Our Team


James M. Thomas, DDS, MS
James M. Thomas, DDS, MS
Founder + Changemaker

Dr. Thomas received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He discovered his love for working with young patients while volunteering at a special needs camp in Bay Cliff, Michigan and decided to focus on preventing oral health problems in the youngest population. He completed his Masters in Pediatric Dentistry (MS) from The University of Michigan in 2005. After relocating to Seattle in 2006 with his family, Dr. Thomas practiced as an associate in Lakewood and Mt. Vernon before opening his own practice – Everyone By One – in Bellevue, and later a second practice in Lynnwood and business office in Centralia. He sold the entire business in April 2016 in order to found health:latch. After treating thousands of children, some of whom struggled with breastfeeding due to tongue and lip tie, he has a unique understanding of the issue. Seeing firsthand how stressful it can be for families, he has created a specialty practice dedicated to changing the lives of these babies and their families.

Dr. Thomas is a member of the Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Support Network, the International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the WA State Association of Pediatric Dentists, the WA State Dental Association, and the Seattle Lactation Journal Study Club.

Emily Higginson
Emily Higginson
Operations Guru

Emily has a passion for supporting new and growing families through the many joys and challenges that come along with bringing baby home. As a professional “I’m new at this” kind of lady, Emily is here to be an extra hand to help, shoulder to cry on and dispenser of hope during challenging seasons. She thrives on helping new families find their path to success. As a Seattle native, Emily is our local expert and is the hub of resources for parents finding their own unique rhythm. Emily joins health:latch after doing some hard time in corporate America, where she hangs her hat on organization, leadership and coffee making. After the birth of her little guy in September of 2016, Emily found that her instincts to help new mothers (and fathers) navigate those pesky postpartum hormones and caring for precious newborns was her true calling. She knows first-hand the excitement, pain and heartbreak that is breastfeeding and is a tremendous resource of experience and support. Emily and her husband raise their three children in Bothell, WA where they enjoy spending time with friends and family, finding Cheerios under the couch, attending church and volunteering in the community. Please reach out to Emily if you have questions, concerns, or feel like you’re going crazy and you have no one else to talk to.

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