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PNW Dental
Hygiene and Restorative Dentistry in Eugene, OR

Meet the Team at PNW Dental

Dr. Susie Watkins and Dr. Tyler Peterschmidt are proud to provide exceptional dentistry that exceeds our patients' expectations in every area. They are both highly-skilled and educated, but providing quality dentistry to our patients would not be possible without our amazing team of dedicated and supportive professionals.

Our dental team comes to work every day with the goal of enhancing our patients’ lives by improving their oral and thus their overall health. We focus on working together as a unified office team to create a warm and caring environment from the moment you step through our front door. At PNW Dental, we pride ourselves on being the place where patients know they can come to have their concerns heard and their needs met.

All of us, including our hygienists, assistants, and support staff, strive to provide world-class dentistry every time for every patient. At the end of the day, our satisfaction comes from knowing that we have positively impacted someone’s life.

With a fantastic dental team, Dr. Susie and Dr. Tyler can devote their full time to focusing on you and your individual needs. At PNW Dental, we will collaborate with you on your treatment options and guide you into choosing the services that most closely match your needs.

Please take a moment to get to know the team members who will be serving you, then call us at (541) 342-3398 to schedule an appointment. 

We look forward to welcoming you to PNW Dental!

Dr. Tyler Peterschmidt

Dr. Tyler Peterschmidt joined the team at Jenson Family Dental in June 2018 after practicing for four years in a combination of private practice and public health dentistry. He attended Oregon State University and graduated in 2010 with a degree in general science.

When Dr. Tyler graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University, School of Dentistry in 2014, he promptly moved to Eugene to begin his dental career. He has come to call Eugene home and looks forward to building life-long relationships with his patients and the community. He is very passionate about providing quality dental care while creating a warm and welcoming environment.

Dr. Tyler participates in a variety of activities and hobbies to keep him occupied. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Carly and their beloved golden retriever Murphy. They enjoy exploring Oregon’s beauty and also enjoy traveling to new places across the globe. Dr. Tyler is an avid sports fan and enjoys playing a variety of sports, including basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and mountain biking.

 

Dr. Susie Watkins

Dr. Susie Watkins joined our practice in January 2011 after working for five years in public health dentistry. She graduated in 2005 with honors from the University of Maryland Dental School and completed a General Practice Residency at the VA Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Her undergraduate education was at Wake Forest University where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Health in Exercise Science.

Dr. Watkins grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was interested in medicine from a young age. She decided to pursue dentistry when she worked as a dental assistant after finishing her undergraduate degree. As an assistant, she learned that she loved the combination of the art and science of dentistry as well as the one-on-one patient care unique to dentistry.

It is the direct patient care that most excites her as a healthcare provider, and she strives to treat everyone using the Golden Rule principle. As a senior in dental school, she was honored to receive the “Excellence in Patient Care Award.” After finishing residency, Dr. Watkins joined the Indian Health Service in Yakima, Washington, where she worked for four years providing comprehensive and emergency dentistry. Her family moved to Eugene and joined the Duck Nation upon her husband’s matriculation into architecture school at the UO.

When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Watkins most enjoys spending time with her husband Chris and their two young children. In the past, she has been a member of the National Ski Patrol and Young Life Volunteer, however, these days she is likely to be found running and hiking, doing kids' craft projects, and reading books that rhyme.

Shelli

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Shelli has been with PNW Dental since 2008. She is a native of San Jose, CA and received her associate’s degree in dental hygiene, graduating magna cum laude.

Shelli enjoys interacting with her patients and strives to make them feel welcome and comfortable while teaching individual oral homecare. The profession of dental hygiene offers a one-on-one experience, and each interaction is an opportunity to teach and nurture her patients. On a personal level, Shelli enjoys getting to know her patients and listening to their interesting stories.

In her free time, Shelli loves gardening, cooking, glamping, researching diet and health, and hiking.

Lauren

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Lauren graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology, School of Hygiene in 2014. She has been with PNW Dental since 2019, and her goal is to welcome each patient with a smile and make them feel comfortable.

She loves helping her patients achieve great oral health and strives to treat them with the utmost care and provide them with quality of work. Lauren’s favorite thing about a patient’s visit is that she gets to treat each patient individually and work with them to find home care habits that work for them.

Lauren grew up in Silverton, Oregon, and is married to her high school sweetheart. They recently relocated to the Eugene area, where they plan to raise a family in the future. She enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, board games, and spending time with family and friends.

