Meet The Timberhill Dental Team

Our Dentists

Kurt S. Black, DDS

Dr. Kurt Black decided he wanted to be a dentist at a very young age – even as a child he loved the combination of precision and compassion. He earned his bachelor’s degree in geology from Colorado College and in 1993 graduated at the top of his class from the University of Michigan Dental School. After completing a general dental residency at Oregon Health Sciences University, he served in the Army Dental Corp. in Heidelberg, Germany for four years.

In Corvallis, he’s become known as a different kind of dentist. His use of advanced dental technology and minimally invasive care, combined with a unique personal style, help to make his patients more comfortable and relaxed than they ever thought possible. Humanitarian dental relief is also a passion of Dr. Black and he, along with the Timberhill Dental team, have enjoyed volunteering in Corvallis as well as Jamaica, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Black and his wife, Susan (an OSU alum), have been married since 1989 and have four children. They enjoy traveling, half marathons, and other outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, and river rafting.

Leah Hickson, DDS

Dr. Leah Hickson has worked in different capacities in the dental field since 1990 and graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 2007. Timberhill Dental welcomed Dr. Hickson in June 2019 and is excited to have her add dental services such as LANAP Laser Periodontal Therapy to the practice.

Native to Oregon, Dr. Hickson grew up in Eugene and lives with her husband (an OSU alum) and their two Labradors. She enjoys getting outside, traveling, hiking, camping, fishing, and biking.

According to Dr. Hickson, “Comprehensive dental care means considering the health of the whole mouth rather than treating individual teeth when they have a problem.” She looks forward to giving Timberhill Dental patients complete information about their oral health status and helping them choose the treatment option that works best for them.

David Gore, DDS

Dr. David Gore (Dr. Dave) has a passion for education and problem-solving. He believes in providing the highest quality dental care to people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures in the most gentle, compassionate way possible. He practices with the philosophy that everyone can have a great experience at the dentist, and he routinely spends several times the required hours on advancing his education with the most modern dental techniques. He is also passionate about humanitarian dentistry, having spent time serving the local community as well as in Jamaica and Peru.

After growing up with five (!) sisters, Dr. Dave earned his undergraduate degree in Biological Engineering at the University of Arkansas and his dental degree at the University of Oklahoma, graduating in the top of his class. He and his partner, Tayler, fell in love with Oregon in 2015 when he worked as a dentist at Siskiyou Community Health in Grants Pass, Oregon.    

Dr. Dave is an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends his time with Tayler fishing, backpacking, snowboarding, scuba diving, and mountain biking. He welcomes any tips to improve his embarrassing golf swing.

Education & Certifications

Giving Back & Our Commitment to Community

Volunteer Work in the Dominican Republic

Volunteer Work

Our dentists are passionate about volunteer work and providing dental care to a variety of great causes around the world. The Timberhill team has traveled to Guatemala, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic to provide pro bono dental care.

We work with great organizations like:

  • Linn Benton Dental Link
  • NW Medical Teams
  • Assistance League of Corvallis
  • 1000 Smiles

Mouthguard Day

Over the years, we’ve made custom mouthguards for hundreds of local athletes. We love how sports help young people to develop leadership and teamwork skills, stay active, and see the value of working hard towards a shared goal.

Each year, we set aside a day where we work with local schools to provide free mouthguards. Our mouthguards help protect an athlete’s teeth when playing contact sports. Tooth loss can lead to lifelong dental health issues and we’ve heard from many parents who say that a mouthguard helped save their child’s tooth!

The Candy Dentists

In the Corvallis area, Timberhill Dental is affectionately known as the home of the “Candy Dentists” because of our innovative efforts to reduce tooth decay. 

Since 2003, the Dollars-Not-Decay candy buyback campaign has purchased a total of more than 12,000 pounds of Halloween candy from local kids for $1 per pound — and made matching donations to some great local charities, too. We love seeing how excited kids get about having a little spending money while protecting their teeth at the same time!

