Dr. Neil Torvik all smiles after career as dentist

Long-time dentist retires at the end of the month.

“POULSBO – Okay, open your mouth and say, ‘ah.’ It’s a phrase that Dr. Neil Torvik has said countless times over his lengthy career as a dentist. It’s also a phrase he won’t be using come December. After more than 30 years at the Poulsbo Dental Center, Torvik has decided to retire. I’ve been here since 1969, he explained. That’s a lot of teeth. The final decision didn’t come easy. I’ve been thinking about it for the past year or so. I didn’t really have a definite date in mind, but everything just came together, Torvik said, noting that he didn’t want to pass the practice on to just anyone. He was waiting for the perfect fit. Torvik found that in Dr. Jeromy Peterson. Peterson spent the past three years as a Navy dentist after graduating in the top 10 of his class at the University of Washington in 1997. Did Dr. Peterson’s being a Dawg have anything to do with his taking over at the 8th Avenue business? Well, with Torvik being a 1966 UW grad himself who has put three kids through the Seattle university and had a fourth attending classes there, the odds are pretty good. Dr. Torvik was also impressed by the fact that Peterson is a community-oriented person as well, having grown up in the small eastern Washington town of Wilbur. I feel fortunate to have found someone I feel will carry on the tradition of excellence that we have tried to maintain. He fits in really well here, he said, taking a look around the office. The building at 19170 8th Ave. has sentimental value for Torvik – he helped design it in 1974 when his practice here was still just getting off the ground. Torvik, who sold half of the structure to Dr. Eldon Larson in 1984, is proud of the environment he created in the well-laid-out office. When asked whether he had any plans to move out of the area, Torvik quickly answered no. I’ve done well here, he said, adding that he is active is the Poulsbo Noon Lions and the Masonic Lodge. This is where I live and where I know everyone. I plan on continuing the type of practice that Dr. Torvik created here, Dr. Peterson remarked. While he expressed hopes to eventually expand the business and take on new patients, Dr. Peterson said he would definitely keep the hometown flavor of the practice intact. Hygienist Kathryn Jones, bookkeeper Jeannie Cheyne, receptionist Julie Stroot and dental assistants Brenda Elkins and Lynn Florent will all be staying on at the Poulsbo Dental Center. “

More in News

Update: Suspect confesses to killing Port Orchard man during botched pot deal

19-year-old dealer shot during scuffle at South Kitsap parking lot

19-year-old admits to killing Port Orchard man

Gig Harbor man turns himself in and is booked on first-degree murder. Another suspect is also booked.

Map view of Strickland property. Courtesy photo
City of Poulsbo looking to buy resident’s property next to PERC site

Ellen Strickland wants to sell her property to city instead of developers

Towne Square’s new ownership has big plans for reimagined mall

Klein, Fenner see a remix of restaurants, retail in refurbished property

Survey about NKSD: Quality good, COVID not

A majority of respondents to a survey about the North Kitsap School… Continue reading

Bremerton retiree donates $250,000 each to four Kitsap nonprofits

Donor gives $1.875 million in total to seven groups serving the environment, arts and children

Proposition 2 seeks to upgrade Kitsap 911’s emergency communications system

A 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax increase would pay for $41 million modernization

A volunteer helps pick up trash as part of Puget Soundkeeper’s Poulsbo cleanup. Tyler Shuey/North Kitsap Herald photos
Puget Soundkeeper holds cleanup events in Kitsap

Seattle-based water quality advocacy group looking to expand footprint

Most Read