Meet Our Dental Family

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Dr. Olesya Salathe, DMD

OUR FOUNDER

Dr. Olesya Salathe, DMD was born in Russia and immigrated with her family when she was just eight years old. They left on a quest to Israel for a future that would allow for religious freedom. Her grandfather was imprisoned and held by the KGB for many years for fighting for basic civil rights. Her family will forever be indebted to Amnesty International for eventually rescuing them from their refugee status and bringing their family to the United States.

Dr. Salathe's family eventually settled in the small town of Molalla where she graduated high school. During her high school years she worked in a local dental office as a sterilization tech and eventually became a dental assistant. She graduated from Molalla High School with honors receiving multiple scholarships, including the acclaimed Ford Family Foundation Scholar award.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from George Fox University before earning her Doctorate at Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry.

During her undergrad years she developed a deep seeded passion for community.  Both the Quaker background of George Fox and the Ford Family Foundation's founding principles were engrained within her to serve.  Dr. Salathe purchased her first dental practice from Dr. Paul Puffer, her former high school job employer.  She has since loved giving back to the same community that welcomed her as an eighth grader.  She even earned the prestigious Gerald E. Bruce Award for her leadership and service to community.  This award is given to one past Ford Family Foundation Alumni annually and gives the recipient the opportunity to donate the winning grant to any non-profit organization of their choice.

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Dr. Salathe is currently a member of American Dental Association, Oregon Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Ford Scholars Alumni, Clackamas County Dental Society where she is a past President, past Vice-President and past Secretary/Treasurer.  She is a delegate to the Oregon Dental Association Annual Meeting, alternate delegate for the American Dental Association and is currently serving a two year term as the Chair of the New Dentist Council.  Her volunteer work within the dental community has also been recognized and her dental professional peers nominated her for the prestigious membership to the American College of Dentists.  It's the oldest major honorary organization of dentists that have exemplified excellence through outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to dentistry and society.  It's membership is by invitation only and has been given to only 3.5% of dentists nationwide.

Besides loving her community and giving back through free dental days, sport guard clinics, field trips, sports sponsorships and pretty much anything that would help her hometown of both Molalla and Colton, she loves spending time with her family.  Even with an accomplished education, practice and career, her pride and joy are her two children, Hudson and Lylah.  She gives all credit and glory to her God and her husband Scott.  Without them none of this would be possible.

Get to know Dr. Salathe better by heading over to the blog to read an interview with her here.

MEET OUR DOCS

The Dentist Off Main
Dentist
Dr. Natalie Potter

Dr. Natalie Potter, originally from Anchorage, Alaska, has lived in Oregon City for over 20 years. She raised her children here and considers Oregon home. She and her husband, Ted, hope to move “out in the country” and Molalla would be an ideal location to settle into their dream environment.

Natalie developed her passion and love for dentistry working as an assistant in West Linn. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree at Portland State University and attended graduate dental school at Oregon Health and Science University. She has found dentistry to be a perfect fit for her in that she gets to create and enjoys a blend of science, health care, and art throughout her daily routine. You will love that she has a gentle touch and prides herself in giving painless injections and helping those with dental anxiety have a good experience.

 

When she is not working, Natalie can be found spending time with her husband, three children and grandson. They frequently hike, camp, float and paddle board, and snowboard. She also enjoys long distance running, especially relays. She has participated in “the mother of all relays”, Hood to Coast five times.

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Dentist
Dr. Austin Weichlein

Austin E. Weichlein, DMD grew up in Damascus, Oregon. He graduated with honors from Oregon State University with a degree in Bio-Health Sciences and Business Administration. In June of 2022, Dr. Weichlein graduated with his dental degree from Oregon Health & Sciences University. 

Dr. Weichlein knew he wanted to be a dentist at a young age. Having grown up with a severe speech impediment and significant underbite he felt very self conscious as a child. Having gone through years of orthodontic treatment (including headgear) and speech language therapy, Dr. Weichlein overcame the burden he felt as a child and his self-esteem was positively cured. This experience influenced him to pursue a career in dentistry in order to help his patients overcome some of the same difficulties he experienced as a child. Having this personal connection to dentistry, Dr. Weichlein has been able to dive head-first into the profession in order to ensure his patients are offered the highest standard in care with an emphasis on empathy and compassion. 

