At The Local Dentist, we are excited to be able to provide a space where patients can leave healthier and more knowledgeable than before. Our focus is helping people reach their wellness goals by treating them comprehensively and systemically. Dr. Chaz will go beyond dentistry, educating patients on the body’s health and how your mouth, head, neck, and airway contribute. No matter your budget or timeline, we are here to guide you through your options and help you feel comfortable. Everyone has a story and we want to be a part of your story on your lifelong journey of health and wellness.
Dr. Charles Vittitow, better known as Dr. Chaz, grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. His father, a beloved dentist in their hometown for 25 years, served as Dr. Chaz’s main inspiration for pursuing dentistry. After his father sold his practice while Dr. Chaz was in college, he decided he wanted to mirror the kind of community involvement and dedication to patients his father practiced.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, Dr. Chaz was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy, serving five years stationed in San Diego, Sicily, and Whidbey Island.
In his free time, Dr. Chaz enjoys camping with his wife, Karinne, and their four children. You'll also find Dr. Chaz hiking, skiing, cycling, fishing, and playing basketball. Dr. Chaz also loves to try new dining spots, so Bellingham is the perfect town for him! Growing up in Kentucky, Dr. Chaz loves following college football and basketball and is always up for a pickup game of any sport. He is also passionate about serving his community and beyond, including short term mission trips and partnering with the World Relief Organization.
Each member of our team is hard-working, friendly, fun, and driven to serve each patient with professionalism and compassion. They are dedicated to cultivating a welcoming environment where patients can feel comfortable and part of our family. Get to know our crew and see what makes them so amazing!
As you walk into our office, you’ll be greeted by the smiling faces of our friendly team and the comforting amenities of our relaxing office. You'll be invited to take a seat with a sparkling water before Dr. Chaz takes you on a tour of the office. Dr. Chaz doesn't treat strangers and he will get to know you well before you begin your appointment! He'll spend the extra time to address your concerns and discuss the state of your dental health with you before outlining a unique treatment plan tailored to your needs. Before leaving, our team can also schedule any future visits and sign you up for our in-house membership plan.
We like to think of our office as a representation of the beautiful and verdant Pacific Northwest — cool and calm. Our vibe is more coffee shop than dentist office so patients can feel both welcomed at ease. Enjoy local art, comfortable seating, and resources on how to get involved in our awesome community.
Our office is equipped with the latest dental technology because we believe our patients deserve the best care possible using modern dentistry tools and techniques. These ensure that your visit is efficient, your diagnosis and treatment are accurate, and your overall experience is comfortable.
We use cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) to provide 3D imaging for more accurate diagnosis and treatment; an intraoral digital scanner that allows for better precision and quicker results; and portable x-rays that use less radiation and are highly efficient.
We are committed and proud to offer services to refugees and proceeds from our business to World Relief. As a veteran, Dr. Chaz also provides accessible dental care for homeless veterans, tailoring his care to their specific needs. Did you know Bellingham is a pivotal city in resettling refugee families seeking a better life? Check out World Relief's website to know more and how you can help.
Additionally, we offer our proceeds during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month to the Alzheimer’s Association and provide our services to our local long-term care facility.
To continue his father’s legacy of overseas service-based dentistry, Dr. Chaz dedicates time to traveling to India, Jamaica, Bosnia, Ghana, and Kenya to teach and treat those in need.
In an effort to support World Relief Western WA, for 30 new patients, we will either:
1) Donate a new bicycle and helmet to commute to their new job OR
2) Fully stock the pantry and provide basic needs for their first month after fleeing the country
We're honored to serve our patients and our community with compassion, generosity, and genuine care!