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Meet Our Team


Tobie, Patient Greeter

Tobie, Patient GreeterTobie 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 bacon, but he will eat just about anything :)

Whether he is perusing the back gated area or napping in the office, 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!

She loves to give back to the community by volunteering for non-profit organizations, she provides a gift of serving people with dental needs.

Tanya is an amazing cook! Her specialty is sweet treats, which is dangerous for her fellow staff 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 3 years now.

A move from Chicago to Portland was a natural fit because she enjoys doing yoga, cooking vegetarian meals, biking, 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!

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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 8 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 North Portland.

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 8 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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