Meet Dr. O'Connor

My profession is about teaching others about their oral health, empowering them to make their oral health a priority, and helping with pain or other concerns. I want people to feel confident and whole again.

I have practiced dentistry for at least seven years. The field appealed to me as I knew I wanted to be part of a profession where I could learn a skill that would really help people — universally. Oral health is such an important part of one’s total body health and it’s rewarding to be part of a community that works to educate and help individuals improve their wellbeing.

My desire is for my patients to feel at ease coming to the dentist, to be knowledgeable about their dental health, and to know they have a team they can trust with their smiles!

The Practice and Team

Our practice values our patients’ opinions, desires, and limitations. We incorporate each person’s concerns into their personalized treatment plan, and are always respectful of their unique situation and concerns.

Our team is energetic, positive, hardworking, and knowledgeable! Coming to a new dental office, especially if one has had unpleasant prior experiences or it’s been a while since their last visit, can be intimidating. Our team makes people feel like family and takes time to learn who each is and what they want. From the minute someone walks through the door, we want them to feel cared for and comfortable.

Education and Professional Activities

  • Lake Oswego High School
  • Bachelor of Science in biology, minor in chemistry – University of Oregon, Clark Honors College
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Oregon Health & Science University

Oral healthcare is a constantly evolving field. Through a range of continuing educational pursuits, I stay current with new technologies and techniques that allow me to better serve patients. I want people to feel confident when they come to our practice that they are receiving the best possible care.

I participate in the Spear Education Program and attend the Oregon Dental Conference, along with keeping up with the latest journals and other relevant publications. I also volunteer for:

  • Medical Teams International and Compassion Connect
  • Mission of Mercy

These organizations allow me to volunteer internationally at public clinics.

I am an active member of the American Dental Association and Washington County Dental Society, too.

Beyond Dentistry

After growing up in Lake Oswego, I have lived in Southwest Portland for more than a decade. My husband Kraig and I share our home and lives with a very energetic pup named Finn.

When I’m not helping people through dentistry, I enjoy running half marathons, skiing in the winter, and golfing in the summer. I also like spending free time oil painting and cooking, and Kraig and I love to travel, experiencing new-to-us cities, cultures, and foods.

My family, and the many wonderful friends I have made in the Pacific Northwest, are my greatest passions. That said, I am also a passionate lifelong learner, whether in my field of work, or learning new skills for everyday life, such as learning to speak Spanish and how to swim!

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