Dr. Tetsuya Shirasuka: For the love of skiing – and dentistry When Dr. Tetsuya Shirasuka was looking for a health clinic to practice dentistry, only one thing was at the top of his must-have list. “I was just looking for a clinic near a ski resort,” says Dr. Shirasuka, a dentist with more than 30 years of experience who joined Western Sierra in 2017. “I wanted to be close to skiing.” In a matter of minutes, Dr. Shirasuka, who lives in Kings Beach, can enjoy some of the best skiing in the world. “This area has such beautiful scenery,” says Dr. Shirasuka, who treats adults and children at the Grass Valley, Penn Valley and Kings Beach health centers. “We are so lucky to live here.” Routine checkups and dental exams are part of good overall health. “Everybody knows it, but they don’t like it,” says Dr. Shirasuka, who enjoys getting to know his patients. Previously, Dr. Shirasuka was with Health and Life Organization, a Sacramento community clinic, and also practiced at health clinics in the Seattle area. He earned his dental degree from Loma Linda University in Southern California and a doctorate in endodontics from Showa University in Japan, where he was born and raised.