Dr. Gary Murphy

Here you’ll learn plenty of information about Dr. Gary Murphy. With over 31 years of experience, Dr. Gary Murphy is the “steady hand” in Federal Way dentistry. His patients trust his skill, chair side manner and dental treatment programs. Dr. Gary Murphy is passionate about your well-being and oral health. He wants to make sure you get dental services that are comfortable, safe and effective.

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Born in Great Bend, Kansas May 8, 1944

My father was a farmer and rancher. I lived on a farm until I was eight years old. I helped my dad farm until I went away to college and then I helped during the summer months.

I attended Sanford country grade school from the first grade through the third grade.

We moved to a house in the town of Larned, Kansas and commuted to our far farm each day.

I attended Larned Junior High School 1957-59

I attended and graduated from Larned High School 1960-62

I attended one semester at Pittsburg, Kansas State Teacher’s College the fall of 1962.

I transferred to the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kansas in January 1963 and graduated there with a B.A. in Psychology June of 1966.

I was accepted to The University Of Kansas City, Missouri Dental School in the fall of 1966 and received my DDS in June of 1970.

I signed up in the U.S. A. Army for two years and was assigned to Madigan Military Hospital which serves Fort Lewis Army Base near Tacoma, Wa. and McCord Air Force Base also near Tacoma, Wa.

I was scheduled to serve my second year of service in Viet Nam but was asked to participate in a research program at Madigan Hospital which required me to stay at Fort Lewis.

I separated from active duty in the Army approximately January of 1973.

Colonel West the commander of the Dental Corp at Madigan offered to raise my rank to Major and enroll me in on of the Army’s Specialty Programs. I foolishly turned it down.

I associated with Dr. Edward Klopping in Lakewood, Wa. an unincorporated city adjoining Tacoma, Wa. I was with Dr. Klopping for seven years.

At the last of 1979 I started a private practice in Federal Way, Wa. and I am still practicing at the same location.