The Dentists

We are excited to welcome Dr. Whiting to our group starting in January 2019!

Dr. Tyler Whiting DMD:

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Dr. Tyler Whiting is a Pediatric Dentist who was born and raised in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona into a large family. He has been around children his entire life, and takes special pride in helping children feel at ease coming to the dentist, inspiring them to improve their oral hygiene at home and receive dental treatment happily and comfortably. As a father himself, Dr. Whiting understands the trust required to allow him to provide for your child’s oral health care needs, and he takes this joyful responsibility seriously.

After Dr. Tyler completed his undergraduate degree at ASU, he finished dental school in Portland, OR. His family then moved to Yakima WA, where he completed his residency training in Pediatric Dentistry and received extensive training in cutting-edge practices including the use of silver diamine fluoride (see diamine-fluoride-dentist-cavities.html for more information) and all-white zirconia crowns.

Dr. Whiting now lives in Eugene with his wife and four sons. They enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, swimming, and cycling. They all love good food, good books and movies. One fun fact about Dr. Whiting is that he has a collection of over 40 pairs of funky socks including sharks, saguaros, pizza, pineapples, and flying tacos!

Dr. Whiting is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association (ADA).


Dr Jimmy Lapnawan Jr DMD:

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Dr. Jimmy Lapnawan Jr was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States in 1993. He grew up in Florida and graduated Suma Cum Laude at the University of Florida earning a bachelor's degree in Neurobiological Sciences and Chemistry minor. He continued his education at the University of Florida, where he earned his dental degree in 2014, was awarded the AAPD Certificate of Merit Predoctoral Student Award, and completed a two year residency program in pediatric dentistry.

During his dental education, he served as a liaison and volunteered for the We Care Dental Clinic (a local free dental clinic), Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, and participated in dental mission trips to Ecuador.

In late June 2016, Dr Lapnawan married his long-time sweetheart. He is an avid Gator fan and in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, watching movies and live sports, and reading. He and his wife are excited to see what new adventures the Pacific Northwest brings.

Dr Kristina Durickas DMD

Dr. Durickas

Dr. Kristina Durickas grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, but has always had a passion for the outdoors and is very excited to be living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BS in Human Science. Additionally, she finished in the top quintile of her class at the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore. After graduating from dental school, she pursued her love for working with children by completing her pediatric dental residency at University of Connecticut. She maintains memberships with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association.

In her spare time, Dr. Durickas enjoys being involved in the community and taking on volunteer roles in tutoring and after school programs. When not creating happy smiles, she can often be found touring on her bike or camping in the mountains, and spending time with her family and friends!

Our Orthodontist

We are excited to welcome Dr. Ward to our group as our full time Orthodontist starting in January 2018. Dr. Ward will be working in both our Springfield and Eugene locations. We look forward to expanding our access for affordable orthodontic treatment to more of our patients.

Dr. Adam Ward grew up in Albany, Oregon, and prior to that has lived all across the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife, Jessica, have been married for seven years. They have one energetic boy named Henry, who pretty much runs the family. Dr. Ward loves Oregon, from the rain to the trees. He speaks Spanish, is an avid runner, movie quote buff, and song aficionado.

Dr. Ward completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University. After receiving his degree in Nutritional Science, he attended Oregon Health and Science University to earn his D.M.D. During dental school he was invited to join the OKU dental honor society. He was grateful for the chance to stay in Oregon longer while he completed his orthodontic residency and received a Master’s of Science in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Dr. Ward is committed to providing the Eugene and Springfield area with compassionate care and treatment. He loves being able to help his patients gain confidence in themselves and their smiles.

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