When not working Dr. Weichlein can be found spending time with his beautiful girlfriend Melanie and their two dogs Stanley and Sampson. They enjoy paddle boarding, traveling, watching scary movies and golfing - though you won’t find either of them shooting birdies. 

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Dentist - Extractions & IV Sedation
Dr. Paul Brannen

Paul A. Brannen, DMD was born and raised in Gladstone, Oregon. He graduated with his bachelor of science degree from Oregon State University in 2003 and completed his dental education in 2009 at Oregon Health and Science University.

Immediately after completing dental school, he and his wife moved to the rural town of Bethel, Alaska. With only 5000 residents, Bethel is located approximately 400 miles from Anchorage and is only accessible by plane. For three months out of the year, Dr. Brannen, his assistants, and their portable dental equipment were flown to even more remote villages (some as small as only 50 residents) to provide more accessible dental care. Because of very limited access to basic care and even less access to specialists, Dr. Brannen quickly expanded his skills to serve the ever-growing needs of the Yupik Eskimos on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. This experience provided him a unique perspective on the importance of delivering safe, comfortable care in an environment that is convenient for patients.

Dr. Brannen is dedicated to his continuing education and is actively involved in many professional dental organizations. When not caring for patients, Dr. Brannen enjoys spending time with his wife and their two daughters, enjoying the many outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

MEET THE TEAM

Alex
COO
Alex

Alex joined our team in 2015 and transitioned to Office Manager in 2017.  Now taking on the role of Chief Operations Officer of our parent company, OZ & Co. She is our “right hand” to everything business related and brings a calming energy to our busy day to day.  Growing up in the nearby Canby/Oregon City area, she has enjoyed integrating into small town Molalla life and the tight knit community it provides.  Alex and her husband have one beautiful daughter named Harper and they love spending time as a family traveling.  In past jobs, Alex worked as a wedding coordinator and is now able to bring the same organization skills and project management niche to her position with us.  Alex’s favorite part about working for The Dentist off Main is being part of our community events and seeing the difference just one person can make!

Bailey
Dental Hygienist
Bailey

About Bailey: I went to Mt. Hood Community College for my Dental Hygiene schooling and have been a hygienist since 2015. My son, Lincoln, is the highlight of my life. I am a major Oregon Ducks fan and try to go to as many home games as possible! 

Fun fact about Bailey- during her hygiene program, Rachel (our other hygienist) was her mentor!

Bailey's "Dental Goal": I want to improve the health of our patients! Not only orally, but systemically!

Bailey's favorite quote: "Be a pineapple- stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside."

DeeAnn
New Patient Coordinator
DeeAnn

DeeAnn was born and raised in Colton, OR and married her high school sweetheart!  She has 3 wonderful kids.  DeeAnn stays busy with her family running after her grandchildren and hiking and camping their way through the Northwest.  They plan to visit as many National Parks as possible!  DeeAnn’s favorite part of working in the dental field is feeling like she’s played a part in helping each patient love their smile!

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Insurance & Billing Coordinator
Jacque

I was born and raised in Canby and now live there with my husband Kyle, our son Hudson, and two yellow labs Moxie and Hank.  I’ve been in the dental field since 2012, and was in Oral Surgery until I started at TDOM in 2021.  In my free time my family and I spend a lot of time traveling.  Arizona is our first choice for some sunshine and pool time.  My favorite part of working in the dental field is building relationships with patients and helping them reach their dental goals.   

Quote:  “work hard in silence and let your success be your noise” 

Janet
Office Manager
Janet

About Janet: I'm originally from the Eugene area, but moved to Oregon City in 1993 and have lived there ever since. My husband, Rex and I enjoy going on hikes, coffee dates and the farmer's market. I have three grown children- one of whom you know, Alex! I joined the team in early 2017 after having worked as a facility and event coordinator for 15 years.

Janet's "Dental goal": It's my goal to help educate patients about how to maximize their dental benefits and plan for their care. I'm committed to continually learning about insurances, treatment planning and being an advocate for our patients. 

Janet's favorite quote: "'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord, 'they are plans for good and not for disaster., to give you a future and a hope.'" Jeremiah 29:11

The Dentist Off Main
Dental Assistant
Jenny

Bio coming soon

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Dental Assistant
Kassidy
I was born and raised in Molalla and have a 5 year old daughter named Blakley.  I have been in the dental field since 2008.  I love working with patients chairside and making them feel comfortable.  In my spare time I enjoy going to concerts, hiking and anything outdoors.  My favorite food is tacos, even for breakfast.  
 
