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Willamette Dental Group Overview

Hillsboro, OR
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Willamette Dental Group started with a single dental practice location in Portland, Oregon in 1970, and quickly became a pioneer in the emerging field of coordinated dental care. By focusing on the long-term health needs of patients, the practice has continued to grow over the ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to deliver proactive patient care through a partnership with our patients to stop the disease-repair cycle by means of evidence-based methods of prevention and treatment.

At Willamette Dental Group, we pursue our mission every day through our ... Read more

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Company Updates

  • We're continuing our efforts to go green by moving forward with our chartless office initiative. This will digitize, remove and recycle 46 tons of paper and x-ray film by 2020.

    Read more about our efforts to reduce waste here:

    Press Release | Willamette Dental Group Commits to Chartless Offices by 2020

    HILLSBORO, Ore. - In a broadly reaching, company-wide effort across 53 offices in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Willamette Dental Group is moving forward with a chartless office initiative that will digitize, remove and recycle a total 46 tons of patient paper charts and x-ray films by the year 2020.

  • Our passion for science and research fuels progressive thinking and our people-centered perspective.

    Find out more about our practice philosophy

    Proactive Dental Care | Willamette Dental Group

    Proactive care means we focus on preventing disease rather than treating it surgically. And we achieve this by practicing evidence-based dentistry, evaluating your specific circumstances scientifically then creating a treatment plan tailored to you. All of our services are based on the latest research and years of reliable science, leading to the safest, most effective treatment available.

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Willamette Dental Group – Why Work For Us?

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Willamette Dental Group was established by Dr. Eugene Skourtes and Dr. Gerald Cogan in 1970. Out of a single treatment office on Jefferson Street in Portland, Oregon, the partners fostered a new, unique approach to dental care focusing on preventive care and long-term oral health, instead of the traditional fee-for-service model. From this approach, the company has become the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Along with continuing to guide the company as CEO, Dr. Skourtes is still practicing dentistry.

Although we’ve done some growing, our roots are still firmly planted with our original philosophy of proactive, preventive care. Focusing on long-term oral health has served us well. But more importantly, it’s served our patients well. "Proactive" care means we focus on preventing disease rather than treating it surgically. And we achieve this by practicing "evidence-based" dentistry, evaluating our patients’ specific circumstances scientifically then creating a treatment plan tailored to the individual. All of our services are based on the latest research and years of reliable science, leading to the safest, most effective treatment available. Our dentists aren’t paid by the number of fillings and crowns they perform. Instead, Willamette Dental Group offers a unique compensation program incentivizing providers to provide the right care at the right time for each individual patient. This allows our dentists to truly deliver proactive dental care and not depend on drilling, for dough.

Our Culture – Compassion, Concern, and Understanding

A company’s core values aren't as easy to measure as the bottom line, but they are no less important. At Willamette Dental Group, we approach our work with compassion, caring, and understanding. It's how we interact with our patients — and with each other — throughout our daily activities. And just as we are committed to growth and leadership in the Northwest, we are equally committed to serving both our patients and employees with dignity and respect.

Our mission is to deliver proactive preventive dental care focused on promoting long term health through a partnership with our patients, and we pursue that mission every day through our core values:

Innovation – embrace change, encourage invention and continually remain at the forefront of advances in oral health for the good of our patients, colleagues and company.

Health – exemplify and promote whole-person wellness through education and support of programs that keep our patients and employees healthy.

Compassion – demonstrate caring and sensitivity for the diverse backgrounds of our patients and colleagues and generosity in our communities.

Integrity – adhere to high ethical and professional standards, demonstrating commitment to our responsibilities with trust, honesty and respect for all.


Achieving success means always pushing the boundaries. And at Willamette Dental Group, the way we’re shaping the future of dentistry is deeply rooted in our guiding mission of proactive care. Our research-backed innovation points us in one direction: putting the long-term health of our patients first. After all, what matters to them, matters to you. And what matters to you, motivates our success every day. Set yourself free from production goals, and create the best possible experience for your patients. Pursue an inspiring career path here with us!

