Dental Staff

All professionals at Northwest Dental Group, PC-La Pine maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

  • Dr.
    Jonathan Yang
    DDS
    Dentist

    Dr. Jonathan Yang grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended Oregon State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. He went on to attend Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2000.

    Remembering the beauty of Central Oregon from childhood family vacations, Dr. Yang (Or, as he prefers, Dr. Jonathan) embraced the opportunity and accepted a position with Redmond Dental Group to begin his dental career. Soon, he knew he wanted to plant roots in Central Oregon. In 2004, Dr. Jonathan acquired his current practice and continues to enjoy being a practice owner.

    “Why La Pine?” is a question Dr. Jonathan is often asked. He enjoys the very personal connections that a small town offers, and feels that he can make a positive and lasting impact within the community. This small (but growing!) town also reminded him of the farming community in Vietnam where he was born – and the privilege of serving here in La Pine has kept him humble. Dr. Jonathan grew up in modest circumstances, and he believes this has aided his perspective in understanding the needs of patients from varying social and economic backgrounds.

    In 2003, Dr. Jonathan married Julie and together they have two young children, Alexa and Griffin. Their family is completed by two dogs, a Chihuahua (Kenzie) and a Labradoodle (Murphy) who often accompany them on their adventures. As a family, they find joy in biking, hiking, skiing, swimming, kayaking or just relaxing at home. They also enjoy RVing and riding ATVs along the coast, or exploring National Parks during the summer. When not in the office or with his family, Dr. Jonathan can be found golfing and fishing with friends.

    Dr. Jonathan is known for his gentle and caring approach to dentistry, as well as his excellent clinical skills. He believes the highest compliment is the confidence his patients place in his practice by the high volume of patient referrals he receives. The success of his practice is a direct result of these referrals, and Dr. Jonathan is honored and grateful for the privilege to not only provide high-quality care to his existing patients, but to their family and friends as well. To maintain your trust in him and for his own personal and professional growth, Dr. Jonathan will always strive to remain current in his field, passionately pursue advanced dental technique training, and stay informed of the latest dental research.

    Bridging modern technology and his 21 plus years of experience, Dr. Jonathan continues to be enthusiastic about restoring and helping his patients maintain their beautiful smiles. He looks forward to serving the amazing people of La Pine and Central Oregon for many years to come, and hopes to continue exceeding expectations in his practice.

  • Sandy L.
    Hygienist

    Sandy was born in Minnesota and has lived in Hawaii, California, and Washington. She started her career in dentistry as a dental assistant in Escondido, Calif, where she worked for 22 years until life circumstances brought her to La Pine.


    It was at this time she decided to further her career and become a hygienist. Sandy obtained her Associates of Arts degree at Central Oregon Community College, and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from OIT in 2007. Sandy has been with Northwest Dental Group since May 2007. Sandy has 2 children, Megan and Glenn, and 4 grandchildren. In her spare time, Sandy enjoys being outdoors, reading, cooking, listening to good music and spending as much time as possible with her family and friends. She looks forward to living and working in La Pine and at Northwest Dental Group for many years to come.

  • Kayleigh T.
    Hygienist

    Kayleigh grew up in New York State and has been practicing Dental Hygiene since 2009 after earning her degree from Vermont Technical College.   She moved to Oregon in 2012 and spent 4 years in the Columbia River Gorge before traveling the United States and settling here in Central Oregon in 2016.

      Kayleigh strives to make every patient’s visit a positive and comfortable experience while providing the absolute highest quality of care.  Kayleigh has just completed training to be an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist in order to provide patients with an exercised based treatment system to improve and correct oral muscular dysfunctions of the lips, tongue and soft palate.

    Outside of the office, Kayleigh can be found spending time with her husband, Dustin, and their 2 dogs Aspen and Lexi.  She enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, paddleboarding, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and knitting. 

  • Bekah M.
    Hygienist

    Bekah received her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene from OHSU. Prior to moving to Central Oregon and joining the Northwest Dental Group team in September 2021, she lived in the Willamette Valley.
    Bekah has worked in both pediatric and general dentist practices and takes pride in a gentle touch while being thorough and meticulous. One of her favorite parts of her job is being able to encourage and educate her patients. 
    When not at work, Bekah and her husband, Bob enjoy their two dogs, traveling, working on home projects, and seeing their grown children and grandchildren whenever possible. 

  • Ashley R.
    Dental Assistant, EFDA

    Ashley was born and raised in Central Oregon and became interested in dentistry in her junior year of high school. She enjoys being a part of a team, working with patients of all ages to assist with their dental needs. Ashley especially enjoys seeing patients become more confident and happy with their smile. In her off-hours, Ashley spends most of her time with her family and is an avid lover of the outdoors.

  • Arlene B.
    Dental Assistant, EFDA

    Arlene has been a dental assistant for over 20 years and joined the Northwest Dental team in September 2019. Growing up, she knew she wanted to pursue a career working with people in a very meaningful way and dental assisting provides her that opportunity. Arlene's favorite part of her job is the diversity and genuine appreciation of her patients. When not at work, you can find Arlene on the pickleball court, reading or shopping.

  • Kindra S.
    Dental Assistant

    Kindra was born and raised in Central Oregon and graduated from La Pine High School in 2015. She began her dental assisting career with Northwest Dental Group in July 2021.  Having been self conscience of her teeth growing up, Kindra now enjoys being able to help patients feel more confident and love their smile when they leave the office.
    As a family with her husband, Gerald and their daughter Harlee they enjoy going to the Oregon Coast and riding ATV’s. When not at work, you can find Kindra baking and spending time with her family and friends whenever possible. 

  • Lisa J.
    Lead Office Administrator

    Lisa has been with Northwest Dental Group for nearly 20 years.  Currently, she oversees the daily operations of the practice as our Lead Office Administrator.  Although her position encompasses  many roles, her focus is on processing dental claims/payments and is our patient financial coordinator.  She loves working on behalf of the patient to ensure that their dental insurance claims are being paid properly.  Often times, this means writing narratives and 'fighting' with the insurance company.  Call her crazy, but this is actually fun for her, and especially satisfying if the claim is eventually paid.  She and her husband Carson have lived in La Pine for nearly 42 years and they have one daughter, Erica.   When not at the office, Lisa spends her off hours hiking, exercising and enjoying the great outdoors as well as hanging out with family and friends as much as possible.

  • Missy W.
    Office Supervisor

    Missy is a native Oregonian and has lived in La Pine for over 15 years.  She joined the Northwest Dental team in February 2020, and has embraced the opportunity to pursue a career in the field of dentistry as our Office Supervisor.  Missy, her 13 year old daughter, Mariah,  and her boyfriend, Travis love spending time together with their six fur babies and enjoying all the outdoor activities Central Oregon has to offer. 

  • Rachel L.
    Patient Coordinator

    Rachel was born and raised northwest of Chicago, in the suburbs of Illinois. She became a member of the Northwest Dental Group team in July 2021 and is loving her recent transition into the dental field. Rachel's  favorite part of the job is seeing patients who arrive nervous for their procedures and then leave relaxed and relieved. 
    Rachel and her high school sweetheart, Jack moved to Bend together in 2011 and recently got married. The newlyweds have two cats and two dogs and are very excited to start their family soon. Outside of work, Rachel loves traveling, cooking, reading, and indulging her creative side with crafts. 

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