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There's a better way to treat chronic migraines and headaches

If you suffer from chronic migraines, you know how difficult they are to effectively diagnose and treat. The TruDenta system of diagnosis and treatment was developed to help uncover and resolve the frequently-overlooked causes behind your chronic migraines.

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Uncover the hidden causes of your chronic pain

The TruDenta diagnostic process uses the latest technology to closely examines the nerves, muscles, and ligaments that surround the head, neck, and jaw to find any signs of the inflammation and chronic stress that can lead to constant headaches.

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Get safe and lasting treatment from the doctors who understand your pain

If examination shows that your headaches are actually being caused by musculoskeletal problems, we can help. All TruDenta doctors have years of experience as dental professionals working with the delicate musculature of the jaw, neck, and head—a perfect background to implement TruDenta's process of progressive rehabilitation and physical therapy for the damaged joints and stressed musculature that cause chronic headaches.

Get to the root of your chronic migraines

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Do you want to enjoy lasting oral health that helps you look and feel great? Our team at Uptown Dental understands that. behind each smile we treat is a person with a unique set of goals, needs, and concerns. We strive to build relationships based on trust, compassion, and confidence in the care we provide. Dr. Rhonda Savage and our team offer top quality cosmetic and general dentistry services to our patients in the Gig Harbor area.

When you walk into our office in its uniquely beautiful setting, you can expect to be greeted by a friendly group of professionals who will take the time to get to know you. If there is anything we can do to make your visit more comfortable, please let us know.

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Our Doctor:

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Dr. Rhonda Savage

After many years in the dental field, I still enjoy seeing all the smiles on my patient’s faces when they finally achieve an ideal state of oral health. I consider it an honor that patients come to me for their care and feel blessed to have the opportunity to send so many wonderful, healthy smiles out into the world.

My practice philosophy has always been to maintain healthy teeth and gums with the most effective and conservative treatments. I have treated many cases and helped all my patients to achieve their dental goals and keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. I feel that I bring a unique energy to my work. As a lieutenant commander in the Navy during the years of Desert Shield and Desert Storm, I received the Navy Achievement Medal and an Expert Pistol Medal, and earned the nickname of “The Beast”. I am a “straight shooter”: I am at the critical issues that my dental patients face.

  • Seattle University – Bachelor of Science in biology, cum laude, 1985
  • University of Washington School of Dentistry – Doctorate of Dental Surgery, with honors, 1989.
  • Guthrie Award
  • Operative Dentistry Award
  • Pediatric Dentistry Award
  • Women in Dentistry Award
  • Governance and Service Award
  • University of Phoenix – Online Masters program in business, 2005.


By regularly participating in continuing education, I am able to stay current on the latest technology and dental treatments. My patients deserve the best, and continuing education allows me to provide my patients with more options and better results. My continuing education also benefits the next generation of dental professionals. I have taught microbiology laboratory courses for nursing students at Seattle University and was a clinical affiliate instructor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. As an internationally known author and lecturer, and CEO of Miles Global, an international dental training and consulting firm, I lecture and publish on women’s health issues, leadership, and business management.

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American College of Dentistry
  • International College of Dentistry, fellow
  • Washington State Dental Association, past president, and board member
  • Pierce County Dental Society, past president, and Board Member
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy, fellow


I am truly blessed to live and work in the wonderful community of Gig Harbor. I believe that it is my job to give back to the community. From a professional standpoint, I volunteer for various dental society functions, I’ve been on and was the board of directors of the Washington Oral Health Foundation, the chair of the steering committee of the Puyallup Partnership for Improved Dental Health. I’ve served on the editorial board for the WSDA news. Personally, I’ve volunteered as a zoo dentist at the Point Defiance Zoo and have served on the board of directors. I’ve also sponsored many Gig Harbor Little League.

My husband, James O’Neal Stephens, is a wonderful electric engineer, and our daughter Kaitlyn is a professional international soccer goalkeeper. In my free time, I enjoy scuba diving, English horseback riding, gardening, reading, and cheering for Kaitlyn during her games.

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3519 56th St NW, #260, Gig Harbor, WA 98335, USA

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    The TruDenta Process

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    Bite Force Analysis

    Our proprietary T-Scan technology allows our doctors to precisely assess your mouth and jaw for dental imbalances during opening, closing, and chewing, right down to the amount and direction of the force exerted by each individual tooth.
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    Range of Motion Analysis

    Dental imbalances often cause chronic muscle tension and inflammation, which can in turn limit your head and jaw movement. Our doctors measure and monitor the movement range of your head and jaw to more accurately determine the most effective treatment plan for your symptoms.
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    Headache History Form

    Headaches can occur for many different reasons — in order to find the source of your headaches and determine if the TruDenta treatment process will be effective for you, your TruDenta doctor will speak with you in detail about your past headaches and their specific symptoms.
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    Muscle Exam

    Your TruDenta doctor will locate the latent trigger points in your face and neck that restrict motion and contribute to jaw imbalances — these knots of tense muscle are often missed without a thorough examination.
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    Head Health Questionaire

    Jaw or head trauma can cause a variety of hidden changes in the jaw, neck, and face that may later manifest as stiffness, pain, or headaches. By cataloging any possible sources of damage, your TruDenta doctor can more effectively focus your treatment plan.
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    Therapeutic ultrasound treatment returns circulation to chronically sore and strained muscles by providing gentle heat and increasing blood flow, while the targeted sound waves break up scar tissue and deep adhesions.
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    Trigger Point Therapy

    Manual trigger point therapy decreases and eliminates pain and tension in latent and active trigger points by breaking up muscle knots and increasing blood flow in order to decrease inflammation.
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    Our transcutaneous microcurrent stimulation therapy reduces muscle spasms and their accompanying pain through low-level electrical signals. It also decreases lactic acid build-up and encourages healthy nerve stimulation.
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    Low-Level Laser

    Our cold laser therapy decreases pain and inflammation and accelerates healing of muscle and joint tissue 25 to 35 percent faster than usual, while helping to rebuild natural nerve function.
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