Dental Hygiene Faculty & Staff

Associate Professor & Clinical Education Coordinator
503-352-7242

Gail Aamodt is an Associate Professor & Clinical Education Coordinator whose areas of expertise include learner-centered education, team development and education opportunities for dental hygiene educators.

Associate Professor
503-352-7246

Kathryn Bell is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association.

Associate Professor & Associate Dean of Interprofessional Education
503-352-7249

Amy Coplen worked as a clinical dental hygienists for six years, earned her master's degree, then developed online patient simulations for genetics education.

Assistant Professor
503-352-2680

Kathy Moore has more than 30 years of clinical experience as a dental hygienist and is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association.

Instructor
503-352-7245

Wilber Ramirez-Rodriguez practiced as a dentist in his native country of Peru. He teaches at Pacific University and works with the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center providing programs for underserved patients.

Instructor & Clinical Operations Coordinator
503-352-2683

Alison Santoro, RDH, BSDH is a full-time clinical instructor who completed her entry-level dental hygiene education at Pacific University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Health. She also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, and a minor in Coaching from Pacific University prior to enrolling in Pacific’s Dental Hygiene Program, and played softball for Pacific during her undergraduate schooling. She has 4 years of clinical experience as a dental hygienist working in a private dental office, and is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association.

Instructor
503-352-7245

Kristen Thomas has worked as a dental hygienist in a managed care organization and now is a full-time faculty member.