Meet The Timberhill Dental Team
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
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
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!