John O’Keefe first ventured to the Methow Valley as a college student in the 1970’s to fish, camp and hike, having no idea that he would return permanently years later.
After graduating from dental school in 1980, John served as the Quinault tribal dentist at the Queets River clinic. It was a great opportunity to serve a small community and fly fish for steelhead after work!
He then joined two offices in the Northgate area of Seattle as an associate DDS. One office specialized in TMJ diseases and treatment. The other was a general and cosmetic dental practice. In 1983 he founded a large group practice in Mill Creek with two other dental school classmates. John has fond memories of treating patients there for over 20 years.
In February 2000 he came upon an ad for the sale of a dental practice in Twisp. He was intrigued with the idea of moving to a rural area and having his own office in such beautiful country. He became the proud owner of Sawtooth Dental Care in April 2000.
John moved with his family from Kirkland, Washington and has enjoyed raising his daughter in the Methow with its opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation, a strong sense of community and interact with many interesting people.
The family loves mountain biking, hiking, fishing and skiing together.
In his spare time, Dr. John likes to restore antique airplanes and completed building a single person helicopter in 2014.