Our Lake Oswego Office

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Meet The Lake Grove Dental Team

More than 50 years of dental excellence and genuine care.

We want to welcome you into our dental family! Our team has worked side-by-side for decades and is truly invested in improving your well-being. Each team member adds something unique to our practice and the family-friendly atmosphere enjoyed by our patients. Meet the team behind our wonderful office culture!

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Headshot of Janice our Chief Customer Officer smiling outdoors

Janice
Chief Customer Officer

I don’t recall what triggered my fascination with teeth, but it began at age five! By the time I was fifteen I was working for an oral surgery office. Lake Grove Dental was my third stop in the world of dentistry. For three decades I worked side-by-side with Dr. Wiltshire. When he retired I moved to the front desk for a slight change of venue, but also the ability to stay in contact with the hundreds of patients I’ve grown to know and love over the years.

My workmates are my sisters; many I’ve known for twenty plus years. Every day our team studies what’s coming up on the schedule and works together to be a cohesive force at Lake Grove Dental, giving our patients the best dental experience possible.

Outside the office, being with my “grandbabies” is my ultimate fun time.

Shot of Catherine and her Husband hiking

Catherine
Office Manager

I worked summers at Lake Grove Dental for my Dad, Dr. Wiltshire, as a lab tech, starting at age 13. Every summer I’d take on more duties learning the facets of dentistry and running the office. I always loved watching my Dad’s creative approach, whether it be casting from scratch onlays, problem-solving patient’s oral health dilemma or just getting excited about new materials and techniques. His artist/engineer demeanor was passed to me despite my education far afield of dentistry.

Flash forward a couple of decades, burned out on my field of choice, Dad asked me to come back to manage the practice. My employer at that time said I’d be bored to death. Thirty years later I can honestly say I’ve never been bored a minute. Dentistry and the business of it are fascinating, constantly changing, and you get to see people regularly (patients and staff), creating strong long-lasting relationships.

Off hours I love hanging with my husband and kids, traveling, hiking, watercolor painting, reading, and being near my cat (fun fact: the cat thinks he’s a dog). I’d love to have dinner with Ada Lovelace, Benj. Franklin, Howard Zinn, and Joseph Campbell, and it’s on my bucket list to have a month, a train pass, backpacks, and my husband and be dropped in Finse, Norway with no plans.

Our dental hygienist, Ruthanne, smiling with blonde hair

Ruthanne
Dental Hygienist

I was born and raised in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. I am the youngest of five kids. I think dentistry chose me. I was attending university when I lost a filling. When I visited the dentist to have that fixed, he offered me a part-time job to work in the front office. After working there for a few months, I was then asked if I had any interest in learning how to assist and I said, “sure!” This led to completing a dental assistant program and eventually to my Dental Hygiene degree.

I graduated from OHSU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. I absolutely love working with people and helping them improve their dental health. In fact, my patients are the best part of my job, as they feel like family.

Outside of the office, I spend time with my family. We love to do all things outdoors: camping, hiking, and kiteboarding. We also love to travel, especially to places in the sun.

Martha Stewart is one of my heroes. She is one of the original creative entrepreneurs. Aside from being wildly successful, she has also seen some trouble in her life and was able to work through that and rise to the top again.

Susan with her dog and husband looking at the sky

Susan
Dental Hygienist

I was born and raised in rural Oregon, and have made Portland my home for the past 40 years.

I was interested in dentistry from an early age. In college, I decided that dental hygiene provides the perfect mix of patient care and work-life balance. I took a mid-career break to get my MBA and worked for six years as an environmental consultant but returned to dentistry after our second child was born.

I started at Lake Grove Dental in 1986, so I’ve known some patients for more than 30 years! I’m always excited to see who is on my schedule for the day. I love working here and providing outstanding patient care. From the front desk to the chair-side, we have an amazing and close-knit team!

It is with mixed feelings that I have begun cutting back my hours as I inch towards retirement. I hope to have more time to visit my children residing in Brooklyn, travel, hike, and bike with my husband, Dan, of 30 years. In addition, I look forward to weekly walks with my best friends and a yearly camping and fishing trip with my father.

Jill Our Dental Hygienist riding a horse

Jill
Dental Hygienist

I grew up in Eastern Oregon on my family’s farming ranch. I really enjoy being part of a small-town community. We still move the cows by horseback, just like my family did 100 years ago.

Dental hygiene has been a great profession for me. I love teaching and helping people to be the healthiest version of themselves. I enjoy attending study club with my hygiene co-workers to stay up on all the latest information and research.

When not at Lake Grove Dental, I enjoy spending time with my kids and being involved with their sports. I also like to run, read, and care for all my animals. If there was a theme song about my life, it would be “I’m In a Hurry and Don’t Know Why” by Alabama!

Our team member standing outside and smiling with her hair on her shoulders

Laura
Insurance Coordinator

I was a patient at Lake Grove Dental before I started working here. My previous work lacked interaction with people and I’ve really enjoyed that change. I think my personality type makes me a good fit for figuring out insurance benefits for our patients, as I enjoy the investigation and have plenty of patience.

A hobby I enjoy, which sometimes comes in handy at work, is working on computers. Building and rebuilding equipment and problem-solving for friends and family are the best. I’ve also become the office’s “Dr. Dolittle”. The local peacocks sometimes make an appearance here, but daily visitors are squirrels, hummingbirds, and other local birds.

One of my duties is supplying the children’s prize area. We have the best selection in town and it’s a lot of fun to see our young patient’s eyes light up when they get to choose something!

