About Us

At Gates Family Dentistry, your family dentist in Wilsonville, our staff of experienced and dedicated oral health professionals remain committed to providing our patients with the type of high-quality dental care they need to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. With years of experience treating patients of all ages, our team at Gates Family Dentistry possesses the skill, knowledge and commitment to excellence required to ensure you receive the individual care you deserve. Come experience for yourself what so many of our patients already know firsthand - that at Gates Family Dentistry, we treat you like family.

Dr. Denise Gates

Dr. Gates is a graduate of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

Her passion for evidence-based dentistry and patient education helps her involve her patients in a unique experience. Together she and her patients develop individualized treatment plans that improve patients' overall long-term, oral health. These always include current, best-treatment practices. Dr. Gates married the love of her life, Chris, in 2004 and has four beautiful children. She spends her time attending soccer, wrestling and piano events. She enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, biking and playing board games with her family.

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Front Office
Nahid was born and raised in Iran where she went to the National University of Tehran and studied sociology for four years before the revolution happened. She and her family managed to escape from Iran where she was persecuted for their Bahai' faith. They traveled through Turkey and Italy for many months before arriving in the USA in 1984 with just $9 to their name. Before moving to Oregon, she lived in Kansas, Florida and California. Nahid has been a Dental Assistant since 1987, has two wonderful kids (Badi Marco and Roya), and loves Oregon for the wonderful people and beautiful scenery.
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Sterile Tech
I studied general education at Columbia Basin College, where I grew up in Tri-Cities, WA. I recently moved to the Portland area to explore the city and continue my education to further my career in dentistry. I enjoy fitness, hiking, finding the best food spots and listening to music. I'm very passionate about dentistry and truly love helping our patients with their dental needs.
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EPDH - Expanded Practice Dental Hygienist
"l chose dentistry because my dream is to help people achieve their best oral health and connect it to their systemic health." Valentina was born and raised in Canada, Alberta. She started her career in Dental Assisting when she graduated Portland Community College in 2006. After 1.5 years in the Dental field, she has come to find her passion in Dental Hygiene. Valentina achieved her Associates of Science in Dental Hygiene at Portland Community College in 2020. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing disc golf, golfing, and baking bread. Valentina hopes to continue her passion by volunteering and helping others that need dental care.
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-RDA -Treatment Coordinator
When I was about 7 years old I received an award for having the cleanest teeth in school. I knew at that moment what my destiny was... I have been a Registered Dental assistant for over 2l years now and I love it. I have expanded my knowledge by attending continuing education classes, lnvisalign 1 + 2, Oregon lmplant continuum There is something about being a part of making a smile bigger, brighter, and healthier that drives me. There ls almost nothing more fulfilling than a smile. I have raised 3 amazing children, and I now enjoy spending time with my 5 grandsons, being outside, camping, playing in the water.
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Dental Assistant
Tori was born and raised around Wilsonville area and she attended Clackamas Community College where she earned her associates of arts degree while playing softball for the Cougars. There, she went on to complete their dental assistant program. She loves spending time outdoors while camping and riding dirt bikes with her family. Training her puppy to shed hunt is a new hobby of hers along with her new interest in pottery. Dental was not her first choice for a career path, but once she entered the field, she fell in love. Turning someone's life around by changing their smile is what she lives for, along with educating patients on the importance of dental health and how it impacts overall health.
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Dental Hygienist
I have been working in the dental field for 4 years starting as a sterile technician, then expanded to practice assistant and now a registered dental hygienist. What I enjoy most is helping you feel comfortable in my chair and to help you achieve your goals whether that be a brighter smile, maintaining your gum health or tips on better home care. Ask away! The way I continue to grow as a hygienist is I plan to teach other dental hygiene student’s clinical skills and be a mentor for them. I also have my restorative license so I can place fillings. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband Sean, usually fishing for Salmon or cooking up a good meal for our friends. I enjoy taking our French bulldog, Walter, on trips to the dog park or keeping active by cycling, wakeboarding, riding horses, playing tennis and much more.