Dr. Jonathan E. Backer
Dr. Jonathan E. Backer was born in South Korea where he lived until 11 years of age. His family came to the United States in 1979, settling in Bakersfield, California, where he was adopted by his father. School brought out the best in him and he thrived as a leader and an athlete while excelling in academics. He served as the Student Body President in high school and played football, basketball and track.
Dr. Backer worked as a dental lab technician during his college years before entering Loma Linda Dental School in 1996. He graduated in 2000 and moved to Eugene to practice dentistry.
In 2002, Dr. Backer opened his own practice in Cottage Grove where he has been faithfully serving his patients to this day. He has been a long standing member of the Lane County Dental Society where he recently served as President.
Dr. Backer was honored to receive the Paul Harris Fellow award by the Rotary Club of Cottage Grove. Giving back to the community has always held a high priority in Dr. Backer's personal and professional life. He continues to regularly volunteer his time at the South Lane Children's Dental Clinic. Dr. Backer also has supported many levels of sporting activities, drama and music programs in Cottage Grove.
Dr. Backer and his wife, Soorin, have been married since 1991 and have four beautiful children. His oldest son was married during the summer of 2013 and he and his wife are expecting their first child! Dr. Backer also takes an active role in supporting his wife, who is a published author and speaker, when she speaks at various Christian ministry events. He has recently taken the position of Head Coach to his youngest son's Junior High boys' basketball team for Kid Sports in Eugene. Though it's a new challenge, Dr. Backer is truly enjoying working with the boys and their families while spending quality time with his son.
When he's not busy serving the community and supporting his family, he can most easily found on the open road! He has been an avid cyclist for many years and races competitively. He enjoys all things outdoors, including snowboarding, skiing, golfing and target shooting. He also enjoys singing and you might just hear him humming along to the radio while you are in the chair! It's become a familiar and beloved sound in the office to the staff and to our beloved patients!