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Meet Our Team


Tobie, Patient Greeter

Tobie, Patient Greeter

Tobie was born to be an Edelweisser!  He proudly wears the Edelweiss name when he is greeting our patients at the office. He’s been known to help our patients get through their dental treatments by smiling his way through the windows. 

In his free time, he loves to snuggle, enjoys long walks on the beach, and delights in rolling around on the grass. His favorite treat is steak, but he will eat just about anything :)

Whether he is perusing the back gated area or napping in the office area, he is thrilled to get petted! He just loves people and attention. Feel free to request him as your therapy dog during your dental treatments!

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Tanya, Registered Dental Hygienist Tanya Kornuta, Registered Dental Hygienist

Tanya is very passionate about dental hygiene! Her hygiene philosophy is to provide the highest quality of care, while helping her patients maintain a healthy smile. Her goal is to create a welcoming experience by presenting patients options for their dental hygiene, so THEY can choose what is right for them!

Her favorite thing about being your dental hygienist is hearing the patient stories. She loves learning new things from the patients that sit in her chair. So please don’t come shy to your dental cleanings J

In her free time, she enjoys tropical vacations and camping (two extremes).  She loves photography, decorating and setting up for small events and parties! She also stays busy by being a mom to three young boys!

Tanya is an amazing cook! Her specialty is sweet treats, which is dangerous for her fellow team members.  It’s a good thing we can sit in her chair to avoid cavities!

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Nicole, Registered Dental Hygienist Tanya Kornuta, Registered Dental Hygienist

Nicole enjoys building genuine connections with her patients.  She strives to ease any concern that patients might have from being in the dental chair. Her goal is to make it a fun and comfortable visit.

After attending high school in Chicago, she knew immediately that her passion was dentistry! She went to pursue her Dental Hygiene degree and graduated in 2014.  She has been practicing for over 5 years now.

A move from Chicago to Portland was a natural fit because she enjoys going to yoga, cooking vegetarian meals, eating out at the latest and greatest restaurants, and being outside!

You will also find her at the dog parks with her Dachshund mix puppy named Luca.  She spends a lot of her time coordinating his doggy playdates, doggy daycare, doggie socialization, and doggie training classes.

If you have time, she can give you lots of tips on getting a puppy acquainted to a new home or tell you all about the hot new restaurants in town.

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Susan, Dental Assistant Susan, Dental Assistant

Susan has been helping people through dentistry for over 11 years.  She started many years ago working in an orthodontic office while she was in high school.  She loved it so much she applied to the Clackamas Community College Dental Assisting program.  She has been working in private practice general dentistry for her entire career.

In her free time, you’ll find her on the back of a Harley Davidson. She loves road trips, and they try to visit at least one national park each year. 

In addition to road tripping on long weekends, she likes to travel to new places, work on her house/yard, read from her large book collection, and cooking/baking new recipes!

She has since retired from running long distance, but before that she completed 18 half marathons, the Portland Marathon, and Hood to Coast. 

She might not run long distances anymore, but we keep her busy running at the dental office!


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Kendra, Dental Assistant Kendra, Dental Assistant

Kendra is our bodybuilder! When she is not at work, you will find her working out! She enjoys the outdoors and hiking as other ways to stay in shape!

She is not our best friend when it comes to food, she maintains a very healthy diet and lifestyle. We tease her a bit, but it is only because we are jealous!

Kendra loves helping others through dentistry.  As a Dental Assistant she is fulfilled by so many rewarding moments of meeting patients, getting to know them, and helping them achieve their dental goals.

If you want exercise and nutrition tips Kendra is your gal, please don’t hesitate to ask!


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Julie, Front Office Receptionist Julie, Front Office Receptionist

Julie’s philosophy is that a smile is a huge indicator of happiness and she loves to see people smile!

She is an artist, she loves to paint and draw!  In her free time, she spends time at her childhood home in Hood River, drinking wine and eating good food with family.  She also considers herself a ‘Super Aunt’ to her five nieces and nephews.

Julie is the first person you see when you come in and the last person you see when you leave, her professionalism and great attitude will make you smile and that is her ultimate goal!


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Marissa, Patient Care Coordinator

Marissa, Patient Care Coordinator

Marissa is a hybrid of the perfect team member.  She has worked as a Patient Care Coordinator for 10 years, and was a Dental Assistant for 4 years. With her experience and dental background, she can be fluid throughout the entire office.

She grew up here in St. Johns North Portland, and now she resides in Scappoose, Oregon.  Her commute did not stop her from joining our team because she still has a ton of family close to the office!

On her off days, she enjoys spending time with her daughters, husband, and dog named “general lee”. They enjoy camping, riding ATV’s and going to the beach!

Please give her your best challenge and watch her overcome it as your patient care coordinator- Because she’s totally got this!

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Kaelyn, Operations Manager

Kaelyn Santangelo, Operations Manager

Kaelyn grew up in Vancouver, WA, and after attending Washington State University for her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Communications, she came back to her roots and settled into being a resident of West Linn.

The dental field is her chosen career. She enjoys seeing people who are thrilled with the results they get by investing in their teeth. She believes it is a lifetime investment in our patient’s future!

She has worked the past 12 years in various management positions, and has received extensive training throughout this process.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her golden retriever, Tobie, spending quality time with her loved ones, and pampering herself by eating out, antiquing, and relaxing when time allows.

When you see her please feel free to stop by and say hi. You will get a free pass to make fun of her when you see her drinking iced coffee in the dead of winter!

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