Meet Our Staff
North Santiam Family Dentistry, Stayton OR
Danielle – Hygienist
Danielle is the incredible hygienist every dental practice wants … with the gentle hands and caring heart that every patient desires. She joined our practice family in 2014, shortly after one of our long-standing and valued hygienists retired. Danielle was born and raised in Southern Oregon. She and her twin sister both received their Bachelor’s Degrees in Hygiene from the Oregon Institute of Technology in 2012. In the short while that we’ve known her, we have been very impressed, and our patients have been too. They’ve been telling us so! Danielle has been exceeding our expectations every single day … and we hope she will call our practice home at least until Dr. Jeff Van Kirk retires (many years down the road). Danielle and her husband Derrick have property in nearby Jefferson, where they have two dogs, a cat, chickens and ducks. They also enjoy spending time with family, off-road exploring in the mountains, and riding on wave runners. One of the things Danielle enjoys most about her job is developing long-lasting relationships with her patients and helping them get the best possible preventive and restorative dental care.
Sarah – Hygienist
Sarah is the newest member of our team, and we and patients have enjoyed getting to know her since this past December. She loves the small town feel here in Stayton and focusing on building relationships with patients. Sarah received her degree in hygiene from OIT (the Oregon Institute of Technology) in 2004. But even before that she had worked as a dental assistant for 5 years, so she’s seen many different aspects of dentistry, which puts her in a great position to answer many of your questions. Sarah is a life long resident of the Willamette Valley. She and her husband Shawn, her sons Boyd and Elias, and her daughter Kinley all enjoy anything outdoors, especially beach trips, and also going to the movies. They are huge animal lovers – they have cats, dogs, fish and a turtle! She says of herself that she can spend hours lost in a book and loves cat naps:) She loves giving patients the best possible care and attention, and making a difference in their lives.
Sandy – Treatment Coordinator
Sandy has been a valued member of this dental team for more years than she is willing to admit! Long before Dr. Jeff Van Kirk bought this practice, Sandy originally worked here as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant for Dr. Roger Van Santen, when his father still owned the practice. Over the years, Sandy has progressed through every possible auxiliary function in this practice. Today she helps Dr. Van Kirk’s patients understand their proposed treatment and costs, as well as their financial options. Sandy grew up in Stayton, and has so many relatives here that she may find it difficult deciding on which side of the aisle to sit at a local wedding! She and her husband Ronnie have proudly raised 2 sons, Jared and Jonathan. They all enjoy spending time together with family and friends, and going camping and fishing. Sandy enjoys her long-term relationships with our patients, and being able to help them with their dental needs.
Jill – Scheduling & Insurance Coordinator
Jill has been an integral member of this dental team since 1992, when she was hired as a Certified Dental Assistant for Dr. Roger Van Santen. She now serves Dr. Jeff Van Kirk’s patients in our front office. Chances are, she will be the first person to greet you with a smile when you come in, and she’ll be just as happy to help make your payment and re-scheduling process as smooth as possible when you leave. Jill enjoys interacting with the patients and co-workers she has gotten to know over the years. She and her husband Blain live in nearby Jefferson, and they have three children. They have also acquired two horses, two dogs, a cat, and two pigs! Jill’s family loves spending time together fishing, camping, boating, and going to the Dunes. The thing Jill loves best about dentistry is seeing our patients and their friendly smiles.
Christie – Dental Assistant
Christie is Dr. Jeff Van Kirk’s right-hand … on the left side of the patient chair. She has been a dental assistant for 27 years, and has an Expanded Functions certificate. She joined this practice in 2001 and was apparently quiet as a mouse back then. But you’d never know it today after having a wonderful conversation with her. Christie is a small-town country girl who has lived in the Santiam Valley all her life, and she seems to know every person form Scio to Silverton…as well as their life stories. That’s a good thing! That incredible memory helps all of us to better know each one of our patients, and to keep their dental treatments moving forward according to plan. Our patients really appreciate that. Christie loves helping people get out of pain and to feel good about themselves and their teeth. We are amazed and grateful that Christie consistently gives 110% of her energy to us and our patients…and that she still somehow finds a way to go home and throw bales of hay and chase cows. Christie and her husband Dennis have a cat named Daphne who they love very much. They enjoy camping, playing games, and spending time with their relatives that all live in the area. Christie also enjoys scrapbooking, gardening, canning and reading. Christie has proven that she genuinely cares about our patients, and she enjoys making them feel comfortable from start to finish.