Meet Our Team

 Clare---individualClare – Office Manager

Clare has worked in the dentistry field since 1985, and has worked with Dr. Ries since 2001. She loves working with a great team and one of the most compassionate dentists around. She also enjoys building relationships with families over the years, watching patients become part of the Gresham Smile Designs dental family.

Clare loves spending time with her family and grandkids, and prefers doing anything that lets her use her creativity.

Rachel-1Rachel – Office Assistant

Rachel has been working in dental offices for sixteen years, starting even before she graduated high school. She went on to complete the PCC Dental Assisting Program in 2004 and spent 8 years assisting before transitioning to the front office. She loves working with a family practice where patients are cared for in a warm, friendly environment.

Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, Casey, traveling, playing the piano and hiking in the great outdoors.


Tiffany resizedTiffany – Certified Dental Assistant, EFDA

Tiffany has worked with Dr. Ries since 1995, providing patient care as an Expanded Functions Certified Dental Assistant. She graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at Portland Community College in 1993.

Tiffany enjoys helping patients and putting beautiful smiles on their faces. She is married with three busy boys. When she’s not serving patients in the office, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family, usually hiking and camping.

Chris resizedChris – Registered Dental Hygienist, BS

Chris has worked with Dr. Ries since 1997, now working with 2nd generation patients and creating happy 1st visits that turn into a lifetime of valued oral health.

Chris received her Bachelor’s degree with honors from OHSU dental school in 1985 and is dedicated to her patients, always focusing on their needs and concerns. This kind of commitment has resulted in long-term relationships with patients built over many years.

Chris loves to find humor in situations and is a compassionate and truly caring hygienist. She has been married for over twenty years and has two sons and a “mini farm.” Chris also loves gardening, traveling, camping, kayaking, music and antiques.

Kristi resizedKristi – Certified Dental Assistant

Kristi began as a dental assistant in 1986, and her first job was with Dr. Ries! She enjoys changing patients’ smiles for the better through cosmetic dentistry care and techniques.

Kristi is a caring, efficient, hard working member of the team, known for getting things done no matter what it takes. Her hobbies include participating in various sports and frequent trips to Disneyland.

liz-bio-pic gresham, or dentistLiz – Hygienist

Liz graduated from Mt. Hood Community College in 2012 and joined our team in January 2014. She is passionate about the dental field. Liz loves caring for and getting to know each and every patient, while helping them to achieve optimum oral health. She feels that dental hygiene is what she is truly meant to do.

Liz is originally from Southern Idaho. She loves the outdoors, her two cats, traveling, staying active and spending time with friends and family.

Gayle resizedGayle – Dental Hygienist

Gayle has worked with Dr. Ries since 2010. She has practiced Dental Hygiene in the Gresham area for 32 years, including 12 years with a periodontist.

Gayle loves being a dental hygienist, with its balance of intricate, precise technique and patient care. She believes that the most important aspect of her job is developing relationships with patients and fellow team members. She finds it satisfying and rewarding to make connections with her patients, whether it’s guiding them to want to make changes for better dental health and overall wellness or giving a youngster a positive first visit that will set the tone for decades to come.

Time outside the office is spent with her family and Golden Retriever pup. She also enjoys fitness, “yardening” and almost anything that gets her outside, including hiking, horseback riding, or paddle boarding.

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