Meet the Staff



Ellen is a native Oregonian, graduated from OHSU in the 1980’s. She’s been working at BravoSmile since early 2003. She enjoys being outdoors, gardening, hiking, biking and playing with her dogs.






Mary has been a dental assistant for 30 years and graduated from OHSU. She’s worked at BravoSmile for 13yrs. Her hobbies include camping, hiking, sewing, spending time with her grand kids. She has 3 dogs, Zoey, Riley and Brody.






Melissa has been in the dental field for 16 years.  She attended dental assisting school at the Clarke County Vocational Skills Center in Vancouver, WA where she currently resides.  She is married and has one cat named Nuni.






Heather graduated the dental hygiene program from Lane Community College and obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from Portland State University. She’s been a hygienist for 9 years. Her hobbies include sailing, hiking, camping, biking, fishing and pretty much anything outdoors. She also fits in time to play with her dog, Hobbes.




Lauren has a Bachelors in Hygiene from USC. She has been with our practice for over 7 years, demonstrating her extensive periodontal knowledge in dental hygiene. Lauren also works part time at a periodontal office often treating patients with advanced periodontal disease. Her patients have come to appreciate the care and passion she has for educating them in their oral and general health issues. When she’s not working out at the gym, she stays heavily involved in the Arts.




Briar has worked in dental administration since 2005 and spent 5yrs as a practice management consultant. Enjoys spending time with her cat Kim as well as roller-blading, hiking, enjoying the beautiful Oregon scenery and meeting up with friends over a cup of coffee.





Marina has lived in Oregon since 1974 when she began working at Oregon Health & Sciences University. She spent 8 years working in the Periodontology Department at the School of Dentistry and close to retirement she began working in the dental practice. She enjoys reading and house-sitting.