Meet The Staff
  • Emily
    Office Manager

    Emily began working with Dr Backer in February of 2007 as a dental assistant, in 2011 she made the transition to working as a front office coordinator to allow a more flexible schedule.  She is happily married to Brandyn and together they have a blended family that includes 6 kids, all of whom are very busy and active. When they can they love to travel but most weekends and evenings she will be found throughout Oregon watching her kids play soccer, basketball and track. Born and raised in Cottage Grove she continues to be a familiar face. 

  • Letty
    Dental Hygienist

    Letty graduated from the LCC Dental Hygiene program in 1999 and has been working for Dr. Backer since 2005. She and her husband, Gary, have six grown sons, five daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. Her passion is spending time with her family on their McKenzie River property. Their home is the hub for many family gatherings and with a family that big there is always a reason to gather! In the summer they enjoy fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout from their drift boat and kayaking on the McKenzie. 

  • Terra
    Dental Hygienist

    Terra started working for Dr. Backer in December 2013. She received her Dental Hygiene Degree from Lane Community College in 1997. Terra has lived most of her life in Lane County and is a 4th generation 'Grover'. She lives in Cottage Grove with her son, daughter, and husband, Herman. She and her husband are passionate about supporting children and have fostered many kids throughout the past ten years. When she's not cleaning teeth you can find her getting creative and crafty or spending time with her family. 

  • Michelle
    Front Office Coordinator

    Michelle graduated from the LCC Dental Assisting program in 2007.  She has been working for Dr. Backer as an assistant since that time, but has recently made the transition to the front desk.  She and her husband Jeff have 3 children, one son-in-law, and one 'soon to be' daughter-in-law.  When not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with family, traveling with her husband and supporting her youngest son who is currently playing college basketball in Wisconsin. 

  • Makayla
    Dental Assistant

    Makayla started working for Dr. Backer in July 2021.  She has earned her certifications while working and training on the job.  Makayla was born and raised in Oregon and enjoys exercising, cooking, playing videogames and hiking with her boyfriend!

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