Meet the Team

Registered Dental Hygienist

Steph graduated from PCC’s Dental Hygiene program in 2010. Her gentle cleanings and calming demeanor are a great comfort for those of us with dental anxiety. She’s full of helpful tips for home care and you’ll appreciate how she explains the science and technology behind everything we do.

“I’m from Chicago but have lived in Portland since 2005. I love bicycling, hiking, playing guitar, and taking my Jeep Wrangler to the mountain in the snow. My favorite part about being a dental hygienist is helping patients feel comfortable and relaxed. I know that no two people are exactly the same and I always adapt my approach and recommendations to each patient’s needs.”

Registered Dental Hygienist

Lauren graduated with her dental hygiene degree from Miami Dade College in 2010. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association and her diverse clinical background includes public health, homeless shelters, and nursing homes. She believes every dental appointment should be a positive experience and it shows through her friendly demeanor and contagious laugh.

I grew up on the south east coast of Florida prior to living in the District of Columbia for 7 years. I moved to Portland in the summer of 2017 to be closer to friends and explore all of the nature the Pacific Northwest has to offer! I like birdwatching, camping, reading, and watching X-Files re-runs with my cat, Donut. I enjoy empowering patients to take control of their health through education of the connection between oral and whole-body wellness.”

Dental Assistant

Yuliya has been working in the dental field for over two years as a certified Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. With her impressive chair-side skills and patient-first approach, she’s an invaluable team member who keeps our clinic running smoothly.

“I had always wanted to be in the medical field to help people as much as I can. I love being a dental assistant and getting to meet new people every day. I was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine (close to Romania) but have lived in Portland most of my life. In my free time I enjoy calligraphy, watercoloring, drawing and making my own greeting cards.”

Dental Assistant

A recent graduate of PCC, Katie is an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and our one office unicorn: born and raised in Portland! Her focus during each patient’s visit is offering different ways to help them feel comfortable and relaxed.

“I always had an interest in dentistry in the back of my mind and after job shadowing at an office, I decided to apply to the dental assisting program at PCC and I’m so glad I did! I love my job – my favorite part is probably my coworkers. We have a great time working together! Outside of work I enjoy hanging out with friends, going to the movies and trying new places to eat.”

Treatment Coordinator

Leslie manages our scheduling, insurance and treatment planning. With nearly 20 years of experience as a dental assistant and front office manager, she is an incredible asset to our patients with her extensive knowledge of dental procedures, treatment options, and how to best maximize your dental insurance.

“I’m originally from San Diego but love how beautiful Portland is and how nice the people are. I really enjoy cooking and running – even in Portland weather! Helping patients learn about the importance of oral health is very exciting to me and it’s amazing how quality dentistry can completely change someone’s self-confidence and outlook on life.” 

Scheduling & Insurance Coordinator

Hollyce is likely who you’ll speak with to schedule appointments and get your insurance questions answered. We’d be lost without her keeping our front office operations organized and running efficiently. She is currently going to school to be a dental hygienist with the goal of making the same positive impact that her childhood hygienist had on her.

“Going to the dentist growing up was always a positive experience and it made me want to work in the dental field and share my enthusiasm with others. I’m from St. Louis but have always been a huge fan of the PNW. After living in the Virgin Islands for an ‘unintentional 5-year vacation’ after college, I’m ecstatic to finally live here and explore the outdoors year-round. I love freediving, sharkdiving, snowboarding, rock climbing and playing my violin.” 

Systems Coordinator

Mattie recently transitioned to the dental field after a career in biotechnology and is now an integral part of the Five Pines front office team. She is our systems guru – always finding new ways to help us improve efficiency! Mattie also helps with billing, scheduling, insurance coordination and keeps us up to date with the latest in practice management software and technology.

“I’m from Utah and love all snow-related activities: shoeing, boarding, skiing, sledding and mobiling! I like camping and hiking as well, nothing is more peaceful to me than spending time in nature. Although substituting with a good book or show can be quite fulfilling too. Participating in the dental field over the last few years has emboldened me to make it my career. Joining people who aim to improve others’ lives inspires me to do more.” 

Business Administrator

Catharine is new to dentistry but brings almost 10 years of communications and marketing experience to the team. She often helps coordinate scheduling and insurance but most of her focus is on the behind-the-scenes work that goes into running the practice.

“When I’m not at the office I like to hike, ski and ride horses. But most nights, let’s be honest with each other, I’m watching Netflix on the couch with my dog. I love coming to work every day and working to improve the patient experience. We want our patients to feel like family and to know we’re doing all we can to make each visit as comfortable as possible.”