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 25+ 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!
Dennis Perala, DMD
Dr. Perala earned his doctorate from the prestigious Tufts University. He also completed an additional two-year program at the Oregon Health Sciences University, gaining him status as a specialist in Periodontology (the study of soft tissue and tooth structure).
Each year he continues his education, studying the latest advances with the nation’s foremost clinicians. This extensive focus on education allows him to offer today’s state-of-the-art techniques with an emphasis on cosmetics, dental implants, periodontal treatment and complex restorative dentistry.
Meet The Hygienists and Assistants
Valerie Newkirk – RDH
With over 19 years experience, Valerie has practiced in all facets of the dental field as a Dental Hygienist. After completing undergraduate requirements with her general studies at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, Valerie graduated from Portland Community College Dental Hygiene program in 1995. She has since worked in several leading edge dental practices, including working in specialty practices such as Periodontics and Prosthodontics, as well as general practice. Valerie counts herself lucky enough to say that she absolutely loves her job and what she loves the most are the people she has the opportunity to care for every day. The greatest compliment she can receive is that she makes people feel at ease throughout their dental visit.
In her spare time, Valerie enjoys hiking, biking, sailing, swimming, cooking, entertaining, home decorating crafts, writing poetry, and spending time with her three children.
Alysse Campbell – RDH
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Alysse graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology where she received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Alysse says that what attracted her to Dugger Dentistry was her desire to practice using the latest technologies and advancements in oral care being offered here. Patients often describe her as being thorough yet gentle, as she strives to make sure patients feel completely comfortable during their dental visits. Alysse has over 14 years of experience in dental hygiene, and has a passion for dentistry. She finds that the most rewarding aspect of her job is seeing the positive results in her patients as their oral health continue to improve through returning visits.
When not at the dental office, Alysse enjoys music, reading, traveling and spending quality time in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young children.
Alexis Dental – Dental Assistant
Alexis brings 15 years of dental assisting experience to Dugger Dentistry. Patients feel relaxed and well cared for with her warm sunny personality! Outside of the dental office, Alexis and her husband keep very busy with their three children who are very active in sports.
Meet The Front Office Team
Kimberly and Kim
Kimberly and Kim have a combined dental background of over 25 years. They are ready to help you with scheduling, insurance questions, billing, and treatment planning needs. They are both proud to be part of the Dugger Dentistry experience, where we make sure that our patients come first and all your dental care needs and expectations are exceeded on every visit.