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.
Erin grew up locally in Hood River, and has 10+ years as a certified dental assistant. Like so many in the Columbia Gorge, Erin enjoys the outdoors with her family.
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!
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.