The Team

At the heart of our practice is a team of dental professionals who love working with kids! Building trust and setting a positive tone for each appointment is our highest priority. Read more about our specialties and interests below!

 

 

Terri – Office Manager

Born and raised near the California coast, Terri made the move to Bend in 1990 with her two young children and absolutely loves it! She now has 6 grandchildren, all under the age of 8 years old! Terri has been our office manager since the summer of 2015, has 15 total years of dental office management experience spanning a number of states in including Bend, Texas, and Arizona. This is her first time working in pediatric dentistry, and she thinks it’s the best! When Terri isn’t working she enjoys trail walking, lap swimming, camping, sewing, spending time with Dave and walking with her very old golden retriever Rudy.

Trisha – Patient Specialist

Trisha was born in Florida a USAF brat so she moved quite a few times during her childhood. In the 1990’s her parents moved the family back home to their native Bend/Redmond area. In 2000, Trisha graduated from Crook County High School and soon after met her future husband, Brandon. They married in 2007. Trisha attended the Concorde Career College dental assisting program in 2011/2012 and during her studies there she had a son, Damien. She completed her practicum hours with us prior to her graduating with her EFDA and EOFDA. Since 2012, Trisha’s knowledge and skills in assisting are beneficial to her position as Scheduling Coordinator with our team. Trisha and her husband recently bought their first home in Redmond and share it with their son Damien, teenage step-son Cyris and their two dogs, Sissy Ru and Ziva Diva. When Trisha isn’t working she enjoys camping, hiking, swimming, riding ATV’s and anything else that gets her outdoors.

Erin – Business Administrator

Erin moved to Bend in May, 2018 and has joined our front office team. In the fall, she will be working in the office of our new Redmond location! She finished her formal education at the University of Colorado where she studied economics and marketing. Erin has over 9 years of experience in pediatric dentistry. She worked as a sterile tech throughout high school, worked full time as a dental assistant during her college years then joined the front office team in Colorado where she has been managing Dr. Ed Christensen’s three pediatric practices in Denver for the past several years! Recently married, Erin and her husband are enjoying all that central Oregon has to offer.

Tiffani – Assistant

Born in Medford, Oregon, Tiffani was raised in a tiny town nearby named Tiller. She lived at the coast before moving to Bend in the spring of 2018 when she joined our team as a dental assistant. She has experience in both general and pediatric dentistry, but loves working with kids the most! In her free time she loves riding her motorcycle, hiking, camping, snowboarding and photography.

Norah – Practice Relations Coordinator

Born and raised on the east coast, Norah moved to Bend in 2001. Norah has spent her life working with children, from coaching gymnastics to directing at a child care center. She earned her EFDA at Central Oregon Community College and was thrilled to start working with kids again. Norah is a recognizable and welcomed face among many of our local families. In her spare time she snowboards, hikes and runs in the beautiful Central Oregon mountains. Norah has recently remarried and lives in Tumalo with her husband, daughter and two step-children.

Celina – Lead Assistant

Celina was born and raised in the Yosemite National Park area. Celina and her sister, her only sibling, attended a one room school house until the 9th grade when her family moved to Mariposa, Ca. Celina began working at a local dental office during high school which has now led to a lifetime career. After high school, Celina moved to the Lake Tahoe area where she lived for many years. While living in Tahoe Celina completed her RDA licensing at Sacramento City College and University of San Francisco. She also expanded her dental assisting experience to include endodontics and periodontics. Celina and her young daughter moved to Bend in 2012 to be closer to family. She joined Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry in 2013. Shortly after she completed her EFDA certification! Now Celina is settled in with her daughter, main squeeze, and his two sons. They recently purchased a small farm in Bend and in their free time they are happily devoted to the farm life and her daughters’ traveling cheer squad competitions. In her spare time, Celina enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, gardening and backpacking with her sister.

Bobbie – Assistant

Bobbie is certified as an EFDA Dental Assistant and has been with Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry since the practice was founded 2005! When she is not with us at work she is hard at work raising cattle on their ranch east of town. She also raises cattle for show. In her free time she enjoys mentoring kids in the 4H program. We are grateful for her hard work and positive energy in the office!

Kacey – Assistant

Kacey is a native of Bend. Before becoming a dental assistant with us in the Fall of 2012, Kacey spent 15 years training in dance and musical theater. Her talents include tap, jazz, ballet and pointe. She graduated COCC where she earned her EFDA. When Kacey has free time, she enjoys camping, raising her son Axe and hanging with friends.

Jonathan – Front Desk

Jonathan has been a part of Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry even before graduating high school in 2012. He was our sterile tech in the spring of his senior year! He left our office later that summer to continue his education at Concorde Career College in Portland with the dental assisting program. He graduated in the summer of 2013 and rejoined our team as a dental assistant. As a dental assistant he enjoyed helping kids see how easy dental visits can be and would help them overcome an fears or doubts they may have during their visit. Now, Jonathan is our awesome bilingual front desk receptionist! When he is not at the office he’s either spending quality time with friends and family or enjoying weekends in Portland where he likes to try new foods, coffee and hike the trails. He recently finished exploring the beautiful “7 Wonders of Oregon”. His plans for the future include traveling other countries.

Stefanie – Assistant

Stefanie is a lifelong Bend native. She has enjoyed camping, fishing and boating at the many lakes around Central Oregon all her life. Stefanie attended University of Oregon and was a member of the marching band playing Clarinet and Bass Clarinet. She then attended COCC with the dental assisting program and earned her EFDA certificate. Stefanie joined us in 2011. She loves working with our patients and putting them at ease. She also has experience in general dentistry and oral surgery. In her spare time she loves to get outdoors and hike, run, camp and play golf.

Laura – Assistant

Laura is full of energy and a very hard worker…always helping with something around here! Laura graduated COCC Dental Assisting program in 2016 and joined us in February of 2017. She also has her EFDA, and is certified for Sealant application. She is a lifelong central Oregon native. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her man, Elmer and their toddler son, Noah.

Emily – Assistant

Emily was born in Bend Oregon and has lived her entire life in the small town of LaPine. She interned with Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry while also going to school for assisting and later graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at COCC in 2013. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, taking care of her 9 chickens, and snowboarding with her son.

Kristin – Insurance Specialist

Kristin moved from Washington State to Central Oregon in 2012. She has over 15 years’ experience in orthodontics, oral surgery and general dentistry as an assistant, and five years medical billing experience. She joined our front office team in April, 2018 as our Insurance Specialist. Kristin has two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and darling grandson. When not visiting with her grown kids and grandson she enjoys golf, hiking, bike riding, kayaking and hanging with her friends and Bella, her golden retriever.

Kaitlyn – Assistant

Kaitlyn was born and raised in California but moved to Bend in 2015. She graduated from Central Michigan University and played Volleyball there for 4 years. She loves working in Dentistry and specifically with kids. In her spare time she loves to crossfit, snowboard, and hangout with her husband and toddler, Grayson.