Audrey with her white dog

Audrey
Dental Assistant

I went to school for dental assisting straight out of high school and graduated from Linn-Benton Community College in 2006. Later, I went back to school and graduated from Portland State in 2013 with a BS in Psychology.

Five years ago, I joined the Lake Grove Dental team. During my years here, I have been working off and on, both full-time and part-time, as I’ve pursued receiving my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling at George Fox University, and started a family with my husband, Chris. Currently, I am enjoying maternity leave with Mia, born in January 2019 and her big brother, Jayce.

I have always enjoyed the variability and dynamics in dentistry, from the artistic aspects to working with a close-knit team. I also love helping patients improve their oral health in a warm and understanding way.

In my (so-called) free time, I love to travel to new places in my home state of Oregon and have new experiences. I enjoy spending time with my family, going for walks, and watching movies. A good conversation is always entertaining, especially while I’m on maternity leave with my young ones. In the future, I hope to visit and serve children in a developing country.

Shot of Sheena on a river

Sheena
Dental Hygienist

Originally a Montana native, I moved to Oregon in 2006. I have grown fond of good restaurants, coffee shops, and the recreation opportunities here. I graduated from PCC’s Dental Hygiene program in 2017 and have been working at Lake Grove Dental ever since.

It has been rewarding to provide individualized interaction to every patient and see changes for the better in their oral and overall health. The role that good oral health plays on us is fascinating to me.

When not working, my favorite things are refurbishing furniture, playing softball (yes, I’m a little competitive), and hanging with my friends.

Shot of Alexis taking a selfie with friends

Alexis
Dental Assistant

My mother is a dental office manager in the Salem area and I feel as though I’ve had some tie to dentistry my whole life because of her role in the field. I’m an Oregonian and one thing that I think is cool about our state is it seems like there are always new and exciting places to discover here.

Before I joined Lake Grove Dental, I was a manager at a Chipotle restaurant. Multi-tasking and trying to see the big picture is right up my alley. It’s a fine coincidence that Chipotle is one of Dr. Branen’s favorite lunches! Needless to say, we’ve had a few staff meetings with Chipotle on the menu.

At the start of the year, I finished my x-ray certification and every day I am amazed at how much I learn about people and doing dentistry. It is a lot of fun to be part of a tight-knit team who are so focused on caring for people and doing things right. I like Dr. Branen’s quirky sense of humor and he gives the best shots, ever!

I’m a twin and come from a big family. There is never a dull moment at home or at work!

Shot of our Dental Assistant smiling in a Parking Lot

Haley
Dental Assistant

Being close to nature, as a life-long Oregonian, has always inspired me creatively. My passion for the arts has been celebrated and encouraged my whole life.

I am the newest member of the Lake Grove Dental Team. I like things tidy and organized, but my favorite thing is helping Dr. Branen create CEREC® crowns and veneers. My exposure to art, sculpting, and the use of color have been instrumental when creating lifelike copies of teeth.

Outside the office, my favorite things, besides anything art related, are my cat, gardening, and playing games. I also have a knack for assembling IKEA furniture (it’s a love/hate talent!).

Stephanie with her friend taking a selfie

Stephanie
Dental Hygienist

I am passionate about what I do, whether it’s my work in dentistry or caring for my three teenage girls! While I’m only a part-time contributor at Lake Grove Dental, everyone is like family and it’s always a pleasure to be here.

Our dental hygienist, Becca, smiling with hair over the left side of her face

Becca
Dental Hygienist

We are so excited to welcome Becca to the practice August of 2019. She was a classmate of Sheena’s at Portland Community’s Dental Hygiene program. Becca takes pride in providing excellent oral healthcare while also connecting with her patients.

Originally from Oregon, Becca, and her family have been in South Carolina for the past few years while her husband, Jesse, completed his education to become a P.A. (Physician’s Assistant) at MUSC. They will be permanently returning to our community this summer and we couldn’t be happier!

As you can see from the photo, Becca enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband and daughter, Emersyn.

Wonderful staff from A-Z in experience, skills, and expertise. The rare combination of delicate touch shared knowledge and nice bedside manner. It's everything you need in a dental office, helpful and hospitable, caring and confidence while making it seem easy. Cleaning and x-rays to fillings, including advice on improving teeth and health. The best all around doctor and support staff I've ever seen! Super impressive.

K.F. (5-Star Google Review)

Office Tour

Go behind the scenes before your visit.
Not Your Run-of-the-Mill Dental Practice
Dr. Branen emphasizes the importance of educating our patients and creating an environment where friendships can grow.
Comfortable waiting room showing a row of chairs and red flowers
Office Comforts
Embrace a new style of dental experience designed to make you feel super relaxed from start to finish. Enjoy our in-office comforts that include:

  • Warm blankets
  • Beverage bar
  • Easy parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • Gentle care (of course!)

Dr. Branen looking at a computer and digital x-rays
Modern Technology
To provide state-of-the-art care, our office is equipped with an array of innovative technology, including:

  • 3D cone beam scan
  • Intraoral cameras
  • Digital photography and x-rays
  • CEREC®
  • Soft Tissue Laser
  • DIAGNOdent Caries Detection
Our team is qualified to use these tools to their full potential and produce the best possible results.

Janice and Laura behind the reception desk smiling and holding a phone
True Convenience
We are experts in adapting dentistry to fit your individual needs. We do this by offering:

  • Flexible appointment times
  • Early and later appointment times
  • Open Fridays
  • In-house Loyalty Plan for the uninsured
  • Multiple payment options
  • Billing of all PPO insurance plans
  • Participation in several insurance plans

We Look Forward to Serving Your Family
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