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Meet Your Salem Dental Team

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When you have the right people by your side, the result is a dependable and efficient dental team! We like to say that we have a small but mighty staff, and when you come to see us, they’ll make you feel comfortable in every way. Your appointments will always flow smoothly and be stress-free, and everything from scheduling to going over your dental insurance benefits will be carried out promptly and with clear communication. Our team is an extension of our family and they’ll make you feel the same way every time you come see us!

Michelle, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Michelle

In 2015, Michele joined our team as an expanded functions dental assistant. Before coming to our dental office, Michele worked for several years as a assistant in an oral surgery practice. She loves having the opportunity to work closely with patients and assist in educating them about their oral health and hygiene, so they can learn to love their smiles. She completed training through the Chemeketa Community College dental assisting program, and she maintains training and licensure in radiology and basic life support. She is also certified as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and Expanded Functions Orthodontic Assistant.

Originally from Mill City, Oregon, Michele grew up in a family with three brothers and was never considered a “girly-girl.” She enjoys being outdoors, riding 4x4s, fishing, and working on and driving classic cars. Today, she enjoys going to her own children’s sports events, sewing and quilting, cooking and baking, and doing DIY projects. She and her friends also enjoy getting together and painting. She likes to remind people that, “Sometimes cereal is the best dinner!”

Ruthie, Dental Assistant

ruthie, dental assistant

Ruthie may be new to our office, but she actually worked with Dr. Christel Cochell for over eight years in Mill City beforehand! She attended Chemeketa Community College and the assisting program at Concorde for her education. Today, she is an EFDA and an EFODA with certifications in dental sealants, radiology, BLS, and CPR. She thinks every aspect of the dental field is highly enjoyable and wouldn’t change her career path for the world.

Outside of work, Ruthie has a boyfriend named Aaron who is helping her raise a beautiful daughter named Boston. She also has a son named Dustin who will soon be playing D3 College Football and a Lab named Riggin. Her personal hobbies include bow hunting, logging, cooking/baking yummy foods for her family, playing and watching softball, reading Navy Seal books, building furniture, and taking on fun projects she finds on Pinterest. An interesting fact about her: she actually donated her kidney to her aunt when she was 18!

April, Dental Assistant

April, Dental Assistant

Before joining our team, Salem native April had about 15 years of dentistry experience. After she graduated from McKay High School, she attended Apollo College. She is certified in radiology, sealants, and expanded functions, which helps us more efficiently serve our patients. Her favorite part of her job is giving our patients the high-quality care they deserve.

When April isn’t in our office, she loves to spend time with her husband, who is her high school sweetheart, and their two wonderful children. In her free time, she also enjoys reading books and riding 4 wheelers.

Dana, Patient Care Coordinator

Dana, Patient Care Coordinator

With more than 10 years of dentistry experience so far, Dana started out as a dental assistant but then transitioned to the front office. Regardless of where she works, she has always loved making people smile and laugh during their visits. Although she mostly grew up graduate high school in Helena, Montana, she considers herself an Oregonian at heart.

Before Dana and her husband moved to McMinnville, they lived in Portland for 20 years, where they raised their children. Now, she enjoys spending her free time with her grandson, family, and friends. Something you may not know about her is that she likes to junk hunt and refurbish a wide variety of items.

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