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.
Allie, RDH & Spanish Interpreter
Allie is a Chicago native who has been in the dental field since her High school days. She was an
orthodontic assistant for many years before deciding to become a Dental Hygienist, graduating in 2009
from the University of Illinois in Chicago.
She has lived in Salem with her husband and two girls since 2014. Allie enjoys gardening, biking, and she
always enjoys a nice outdoor fire either in her backyard or the beautiful Oregon coast while camping. She also volunteers in the community and enjoys using her Spanish speaking abilities to help patients in
Lynn attended Lane Community College where she received her RDH. She has been in the dental field for
over 24 years. She chose the dental field because she loves helping and teaching others about their oral
health. She is dedicated to providing each patient with exceptional care. Lynn moved here from
Washington in 1996 with her husband and two children, where she lives on a small farm in Jefferson,
Oregon. She loves spending time fishing, camping, and hanging out with her grandchildren.
She recently joined the team here at Willis Dental and could not be happier! She currently lives in South
Albany, Oregon where she is in close proximity to her immediate family. She was born and raised in Oregon,
graduating Linn Benton Community College in 2003 with an Associates in General Studies and a
certificate in Dental Assisting thinking she would go back to school someday but has been in love with the
dental field ever since. The past 18 years she has had so many amazing experiences in the dental field
including 10 years in Alaska where she enjoyed training younger people to become assistants. She enjoys
learning, getting to know patients and helping them with their needs.
At home she has an amazing boyfriend and a great dog! She has three grown children and enjoy time with
my family. She loves reading, old movies, playing music and cooking in the winter. The summer is full of
kayaking, rock hounding, camping, fishing, backpacking and hiking. Sandy's boyfriend and her are both
outdoors people. They would rather be in the mountains than anywhere so most our summer is a
constant blur on the go!
Sandy looks forward to getting to know our patients and helping out at Willis Dental!
Taylor was born and raised on a farm in the Hood River Valley. After graduating high school she
attended Western Oregon University for 2 years. She decided that she did not want to pursue a
career in education like she had initially planned. She became intrigued with the dental field and
decided to give dental assisting a try. She moved to Pasco, WA where she attended Charter College. She
has been an assistant for 9 years now, 6 of those years being with Willis Dental. With the
support of such a great team, she is currently chasing my dreams of being a nurse. She received a
nursing License and is working as a corrections nurse on the weekends. She plans to continue an
education with nursing to become a forensic nurse.
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.