Molen Ortho Changes Lives 1 Smile at a Time

Braces are a rite of passage that preteens and adolescents have endured for decades. Many of us have vivid memories of painful extractions, wires poking our inner cheeks and headgear worn in unflattering photos. Those traumas are a thing of the past for patients at Molen Orthodontics. The family business has created confident smiles in the South Sound for nearly 50 years.

“The way we do orthodontics is different,” says Aaron Molen, DDS. “We focus on the smile, in addition to the face and lips, to design more natural and curved smile arcs. Our patients receive the most beautiful and aesthetic smiles possible.”

Parents are encouraged to bring in their child at an early age for an initial evaluation. “We like to see kids right after their 7th birthday. Few need treatment at this age, but it allows us to capture baseline records and monitor their growth to make more informed treatment decisions,” notes Dr. Aaron, as he’s known in the office, to avoid confusion between him and his brother Dr. Rick Molen or their father, Dr. Bruce Molen, who has been a pioneer in adopting innovative treatments, such as orthodontic expansion.

“Between the ages of 8 and 10, we have a window of opportunity, before the suture in the roof of the mouth fuses closed, to gently work with nature to make the jaws wider,” explains Dr. Aaron. “This allows teeth to come in less crowded and also, research has shown, opens the airway, improving a child’s ability to breathe.” Better breathing, he says, results in better sleep at night and more alertness during the day.

Beyond the clinical side of treatment, the Molen Orthodontics team keeps patients motivated by making office visits fun. Reception areas offer games, complimentary beverages and ice cream, and massage chairs. A rewards program lets patients earn prizes. Completed treatment plans are celebrated with cheers and red-carpet walks.“Rick and I grew up here and now we’re raising our own kids here. We’re passionate about caring for patients in this community,” says Dr. Aaron. “Our mission is to change lives one smile at a time.”


Offices in Auburn, Enumclaw, and Sumner/Bonney Lake

Wesley Homes Breaks Ground at Tehaleh

Wesley Homes exterior rendering

Wesley Homes celebrates 75 years with it’s newest addition to the inspiring, master planned community in Bonney Lake.  The community broke ground this fall and plans to bring a vibrant new choice in senior living options to the foothills of Mt. Rainier.

Wesley at Tehaleh will offer a holistic wellness approach to living. Join your best friend — human or canine — to hike Tehaleh’s numerous walking trails, take a bicycle ride through the expansive community or play in the daily Pickleball match. 

“We are so excited about all the amenities this location will have for the local community,” says Rachel Kirkman Marketing Director. Our Tehaleh location will have a wood shop, creativity center, community chapel, beauty and barber shop.  To learn more visit them on-line.

(253) 466-2720

the mantel, culinary ascent

Are you ready to take your love of food to new heights? The Mantel is a sophisticated, neighborhood restaurant that delivers traditional meals with a unique flair. Located at Trilogy at Tehaleh, the resort-like community in Bonney Lake, The Mantel will have you feeling right at home in its lodge-inspired atmosphere.

The attractive décor is rustic and earthy, with high ceilings, exposed beams and handcrafted glass light fixtures. You can enjoy an intimate night out at a cozy table for two or choose a seat at the spacious bar rail. Regardless, the menu is what sets The Mantel apart.

Each menu item is handcrafted with only the freshest ingredients that are locally sourced. Among the wide selection of starters is the house favorite, Crispy Brussel Sprouts. Perfectly crunchy on the outside, tossed in a balsamic glaze and mixed with heirloom tomatoes, this light appetizer is so well made it will change the mind of any vegetable hater!

Entrée options include signature dishes like the Pasta Bolognese, an Italian sausage and beef Bolognese with thick pappardelle pasta, which was inspired by executive chef Nathaniel Cooper’s time spent living in Italy. Various sandwich options include the popular Millionaire Burger, a classic compilation of Meyer ground beef, bacon, cheddar club sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion on a butter brioche bun. A selection of artisan pizzas range from spicy Italian to organic mushroom.

If you’re a meat connoisseur, try something from the grill. Current options include cedar-plank Pacific salmon, grilled pork chop and a marvelous grilled ribeye. The steak is cooked to perfection with porcini compound butter, paired with bleu cheese mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach.

“I like to develop my culinary style, which I describe as modern comfort food,” says Cooper. “I believe that with the proper and freshest ingredients, you don’t need a lot of spices to confuse the palate.  He adds that one of his favorite recipes to make at the restaurant is a deconstructed pot pie.

The Mantel opened in January 2016 and is currently open to the public. In the near future, however, it will expand its business and go private. If you haven’t had the chance to take your taste buds to elevated places, make sure you stop by soon and experience The Mantel and the Trilogy community.

by: Sarah Grace Persson

19001 Trilogy Parkway E
Bonney Lake, WA