Dental Hygienist, Marketing and Advertising Specialist
I grew up in Grants Pass, Oregon and graduated from Grants Pass High School. A few years ago I moved to Eugene to pursue my dental hygiene dream, and stayed because I fell in love with all Eugene has to offer. I received my dental assisting credentials while finishing up high school so that I could begin working in dentistry as soon as possible. While working as an assistant, I completed my prerequisites at Rogue Community College and then applied to Lane Community College in which I received my Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene Degree.
I love working in dental offices. Coworkers become your second family and patients become your friends. I enjoy hearing patients stories and look forward to catching up on their lives when they return for their routine recall appointments. I strive to make a difference in every patients oral health so they can smile with confidence and feel comfortable in the dental chair.
Outside of work, you’ll find me cooking, baking, or at a local restaurant with my husband, Drew (Dr. Tillman). Drew and I also like to ride our tandem bike downtown in the summer and check out a brewery or restaurant we haven’t been to yet. My Italian heritage drives my passion and exploration for good food! I also love hiking around with our puppy, Dave.
I am a Registered Dental Hygienists at Tillman Family Dental. I was born in California, to Canadian parents, who were studying Dentistry and Registered Nursing. After my parents graduated, we moved back to Canada, to the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. I have dual citizenship, and have a love of both Countries!
I graduated from Dental Hygiene at the University of Alberta in 1986, then began my career in the Okanagan Valley. I proceeded to work in Vancouver, B.C. for 7 years, where I worked with a Periodontist (a specialist that deals with the supporting tissues of the teeth). This was very rewarding work, and I loved being a part of my patients’ process of improved dental health.
Vancouver is also where we started our family, and we had twin daughters born in 1995. As luck would have it, they had a cousin who had been born in Eugene, 3 weeks earlier. Although we made many trips back and forth, getting these girls together, there was always the possibility that we would move back to the U.S., because we had the option and the motivation to. In 1999, we made the move to Eugene, where my husband was raised. This has been a fantastic fit for our family! Over the years, our children have been involved with many of our local activities that are available, such as Kidsports, Girl Scouts, ballet, gymnastics, horseback riding, skiing at Willamette Pass, hiking Mt. Pisgah or Spencer Butte and camps through the YMCA. Our youngest daughter was born here, in 2002, so she’s always enjoyed the Eugene lifestyle. South Eugene has been our home, since we arrived. I enjoy seeing patients come in to the office, who I’ve known from the community, over the years.
Currently, I have a blended family with 5 children and 10 acres, just outside of the city limits. Only my youngest is still at home, as the others are either in college, or having recently graduated. Out at our place, we have 3 cats, 3 dogs, and 13 chickens, as well as a large, enclosed garden and greenhouse. I find my joy nurturing my critters and my plants, and learning to cook and process the harvests. My partner is a volunteer firefighter, and we both find volunteer work with different organizations very satisfying.
I started working at Dr. Tillman’s office in 2009, and I’m enjoying being a part of the transition between dentists. I enjoy providing the continuity for our established patients, as well as welcoming new ones, and being a part of their Oral Health program. I look forward to meeting you, and helping with your dental needs!
I started my career in the dental field almost 30 years ago. The thing I love most about my job is getting to know new people and people who have been patients throughout the years. I am always happy to help patients with any questions regarding statements or insurance claims. I enjoy reading, gardening, and spending time with my family and dogs.