Meet Our Team
Dr. Brent PahlsDr. Brent is a graduate from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Class of 2007. Having grown up in Coquille, his life-long plan was to return to the area he loves and practice dentistry with his father, Herman. In July of 2007, his plan became a reality, and Dr. Brent opened his practice. He moved back to the area with his wife, Dr. Heidi Pahls, and his newborn daughter Madeleine.
Dr. Brent is a member of the Oregon Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of Implant Dentistry. He always strives to exceed the continuing education requirements and has also completed surgical training through the Implant Maxicourse®.
Dr. Herman PahlsDr. Herman is a graduate from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Class of 1977. Having grown up in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Herman searched for a small-town community in order to raise his family. He and his wife Karen, fell in love with Coquille and he began his practice here in 1982. Both his son and daughter enjoyed their small-town upbringing and continue to live in the area.
Dr. Herman is a member of the Oregon Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He enjoys volunteering his time at Donated Dental Day at our office, as well as participating in Oregon Mission of Mercy.
Lynsie: Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, Certified Surgical Assistant & Marketing Coordinator
Lynsie enjoyed growing up in Myrtle Point and graduated from Myrtle Point High School in 1999. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University in 2003, Lynsie pursued a career in dentistry. Lynsie is a certified surgical dental assistant and an expanded functions dental assistant. Lynsie has an extensive depth of knowledge regarding dental procedures, and takes pride in giving our patients the highest level of care.
Her favorite activities outside of work include being with her husband and daughters, reading, going to the lake and camping.
Melissa: Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, Certified Surgical Assistant & Marketing Coordinator
Melissa has worked in the dental field for over 7 years, achieving extra certifications with procedures from dental implants to children’s sealants. She is a versatile, important part of our dental team because she shares roles both in the front and the back office areas. Melissa graduated from Coquille High School in 2003 and loves spending time with her family.
She especially enjoys being outdoors and boating on the Rogue River.
Shawna: Insurance and Scheduling Coordinator
Shawna has over 15 years of experience in the dental field. She began her dental career as an assistant, but found her skill set was most valuable in the front office. Shawna has a vast knowledge of insurance, billing and scheduling, and has become an integral part of our dental team.
She enjoys spending time with her two children, scrapbooking, bowling and playing golf.
Corinne: Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Corinne has been an integral team member for Dr. Herman for over 26 yrs. She has enjoyed her extensive career in dental assisting and enjoys helping patients have smooth, and comfortable dental appointments. Corinne has an infectious smile and equally wonderful personality. Corinne is happily married, has a daughter in college and a son who is attending Coquille High School.
Outside of work, she enjoys multiple golfing, horseback riding and camping with family.
Anni Combs: Registered Dental Hygienist
Anni has been in the field of dental hygiene for over 7 years. She spent her upbringing in Myrtle Point and graduated from Myrtle Point High School in 2000. After choosing her career, she graduated from the ODS College of Dental Sciences, Class of 2007. Anni thrives on providing the highest level of service and quality care, with the goal of giving every patient a positive dental experience.
When she is not at work, Annie enjoys traveling with her family, cooking, baking and gardening.
Steven Alvarez: Registered Dental Hygienist
Steve has over 25 years in the dental field, with the past 15 years focused on his dental hygiene career. He received his dental hygiene degree from Loma Linda University in 1999 after serving in the Airforce from 1989–1993. Steve is a fantastic hygienist who values his patients and enjoys his time with them.
Outside of the office, his hobbies include having adventures with his family, playing basketball and going to the beach.
Barbara Osbon: Patient Care Coordinator
Barbara graduated from Myrtle Point High School in 1980, and has worked in the dental field for 30 years. Barbara began dental assisting as a work study student while in high school, but found her ideal career would bring her to join the front office team. She is known for her positive attitude and excellent customer service.
Barbara is happily married, has a son, a daughter, and one granddaughter. Her favorite activities include being with family, camping, four-wheeling, scrapbooking and knitting.
Dru Schaffer: Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Dru has been in the dental field for over four years. She graduated from Powers High School in 2010 and received her degree in Dental Assisting from the Umpqua Community College in 2012. Dru began her dental career in the specialty field of endodontics, but has transitioned smoothly into the fields of pediatric dentistry and general dentistry. Patients and families enjoy her calm, cool, easy-going personality. Dru was happily married in 2011 and enjoys spending time with her husband, their daughter and their chocolate labrador retriever. Other hobbies that she enjoys include spending quality time with family and friends, and "Anything Outdoors".
Martina Leep: Sterilization Technician
Martina grew up in Myrtle Point and graduated from Myrtle Point High School in 2002. After a full time career in the home, where she was busy raising her three beautiful children, she opted to venture into the dental field. Martina has thrived as our sterilization technician, and because of her upbeat, positive attitude, she has become an invaluable part of our office team. She is known around the office for her helpfulness, pleasant demeanor, and beautiful smile. Outside of the office, Martina enjoys doing yard projects with her husband, camping and going to church.
Deanna Grove: Registered Dental Hygienist
Deanna is a graduate from Reedsport High School. She completed her prerequisite courses at Brigham Young University, and pursued her dental hygiene training at Portland Community College. Deanna impressively completed the latter two portions of her education after her first 2 children were born, and became the proud mother of 2 more children after returning to Myrtle Point to begin her career in dental hygiene. Deanna spent 29 years of her career working for Dr. Jim Gronemeyer before he retired in 2015. Deanna is known for her gentle touch and her attention to detail, striving to do the very best job for every patient she works with. When she isn't in the office, Deanna enjoys music, hiking, reading, cooking, spending time with her husband and traveling.
Kristin Friesen: Scheduling Coordinator
Kristin was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon, and has been in the dental field since 2005. She brings an abundance of experience to our team, having served in all areas of the front office. Kristin has even had past training in both lab work and with dental outreach programs. The reason she loves working in the dental field is because of how a beautiful, healthy smile can completely change a person's personality and confidence level. Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with her boyfriend and their four labrador retrievers. She also loves fishing, hiking, playing softball, and "pretty much anything outdoors".