Meet Our Team
- Tanya, Registered Dental Hygienist
- Angelina Tkacheva- Registered Dental Hygienist
- Kendra, Dental Assistant
- Jackie, Dental Assistant
- Susan Nergaard- Patient Care Coordinator
- Marissa, Financial and Insurance Coordinator.
Tanya, 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 !
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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Angelina Tkacheva, Registered Dental Hygienist
Angelina knows the importance of a great smile- that's why she is so committed to improving yours! She takes great pride in improving her patient's oral health and providing helpful tips on how to maintain it. Her goal is to make your day by providing her services in a comfortable, friendly, and stress-free appointment.
After graduating from Portland Community College with full accreditation, Angelina has had the pleasure of working with patients for 3 years. She is left handed, so she can approach your teeth from a different angle than most hygienists ;) And she speaks fluent Russian, as she immigrated to the US in 2006. She is always open to teaching you some Russian!
When not in the office, Angelina loves to spend time around family and friends- ideally outdoors! Hiking and painting are some of her favorite hobbies.
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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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Jackie, Dental Assistant
Jackie is our foodie! Not only does she love to cook, but she enjoys discovering new food places, and reviewing them. Lately, she has been experimenting with sauces and what that does for her food. Although she is not a picky eater, she is allergic to shrimp, but she sometimes takes will take the risk.
Jackie is learning a lot when it comes to dentistry, she is newer to the field, and has spent 2 years working in general dentistry and endodontics. She loves working with kids and has a lot of experience with patients who do not love coming to the dentist!
She really values smiles that are transformed. She is currently in the process of transforming her smile, as she has invested in braces for herself! It makes her happy when people dedicate their time and energy to having a healthy smile, and she’ll be the first to notice when they do!
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Susan Nergaard, Patient Care Coordinator
Susan has been helping people through dentistry for over 13 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. Some of you may recognize her as she was a dental assistant at our office before moving into the position of patient care coordinator. Her extensive knowledge and experience with clinical care make her an excellent resource for any questions you may have!
In her free time you will find her on the back of her boyfriend Kevin's Harley Davidson. They love to take road trips and 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 take her black lab, Bear, for a walk or hike. She has since retired from long distance running, but before that she completed 18 half marathons, the Portland Marathon, and Hood to Coast.
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Marissa, Financial and Insurance Coordinator
Marissa is a hybrid of the perfect team member. She has worked as a Patient Care Coordinator and Insurance Coordinator for 15 yrs., 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 “Rex”. 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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