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

Katie joined Pacific University as a full-time faculty member in August 2010. She previously worked as a graduate teaching assistant and a graduate research assistant with the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Katie worked as a clinical dental hygienist for two years before returning to school to pursue her master’s degree. She completed a semester-long teaching internship at Virginia Commonwealth University as part of her master’s degree program. Katie’s master’s thesis focused on incorporating oral-systemic evidence into patient care. She received the ADHA/Sigma Phi Alpha 2010 Journalism Award for a manuscript based on her research thesis. 

Director, School of Dental Hygiene Studies
503-352-7252

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 Ramírez-Rodríguez is a licensed dental hygienist in the state of Oregon and Washington and has been a licensed dentist in Perú since 2001.

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.

Professor, School of Dental Hygiene Studies

Lisa J. Rowley helped develop and now leads the School of Dental Hygiene Studies. She has more than 25 years experience in dental hygiene and dental assisting education.