Meet Our Team

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Jessica Jackson, DMD

“Dr. Jackson”

Dr. Jackson graduated from OHSU in 2000 and has been practicing in the Eugene area since that time. She joined the SmileAlive team in 2022.

She is currently treating patients in our Springfield office only on Tuesday-Friday.  We are excited to have her join our team and our patients will enjoy her warm, caring personality and her excellent dental care. She has a gentle touch and will make even the most apprehensive dental patient feel at ease.  Dr. Jackson has three children and enjoys dance, hiking, gardening  and reading.


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Susan Anderson

Business Manager

Susan has two adult sons and one daughter-in-law. Her oldest son is an endodontist (a root canal specialist) in California and her younger son is a commercial real estate agent in Eugene. Susan has worked in dentistry for over 40 years and has been with the SmileAlive team since 2002.

She enjoys her relationships with the team, knowing together they are improving patients’ health and self image. She likes being part of a business that is making a positive contribution not only to their patients but to the community. When she is not at work, you can find her at the golf course or on the ballroom dance floor. She is part of a performance dance group here in Eugene and attends many local dances where she twirls and glides effortlessly on the dance floor. Susan is an excellent cook and enjoys hosting her family and friends and treating them to her culinary skills. Susan is very proud to be associated with a team of professionals who listen to patients and strive to provide the best care for each person.

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Kris Bofto

Dental Hygienist

Kris and her husband, Brad, both grew up in Wenatchee, Washington but have lived in Eugene since 1992. They have 2 sons, 1 daughter, two daughters-in law and 2 amazing grandchildren. Kris has been in dentistry since 1976 and has been a hygienist since 1981.

She and Dr. Baarstad have known each other since 1994, as they worked together in another dental office before Dr. Baarstad went to dental school. Kris joined the Smile Alive team in 2006 and a favorite part of her job is not only helping her patients achieve and maintain good oral health with a gentle, compassionate touch but also getting to know her patients on a personal level. She looks forward to seeing them on a regular basis. Outside of the dental office she enjoys quilting, scrapbooking, cooking, reading and travel, but most of all she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. Kris feels very blessed to work with an amazing group of professionals who sincerely care about each other and their patients.

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Teri Douglas

Dental Hygienist

Teri has been with SmileAlive since 2013 and sees patients at both our Eugene and Springfield locations. She started in the dental field in 1996 working many years at the front office doing just about everything before deciding to attend Lane Community College and get her Dental Hygiene degree.

She loves building relationships with her patients and connecting with them on a personal level. Teri and her husband grew up in the Eugene/Springfield area and their family includes their daughter and their son and daughter-in-law.  Teri has a grandson and granddaughter and  loves spending time with them on her days off. Teri is quite creative and enjoys scrapbooking and sign making. Teri’s patients enjoy her fun, caring manner and her thoroughness in caring for their dental health needs.

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Tasha Lane

Dental Hygienist

Tasha and her husband Dave have lived here the Eugene area for 50 years. Tasha graduated from Lane Community College in 1989 and has loved her career ever since. Her Motto in life is… “Do a job you LOVE and you will never work a day in your life.”

Tasha has a 20 year old autistic daughter and a house full of furry pets. Tasha enjoys traveling and spending time working in her garden.

Tasha is a member of Lane Society of Periodontal Study and Emerald Hygiene Study club. She believes continuing education is paramount to providing exceptional patient care. Tasha is gentle and caring to all ages and strives to make everyone feel at ease at their hygiene appointments.

Tasha’s philosophy on her role is your care is one of support. She is your own personal cheerleader on your journey to a beautiful healthy smile. Tasha looks forward to building long term relationships with her patients.

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Cari Tafolla

Treatment Coordinator- Eugene Office

Cari began her dental career in 2003, starting as a dental assistant and joined the SmileAlive team in 2014. Cari and her husband have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren. Cari’s children have all recently moved away for some exciting adventures. Her oldest son has moved to Arizona to being his apprenticeship program. Her middle son has joined the Marines and is serving our country and her daughter is away at college.

Cari loves being able to interact with her patients and being able to play a critical role in creating the steps to move patients towards better dental health. She is a master at working with Insurance companies to help patients maximize their benefits. Outside of work hours Cari loves to travel, read and walk her dog.

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Teri Schendel

Treatment Coordinator- Springfield Office

Teri and her husband, Byron, have 3 adult children, 3 grandsons and two granddaughters.

Teri has been a part of the SmileAlive team since 2012 but she has been in the dental field since 2002, all of it at our Springfield location. She worked for the dentist who previously practiced at our Springfield office and she is a huge asset to the practice and has many long standing relationships with the patients. She really enjoys helping our patients and works hard dealing with their insurance making sure they get the most out of their benefits. Outside of the office, Teri loves spending time with her grandchildren, camping, kayaking and being at the Oregon Coast.

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Brandie Smith

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Brandie has been at SmileAlive since 2015 and has been in the dental field since 2005. One of her favorite parts being a dental assistant  is being able to see the transformations in her patients after they complete their dental work.

She believes that for patients who may be apprehensive about dental treatment that the hardest part may be walking through the door and that the anticipation  is almost always worse than the actual treatment. Brandie strives to make each patient feel comfortable and cared for by listening to their needs and concerns.  She feels very fortunate to work with a team of professionals that feel like family.  Brandie has a large extended family and they enjoy getting together often for dinners, camping and Bar B Ques. In 2022, Brandie added the title of Grandma (Meemaw) to her resume with the birth of her first grandson. She grew up in the Eugene/Springfield area and loves raising her family and working here.

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Jessica Driver

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Jessica joined the SmileAlive team in 2023 at our Springfield office after graduating from Lane Community College.

She and her significant other have two boys.  She also has 2 dogs, 2 cats, a lizard, a pig and a chicken, basically a farm full of animals!  In her spare time she likes to read, go hiking, work on cars and remodel her house.  She also likes to visit museums.  Jessica’s kind, gentle, calm personality makes her not only a great dental assistant but a wonderful co worker.