Melissa offers support as the Human Resources Manager along with the Accounts Payable and Receivables department for La Pine Dental. She brings over 25 years of experience in accounting and human resources. Melissa was born and raised in Central Oregon and brings with her a deep respect and love of the area. Melissa has two amazing children, Michael and Megan. Michael lives in Salt Lake City and is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Utah. Megan works alongside the team at La Pine Dental. You can find Melissa exploring the Pacific Northwest in her spare time. She particularly enjoys backpacking, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and camping with her companion. She is learning how to fly fish and can’t wait to catch some big fish in the many local lakes and rivers. She also enjoys traveling as often as possible and taking in concerts and shows along the way.
Whitney was born and raised in Northern Canada. She moved from the Canadian Rockies to Portland in 2015, she is now happily settled in La Pine on her acreage with her Tibetan Mastiff Makalu. She graduated from Grande Prairie Regional College in the Department of Office Administration in 2010 and in 2011 under the Department of Nursing Education and Health Studies and has been in the dental field ever since. Whitney received her Oregon Dental Radiology Certificate in 2020, she is also a Registered Yoga Teacher in Hatha and Vinyasa & just expanded her practice in Yin. Whitney spends her time exploring the outdoors with her dog, she can be found mountain biking, hiking, meditating in the forest or paddle boarding somewhere beautiful.
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, Nicole now resides in Bend. Her family soon followed and now all live in either Sisters or Bend. Nicole has one son, Alex, who is 32 years old. Nicole attended the University of Oregon and graduated from Lane Community College in 1994 with an associate 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, fishing and her favorite word is hope.
Jen has been working as a Dental Hygienist for 21 years. She grew up near Eugene and moved with her husband to Central Oregon in 2016. She previously worked for 5 years as a Dental Assistant.
Jen enjoys traveling with her husband, playing golf, hiking, camping, skiing, fishing, creative art and projects, and visiting with friends and family. Jen and her husband enjoy spending time with their 2 basset hounds and take them on many outings as well.
Jen will be going to part-time dental hygiene to expand her career horizons and starting school in Bend for Massage Therapy. She will continue in dental hygiene part-time and will be also working part-time in Massage Therapy when her school is finished.
Amanda was raised in Washington state by Puget Sound. Amanda went to school for dental assisting in California and graduated top of her class in 2019. Amanda moved to Oregon shortly after graduation in 2019, then moved to La Pine in 2021 with her 3 kids and husband. In Amanda’s spare time she likes to hike, camp, and enjoy the outdoors with her family.
Sandra was born and raised in Germany, she moved to the USA in 2004 and to La Pine in 2015. She enjoys spending time with her husband Shawn, son Lukas and pets. In her free time, you’ll find her kayaking, hiking or just planting something in her yard. Sandra’s hobbies are arts/crafts working with essential oils, painting, and making jewelry. Sandra is passionate about dentistry and have been a Dental Assistant for 30 years. She worked as a contract Dental Assistant for the Air Force from 1998-2015, she was the only civilian Prophylaxis Technician in the Air Force.
Tanya was born and raised in the Northwest. She enjoys working in the dental field because she loves to see peoples smiling faces. On her downtime, Tanya enjoys reading, writing, listening to music and spending time with her family. When she isn’t working, she’s having fun with her family and friends out in the beautiful central Oregon scenery.
Marin was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She lived in the Portland/Beaverton area until moving to Central Oregon in 2009 with her husband and daughter finally settling in La Pine on a beautiful piece of property in 2020 and fell in love with the small-town charm. She has worked in customer service for over 20 years and enjoys the dental field the most because she believes that everyone should have a smile they love. When not at work, Marin enjoys spending time with her family exploring all the beauty of Central Oregon.