Meet the Team
It's all about teamwork.
Starting with doctors “Bobby” and “Kenny,” and with every smiling face and caring hand at Wagner Dental Care, we all share the same goals: A relaxed experience and the very best care, in a place you’ll look forward to coming back again and again.
Meet the doctors
Dr. WagnerDr. Robert “Bobby” Wagner has been practicing in his native Rose City for nearly 20 years. For six years in a row, he's been honored by his peers as a "Best Dentist" (Portland Monthly magazine). More about Dr. Wagner
Dr. DowningLike Dr. Wagner, Dr. Kenneth Downing is an Oregon native following the path of his mentor, a beloved Portland dentist, also known as “Grandpa.” More about Dr. Downing
Meet the team
Alysse is fascinated with the health sciences and using the latest techniques to help her patients. She started as a temp and knew from the first day, Wagner Dental Care is where she wanted to build her career. “This is one of the few dental practices where you really feel like you’re part of the patients’ lives. It all trickles down from the top and Dr. Wagner. This is a super enthusiastic, positive place.”
A “can-do” attitude is in her genetic code. Alysse takes huge pride in her father, a veteran who fought alongside U.S. soldiers as a pilot in the South Vietnamese Air Force. “My dad came to the United States with zero, nothing, and in a few years he built up a family, bought his first home and put three kids in college.” Now Alysse is passing along that can-do attitude to her two children – and her patients.
Annie’s patients love her sparkling laughter and big heart for easing patient anxieties. “I just love people, love taking care of them. I think that goes back to when I was 14 and I cared for my mom when she was really sick. I loved that connection. Today, in my job, I often get hugs from grateful patients. I just think, wow, that’s so cool.”
Helping her patients understand the connection between healthy teeth and gums and a healthy body is another passion.
Like so many members of the Wagner Dental team, Annie is a CrossFit and hiking enthusiast. The Columbia River Gorge, Silver Creek Falls and Opal Pool are among her favorites.
Check out Annie’s top Kerns neighborhood restaurant picks: Screen Door, Matador and Fire on the Mountain’s boneless chicken wings with sweet potato fries.
“Stress free, clean and tidy.” That’s the work environment that always appealed to Frank when he was growing up. He found it at Wagner Dental Care. “I come from a family in construction, so the clean and tidy part of the dental practice is a welcome change for me,” he jokes. Frank is one of our longtime dental hygienists and has lived in Oregon (he wants you to know) “long enough to be considered a native.” He’d recommend almost any restaurant in the Wagner Dental Care neighborhood, especially Nuestra Cocina, Bollywood Theater, Stella Taco and Pok Pok.
Top priorities for Frank are raising his young son, visiting the Oregon Coast and proudly “staying off social media.”
Surfer girl (Cannon Beach, Pacific City, Hawaii), snow boarder and high-intensity trainer, Sally relishes staying fit as a fiddle in her native state. Look fast, you might catch her zipping by on a Portland scooter and exploring her favorite Kerns neighborhood restaurants: pizza at Nostrana, happy hour at Fire on the Mountain (conveniently, right across from Wagner Dental Care), dinner at Screen Door and vegan chocolate “anything” at Missionary Chocolates.
A 14-year veteran of Wagner Dental Care, Sally loves adding to the trademark calm and peace our patients have come to know and trust. “I’ve been here for more than 10 years. Dr. Wagner is like family to us and when we hire people, he makes sure they mesh with the team and our commitment to our patients. It works!”
“I’m big into the power of the cookie.” If that life philosophy isn’t reason enough to love Angela, we don’t know what is. As one of our dental assistants, Angela not only has comprehensive cross-training in the dental field (20 years!), she’s passionate about creating patient comfort. And that includes making sure fresh, warm cookies are served all day. “I love the fact our patients – especially the kiddos – stop by for a cookie, even if they don’t have an appointment that day.”
This mother of three sons is also an artist, creating intricate pen and ink drawings called Zentangle. She also paints inspiring messages on rocks, then leaves them for others to find and enjoy. It’s part of an organized “kindness movement” in Portland. Very Portlandia cool.
Lori – Coming Soon
Michelangelo, Rodin, Bernini – Samantha. Her creations may not hang in museums, but dental assistant Samantha has the artistic chops to create beautiful impressions and crowns. “I love creating with my hands. It’s kind of artsy and fun using these skills at work for my patients.” At home, she paints and dabbles in other arts and crafts, including very iconic, totally groovy ‘70s macramé.
Using her educational background in developmental psychology, Samantha creates a calm atmosphere for patients. “I believe there’s a tie between physical health and emotional health. We’re a happy team, committed to physical health and that’s something I know our patients can sense. They don’t feel rushed or stressed because we don’t.”
When Samantha isn’t playing tennis, running, snowboarding or high-interval training, you might find her at her favorite Kerns neighborhood restaurant, Yoko’s, nibbling spicy tuna rolls and maybe reading Harry Potter novels. This self-described Harry Potter fanatic even rocks a Potter-inspired tattoo on her foot. In the words of Harry, “Just brilliant!”
Proud to be a small town girl, our sterile technician and dental assistant Dani has worn many hats since joining the team in 2014. All of them have helped drive our passion to connect with our patients on a personal level and provide unparalleled service. “It’s not just about their teeth. When patients come in, we enjoy making sure they almost feel they’re here to have coffee with a friend.”
Dani is a self-described fixer-upper. “Got a hammer and some nails and that’s how it all started.” She lives on a hazelnut farm with her border collie, Milo, still happy to be that small town girl.
Cathy – Coming Soon
Koama, Patient Administrator/Insurance Coordinator
While everyone seems to be moving to Bend, Kaoma is happy to have moved from Bend. Our patient administrator and insurance coordinator loves the city life, noshing her way through favorites like Papa Haydn and The Pie Spot (she says try the Marshmallow S’mores pie).
Kaoma is still the rough-and-tumble sister to two brothers and still loves adventure: Hiking Dog Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge, summiting the South Sister and other “little adventures.” You know. Like skydiving. “I’m an adrenalin junkie. I have a goal of skydiving in every major city I visit.”
This high achiever appreciates that her team is positive and driven. “Everyone has goals here. You can feel it. They’re all the kind of people you love to be around. Just ask our patients.“
Rebecca, Office Manager
With impressive coordination skills and her trademark positive glow, Rebecca loves coordinating your dental plan and insurance coverage, and answering your questions. She has nearly 20 years in the dental industry, beginning with her high school job as a sterilizer.
“There’s nothing robotic about dentistry. I love the way it exercises my brain. I get to problem-solve with co-workers and patients, help ease their concerns and feel good about the path we chart together. I even love the insurance calculation and estimations.” (We are all so glad she does!)
Those problem-solving skills help Rebecca with two other important jobs: mom to two and Team Mom. “I live on the field! My kids play every sport year-round and I have the privilege of coordinating things like parent communications, tournaments, parties and picture days.
” In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys hot yoga, hiking (the Superwoman kind, up Devil’s Rest and Paradise Park) and enjoying Wagner Dental Care’s neighborhood treasures like Khora Coffeehouse, Lemongrass and Mad Greek Deli. “Try the Aegina gyro; it has French fries inside!”