We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.
We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.
Melissa will likely be one of the first voices you hear when you contact our practice. She brings with her more than ten years of experience in dentistry, both as a clinical assistant and in multiple front office roles. Her background gives her the unique ability to answer treatment-related questions and assist in making financial arrangements, including navigation of the often confusing world of dental insurance on behalf of our family of patients.
Jenny-Anne skillfully addresses many of the “behind-the-scenes” tasks that make a dental office run well. From training our front office team to interacting with dental insurers on behalf of our family of patients, she does whatever it takes to keep operations running smoothly. She is an attorney by training and is also Dr. Gifford’s wife.
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Maria came to us with more than 18 years of experience working as a dental assistant. She has lived here in Oregon most of her life, but she and her husband are new to the Portland area. We were very fortunate to find her, since we needed a great dental assistant to help us continue delivering the best care possible for our growing family of patients.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Amanda is a registered dental hygienist and one of Dr. Gifford’s former “star” students from the Pacific University Dental Hygiene School class of 2012. She was an outstanding student and is a great addition to our high-performing team. Her achievements include the Colgate Student Total Achievement award presented at graduation, and the 2011 Dennis Muir award for “scholarship, leadership, compassion, ethical standards, and community service.” She has participated in providing volunteer dental care to the underserved in Nicaragua, the Oregon Mission of Mercy, and Give Kids a Smile events held locally.
A Beaverton native, Amanda now resides near Hillsdale with her husband Bo and Betty, their Swiss Mountain dog. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, sewing, golf, and is an avid Cubbies fan.
Registered Dental Hygienist
With her warm and friendly demeanor, Alyssa helps patients relax and feel safe during their visits. Alyssa knew she wanted to work in the dental field when she was five years old! Before becoming a hygienist, she was Dr. Gifford’s patient and decided she wanted to work here after completing hygiene school. Alyssa assesses a patient’s oral health and identifies any areas of concern. While she cleans teeth, she educates her patient about their mouth and the steps the person can take to improve their smile.
Originally from Moscow, ID, Alyssa moved to the area for Dental Hygiene school. She loves the area so much she decided to stay. Alyssa enjoys staying active and volunteers her dental skills with Mission of Mercy and other dental-related outreach programs.
A former dental assistant, Lina moved to the front office about a year ago. She’s currently in school, studying nursing, and is passionate about dental and overall health. You’ll meet Lina when you arrive or over the phone. She manages our schedule and they hygiene recall system, ensuring all our patients receive timely care. Lina also assists our Treatment Coordinator by verifying insurance benefits and collecting co-payments. With her knowledge and experience, Lina’s able to answer questions about your oral health and treatment.
When she’s not working, Lina loves having fun in the sun and spending time with family and friends. She likes hiking, snowboarding, and swimming. Lina’s also an avid reader who loves to learn new things.