Meet the Staff


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 time with family.


Teresa, Receptionist, Spanish Interpreter

Teresa is our receptionist and Spanish interpreter. She has been with Willis Dental for many years working in the front office and as a dental assistant. She utilizes her experience and knowledge in providing excellent customer service to our patient’s.

Teresa 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 outdoor activities.


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.


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.


Svet, Dental Hygienist

Svet is a graduate from the Oregon Institute of Technology in Salem, Oregon. She received a Bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene in 2018. Svet began working for Willis Dental in 2012 as a front office and clinical support team member. After completing her dream of becoming a dental hygienist she returned to Willis Dental.

She was raised in Walla Walla, Washington and moved to Salem in 2012. Along with her husband Aleks, and their daughter Ellie, they enjoy spending time outdoors camping and going to the beach.


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.


Melissa, EFDA, Dental Assistant

Melissa is an Expanded Function Dental Assistant, who grew up in Southern Oregon. Upon marrying her high school sweetheart, his military career took them to South Carolina where Melissa graduated from a dental assisting program and began her dental career in 2013. After her husband six-year enlistment was completed, they decided to settle down in the Willamette Valley, which brought her to join Willis Dental.

Aside from her dental assisting career, Melissa enjoys hiking, crafting and taking her dogs to the park and pretty much anything to do with exploring the beautiful Pacific North West.

Melissa looks forward to caring for her patients at Willis Dental and providing comfort through their dental procedures.