Meet Our Amazing Team
We are fortunate to have an amazing group of individuals working hard to provide the "Ultimate Dental Health Experience" for our patients! Here are the team members you will meet either at our Hawthorne location or North Portland location.
Autumn Nilsson, Front Office Administrator
Autumn came on board in March 2015 just as we were opening the doors at the new North Portland office. Her talents for both people and numbers have been invaluable during a time of major transition, and patients who have met her know that she treats everyone with honesty, respect, and authenticity. Autumn is the proud mom of a sweet, smart 4-year old boy named Cash. She's also a really good singer!
Guillermo Betancourt, Dental Assistant
Guillermo joined us in May 2017 after he and his wife Lorena immigrated from Cuba. Although certified as a dentist in his home country, Guillermo must go through a multi-year process before he can practice dentistry in the U.S., so we are fortunate to have his experience and expertise on our team during this transition time. With a calming chairside manner and great people skills, Guillermo loves to connect with our patients and to share stories and insights from Cuba.
Ivana Sauer, Front Office Administrator
Ivana joined us in August 2016 with no dental background, but her strong desire to learn and to provide great service helped her quickly master her new role at the front desk. Originally from Serbia, Ivana is fluent in several languages and loves to learn about different people, countries and cultures. She is currently in graduate school studying to become a therapist.
Jayme Hauck, Dental Hygienist
Jayme came on board in October 2015 as a full-time hygienist at our Hawthorne office. As a 2013 summa cum laude graduate of Portland Community College's Dental Hygiene Program, Jayme is acquainted with the latest in dental hygiene theory and technology. During hygiene visits, she treats her patients with respect while educating them on how to achieve better home care, and her cleanings are gentle but thorough. Jayme spends most of her free time with her wife, Rachel, and their 3-legged cat. She is a talented artist and has a black belt in karate, so patients can relax knowing they are in skilled hands!
Merrel Nelson, Dental Assistant
Merrel joined the team in March 2015 after working at an oral surgery office. With over 30 years of assisting experience and a positive, "get it done" attitude, she has become a natural leader within our team who has been essential in navigating the challenges of a second practice. Outside of work, Merrel loves to spend time with her husband Ben, her kids and granddaughter, and her tiny dog, Ruby. Make sure to check out her fabulous nails, which feature new art almost every week.
Rachele Stifle, Dental Hygienist
Rachele joined us in September 2017 as a full-time hygienist at our North Portland office. Rachele received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from Lane Community College in 2003. She is empathetic and compassionate with patients who have dental anxiety and enjoys helping them overcome their fears and gain a feeling of empowerment. She also volunteers with Medical Team International's mobile dental clinic to serve populations who otherwise would not have access to care. Rachele loves to travel and was able to visit many places before settling down with her partner Ben and having their daughters Ciella 10, Shaylen 8, and most recently their son Connor who just turned 1.
Sarah Weaver, Dental Assistant/Rover
Sarah joined our team in June 2017 as a part-time "rover", ready to jump in wherever needed, from sterilizing to chairside to front desk. As a busy mom and graduate student, she had limited time for a career, but still wanted to be part of a team and learn something new. And learn she did! In just a few short months, Sarah went from a dental novice to an invaluable team member who helps keep things running smoothly and keeps everyone laughing with her great sense of humor.
Yulia Dankovchik, Dental Assistant
Originally from Kazakhstan, Yulia came to us in late 2014 through the Worksource Oregon job placement program. She was hired as our in-house lab technician, but it soon became clear that her true strengths were at chair side, where she could set patients at ease and keep things on track with her focused and calm demeanor. Yulia has a true drive to learn and has quickly expanded her skills to include certifications such as orthodontics and sealants. On days off, she's often cooking or spending time with her partner Jacob and their two cats.
We are excited to have such a talented, diverse, and wonderful group of people on our team! Next time you are in, please make sure to say hello and get to know our newest members.