Dr. Swisher's dental career unofficially began in Kenya with his father in 1996. During this time period, he took several trips with his father doing volunteer dental work in places such as Kenya, Borneo, Jamaica, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, and South Africa. His career officially began upon graduating from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2004. After several years of working in Southern California, he decided to further his training by entering a residency in Pediatric Dentistry at St. Barnabas Hospital, in the Bronx, NY. Here he spent much of his time working with special needs children and adults at the Rose F. Kennedy Dental Center for Mental Retardation at the Einstein School of Medicine. Following residency, Dr. Swisher took on traveling jobs working at Community Health clinics in Hawaii, then back to New York to work in private practice.
In 2012, he found himself on another traveling job, but this time in Hood River, where his father grew up. He worked for two and a half years at A Kidz Dental Zone, before starting his own practice.
Currently, he holds an affiliate faculty position at the University of Washington, Dept. of Pediatric Dentistry. He is the local ABCD (Access to Baby and Child Dentistry) representative for the state of Washington. And in 2011, he became a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. When he's not in the office, you'll likely find him somewhere outdoors enjoying life.
I'm from Hood River. Outside of work, you will find me enjoying time with family and friends. For the last 10 years I've been working in both the medical field, for the school district, and interpreting, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. I'm happy to take on a new position that allows me to continue working within the community.
Yaritza grew up in Puerto Rico and has been living in the Gorge for several years. In her free time, she enjoys zumba, exercising, music, crocheting, and spending time with her family, One of the highlights of her jobs is helping out at community events.
Maria grew up in the Gorge. Maria lives in the moment... When asked to define living in the moment, she simply said, "it cannot be defined." So, there you have it. If you can define what it means to live in the moment, let her know!
Azu grew up in Hood River. She has spent many years working in the oral health field. In her spare time, you can find Azu spending time with her new baby boy and playing with her rabbits.
Elena grew up in the Seattle area and lives with her husband and son in Hood River. She has worked as a dental assistant for 9 years and loves it.
Dania was born and raised in Hood River, and is relatively new to the dental field. She enjoys teaching kids about the importance of dental hygiene – not only for a great smile, but for their health.