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. 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.
Deidre – Hygienist
Deidre joined our practice in 2017 as a part-time hygienist, and she has been a perfect addition to our dental team! She grew up on a farm in the nearby town of Monroe. Before pursuing a career in dental hygiene she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Oregon State University in 2009. With the influence of several family members and friends, she went on to graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Lane Community College in 2013. Deidre loves being a hygienist, and in particular enjoys getting to know her patients and their families. She gets all of her best travel tips from her patients! Deidre’s patients often comment on how gentle she is and how relaxed they feel during their cleanings. Deidre and her husband Kyle live in Albany with their son William and daughter Olivia as well as their 3 dogs. In their free time they enjoy going for walks, visiting the zoo, and anything that keeps the kids busy!
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. 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. 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.
Heather – Dental Assistant
Heather is our star assistant! She grew up right here in the Salem area, and has been a dental assistant for over 7 years. Heather has had a variety of dental experiences, including in general dentistry, pediatrics, and orthodontics. No wonder we’re so glad to have her! She has even earned a prestigious certificate in restorative dentistry! Heather has given back to her community and the world by working in free clinics and going on overseas medical/dental trips. Two of her favorite trips were to Mexico and Africa. Heather enjoys everyone she meets (she says they are ALL amazing), and we know you’ll love her as much as we do. She loves the small town feel of Stayton, where everyone knows everyone. In her free time, Heather enjoys working with her horses and training her dogs in agility. She enjoys every aspect of the dental industry and is excited to be a part of our team here at North Santiam Family Dentistry. We’re excited too!