Meet the Dentists
Watch this brief video and hear Dr. Heppler and Dr. Pyper explain their unique approach to dental care and why you should become a patient!
Lance Heppler, DMD, FAGD
Dr. Lance Heppler graduated with honors from Oregon Health Science University School of Dentistry in 1998. He immediately began working with his father in his cosmetic dental practice in Milwaukie, Oregon. During this time he also worked in several other dental offices to get a feel for the kind of dentistry he wanted to practice.
He recently received his FAGD (Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry), which demonstrates his personal commitment to keeping up on the latest advancements in dentistry; a distinction only 2% of dentists nationwide receives. Dr. Heppler spends over 100 hours a year in continuing education courses to keep up on the latest developments in dentistry.
Dr. Heppler’s practice philosophy is based upon a desire to provide top-notch quality dentistry in a comfortable and compassionate manner. His approach to dental practice is to meet his patients personal concerns by blending art, science and intuition. This approach is based upon a personal commitment to the welfare of his patients. His involvement in local study clubs, including the Academy of General Dentistry shows his commitment to lifelong continuing education. Dr. Heppler also gives special consideration to children and has special training with senior citizens. We are a mercury and latex free office, and take many steps to keep up to date on the newest advances in dentistry.
Married to his wife, Brandee, a talented artist and illustrator, for fifteen years, the Hepplers have three children; Lake, Kelty and Darby. He is a competitive triathlete, participating in many local races, and has even completed the prestigious Iron Man Florida twice. He recently completed his eleventh marathon, helps coach his kid’s soccer teams, and plays in several indoor soccer leagues.
Kendall T. Pyper, DDS
Kendall Pyper was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho earning an Associate Degree, then moved on to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education, graduating in April of 2000. Although he enjoyed teaching bands and choirs in Oregon public schools, state budget cuts in 2003 caused him to lose his job and forced him to recognize the instability of his profession. Deciding to seek a more stable career to better provide for his family, and through the influence of some close friends, Kendall decided to research the dental profession.
The more he learned about dentistry, the more he was fascinated with it. After spending a year and a half in night school completing prerequisite courses at Portland Community College, he was accepted to the prestigious University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, in San Francisco, California. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in June 2008 and has worked in Oregon as a dentist ever since. He loves his chosen profession and loves helping people have healthy and beautiful smiles.
As a dentist, Dr. Pyper believes first and foremost that every patient is entitled to a comfortable experience in the dental office and the highest quality dental care available. He is committed to staying up to date with the latest advances in dentistry, implementing the newest techniques, materials, and technology as they are proven effective in clinical evidence-based studies. His patients also appreciate his gentle touch and genuine concern.
Kendall and his wife, Lainie, have four children. They enjoy their family immensely, spending as much time together as possible. As residents of Silverton, they also enjoy engaging in community events. The Pypers are active members of the LDS Church, where they love participating in its various activities. Dr. Pyper also enjoys playing and listening to good music, spending time in the great outdoors, watching and playing sports, and tinkering with computers.