With establishing excellent patient relationships as his primary goal, it’s important to Dr. Gifford that you can access what you need to feel comfortable while you visit. Whether you’d like to watch your favorite tv show or movie, listen to your top music station, take comfort with a warm blanket, or even bring someone along to keep you company – his only concern is that you feel well cared for.
Dedicated to ensuring you love everything about your smile, Dr. Gifford provides a wide variety of beautiful cosmetic enhancements including Dental crowns, veneers, and teeth whitening – and works with only the best labs to ensure the high quality he demands for his patients.
Dr. Gifford has a knack for changing how he provides dentistry – based on each patient’s individual needs – whether he’s working with your youngest child or your oldest parent. He is committed to being a co-partner to help each member of your family achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.
Dr. Gifford loves bowling so much that when he was 14, he took a job in a bowling alley cleaning the lanes manually by hand for an hour every day after school just so he could practice when he was finished with work! Fast forward to today and Dr. Gifford has bowled over 30,000 games – 15 of them perfect games – and with an average of 215 in his last league outing, it's no wonder people want him on their team.
When he's not bowling, coaching bowling with Special Olympics Oregon athletes, or improving lives with dentistry, Dr. Gifford and his wife Jenny-Anne are enjoying family life with their three young daughters.
Experience & Honors
Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree – OHSU School of Dentistry, 2007
BS in General Science, cum laude – Oregon State University Honors College, Corvallis, 2003
AS in Biological Sciences – Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, 2001
2010 to Present – Gifford Family Dentistry, owner
2012 to 2019 – Oregon AGD IV Sedation Course, screening & post-op
2011 to 2014 – Pacific University, Hillsboro, OR, part-time faculty
2009 to 2010 – Deborah Struckmeier DMD PC, Portland, OR, associate
2007 to 2010 – Joy Arend DMD PC, Portland, OR, associate
2007 to 2008 – Glenn Balkins DMD PC, Corvallis, OR, associate
2002 to 2003 – Big River Restaurant, Corvallis, OR, manager/head server
1997 to 2003 – Portamedic, Salem, OR, medical examiner
1998 to 2000 – Lakeshore Lanes Bowling Center, Albany, OR, manager
1996 to 1998 – Providence Medical Center, Yakima, WA, EMT/trauma team
1992 to 1998 – U.S. Army, Medical Corps, medical laboratory technician
Kenneth W. Ford Scholar, September 2001 – present
Gerald E. Bruce Community Service Award, 2012
Distinguished Alumni Award Linn-Benton Community College, 2009
Oregon Howard Prize Memorial Competition for Patient Treatment, 1st Place, 2007
Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation Scholarship Award, 2006
Outstanding Academic Scholar Award, Gov. Kitzhaber, 2001
Jeffrey M. Lee Scholarship Award, July 2000
Hillsdale Springfest Health & Wellness Fair, event chair, 2012-16
Hillsdale Business & Professional Association member, 2011 – present
Hillsdale Main Street Program, promotions committee member, 2011-14.
Multnomah Dental Society president-elect, 2012-13
Multnomah Dental Society vice-president, 2011-12
Oregon Academy of General Dentistry president, 2012-13
Oregon Academy of General Dentistry president-elect, 2011-12
Oregon Academy of General Dentistry vice-president, 2010-11
Oregon Academy of General Dentistry, editor of Recall, 2010-13
Oregon Academy of General Dentistry board of directors, 2009-13
ODA Annual Meeting council member, 2009-13
OHSU School of Dentistry Student Government president, 2004-07
OHSU School of Dentistry Class of 2007 president, 2003-07
Oregon Dental Association Trustee, 2005-06
Linn-Benton Community College student government president, 2000-01
LBCC Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society president, 2000-01
American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD)
American Dental Association (ADA)
Oregon Academy of General Dentistry (OAGD)
Multnomah Dental Society (MDS)
Tooth Taxi, Portland
Give Kids A Smile, Portland
Project Homeless, Hillsboro
Multnomah Dental Van, Portland
Oregon Mission of Mercy, Portland
West Albany High School Career Day, Albany, OR
Wilson High School Career Day, SW Portland, OR
Established $1000 Wilson High School graduate annual merit scholarship
Commencement Address, OHSU School of Dentistry Graduation, 2007
Endodontic Honors Course, 2006-07
Commencement Address, LBCC Graduation, 2001
Featured in Leaders of the 21st Century, Albany Democrat Herald, December 2000
Meet the Team
We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and every member of your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.
Melissa B. – OFFICE MANAGER
GFD Team Member since March 11, 2014
Melissa's voice may be one of the first you hear when you contact our Practice. With over 20 years of experience in dentistry, both as a clinical assistant and in multiple front office roles, she is an expert in guiding and advocating for our patients (and potential patients) as they seek to make educated decisions related to their dental care options and to know how to minimize the associated out-of-pocket costs. Ask for her by name and get the answers you deserve to know in advance.
AMANDA B. – Registered Dental Hygienist
GFD Team Member since September 12, 2012
Amanda B. is one of Dr. Gifford's former "star" students from the Pacific University Dental Hygiene School class of 2012. She was an outstanding student and has proven to be a dedicated professional and fast friend to each of the patients for whom she regularly provides care. Her accomplishments are many, so here are a few highlights. Amanda was honored at her hygiene school graduation with the Colgate Student Total Achievement Award and the Dennis Muir Award for "scholarship, leadership, compassion, ethical standards and community service." Her volunteer activities include serving the underserved in Nicaragua, the Oregon Mission of Mercy, and Give Kids A Smile events held locally. Originally a Beaverton native, she now resides near Hillsdale with her husband Bo and their two dogs, Betty, the three-legged Swiss mountain dog, and Huck the rescue dog from Texas. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, travel – especially to gorgeous local beaches – in her camping trailer, and is an avid Cubbies fan.
NICOLE K. – EXPANDED FUNCTIONS DENTAL ASSISTANT
GFD Team Member since JUNE 19, 2019
Nicole came to us with more than 20 years experience working in the dental field in a variety of areas. She managed a dental sedation course for the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry for over a decade, and has known and worked with Dr. Gifford in that capacity since first meeting in 2012. It was an easy decision to join the GFD team when a position opened in the summer of 2019. Already, she has proven to be a great fit for our team culture and philosophy of practice. We look forward to having her with us for many years to come.