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51384 Hwy 97, La Pine, OR 97739(541) 630-4023
51384 Hwy 97
La Pine, OR 97739
(541) 630-4023

Our Staff

Stephen W. Allen, DMD

Dr. Allen

Dr. Allen grew up on a farm in rural Oregon with his parents and four siblings. He served a two-year mission for his church and gained a love of service. After returning home, he met his bride Melissa and they were married in 1997. Dr. Allen attended Portland State University and graduated with a degree in General Science before attending Tufts University of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. Dr. Allen and Melissa have two children, Michael and Megan. They enjoy camping and boating in the summertime. He loves La Pine and looks forward to many years of getting to know the community. Dr. Allen enjoys collecting coins & Star Wars memorabilia. On his days off you may find him fishing or restoring his 1955 Ford truck.

Melissa Allen

Melissa Allen

Melissa offers support as the Human Resources Manager along with the Accounts Payable and Receivables department for La Pine Dental. She brings over 20 years of experience in accounting and human resources; which is a great benefit to the practice. Melissa was born and raised in Central Oregon and brings with her the deep love and respect of the area. Dr. Allen and Melissa were married in 1997 and have two children, Michael and Megan. Michael is attending BYU-Idaho and Megan is still completing high school. You can find the Allen Clan camping all over Central Oregon in their spare time or exploring all the area has to offer. Melissa particularly enjoys running and recently completed her first half marathon. She also enjoys painting and writing poetry. Although her greatest accomplishment as well as her greatest joy will be the family she has created with Dr. Allen.

Charlotte Gowdy - Dental Hygienist

Charlotte Gowdy

Charlotte grew up in La Pine which is where she has lived for most of her life. She graduated from OIT in 1988 with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene and later returned to OIT and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She has been working for La Pine Dental since June of 2006 as a Dental Hygienist. Charlotte is married with 3 kids; her oldest son Zane is attending U of O where he will graduate as an architect, son Ian attends OSU for civil engineering, and daughter Ashlyn, who attends La Pine High School and is on the OHSET and soccer teams. Charlotte enjoys hunting with her husband Art and dad, camping and attending horse events with her daughter.

Nicole Gunson - Dental Hygienist

Nicole Gunson

Nicole was born and raised in Eugene Oregon and is a die hard Duck fan (sorry Beaver fans). She worked at Sacred Heart General Hospital from 1987-1994 and moved to Sisters in 1999 where she has lived ever since. Her family soon followed and now all live in either Sisters or Bend. Nicole has one son, Alex, who is 27 years old. Nicole attended the University of Oregon and graduated from Lane Community College in 1994 with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. Nicole has worked at La Pine Dental as a Dental Hygienist since December of 2000. Nicole loves to quilt, design quilt patterns, knit, read, travel, camp, go crabbing and fishing. She loves to buy flowers and trees but likes to have someone else plant and weed them.

Hannah Wieber - Dental Hygienist

Hannah Wieber

My name is Hannah Wieber, if you are a La Pine native, you may already know me since I have grown up in La Pine all my life. Here at La Pine Dental, I am your dental hygienist. Although, over the last three years, I could be found running sterilization, answering phones, or even helping Dr. Allen with a filling or two. Before I finished my dental hygiene degree at Oregon Tech, I was offered a job with this clinic and they helped grow my love for dentistry. It is so special this office gave me my first job in dentistry and now have given me my first job as a Registered Dental Hygienist. On my days off, you can find me floating the Little Deschutes or hiking one of our many gorgeous mountains.

Michelle Kalmbach - Office Manager

Michelle Kalmbach

Michelle has been with La Pine Dental since 2004. Through the years Michelles had the opportunity to work in almost every capacity in the office, she currently wears the hat of office manager a position full of variety and challenges. The most rewarding part of her job is making a difference in the lives of our dental team, but also our patients. Michelle has been in the dental field since 1998, when she attended Umpqua Community College and become an expanded functions dental assistant.

When she’s not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and her three children and venturing out into the unknown visiting new places, meeting new people and engaging in new experiences. She has an adventurous spirit and loves to travel. But Michelle’s favorite pastime is, of course, cheering on the Beavers!

Christina Bates - Dental Assistant

Christina bates

Christina is a native Oregonian and moved to La Pine from the Valley in 1997 with her husband Garett and three children Chrystal, Charisa, and Alec. She started at La Pine Dental in December of 2015 and has been working as a Dental Assistant. Since starting at La Pine Dental, Christina has been taking courses through Portland Community College and The Dental Assisting National Board to earn her Expanded Function Dental Assistant certification. Christina enjoys involving herself in many different activities and keeps herself busy between spending time with her three children, three grandchildren, coaching the Oregon High School Equestrian Team and 4-H club and riding her horses.

Cherie Bradley - New Patient Coordinator

Cherie Bradley

Cherie joined the practice in February of 2016 after working at La Pine Business Center for about a year. During her time at La Pine Dental, Cherie has had several roles around the practice. When she first started in the office, she was a sterilization technician and since then has been working in front office administration. She is currently taking classes to further her dental education starting with Oral Radiology at Portland Community College. With her experience in business, Cherie helps with the marketing and advertising and assists new patients in the office. Some of her favorite things are spending time with her friends and family, watching her favorite shows (The Office & Supernatural), playing card and board games, fishing, hiking, cooking, travelling, and singing for her church’s worship team.

Deanna Heal - Patient and Treatment Plan Coordinator

Deanna Heal

Deanna is an only child that grew up in the Bay Area of California. She married her husband Troy in 1995. They and their four sons TJ, Matthew, Anthony, and Hunter decided to relocate to Central Oregon in 2010 because they wanted to move out of the city. Moving from the big city was a huge change but they all love Central Oregon and all it has to offer and really like the small community of La Pine. Deanna said it’s “everything we wanted in a new lifestyle”. Deanna attended Mt. Eden High School in Hayward California and graduated in 1990. She then went on to Heald College in Hayward California where she graduated with an Associates of Arts Degree for Dental Assisting in 2009. Deanna Started at La Pine Dental in May of 2011 as an Assistant and Float and now works as Front Office Administration and helps in our insurance department. Deanna spends most of her free time with her family. Her boys are very active in sports coaching and playing so Deanna spends a lot of her time at their sporting events. She also enjoys camping, hunting and is an avid reader.

Sharen Leeper - Insurance and Collection Coordinator

Sharen Leeper

Sharen started working in the dental field when she was 16. She took classes at Clackamas Community College for bookkeeping and accounting and went to the Oregon Dental School where she became certified in x-rays and Expanded Function Dental Assisting in 1982. Sharen married her husband Dan in Oregon City in 1988. They moved to La Pine in June 2016 after he retired. They have always wanted to live in Central Oregon because they love the outdoors, camping and fishing. Sharen started at La Pine Dental in June of 2016 where she works in front office administration and primarily Accounts receivable. Sharen also loves to work in her yard, stain glass, quilt, make homemade soap, go hiking and boating.

Angel Roscoe - Dental Assistant

Bio Coming Soon

Chris Emerson - Dental Assistant

Chris Emerson

"It is with a heavy heart that I am leaving La Pine Dental. Although I have loved working with the patients and staff, my first priority is my family. I have decided to stay home where I'm needed most. Thank you for making me feel welcome and for the terrific year". Chris Emerson

Office Hours

Monday:
7:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
7:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday:
7:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday:
7:00am - 6:00pm
Friday:
By Appointment Only

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