Deanna

Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

Deanna graduated from the dental assisting program at Lane Community College in 2002 and joined PNW Dental in 2006. As our lead dental assistant, Deanna helps the doctors with patient care, maintains the assistant’s schedules, and serves as our practice’s OSHA coordinator.

Originally from Rochester, New York, Deanna loves spending time with her husband and adult kids, whether it’s family dinners during the week, escape room challenges, or camping and enjoying all that Oregon has to offer.

Debbie

Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

Upon graduation from Cottage Grove High School, Debbie immediately entered the dental assisting program at Lane Community College, graduating in 1981. She had received exceptional dental care growing up and had a strong desire to do the same for others.

Debbie joined PNW Dental in 2018 after having worked for the previous owner, Dr. Joe Jenson, for many years. As a dental assistant, Debbie provides patient care and performs all duties associated with that role. She values the one-on-one time she can spend with patients getting to know them and helping them relax while they are receiving care.

Outside of dentistry, Debbie enjoys going to the Oregon Coast and camping and fishing at Odell Lake. She also has four grandkids who she loves to watch on her days off. Debbie also enjoys reading and is an avid Seattle Seahawks and Oregon State Beavers fan.

Becca

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Becca always enjoyed going to the dentist as a child and knew she wanted to work in the dental field and share her good experience with others. After receiving her dental assistant certification from Lane Community College in 2009, Becca was ecstatic to start working for Jenson Family Dental and has been with us ever since.

As an expanded duties dental assistant, Becca loves helping patients achieve excellent oral health and seeing their healthy smiles. She additionally performs functions like ordering burs for the practice, cleaning the sterilizer, and changing the traps in dental carts.

Becca married her high school sweetheart, Matt, and they have two amazing daughters. In her free time, she loves spending time with family and enjoying all the beauty Oregon offers. Becca also enjoys painting, ceramics, and making gift baskets.

Autmn

Dental Assistant

Autumn was born and raised in Springfield, Oregon and joined our dental team in 2016. She is passionate about the dental field and patient care and is currently attending Lane Community College for her Bachelor of Science degree. Autumn is also certified in radiation health and safety.

Autumn enjoys providing each patient the care that they deserve and strives to make each experience at PNW Dental the absolute best.

In her free time, she loves to bake, decorate, spend time with her husband and kids, and do anything where she can spend time outdoors.

Aimee

Dental Assistant

Aimee is a native of Forest Grove, Oregon, and graduated from Portland Community College in 1992. She recently joined PNW Dental in 2020 and has been a great help in soothing the nerves of our anxious patients and helping them feel comfortable in the dental chair.

When Aimee is not helping our patients, she enjoys spending free time with her kids and her dogs.

Carrie

Treatment/Insurance Coordinator

Carrie has been in the dental industry since 2003 and joined the PNW Dental team in 2014. She enjoys getting to know each and every patient on a personal level and helping them find solutions that meet their needs. Please feel free to approach Carrie with any insurance, financing, or treatment questions you have. 

A native of Eugene, Oregon, Carrie enjoys being outdoors and exploring the Oregon coast and the Willamette Valley with her dogs.

 

Laura

Scheduling Coordinator

Laura enjoys the interactions she has with our patients and helping them with their scheduling needs. She has over ten years of administrative experience and is certified in Microsoft Office applications, making her a valuable addition to our front office team.

Laura is a native of Hackensack, New Jersey and joined the team at PNW Dental in 2018. In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling, birding, music, dance, and stand-up comedy—because laughter truly is the best medicine.

Lyssa

Front Office Coordinator

Lyssa is a Eugene, Oregon native and joined PNW Dental in 2019 as a front office administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social services training and helps manage the front office and handle patient interactions. Lyssa says that the thing she enjoys most about her job is hearing patients laughing with our staff and seeing them smile when they leave our office.

In her free time, Lyssa enjoys reading, writing, walking, family time, home projects, and eating peanut butter M&M's.

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Dr. Tyler always takes the time to explain what’s going on

My family sees Dr. Tyler Peterschmidt and we have had the best experience. Both my kids love going to the dentist and Dr. Tyler always makes them feel comfortable. My youngest has had to have a lot of dental work done lately and it’s nice to have a dentist you trust. Dr. Tyler always takes the time to explain what’s going on is always encouraging! He is gentle and listens well.

His staff are all very nice and helpful. If you're looking for a dentist who is knowledgeable and good at their craft, but who also listens and explains things thoroughly without trying to push you into procedures you don’t need, then please go see Dr. Tyler Peterschmidt.

- Elizabeth H.

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