achieved my B.S. in Zoology. I finished my schooling at the University of Washington where I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. With the help of my wife, Jamie, we started this practice from the ground up.

For the past 40 years, we have proudly continued to maintain and modify our practice to fit the needs of my patients with the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

My wife and I have three wonderful children together and nine grandchildren. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, playing with my dogs and attending as many WSU football games as my schedule allows. I am also an active member of the Washington State Cougar Alumni.

Danielle N. Tomlinson, DDS

I believe being a great dentist requires a good education and skills that can be utilized based on what the patient needs. I feel that doctor-patient communication is “key” to properly managing each individual’s needs.”

The skills I have learned at the University of Washington’s Dental School, combined with the knowledge from additional training courses, help me be a dentist you can rely on. I enjoy the challenge of treating a wide range of patients that are looking for a nicer smile whether that requires fillings, dental implants to replace missing teeth or invisalign. I have completed hours of continuing education, including Advanced Dental Implant Research, Invisalign Mastery, and BioClear.

I am married to my best-friend, Bill, and together we have four wonderful children and two CRAZY dogs. I enjoy being physically active outdoors with activities such as: running, skiing, hiking, gardening, and boating. However, most of my spare time is spent driving or attending my children’s many practices and games.

I am also a proud member of the American Dental Association, which allows me to stay current on the latest technologies and treatments.

Your Meridian Support

Team Of Professionals


Office Manager

I have been in dentistry for over 25 years and with Meridian South Family Dentistry since the summer of 2000! I love working here and consider my co-workers like family. I have previous experience as a dental assistant, but traded my mirror & explorer in for a desk and computer when I joined this team many years ago. You might catch me scheduling and answering phones as needed, but I spend most of my time behind the scenes handling operations as the Office Manager. I grew up in Bonney Lake and still live locally in the Puyallup area. Spending time with my husband and kids is my favorite thing to do, but I also like to read, crochet, watch sci-fi movies and could eat pizza every night for dinner.


Treatment Coordinator

I have had the pleasure of working at Meridian South Family Dentistry since 2005. During that time, I have met many amazing patients and genuinely enjoy hearing all their stories of travel and life. Most of the time, you will see me in the back where I am busy figuring out how to financially make your dream smile a reality. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, family, and being outdoors. I am married to my amazing husband Aaron, and together we have one beautiful daughter who loves travel and the outdoors as much as we do.


Front Office

My name is Jackie. I stay busy being a wife, mother, grandmother.I enjoy spending time at the beach and rooting for our Seahawks, Washington State Cougars and PBR. I have been privileged to have worked the front desk for Meridian South Family Dentistry since 1998 and look forward to many more with my awesome work family.


Front Office

My name is Nicole and I enjoy working at Meridian South Family Dentistry helping patients schedule and take care of their dental needs. I am married and have two boys. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and riding ATV’s and dirt bikes.


Referral Coordinator

Together, Dr. Ladwoski and I started Meridian South Family Dentistry. Since 1982, I have worked in the front office helping in whatever capacity our office has needed. Most recently, I keep all our communications between referring offices up to date. Dr. Ladowski and I have been married 47 years, have three beautiful children, and nine active grandchildren. When the two of us aren’t working we enjoy our fur babies, traveling, attending WSU (our alma mater) football games and tending to my many plants and flowers. I have quite the green thumb! I look forward to the future of our practice and I am proud to say that we are the ‘Original’ Graham Dentist.


Dental Assistant

I am Lindsey and I am Dr. Ladowski’s youngest daughter. I have been a Dental Assistant since 2009 and have worked for Meridian South Family Dentistry since graduating from Assisting School. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Brian, and together we have a daughter and son who are very active in sports. When we’re not busy driving from gymnastics to the baseball and football fields, we are enjoying fishing, boating, camping or just trying to relax. We also have four dogs, a cat and a highland cow named Calvin.


