Meet the Doctors
Kurt S. Black, DDS
Dr. Kurt Black is a different kind of dentist. His use of advanced dental technology combines with a unique personal style and soothing spa-like atmosphere to make you and your family more comfortable than you ever thought possible.
Dr. Black and his team provide some of the latest advances in technology, including:
Dr. Black and his wife, Susan have four children and enjoy traveling and many outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, and camping.
James Means, DMD
Dr. Means grew up in Salem and worked in the food industry before deciding to return to school to pursue his passion- dentistry. He earned his bachelors from Oregon State University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Means is committed to providing the highest quality treatment. He believes that all patients should be treated as family and holds himself to the highest standard when caring for his patients.
In his spare time, Dr. Means enjoys running, swimming, golfing and spending time with friends and family.
Education & Certifications
Dr. Black continues to attend advanced continuing education courses concentrating on cosmetic dentistry, conscious sedation, metal-free restorations, and is one of 300 select CEREC Doctor Mentors nationwide who actively provide advanced level training to the CEREC dental community.
Yet, despite his extensive focus on clinical dentistry, Dr. Black takes the time to get to know each and every patient one on one.
Volunteer work continues to be Dr. Black’s passion. Dr. Black donates his time and talents to the:
- Linn Benton Dental Link
- NW Medical Teams
- Assistance League of Corvallis
In addition, he has promoted dental health as far away as:
- The Dominican Republic
The Candy Dentist
In the Corvallis area, Dr. Black is affectionately known as the “Candy Dentist” because of his innovative efforts to reduce tooth decay. In 2015, his annual Halloween “Dollars-Not-Decay” buyback campaign collected 973 pounds of candy from community children who were eager to make the exchange for freshly minted dollar bills. A matching dollar donation was then made to a local charity. Since starting this program, Dr. Black has collected over 10,000 pounds of candy and has donated more than $11,000 to local charities.
Over the years, Dr. Black has also sponsored and donated materials for several tooth whitening charity events collecting over $65,000 for patients in need of medical care, high school sports teams and other local non-profits. Dr. Black also enjoys his annual mouthguard days for the high school football teams.
All work and no play is not this doctor’s style. In addition to hosting an annual “Timberhill Dental Patient Appreciation Swim Party”, Dr. Black enjoys performing with his family band, playing indoor soccer, and has run a marathon and several half marathons.