Lori A. Noga, DMD
Founder & CEO
Tranquility Dental Wellness stands out by being a veteran-owned, woman-owned, 100% dentist-owned organization that does more than just dentistry. It’s an organization with a deep, spirited team culture of empowerment, continual personal and professional growth, and self-development. The core values (accountability, dedication, abundance, positivity, teamwork, servant leadership) are the guiding principles in how the team treats patients, treats each other, and makes decisions for the patients and organization.
Dr. Lori Noga founded Tranquility Dental Wellness in 2012, where she set out to break the mold of how dentistry has traditionally been done. Her concept of “Experience Affordable Luxury” began with a vision to take the fear out of dentistry by removing barriers patients see and feel by offering a luxurious, spa-like atmosphere and a team of amazing employees who deliver a five-star experience every time.
Before opening Tranquility Dental Wellness, Dr. Noga began her journey not as a dentist but as an actuary, and it didn’t take long for her to realize her passion was not limited to statistical models and spreadsheets; it really was about empowering others to put their fears aside and reach for opportunity. She left her actuarial job and attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, earning her Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) in 2007. After completing dental school, Dr. Noga served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Navy and worked alongside the U.S. Marine Corp in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. She enjoyed the vast experience she gained in the military and is proud to have served along the brave men and women who sacrifice so much in serving our nation. After her time with the Navy, she relocated to Washington state with her husband and opened Tranquility Dental Wellness.
On a daily basis, Dr. Noga loves to find opportunities for growth in any situation and works hard to inspire those around her to feel safe in doing the same. She acknowledges that there is a lot of “ugly” on the path to self-development, growth and success, but she is moved by the beauty in seeing patients and team members be vulnerable, be bold and transform into better versions of themselves.
Colby Cockrell, DMD
General Dentist & Managing Partner
Dr. Colby Cockrell believes in customized treatment plans for each patient, not the one-size-fits-all approach that you may find elsewhere. He believes that dental treatment should be tailored to fit each individual patient’s needs, not to satisfy the dentist providing the treatment.
To that end, Dr. Cockrell’s treatment philosophy is not to “sell” patients on treatment but to advise each patient as to their options for a given problem. He believes strongly in preventive and proactive care to avoid future (and often more costly) problems.
Dr. Cockrell was born and raised in Olympia and has always called Western Washington home. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2003, he attended dental school at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 2008.
He worked for two years in North Carolina, practicing dentistry in the military town of Jacksonville before moving back home to Olympia in the spring of 2010.
Dr. Cockrell is an avid sports fan — if you didn’t know the score of last night’s game, you’ll probably hear about it while you’re in the office (Go Huskies!). He also enjoys golfing, skiing and taking in the occasional rock concert.
Dr. Cockrell is married and has two sons, Cameron and Carter, as well as a cat and dog.