Dental Assistant

My name is Wendy and I started my career as a Dental Assistant after graduating from Bates Technical College a year after high school.I continue to enjoy the challenge of dentistry and working with the excellent team at Meridian South Family Dentistry. I live in the Graham area with my husband and two German Shepherds.


Dental Assistant

I am Valorie. I have worked with Dr. Ladowski as a Dental Assistant since 2003. I started my career in 1998 and love all things dentistry. I am married to my amazing husband Troy and we have three adult children: Chelsea, Erin, and Chase. I enjoy traveling and spending quality time with my family and staying physically fit. I also love art, specifically painting.


Dental Assistant

Hi, I am Kelsey! I attended South Puget Sound Community College and graduated from their Dental Assisting program in 2017. Two short years later, I found my dental family at Meridian South Family Dentistry and I have been here ever since. I truly love coming to work and spending time with everyone that works here. When I am not working, I spend time with my husband and our three wonderful children. We enjoy lake life, taking our boat out, and spending time at home. We are a very adventurous family and like to live life to the fullest.


Registered Dental Hygienist

I have been working at Meridian South Family Dentistry since 2021 and have found my forever dental home. I have been working in dentistry for most of my life as my dad was a dentist. I started out working the phones, calling patients to schedule appointments. I soon became a dental assistant and really loved working directly with patients. I loved dentistry so much I wanted to do more so I became a dental hygienist. I love working here, it really feels like family! I believe your dental experience should be as comfortable as possible so feel free to make sure we agree on that. I am married and have three children and eight grandchildren. If I am not spending time with family, I love to travel and explore the outdoors. If you are looking for your forever dental home, my hope is you will feel the same way I do about Meridian South Family Dentistry.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi, I’m Natasha. I have been working in the dental field since 2008. I started out as a dental receptionist and then started practicing as a dental hygienist after I graduated from Pierce College Dental Hygiene program in 2014. I enjoy working with my patients to improve and maintain their oral health, which has direct links with the health of the overall body. I have lived in Washington State most of my life and absolutely love the nature our state has to offer. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and church community, traveling, and exploring new places locally. I have a Labradoodle named Noca- she thinks she is the queen of the house, but I still love her. I joined Meridian South Family Dentistry in 2019. I am very grateful to be working alongside the amazing staff here and getting to meet our wonderful patients!


Registered Dental Hygienist

My name is Jillian, I’ve been working in the dental field since I was 16 years old, starting in sterilization and currently working as a dental hygienist for the last six years. I spent two years in the Dental Hygiene program at Lake Washington Technical College and graduated in 2017 as a registered dental hygienist. Promoting oral health and caring for people are some of the reasons why I have such a passion for the dental field. My significant other and I each have a son, two dogs and a cat. My son plays premier soccer, so there’s a lot of soccer in my life! We also like to go to games and cheer for our Seattle teams - Sounders, Mariners, and the Kraken. If we have free time we’ll be hiking, playing in the water, seeing any Marvel movie, and trying to keep up with our two boys and one busy Golden Retriever.


Registered Dental Hygienist

I am Kim and I was born and raised locally. I am proud to call the PNW home. After graduating from Sumner High School, I went on to study at Eastern Washington University, where I earned my Bachelor or Dental Hygiene in 1997. After many years working in Dentistry, I decided to further my education and pursued my Masters Degree in Library Science at Texas Women’s University, where I graduated in 2014. My true passion is in dentistry, so I continued to do what I love. I enjoy the meaningful, one-on-one connections that I form with my patients, many of whom have become friends. I’m lucky enough to work in an office that’s so wonderful that employees rarely leave! If you are already a patient, you know you see the same familiar faces year after year. When I’m not shining your pearly whites, I can be found doing a home improvement project, crafting, reading or traveling. I am a doggy-mom to two adorable Chihuahuas, and a parrot-parent to my African Grey, Logan. I am always happy to share funny stories about my hilarious, talkative bird or talk about great things to read!


Registered Dental Hygienist