Our Hygienists, Assistants & Office Team

Jackie
JackiePatient Coordinator

Jackie has been a part of the Timberhill Dental team since 2006. She enjoys welcoming each and every patient to our office. Jackie has lived in Corvallis since graduating from OSU with a degree in art and photography.

Jackie has worked for several years in dental administration and, prior to that, many years in an art gallery and custom frame studio. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, traveling, reading and cooking with friends. She and her husband have three children and three grandchildren.

Sharonn
SharonnPatient Coordinator

Sharonn is the most recent addition to Timberhill Dental and we’re so glad she’s part of the team!  She brings with her many years experience in the medical field as an administrative assistant.  In her spare time, Sharonn enjoys outdoor activities with her three grown children and loves to travel.

Sandie
SandieFinancial / Treatment Coordinator

A native Oregonian, Sandie has been a member of the Timberhill Dental team since 2007. Sandie joined Timberhill Dental after working in retail for several years and loves helping to meet the needs of our patient family.

Sandie and her husband keep busy with the activities of their two young boys and enjoy Oregon football games, camping, boating and riding quads with their family.

Tina
TinaClinical Manager / Certified Dental Assistant

Tina has been part of our Timberhill Dental team since 1998 as a certified dental assistant. As clinical manager she ensures that the clinical side of Timberhill Dental runs smoothly and efficiently. She has enjoyed her volunteer work for The Corvallis Boys and Girls Club Dental Clinic and NW Medical Teams and in 2000 traveled to Mexico as part of a dental mission. Tina has travelled with Dr. Black to Guatemala and the Dominican Republic to provide dental care for the local people.

Marie
MarieRegistered Dental Hygienist

Marie attended Oregon State University before earning her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Oregon Health Sciences University. She has been a part of the Timberhill Dental team since 2001 and enjoys encouraging great dental health with her patient family. Marie is passionate about continuing education and applying her advanced knowledge to the care of her patients.

In her free time, Marie enjoys walking, swimming, cooking and spending sunny afternoons at the park with her daughter and son. Marie and her family are avid Oregon State fans and love attending Beaver sporting events.

Anne
AnneDental Hygienist

Anne graduated from the University of Bern in Switzerland with a degree in psychiatric nursing. After moving to the United States in 1987 she attended Lane Community College and received a degree in Dental Hygiene. Anne has been part of the Timberhill Dental team since 2003 and loves teaching and encouraging great dental health in her patients.

Anne and her husband have one son and live on a small farm and love the rural lifestyle. When not “ranching”, Anne loves to travel to her native Switzerland to visit family and friends.

Laura
LauraDental Hygienist

Laura was born and raised in Corvallis. She grew up as a patient of Timberhill Dental and was inspired to become a dental hygienist from her childhood hygienists, Anne and Marie! Laura received her dental hygiene Bachelor of Science degree in 2012 from Eastern Washington University. She absolutely loves being a hygienist and strives to bring the highest level of care to each patient she sees.

In her free time, Laura spends her time with her 3 beautiful kids and wonderful husband. They love exploring the outdoors together and doing home projects in their house in the woods.

Jacie
JacieDental Hygienist

After many years of offering great customer service in the food industry, Jacie graduated in 2012 from the Practical Dental Assisting Program of Oregon and is now a Certified Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. She has loved the experience of getting to know the amazing family of patients we have here at Timberhill Dental. Since she started working at Timberhill Dental in 2012, Jacie has enjoyed providing excellent dental education to the young children we see in the practice.

Jacie keeps busy with a variety of pets that she cares for, but in her spare time, she enjoys pottery classes, road trips to the coast and eastern Oregon as well as many outdoor activities.

Kyndal
KyndalDental Assistant

Kyndal joined the Timberhill Dental team in 2020 as a dental assistant. She is a native Oregonian, born and raised in Philomath. When not at work, Kyndal enjoys spending time with friends and family. She can also be found at the indoor soccer park.