Tina – Team Leader
Tina is our practice’s team leader. She is well known for her outstanding smile that never seems to stop. Tina greets most of our patients as they arrive at our practice. Tina says that she’s happily chosen Hillsboro Dental Excellence to work for because, “the company is not just about money, it’s about helping people in need”. Because the practice operates on that philosophy, everyone here is completely 100% patient-focused, and that makes it a fulfilling, exciting, and wonderful place to work.”
Tina has been in the dental industry since 2007. She is our patient’s secret weapon for working with insurance companies. Tina will read all your insurance company’s fine print for you, so you don’t have to. She will maximize your benefits to make certain that you will pay as little as possible out of pocket.
Tina is married with three children; her daughters Mirella and Miya, and a son Rodrigo (named after his father). Tina loves camping with her family and any activities involving Oregon’s beaches, lakes, and rivers.
Diana – Surgical Assistant
I’ve worked as a dental assistant for over 3 years now. Working here at Hillsboro Dental Excellence with Dr. Skinner has been a great experience thus far. I’ve met a lot of dentists, and Dr. Skinner is different than all of them. It’s not just that he is smart, he has unbelievable skills. I have seen him do things with dentistry that I was sure was impossible.
I was the first person in my family to graduate from high school and to graduate from college. I became a dental assistant because I wanted to help people. I didn’t know how I could do that until I discovered my passion.
With Dr. Skinner’s encouragement, eventually, my goal is to go back to school and become a practicing dentist. Don’t worry, though; whenever that happens, I will be coming right back here to Hillsboro Dental Excellence to work as a dentist after I graduate. There is no other place I would rather work than here. Besides, I could never leave all my patients!
I am married and have a young son named Jayden. When I’m home, I love to eat food, watch cool movies, and spend time with my family.
Reyna – Restorative Assistant
I Passed the WREB and I have my Restorative License.
I was born in Mexico. My family and I moved to Oregon when I was 6 years old, and I have lived in the Hillsboro area ever since. I am married and have two wonderful children, Damian and Naomi. For fun, I enjoy being outdoors with my family doing things such as camping, hiking, and fishing. I am a licensed restorative assistant, which means that I can place beautiful fillings.
I’ve worked with many dentists, but when I met Dr. Skinner, I knew that I had to be part of his team. His beliefs and compassion truly inspire me and give me hope. It is truly amazing to see someone care about people as much as he does. That was exactly what I had been looking for, for so long. Dr. Skinner has provided me with excellent training and fantastic personal coaching, which has helped me to see life at a whole new level.
At Hillsboro Dental Excellence, our entire team is focused on our patients’ complete satisfaction, and that makes me feel proud. Dr. Skinner will not just hire “anyone” to take care of his patients. When you walk into our office, “you can actually feel the love in the air” that we all have for our patients and each other. I genuinely love working with all my patients. It’s a perfect family atmosphere that really does care about people. Here at Hillsboro Dental Excellence, “we don’t just transform smiles, we transform lives”.
Penny – Licensed Dental Hygienist
PCC Hygiene, Nitrous, and Local Anesthetic certifications
Member American Dental Hygienist Association
I was born in Portland, Oregon, so I’m a Wonderland native. I became a dental hygienist midlife. Because of family obligations, I was not able to go to Hygiene school as early as I would’ve liked.
However, I am persistent, and I never give up. Eventually, I went to Portland community college, midlife, and got my Hygiene license. That’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, and I am so happy that I have finally accomplished that.
The reason that I work at Hillsboro Dental Excellence is really just one reason: “The Team, The Team, The Team.” Everyone here is focused on the patients and their experience. The other reason that I truly like it here is that Dr. Skinner consistently does what’s best for the patient, not what’s best for his pocketbook. I like working with a dentist and a team that puts the patients first, so that’s why I proudly work at Hillsboro Dental Excellence.
If you haven’t been to the dentist for a long time, I want you to know that no one at Hillsboro Dental Excellence will ever judge you for that. Just come in when you’re ready, and we will be happy and grateful that you chose us to help you with your dental health. No one here will guilt you for having other priorities in your life.
I volunteer every year for the Oregon Mission of Mercy in Portland. My personal philosophy in life is to start every day with a smile and end every day with a laugh.
Lauren – Licensed Dental Hygienist
Recipient of the Restorative Excellence Award
Local Anesthetic Endorsement
I was born in born Spokane, Washington, and moved to St. Helens, Oregon, at the age of 6 in 1996. Right out of high school, I contemplated on being a registered nurse or a dental hygienist because I knew I was meant to help people. I made the best decision of my life and attended Dental Hygiene school in Portland, Oregon, in 2011. I’ve been on my life’s mission as a hygienist ever since!
I live in St Helens, which is a bit of a commute to Hillsboro. I could work somewhere closer, but Hillsboro Dental Excellence is a world class dental practice, and I get to work with such an amazing team of people. Dr. Skinner is a genuine, down to Earth, and wonderful human being who comes to work each day with a contagious smile. On top of that, I have the best patients in the world, so Hillsboro Dental Excellence has become my second home.
I have many hobbies! One of them includes spending time with my fur baby, Duncan James, who is an 8-year-old pom/chi. I also enjoy several outdoor activities such as 4 wheeling, mushroom hunting, fishing, crabbing, crawdadn’, camping, and much more! I have traveled to Mexico, Belize, Canada, and the Bahamas. I plan on traveling in the next year! I think Europe is next!
I am a real animal lover; I want to save all the animals in the World!
Someday, I would like to become a college professor and teach dental hygiene!
“Give without remembering, and always receive without forgetting.”