Melissa offers support as the Human Resources Manager along with the Accounts Payable and Receivables department for La Pine Dental. She brings over 20 years of experience in accounting and human resources; which is a great benefit to the practice. Melissa was born and raised in Central Oregon and brings with her a deep respect and love of the area. Dr. Allen and Melissa were married in 1997 and have two children, Michael and Megan. Michael lives in Salt Lake City and is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Utah. Megan completed high school recently and is currently attending the transitional program at La Pine High School. You will find her working in the afternoons at the office helping out the staff and patients. You can find the Allen Clan camping all over Central Oregon in their spare time and exploring all the area has to offer. Melissa particularly enjoys being in the outdoors either hiking, biking, snow shoeing, kayaking and sightseeing. She is an animal lover and loves her dogs, cat, chickens and other small farm animals at their piece of heaven in La Pine. Although her greatest accomplishment as well as her greatest joy will be the family she has created with Dr. Allen.
Nicole was born and raised in Eugene Oregon and is a die hard Duck fan (sorry Beaver fans). She worked at Sacred Heart General Hospital from 1987-1994 and moved to Sisters in 1999 where she has lived ever since. Her family soon followed and now all live in either Sisters or Bend. Nicole has one son, Alex, who is 27 years old. Nicole attended the University of Oregon and graduated from Lane Community College in 1994 with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. Nicole has worked at La Pine Dental as a Dental Hygienist since December of 2000. Nicole loves to quilt, design quilt patterns, knit, read, travel, camp, go crabbing and fishing. She loves to buy flowers and trees but likes to have someone else plant and weed them.
Jennifer grew up in Venita, Oregon she spent most of her life in the Eugene area except when she and her husband lived in Missoula Montana from 2013 to 2016. Jennifer graduated from the dental hygiene program at Lane Community College in 2000, prior to that she graduated from the dental assisting program at Lane Community College in 1994. Jennifer and her husband enjoy spending time with their three Bassett hounds, golfing, skiing, hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Michelle has been with La Pine Dental since 2004. Through the years Michelles had the opportunity to work in almost every capacity in the office, she currently wears the hat of office manager a position full of variety and challenges. The most rewarding part of her job is making a difference in the lives of our dental team, but also our patients. Michelle has been in the dental field since 1998, when she attended Umpqua Community College and become an expanded functions dental assistant.
When she’s not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and her three children and venturing out into the unknown visiting new places, meeting new people and engaging in new experiences. She has an adventurous spirit and loves to travel. But Michelle’s favorite pastime is, of course, cheering on the Beavers!
Christina is a native Oregonian and moved to La Pine from the Valley in 1997 with her husband Garett and three children Chrystal, Charisa, and Alec. She started at La Pine Dental in December of 2015 and has been working as a Dental Assistant. Since starting at La Pine Dental, Christina has been taking courses through Portland Community College and The Dental Assisting National Board to earn her Expanded Function Dental Assistant certification. Christina enjoys involving herself in many different activities and keeps herself busy between spending time with her three children, three grandchildren, coaching the Oregon High School Equestrian Team and 4-H club and riding her horses.
I was born and raised in Germany, I moved to the USA in 2004 and to La Pine in 2015. I enjoy spending time with my husband Shawn & son Lukas. In my free time, you’ll catch me kayaking in the outdoors. My hobbies are arts/crafts working with essential oils, making lotions & soaps. I am passionate about dentistry and have been a dental assistant for 27 years, I worked as a contract dental assistant for the Air Force from 1998-2015 I was the only civilian prophylaxis technician in the Air Force.
Sharen started working in the dental field when she was 16. She took classes at Clackamas Community College for bookkeeping and accounting and went to the Oregon Dental School where she became certified in x-rays and Expanded Function Dental Assisting in 1982. Sharen married her husband Dan in Oregon City in 1988. They moved to La Pine in June 2016 after he retired. They have always wanted to live in Central Oregon because they love the outdoors, camping and fishing. Sharen started at La Pine Dental in June of 2016 where she works in front office administration and primarily Accounts receivable. Sharen also loves to work in her yard, stain glass, quilt, make homemade soap, go hiking and boating.
Cathy comes to LaPine Dental with over 35 years of Dental Experience. Her experiences include being a Dental Assisting Educator at various Oregon Community Colleges.
She owned her own dental education consulting business for a number of years where she traveled across the state of Oregon delivering vital education to numerous dental assistants. In addition, she was an office manager for a number of years,as well as, assisted chair side with a variety of dentists. She has a heart and compassion for those in need and truly enjoys dentistry and helping others.
On a personal note, she enjoys spending time with her partner Dennis, her Yorkie Channing, her 3 grown children and 5 grandkids. Cathy is an avid Duck Fan and enjoys attending U of O football games. She also can be found kayaking and bicycling in the summer.
Meaghan was born and raised in the Northwest. She enjoys working in the dental field because she believes that everyone should have a smile to be proud of. On her downtime, Meaghan enjoys hiking in beautiful Central Oregon with her two dogs and boyfriend. If she isn’t at work, she is out exploring new places.