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Meet the Faculty

The Dental Hygiene faculty are dedicated, experienced professionals committed to your success inside and outside the classroom. They provide academic advising and personal program/career planning.

 
 
 

Department Chair

Paula Russell

Program Directors

Klamath Falls
Paula Russell
Salem Tina Clarke
Online Degree Completion
Suzanne Hopper

Klamath Falls


Paula Russell

Paula Russell, EPDH, M.Ed, Associate Professor

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Paula, an Oregon Tech graduate, is an Associate Professor and serves as the Department Chair/Director for the Dental Hygiene department. She graduated with her B.S. in Dental Hygiene in 1998 and worked in clinical practice for 10 years. In 2007, Paula started teaching part time in the Oregon Tech dental hygiene clinical courses, overseeing students performing patient care. In 2010, she earned a master’s degree in education: curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix and was subsequently hired as a full time faculty member in 2011. Paula has taught a variety of courses in the Dental Hygiene program such as, sophomore and junior clinic lead, Pain Management, Prevention, Ethics, and Restorative labs.

Paula is originally from Klamath Falls, and enjoys the small town lifestyle. She owns and operates a horse boarding facility which has been a family business for 30 years. She also is passionate about training and showing Paint and Quarter Horses, and spends most of her free time outdoors with her animals, or traveling/camping with her family in her RV.

Jeannie Bopp

Jeannie Bopp, RDH, BSDH, MS(c), Instructor

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Jeannie was raised on a ranch in Langell Valley Oregon with two older siblings. After graduating from Bonanza High School she attended Portland Community College, where she graduated with an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene. She became Newsletter Editor for the Oregon Dental Hygiene Association from 1982 until moving to California in 1984. Her 39 year career in dental hygiene took her in many directions including working in Munich Germany and coordinating a mobile dental van project to give the less fortunate access to dental care. In 2011 she graduated from OIT with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. This has allowed her to return to her roots and continue in her professional growth as Senior Lead clinical instructor at OIT. Now she advances her education working towards her Masters of Science for Allied Health with Oregon Tech. She looks forward to sharing her vast experience and passion for her profession with the future graduates.

In her free time, Jeannie loves cooking and to travel and experience new places and cultures. She and her husband also have dairy goats which has led her to making homemade soaps with goat milk.

Krista Beaty

Krista Beaty, RDH, BS, MS(c), Instructor

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Krista is the Restorative Lead Instructor for the Klamath Falls Campus and coordinates continuing education and certification courses for this area as well. Her other teaching commitments are as the lead instructor for junior clinic, dental materials, and dental anatomy. Krista has been working in the field of dentistry since 1998, first as a Certified Dental Assistant, then as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She received her dental hygiene degree from Clark College in Vancouver, WA, and her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University. Krista is currently working to complete her master’s thesis on the general and oral health experiences of patients with CREST Syndrome through Idaho State University. She has over 14 years of dental hygiene experience, which involve clinical practice in restorative, periodontics, and general dentistry in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. As natives of Washington State, Krista and her family are avid Seahawks fans. Hobbies include music, reading, travel, and various outdoor activities in the beautiful Northwest.

Darlene Swigart

Darlene Swigart, EPDH, MS, Instructor

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Darlene grew up in a military family where she lived in numerous locations throughout the United States. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree in 1998 and earned a Master of Science in 2018, both from Idaho State University. She has practiced dental hygiene in both Montana and California.

After 17 years as a clinical dental hygienist in general and periodontal practices, Darlene decided to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a teacher. Prior to Oregon Tech, Darlene taught Introduction to Periodontology and was also a clinical and lab faculty member at West Coast University in Anaheim, California.

At Oregon Tech, Darlene teaches the Community Dental Health courses and is Sophomore Clinic Lead. She loves teaching and appreciates giving back to a profession that has given her so much in return. In her leisure time, Darlene enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and kayaking.

Clint Guttman

Clint Guttman, DMD, Clinical Dentist

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Dr. Clint Guttman is our new dentist on campus who will also be working with our Dental Hygiene students. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Klamath Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentists. He has a B.S. in Secondary Education with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Portland and a B.S in Mirco/Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Portland State University. He completed his dental training at Oregon Health and Science University and has been practicing dentistry in Klamath Falls since moving here at the end of 2016. He has volunteered for Give Kids a Smile, the Mission of Mercy dental outreach and the Pediatric Van dental clinic.

Since joining the Oregon TECH family, he has set up a full service dental clinic in Semon Hall and is currently seeing patients. Dr. Guttman is working closely with the Dental Hygiene faculty to integrate the Oregon TECH Dental Clinic with our #2 nationally ranked Dental Hygiene program, and provide our students with meaningful real world experience. Dr. Guttman enjoys camping, slow cooker BBQ, and traveling to the Philippines to be with his extended family.

Elizabeth Wells

Elizabeth Wells, BSDH, MS(c), Instructor

Elizabeth, an Oregon Tech graduate, is an Instructor for the Dental Hygiene program at the Klamath Falls campus. She graduated with her B.S. in Dental Hygiene in 2014 and worked in clinical practice for several years. Elizabeth started teaching part time as adjunct clinical faculty in 2017 and is happy to now be full time in the department while she obtains her Masters in Allied Health here at OIT.