Enjoy a competitive salary and an outstanding benefits package

  • Contribute to a dynamic, team-driven workplace
  • Take advantage of growth opportunities for personal and professional development
  • Count on our open-door communications policy
  • Choose from more than 50 office locations throughout the Pacific Northwest

2017 Employee Voice Award Honoree

Willamette Dental Group was recently awarded the 2017 Employee Voice Award from Quantum Workplace for Highest Level of Engagement.

This award was earned by focusing on a continual effort to be the employer of choice for its employees, providing best in class benefits and work-life balance opportunities that yield outstanding employee engagement and participation.

"This award shows that our hard work and efforts to be the employer of choice are paying off," says Willamette Dental Group Chief Operating Officer Kristen Simmons. "We love our employees; they are the lifeblood of our organization. We’re thrilled that organizations outside of ours are seeing the benefits of our investment in employees, with results ranging from higher employee retention numbers to better patient experience scores."

Willamette Dental Group was previously awarded the Employee Voice Award honor in 2012 and 2016 as well.

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Based in Hillsboro, Oregon, our Administrative Headquarters houses support departments such as Member Services, Human Resources, Accounting, Sales, Marketing, IT, Informatics, Training & Development, and much more. From supporting Insurance services in Billing & Eligibility to Patient Accounts, this is the hub of Willamette Dental Group. Although these employees don’t see our members, they’re impacting the patient experience behind the scenes and enabling our providers to focus on patients, not paperwork.

Our 52 practices in Oregon, Washington and Idaho provide high-quality dental services to over 425,000 patients. No matter where our over 1400 staff memebers are located, in clinics throughout the gorgeous Pacific Northwest or at our headquarters, we’re all working together with a common goal - to provide the best patient experience possible.

Checks & Balances

Working at Willamette Dental Group provides so much more than a paycheck. It provides a work-life balance and flexible schedules, coworkers that feel more like family, a rich benefits package, and more.

Benefits Include:undefined

• 7 Paid Holidays

• Generous Paid Time Off

• Employee Wellness Program

• 401k with Company Match

• Flexible Spending Accounts

• Dental, Medical & Vision Insurance

• Short & Long Term Disability

• Life Insurance

• Employee Assistance Program

• Heavily Discounted Transit Passes


Practice Benefits Include:

• Competitive Compensation

• Guaranteed Salary

• Deferred Compensation

• CE funds

• Disability & Malpractice Insurance

• Professional Leave

• License Reimbursement



In-House loan forgiveness funds are available to Dentists at select Willamette Dental Group locations as listed below. All locations are eligible for sign-on and relocation advances. New graduates receive 12-month six-figure salary guarantees. Please contact us for more information.

 Location  Repayment Amount 
 Albany, OR  $20,000
 Corvallis, OR $20,000 
 Eugene, OR $20,000
 Lincoln City, OR   $20,000 
 Roseburg, OR $20,000
 Springfield, OR $20,000
 Tillamook, OR $20,000
 Yakima, WA


Willamette Dental Group Reviews

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    "Excellent people, benefits, compensation, and mission"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Hillsboro, OR
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    I have been working at Willamette Dental Group full-time (More than a year)


    Willamette is a wonderful company to work for. The company fulfills the mission and values of the company on a daily basis. Feedback is solicited from patients and employees alike and then the company makes changes based on the input received. Everyone that works at Willamette believes in our philosophy and doing the right thing for patients.


    As it is with all companies that want to evolve and grow, there are lots of changes that take place. These can sometimes be communicated better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening and involving employees in business decisions. Work with employees to create long-term career/growth plans.

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Willamette Dental Group Photos

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Willamette Dental Group Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
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    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Willamette Dental Group (Portland, OR) in February 2017.


    The process is lengthy but very detailed and organized. I was always aware of what steps needed to be taken and before hired they make sure you know every aspect of the job you are applying for and are there to answer any questions you might have. One of the best companies I have ever interviewed for.

    Interview Questions

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Willamette Dental Group Awards & Accolades

  • Employee Voice Award, Quantum Workplace, 2016
  • Success Story Award, Press Ganey, 2014
  • Employee Voice Award, Quantum Workplace, 2012
  • Employee Voice Award, Quantum Workplace, 2017
  • Fastest Growing Private Companies, Portland Business Journal, 2010
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