Robert Dugger, DMD
The Pacific Northwest has always been “home” for me. I was born and lived half my childhood in Portland back when it still had a small-town vibe. High School years were spent on the Clackamas River. Hiking & biking for miles in nature, I learned to love the seasons, history and traditions of Oregon City and West Linn.
I returned to Portland to complete undergrad and graduate degrees at Portland State University. After that, acceptance “up the hill” at OHSU’s School of Dentistry was my dream-come-true because I had no desire to leave the area.
While finishing Dental School, I looked at all my options and decided there’s no better place to raise a family and follow a career than at home in the Pacific Northwest. From that time, I committed myself to building a private dental practice that provides service to – and makes a difference in – the communities I grew up in.
People ask, “why did you become a dentist?” Two inspiring people always come to mind.
Dr. G was our family dentist, and made a big impact on my life. When we switched to him, I went into his office expecting the same anxiety-ridden trauma I’d experienced before. But Dr. G proved a dentist can be gentle, calm, and engaging. He helped me understand there were options, why he had to do the work needed, and that a lot of people have the same feelings of fear and anxiety. In college, I realized that fear is a learned behavior, and dentistry was one of the few things I feared as a kid. I wanted to help others discover that dentistry doesn’t have to be a bad experience like Dr. G did for me.
Another big inspiration is my mom. She spent 40 years in healthcare helping thousands of people. Year after year, I see her as one of the most benevolent people I’ve ever met with a genuine sense of service. She continues to amaze me. Thanks for everything, mom!
Today, after 27+ years of private practice, I’m as committed as ever to my goals of:
- Fostering a family friendly environment where all ages feel safe in exploring their dental options
- Establishing roots and long-term relationships in the community
- Leading a team that is equally empathetic, professional, and goes the distance
- Maintaining a clean and sterile office with state-of-the-art technology
- Continuing education while implementing new and best practices for our patients (such as: dental implants, 3-D CT Scan Imaging, ceramic based bio-compatible restorations, sedation, laser dentistry, aesthetic treatment, etc.)
- Creating an atmosphere and culture that’s personal, not corporate
While all of the above is important to me, it’s not my whole life. One of the keys to a long and successful career is a balanced life outside of the practice. Being at home with my family helps keep me focused and refreshed. My wife, Liz, and I have a small farm where we’ve raised four kids (only one still at home). We love our life of continual projects, being outdoors, music, spending time with animals, and having everyone home for special occasions. Off the farm, we enjoy time in Portland, trips to Central Oregon, events in local communities, and time with friends.
I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about me. The Dugger Dentistry team and I look forward to many more years of providing the highest level of care to our community. If you have any questions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you and being your West Linn, OR dentist of choice!
Meet The Hygienists And Assistants
Wendy – Dental Assistant
Bio coming soon!
Leslie – Dental Hygienist
If you looked up “Amazing Dental Hygienist” in the dictionary, you would see Leslie’s picture. She is an extremely talented patient educator and very passionate about helping people understand the importance of their oral health. She has two beautiful daughters who are attending University of Oregon. Leslie and her husband enjoy weekend trips to visit their girls and cheer on the Ducks!
Libby – Dental Hygienist
Bio coming soon!
Meet The Front Office Team
Alexis – Dental Assistant / Patient Coordinator
Alexis is our Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and has been Dr. Dugger’s sidekick for many years. With her huge, compassionate heart and expanse of dental knowledge, she is great at putting nervous patients at ease. She and her husband have resided in the Oregon City area for the last 15 years where they have raised three amazing teens. You can often find them watching a lacrosse or a soccer game!
Debbie – Office Manager
Debbie is one of the first people you’ll see when you arrive at our office. She takes great joy in helping reassure a nervous patient and setting them up for a successful visit. Debbie has 20 years of experience in the dental arena, and prides herself in making lasting relationships with patients. She and her husband have two children and a dog name Luke that she loves more than any of them! Debbie loves going on outdoor adventures, usually with a camera in her hand and Luke by her side.