Being a Klamath Falls native she loves the area and all the beauty it has to offer. In her spare time Elizabeth loves to be outdoors with her family hiking, kayaking, and fishing!

Salem (Chemeketa)


Tina Clarke

Tina Clarke, RDH, MEd, Assistant Professor, Program Director

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Tina graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and from Concordia University in 2013 with a master's degree in education. She began her teaching career in 2007 and joined the Oregon Tech family in the fall of 2011. In 2017, she became the Academic Coordinator for the Salem campus. Prior to being a full time educator, she worked in a small private practice office in Salem, Oregon and continues to work in a clinical setting when school is not in session

She has taught several courses for Oregon Tech and currently teaches Pain Management and Head and Neck Anatomy, Embryology and Histology. Along with her teaching and director responsibilities, she is also the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association Club Advisor.

Tina enjoys spending time with family and friends. Physical fitness and diving into her creative side help her unwind. A quote from Tina, “I love what I do! Dental hygiene students are some of the most amazing and strong people I know. They are a special ingredient that fills my cup of happiness.”

Charisse Botsch

Charisse Botsch, BSDH, Instructor

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Charisse graduated from OHSU with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene in 1985, and worked in private practice for over 30 years! She has been an instructor at Oregon Tech-Salem campus since 2012, and has been teaching full time in the dental hygiene department since 2015. Her current teaching commitments are as the sophomore clinical lead and the sophomore prevention courses. She loves teaching students who have a passion to help others! When not teaching, Charisse enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She is known for her phenomenal baking skills, which is one of her passions. She also enjoys traveling and hopes to experience more in the future. She truly enjoys living and working in the Pacific Northwest!

Jessica Luebbers

Jessica Luebbers, RDH, MS, Assistant Professor

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Jessica is a native Oregonian who was raised in the Willamette Valley. She attended Portland Community College, and graduated with a certificate in dental assisting and an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene. After graduation she worked clinically and participated in various community health projects. She has been to Honduras twice with Medical Teams International. Her favorite volunteer activities include working with veteran’s groups and helping at the Mission of Mercy. In 2012, she graduated from Oregon Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene while working full time clinically as a dental hygienist. She earned a Master of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Idaho State University in 2017. Her area of study included interprofessional collaboration and education. She is currently working on a Doctoral Degree at George Fox University studying educational leadership and curriculum design.

When not working, Jessica loves to spend time with her family, traveling, and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Her favorite travel destinations include the Oregon Coast, the San Juan Islands, and British Columbia.

Barbara Sigurdson

Barbara Sigurdson, BSDH, MS(c), Instructor

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Barbara grew up in Oregon and has a passion for dentistry. She became a Certified Dental Assistant in 1990 and then received her Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene degree from Oregon Tech in 2015. She worked in clinical practice for most of those 28 years and began her teaching career part-time with Oregon Tech in 2015. Barbara loves teaching and will be working on her Master of Science in Allied Health starting in the fall of 2018.

When not teaching, Barbara enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband have a daughter and a son. Her interests include anything craft related, home improvements, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors.

Tonja Willey

Tonja Willey, EPDH, MEd, Assistant Professor

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Tonja is from the Portland area and enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest because of the short distances to beautiful ocean, mountains, lakes, and streams. She began her dental hygiene education at Mt.Hood Community College earning an associate degree in Dental Hygiene. After practicing for 27 years in Florida and Oregon she went on to further her education by receiving her Bachelor’s degree through Oregon Tech's Online Degree Completion Program in 2011 and then received her Master’s in Education from Portland State in 2013. Her passion for dental hygiene is fueled by sharing her knowledge and experience with students. She approaches education from the heart, knowing each of her students can achieve his or her potential. Currently Tonja is the lead clinical instructor for the senior students and teaches ethics for the dental professional.

Outside of dental hygiene, Tonja is famous for her race-walking capabilities. Her walking team has placed as top finishers for Portland To Coast since 2006. Her creative endeavors include cooking and quilting, but the main thing that completes her heart is her family and her wonderful grandchildren.


Online Learning


Suzanne Hopper

Suzanne Hopper, RDH, MAEd, Academic Director Degree Completion, Professor

Suzanne graduated in dental hygiene from Oregon Tech in 1981, and was a dental hygienist for 24 years in private practice. In 2006, she completed her master’s degree in education. Suzanne started teaching full time for Oregon Tech in 2005, and since 2012 she has taught exclusively online courses at all levels – freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate level.

Suzanne and her husband Doug have two grown sons. The whole family loves outdoor activities especially hiking and camping. Suzanne likes to walk 4-5 miles a day and during the nice time of the year hikes on the trails on Mt. Emily directly behind their house.

Jill Schultz

Jill Schultz, RDH, MEd, Professor

Jill Schultz is emeritus professor in the Oregon Tech Dental Hygiene Program. In 30+ years with Oregon Tech she has taught ethics, local anesthesia, dental practice management and community health on our campus programs in Klamath Falls and Salem. She has served as the department chair and as the program director for the dental hygiene degree completion program. Now retired, she continues to teach part-time in our online program and in the online Master of Science in Allied Health Program.

Outside of teaching, Jill is spending more time with her grandchildren; volunteering in the community and nurturing her creative side with home improvement projects.

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