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At Willis Dental, our team of dedicated and experienced oral health professionals remain committed to providing our patients with the type of high-quality dental care they need to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. With years of experience treating patients of all ages, our team at Willis Dental has the skill, knowledge, and commitment to excellence needed to ensure you receive the kind of specialized dental care you deserve.

Come experience for yourself what so many of our patients already know firsthand - that at Willis Dental, we treat you like family.

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Meet Dr. David G. Willis, DMD

Dr. Willis grew up in Lancaster, California, and attended OHSU Dental School. Dr. Willis first began practicing dentistry in Salem in 2000, and has taken great pride in helping to protect the oral health of our community. Dr. Willis enjoys providing all aspects of dentistry for his patients, and specializes in a range of dental care treatments and services designed to help keep patients looking and feeling their best.

To ensure his patients receive the best dental care possible, Dr. Willis regularly attends continuing education classes to keep up-to-date with the latest trends in dentistry. Most recently, Dr. Willis has spent a considerable amount of time studying cosmetic dentistry and the intricate process of restoring broken and worn teeth to their original healthy and beautiful state. He also is a Faculty Club member of the SPEAR Dental Education group where he interacts with other growth minded dentists throughout the US mastering the latest techniques in comprehensive dentistry. Dr. Willis' commitment to continuing education is just one part of his desire to be the best dentist in Salem.

Dr. Willis and his wife are family oriented. They have one daughter (Megan) and four sons (Matthew, Benjamin, Samuel, and Elijah) who keep them busy running to and from a variety of activities. When they have a free minute, they enjoy spending time together as a family at the coast, in the garden, or exploring Oregon.

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Kendall Pyper, DDS, Staff Dentist

Dr. Pyper is a 2008 graduate of the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. He has been working at Willis Dental on Friday’s since February 2015.

Originally from Utah, He has lived in Oregon since 2000. Dr. Pyper really loves dentistry, but he also loves time with his wife Lainie and his five amazing children. When he is not working, Dr. Pyper enjoys the outdoors, playing and watching sports, playing and listening to music, and may play a quick computer game once in a while.

Staff Bios

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Catherine, Insurance and Accounts Manager

Catherine is our Insurance /Treatment Coordinator and Accounts Manager here at Willis Dental. Her dental career began when she received her certificate in dental assisting from Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois in 1981. Catherine is an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) and has experience in working in orthodontics and general dentistry.

Catherine has been involved in dentistry for 30 years in Oregon. Her clinical and front office experience gives her a broad knowledge of dentistry and the communication skills to help Willis Dental patients understand their treatment and how to maximize their insurance benefits.

Catherine and her husband Kent, a retired Middle School Science teacher, have raised their three children in the Brooks- Keizer area. They love living in the Willamette Valley and enjoy spending

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Teresa, Receptionist, Spanish Interpreter Dental Assistant

Teresa is our front office receptionist and dental assistant for Willis Dental. Teresa graduated from Concorde Career College in Portland, OR and received her dental assistant certificate.

Teresa had great dental experiences during her adolescent years. Her mission is to make every patient experience at Willis Dental as pleasant and comfortable as she remembers . Her skills with Spanish translation for Willis Dental patients is a great benefit to our practice and patients, helping them understand their health care needs.

She has lived in the Salem-Keizer area for a good portion of her life. Teresa and Bobby have three children. They enjoy spending time with family and friends doing their favorite activities of camping, cooking, watching comedies and trying new things. In her spare time she enjoys drawing and gardening.

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Kim, Dental Hygienist

Kim is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been with Willis Dental since 2000.

Kim started her dental career as a dental assistant after completing Chemeketa Community College’s dental assisting program. After working as an assistant she continued her education at Mt. Hood Community College Dental Hygiene School. Kim received her degree and licensing as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1987.

Kim is a native of Oregon. She has lived and raised her three children here in the Salem and Brooks area. When she is not working she enjoys the outdoors hiking, skiing and dancing.

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Courtney, Dental Hygienist

Courtney is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She attended Chemeketa Community College and received her EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant) in 1994. Courtney continued her dental education at OHSU and graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene. She has been with Willis Dental since July of 2008. Courtney is our early bird starting her patient’s at 7:00am.

The Willamette Valley has been home to her all of her life. She has been married to Shawn since 1998 and they live in Keizer with their three young boys. They enjoy being outside with the boys gardening, bicycling, and camping. She also enjoys running, sewing, knitting, scrapbooking and canning.

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Elizabeth, ‘Liz’, Dental Hygienist

Liz is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She attended Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene.

Liz loves working with people and always seeks to continue her education in order to stay current with all the latest and greatest in dental science and technology.

She grew up in Turner, OR and in the Salem area will always be home to her. In her free time, Liz enjoys spending time with her husband Tyler, friends and family, and is a huge animal lover. Liz loves to exercise and her favorite thing to do is to relax on the couch with a good book or movie.

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Melinda, Dental Hygienist

Melinda is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She attended OHSU and graduated in 2001 with my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University 1999.

Melinda thrives on the joy of helping dental patients keep their best smile. She is constantly seeking further education in the art and science of dental hygiene. Melinda loves your smile!

Melinda is married to her high school sweetheart and they enjoy hiking and snowshoeing with their dog, Chief.

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Taylor, Dental Assistant, EFDA

Taylor grew up on a 100 acre fruit farm in the little town of Parkdale, OR. Growing up she was very involved in various activities including volleyball, swimming, softball, basketball, and 4-H. After graduating high school she coached High School volleyball and Little League softball in South Salem.

She graduated from Charter College in Pasco, WA with her dental assisting certificate in 2012 and has received her Expanded Function Dental Assistant Certificate.
Taylor loves dentistry and working with children, and creating a positive dental experience. She is also attending classes at Chemeketa Community College with future goals of becoming a nurse.

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Yelena, EFDA, Russian Interpreter

Yelena grew up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in central Asia. She loves sunshine, fruits and the mountains. She and her family came to America 11 years ago.

In 2008, Yelena graduated from a dental assisting program in Salem, Oregon and received her Expanded Function Dental Assistant certificate. Since then she has enjoyed working with patients and taking care of their smiles. After having horrible dental experiences as a child, Yelena’s goal is to help Willis Dental patients have a comforting and positive experience in the dental chair.

When she is not working at the office, Yelena enjoys reading, hiking and traveling to explore new places. There are several things she has checked off her bucket list like seeing Paris, being in a hurricane, seeing the alligators in the canals of Florida. She is looking forward to the next adventure whatever that may be!

Yelena enjoys cooking and trying new recipes. She loves to spend time with her family especially with her nieces and nephews.

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