I've been going to Dr. Shigihara my whole life (20+ years), so unfortunately I can't compare her to anyone else. However, what I can say is that I LOVE going to the dentist, any have never understood people who don't like it. That in itself should be enough reason for you to go to Dr. Shigihara.
I recently visited Dr. Shigihara's office regarding post wisdom teeth extraction by a different dentist. I had an emergency situation and they were very understanding and got me in immediately. Once I arrived I received nothing but outstanding service starting with the front desk. Everyone was very concerned and made sure I got the best care for my serious infection. I would highly recommend this office for anyone. I felt as if I had been going there for years.
I inherited Dr. Shigihara. Or perhaps she actually inherited me. She took over Dr. Barney's practice after he decided to retire, spend time with his family, and give back to the community (by volunteering at Pike Place Market - what a guy!). She's a great listener and problem solver. She has never pushed me to have work done that I wasn't ready for. The real gem in this joint is her staff - from the hygienists to the front desk. These folks are consistently cheery and helpful - the kind of folks who want to hear about your recent vacation or grandpa's illness.
I have the best hygienist, EVER! I won't even tell you her name. She's semi-retired and only works 2 days per week and I don't want to compete with you for appointments with her!
I've been a patient of Dr Shigihara, or Dr Pat for over 15 years. She is a great dentist! Always takes the time to explain what she is doing and why. She even came in on her day off a few years back to take care of my emergency root canal. Also, has put together a great staff-dental hygienists and front office.