Meet Our Team

Dr. Eric Dahlen, DMD

Dr. Eric Dahlen, DMD

Dr. Eric was born and raised in Salem, Oregon.  He graduated in 1997 from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Dentistry in Portland, Oregon with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree.  He practiced one year in Clackamas, Oregon before moving to Vancouver, Washington and joining Padden Dental.

Dr. Eric has a special interest in endodontics.  “I like endodontics because it is usually associated with a patient in pain. I like to get people out of pain and by doing so their fear of dentistry reduces.

 

I’ve seen that transition over and over again and it creates happy and smiling patients.  It is very gratifying to me whenever I can be involved in that transformation.”

Dr. Dahlen lives in the Felida area of Clark County with wife Deanna, two young daughters and a Boxer dog named Cisco. In his spare time he enjoys backpacking, exploring the Columbia Gorge, seeing new movies, running and spending time with his family.

Dr. Dahlen gives advice on avoiding dental emergencies.

Albina Burunova, RDH

Albina Burunova, RDH

Hygienist

Albina was born in Kyrgyzstan and grew up in Vancouver, Washington where she graduated from Evergreen High School. Albina went on to earn her Dental Hygiene Degree with honors from Clark College June 2012 and a notice of recognition from the Society of Periodontology.

Albina worked as a professional Dental Hygienist in the Vancouver and Portland areas, including Hygiene in Pediatrics. She joined Padden Dental/Padden in January of 2013, and specializes in periodontal disease and disease prevention. Fluent in Russian and English, Albina is continually expanding her professional knowledge and attends many courses to continue her education.

Albina enjoys volunteering in the community for the Southwest Washington Free Clinic, and also with the Mission of Mercy (MOM). In her spare time, Albina takes advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest outdoor activities with her family.

Splausha Burks, RDH BSDH

Splausha Burks, RDH BSDH

Hygienist

Spalusha was born and raised in the Vancouver area where she attended Evergreen High School, receiving her Associates Degree as a running start student. She graduated from Clark College, with honors, and received her Dental Hygiene Degree. She went a step further and also graduated from Eastern Washington University with her undergraduate degree.
Splausha started her career working for a family dental practice in Washougal before joining Padden Dental in June 2016. Splausha has a strong background in periodontics and a passion for building rapport through individualized patient care. She stays current with the latest dental information and technology by attending many continuing education courses.
In September 2016, she married her sweetheart and they bought their first home. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs: Meeka and Manfred as well as crafting, working on home projects and traveling when she can.

Tanya Simmons

Tanya Simmons

Dental Assistant

Tanya was born and raised in Vancouver. She completed dental assisting school at Charter College in 2015. She did her externship in our office and we liked her so much we hired her immediately! Tanya enjoys working with patients during the Invisalign process and seeing the changes in their smiles.

Katie Arnberg

Katie Arnberg

Dental Assistant

Katie graduated from Charter college in 2014 and externed in a pediatric office before joining our practice. Katie is married with two boys. She loves camping and fishing with her family. She loves helping people obtain their optimal oral health and seeing patients leave smiling.

Kelsey Lagerquist

Kelsey Lagerquist

Dental Assistant

Kelsey graduated from Clark County Skills Center Dental program in 2013. She is currently working towards her dental hygiene license. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She feels a smile is very important and enjoys talking with patients about their needed treatment.

Debbie Wilhoit

Debbie Wilhoit

Patient Care Coordinator

Debbie is a proud mom of 2 grown children and a Nana of 2 grandson’s. She and her husband have been married for 40 years and love camping and watching the Mariners/Seahawks. When she’s not at work, you’ll find her working in her glass studio. She takes pride is making every patient feel like a friend while educating them from insurance to their treatment needs.

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