Meet the Team

Stephanie
Registered Dental Hygienist

Steph (she/they) 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.”

Laurena
Registered Dental Hygienist

Laurena (she/her) 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.”

Anthony
Registered Dental Hygienist

Dentistry runs in the family! Anthony’s (he/him) father is a dentist and working in his office as a kid helped Anthony choose dentistry as his own career. He is the proud owner of two bachelor degrees: Biology from PSU and Dental Hygiene from Pacific University and has now been in practice for over 5 years.

“My favorite part of the job is education. I love to help my patients learn new things that can help them through their oral health journey. Outside of work I love the Seahawks, Blazers, Mariners (ugh), video games and movies – especially Star Wars. I like to play basketball and hang out with my wife Becca and our yorkie-poo Biggs. I’m originally from Boring, Oregon and currently live in Troutdale.”

Katie
Dental Assistant

A 2018 graduate of PCC, Katie (she/her) is an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and was 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.”

Leslie
Treatment Coordinator

Leslie (she/her) manages our scheduling, insurance and treatment planning. With more than 20 years of experience as a dental assistant and front office pro, 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 I think it’s amazing how quality dentistry can completely change someone’s self-confidence and outlook on life.” 

Shana
Scheduling & Insurance Coordinator

Shana (she/her) is likely who you’ll work with to schedule appointments and get your insurance questions answered. She is passionate about helping patients feel comfortable and making their visits memorable – in a good way of course! Shana grew up in Lake Oswego and has lived in various parts of Oregon (and briefly Washington) her whole life. She’s always pondered moving out of the PNW just to see what it is like, then coming back to love Oregon a little bit more!

“I am always happy to answer questions and do whatever I can to help patients reduce stress. I did not have good experiences at the dentist growing up, so it’s important to me to make sure people know it doesn’t have to be that way. On the weekends I am hanging out with my boyfriend Dilan, playing with my kitty Wahkeena or exploring nature outside. I love finding new hikes and unknown trails. I have been to most every waterfall in Oregon and cannot wait to explore more!”

Chris
Office Manager

Chris began his dental career in 2016 while living in Hawaii and has experience in both front office and clinic operations. Here at Five Pines he oversees our patient relations, insurance billing, and most importantly watering the office plants. Okay maybe watering the plants isn’t the most important part of his job, but they would all definitely be dead without him.

“Attention to detail is very important to me and we work hard to take great care of our patients. I enjoy being part of a modern practice that values honesty and collaboration. I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but love being in Portland. I like the food scene and outdoor activities (but only when it’s warm out). I also like to bake, surf (but again, only when it’s warm out – so basically never in Oregon) and pet stranger’s dogs. UPDATE: I adopted a puppy and named her Barbara Hamilton.” 

Catharine
Co-Owner

Catharine (she/her) brings more than 10 years of communications and marketing experience to the team. You might catch her helping at the front desk 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 more often than not, let’s be honest with each other, I’m at home with my two year old doing two year old things. I love working everyday 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.”