Dani Wilson, Registered Dental Hygienist
Born and raised in the Portland area, Dani went to middle school and high school with Dr. Eilers, both graduating from West Linn High school in 1996. She attended her first two years of college at Oregon State University before transferring to Oregon Health Sciences University where she received her Bachelors Degree in Science in Dental Hygiene in 2000. Dani has experience working in General Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry and in Periodontics. She joined our team in 2010 part-time and became full-time in 2011. Her passion is helping anxious patients overcome their fears in the Dental office, as she herself had suffered for years from a high level of dental anxiety. Finding ways to relate to patients with compassion, humor and getting to know them on a personal level is what makes her love her profession. With 4 kids at home ranging in age from 9-15 (for real, that isn’t a typo), life can definitely get hectic at times rushing to a school program, sporting event, or spending the evening being a taxi service to a social gathering or cheerleading practice. She enjoys playing board games with her children, traveling when possible, re-decorating, crafts, and DIY home projects.Registered Dental Hygienist”]
Janet Strege, Registered Dental Hygienist
Janet grew up in The Dalles, OR where most of her family still calls home. She moved to Portland to attend Dental Hygiene School at Mt. Hood Community College, from which she graduated in 2006. After a brief move to Utah where she worked in a General Practice office, the love of Oregon brought her and her husband, her high school sweetheart, back to settle in Portland. She started working at Eilers Dental in 2007 and has been full time here ever since. She enjoys the wide variety of patients and procedures found in general dentistry and approaching each patient individually and personally. In 2014, she volunteered with Great Shape 1000 Smiles Dental Project in Jamaica, where they provided a variety of dental treatment in remote villages. She enjoys spending her off-time with her husband Chris camping, taking their canoe out for a ride, hiking, gardening and reading. They welcomed their first child, Lydia Mae, in June 2016 and have been loving this new adventure in parenting.
Lisa Gomez, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Lisa moved to Oregon in 2011 from Las Vegas, NV but was born and raised in Southern California. Her dental career began in California working in Pediatric Dentistry 15 years ago. After moving to Las Vegas, she continued her dental career in Endodontics, General Dentistry and also working in a dental office limited to removable dentures. She began working as an assistant at Eilers Dental in 2011 and finds joy in easing patients minds related to dentistry and the various dental procedures. Lisa has volunteered her time helping low income families receive dental care through organizations such as Mission of Mercy. She is a mom to two boys, Xavier (16) and Emmett (8), which keep her busy while not at the office. In addition to being involved in their school and extra-curricular activities, Lisa enjoys running, wine tasting, experiencing different local restaurants, and catching a UFC fight whenever she can.
Kayla Woods, Sterilization Tech
Kayla was raised in the Portland area and graduated from Rex Putnam High School in 2014. She then enrolled at Portland Community College to take prerequisite courses with a goal of them being accepted into an accredited Dental Hygiene Program. Wanting hands-on experience working hands on in the Dental field, Kayla joined Eilers Dental in April of 2015. She currently works part-time while attending college and has been gaining so much knowledge in the various aspects of withing in a dental office. She recently became certification to take dental radiographs on patients and has enjoyed this new challenge. Kayla loves animals and has 2 cats (Stella & Sheldon) and 1 dog (Cash). She enjoys swimming, camping and snowboarding in her free time.
Erin Irvin, Office Manager
Erin was raised in White Salmon, WA. She began working in the Dental field in 2004 after moving to the Seattle area, where she lived for 10 years. She relocated to the Portland area in 2009 to join the Eilers Dental Team where she wears many hats around this crazy place. From the reception area to sterilization and everything in between, she also certification to take radiographs on patients. She most enjoys the challenge of insurance billing (which is constantly changing) and the day-to-day interaction with patients. In her free time, Erin enjoys hanging out with her husband, Dirk, and son Hunter (3 years old) as well as their other “baby”, their dog Tucker. Going to the beach, the Hood River area, snowboarding, running and being outside are among her favorites activites to enjoy outside of the office. You won’t need to know her long to find that Erin is also a HUGE sports fan. There are two teams that she won’t miss watching… the Oregon Ducks and the Seattle Seahawks, and if you come in to the office on game day you will be sure to see her decked out in fan gear from head to toe.
Rachel Zerwig-Jones, Registered Dental Hygienist
Rachel is the newest addition to our Eilers Dental family. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in June of 2016 and began working as a temporary Dental Hygienist right away. It didn’t take long to realize that she would be the perfect fit with our expanding practice, making her a permanent addition to our team. Rachel is a California native who was born and raised in the Fresno area. She graduated from Cal State Fresno in 2006 with her Bachelors degree in Criminology. In 2010 she graduated from Fresno City College as a Dental Hygienist. Talk about a career change!! Rachel is very passionate about patient care and learning the newest techniques and trends in Dentistry. She is recognized by patients as being “gentle yet effective” during their dental visits. In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading and exploring her new surroundings in the Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer. She and her husband, Aaron, recently purchased a home in Camas, WA and are very excited to get settled in their new lifestyle.
Jessica Barrett-Donnell, Registered Dental Hygienist
Jessica has been a part-time Dental Hygienist with Eilers Dental since the fall of 2015. She was born and raised in The Dallas, OR. After High School, Jessica moved to La Grande, OR to attend the Oregon Institute of Technology. She graduated from the Dental Hygiene program there in 2012 and has absolutely loved her career choice ever since. Loving the daily interaction with a wide variety of patients has made working in General Practice offices her passion. Jessica married her High School sweetheart and long time boyfriend Jerrod in September of 2016. They have 2 yellow lab “fur babies” named Buck and Blair. In her free time she enjoys fishing, barbecuing with friends and family, as well as trying new local restaurants.