Favorite Quote: "Bad vibes don't go with my outfit"
Lacey
Restorative Coordinator
Lacey

Lacey lives on a family property with her 3 girls and wonderful husband. They have lots of animals- 4 horses, 14 chickens, 2 pigs and 2 cats. Lacey and her husband enjoy anything their girls are doing, including horse events, sports, camping and spending time with family and friends. They also love to just be at home working on making their property and home how they want it. 

Lyubov
Dental Assistant
Lyubov

About Lyubov: I am originally from Russia. I came to the United States in 1990 with my three daughters and husband, Alex. Dr. Salathe is my daughter and I am so proud to work for her!

Lyubov's "dental goal": I want to help the office run as smoothly as possible. You can find me in the lab pouring up models, in the sterilization room ensuring all of our tools are properly cleaned and ready for the day or helping to clean our rooms between patients. I like to make sure everyone is taken care of!

Lyubov's favorite quote: "Never stop doing what you love!"

Mandy
Dental Hygienist
Mandy

About Mandy: I have been working with Dr. Salathe and her team since September 2017. I have 2 children- a boy and a girl. I grew up in Canby and still live there now. In my spare time I enjoy barrel racing my horse in local competitions and going on camping trips with my family.

Mandy's "dental goal": As a dental hygienist, my goal is to help patients improve not only their oral health, but overall health. I enjoy seeing patients take pride in their dental health.

Mandy's favorite quote: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” –Les Brown

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Dental Assistant
PJ

I've lived in Molalla since 2015.  Married to Chris since 2010.  We have 2 boys - Hank and Wyatt and our crazy black  lab, Creo.  

I've been a dental assistant since 2007 and at TDOM since the fall of 2020.  I love being in the dental field because I enjoy all the different procedures I can assist with, along with all the people I meet and relationships I make. 

My family & I enjoy camping and fishing all year, rain or shine.  I enjoy running almost daily with crazy Creo.  I enjoy reading a good book. 

You can find me usually with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine by the campfire. 

 

Favorite Quote:

The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy, it's all that matters. -  Audrey Hepburn

Olya
DSD Clinical Assistant
Olya

Olya has been a dental assistant since 2010 and has achieved certification in expanded functions for orthodontics (EFODA). She is a Molalla local and calls it home along with her husband and two sons. She enjoys building lasting relationships with each of her patients. Olya partners with Nicole and Dr. Salathe in our patients walking the Digital Smile Design journey, ensuring excellent clinical care every step of the way. You can now find her at our sister clinic, The Aesthetic Experience in West Linn.

Rachel
Dental Hygienist
Rachel

About Rachel: I am a local girl- I've lived in Canby or Molalla my whole life! My husband, Adam and I have our son, Wylie. I love the outdoors- we try to get out camping and fishing every chance we get!

Rachel's "Dental goal": My goal is to build trusting relationships that result in an enjoyable journey to oral health! I love getting to know my patients and making lifelong friends.

Rachel's favorite quote: "Do what you love, love what you do."

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Dental Assistant
Jenny

I am Jenny and I've been married to my best friend, coming up on 27 years.  We have 2 adult daughters and 2 granddaughters and another on the way.  

I've been a dental assistant off and on through the years since 1996.  

I love to race my car at Portland International Raceway and ride quads in the summer.  When winter is here my husband and I and our mini blue healer, Roman, go wheeling in the snow in our Jeep. 

My favorite food is fajitas and I love anything lemon, drink or dessert. 

I keep quotes of motivation in my pocket and the one I'm carrying right now is: Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to love you, for life, happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now. 

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Dental Assistant
Anna

About Anna:

I have lived in Molalla my whole life and am currently taking prerequisite classes in hopes to attend dental hygiene school and pursue a career as a hygienist. Meanwhile,  I’m trying to learn as much as I can about the dental field here at TDOM! 

Outside of work and school, I love getting outside and enjoying God’s creation! Some of my favorite ways to do that include riding and training my horses, caring for my chickens and other animals, and going camping.

Want to be a part of the family?

If you are interested in working with our dynamic dental family, please reach out through our contact page and we'll be in touch with open positions or next steps.