Children’s Dental Clinic Staff
Deb Silva is the Clinical Director, Expanded Functions and Restorative Functions Dental Assistant. She has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1975, and she began Dental Assisting in 1977. She has been with the Children’s Dental Clinic since 1989.
She is also owner, director, instructor at Southern Oregon Dental Assistant Education, a local dental assisting school. Spare time finds Deb at her sewing machines (she has 4!), quilting...and making clothes for her granddaughter.
Teal Merker, from Grants Pass, is an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, and has been with the Clinic since September 2010. She attended an ADA accredited dental assisting program in San Jose, Ca. She is responsible for assisting our 30+ volunteer dentists.
She has 3 active teenage boys in Grant Pass schools. She also does the books for her husband’s business, manages rental properties and loves home improvement projects. In her spare time she enjoys camping and boating while hangin’ out with her family. She loves to laugh and have fun, and that’s important when working with children!
Debra Perkins, has been a resident of Medford since 1990 and is our Circulating Dental Assistant. Her responsibilities include; taking x-rays, recirculation and sterilization of instruments, disinfection of treatment rooms, scheduling, and most important, translation. She is fluent in Spanish, and is great help in communicating with our Hispanic families.
She has 12 grandchildren under the age of 12!
Sheli Parkison, Registered Dental Hygienist, has been with the clinic since 2005. She graduated from Loma Linda University in 1986 with a BS in Dental Hygiene. She also has an Expanded Practice certification, and she is licensed in both Oregon and California.
She works 2 days a week, cleaning teeth, and finds educating our families in prevention of dental disease very rewarding. She loves chatting with our patients and discovering what they are interested in...from school to vacations. She is also responsible for coordinating the volunteer hygiene students that come over from Klamath Falls to donate their time and talents.
Sheli relaxes by working in her yard. Believe or not, she builds fences, rock walls, and installs sprinkler systems. In her spare time she reads “how to” magazines to get ideas for her next project.