Meet the Team

Meet Dr. Shafer


Scheduling Coordinator

Marina has 5 years of dental experience as both an EFDA Dental Assistant and front office administrator. She loves meeting new people--building long-lasting, trusting relationships with patients and learning about their interesting and exciting lives.

She was born and raised in Oregon, and even has a twin sister who's also in the dental field! Marina loves spending time with her daughter, Jayla, and her other family and friends. She also likes traveling, painting, crafting, live music, and trying new restaurants in the Portland area.


Account/Business Manager

Lori graduated from Foothill Jr. College in Los Altos, CA in 1988, with a certificate in dental assisting. She then got credentialed as a Registered and Certified Dental Assistant in the state of California. Because of my organizational skills and love for processing insurance, she quickly figured out the front office is where she belongs.

She took a break from dental while her kids, Justin and Kirstin, were little. During that time Lori did in-home daycare, worked at the preschool her kids attended and then trained to be a certified Group Exercise Instructor. When her youngest got to be school age, she returned to dentistry. In fact, she was the Office Coordinator at her last office for nearly 14 years.

Her favorite part of the job, besides processing insurance, is the interaction between the patients and families. She enjoys getting to know people and working in a family-friendly environment. She strives to help patients understand their treatment needs and how they can make the most of their insurance benefits.

Lori has lived in the cute, small town of Willamina since 2016, with her husband, Dave. Between the two of them they have 4 grown children, two boys and two girls. They are also very proud grandparents of their spunky, six-year-old granddaughter, Aubree. Aubree spends weekends with them often. Other than her kids and grandkid, Lori enjoys gardening or just hanging out at home with their cat, Bear.


Dental Hygienist

Kate earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Oregon Institute of Technology in Salem, Oregon. She previously earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Chico State, with a major in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Nutrition. To pursue her greatest interest in caring for others’ oral health, she continued her education to become a dental hygienist. She enjoys incorporating all of her education while treating patients, and is passionate about the correlation between overall health and oral health.

She became a member of the Hawaiian Smiles team in 2018. She regularly attends continuing education courses in order to obtain the latest in scientific evidence to better her knowledge, and pass that information onto her patients. Some of her favorite things about working at Hawaiian Smiles are the remarkable staff members and getting to know her wonderful patients, while treating each individually based on their needs.

Having been born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kate appreciates everything the area has to offer. She particularly loves crossfit, golfing with her dad, and mountain biking with her dog, Joey. When not treating patients, she looks forward to spending time and enjoying activities with her family.


Dental Hygienist

Paula was born in El Paso, Texas. She lived there for almost 30 years. She attended El Paso Community College where she received her Associates Degree in Applied Science Dental Hygiene. She has 25 years experience. She loves all her people! Her patients are family to her. Over the years she has learned so much from them.

She has lived in Oregon for 17 years and loves it! She has explored a good amount of the state by camping, hiking, and driving the back roads (often getting lost but making the best out of it!). She loves driving to the coast for the sunset.

In her "extra" time she loves to spend time with her boyfriend of 14 years along with his 3 children. They spend lots of time with baseball these days. She loves to cook, bake, read, and take long walks with her dog, Roscoe.


Dental Assistant

Amy has been a Dental Assistant for the past 20 years. She received her training at Concorde Career Institute. She enjoys helping people with all their dental needs and seeing them leave with a smile. She most loves people's stories, pictures, and adventures that they share. Being part of such a great team here at Hawaiian Smiles is such a pleasure.

Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with her Chihuaua, Rudy, friends, and family. Amy grew up on the coast, and takes many trips back to the beach to comb for treasures, but most of all, to see her dog Rudy enjoy it. Amy also enjoys running, hiking, eating healthy, watching movies, and reading true crime books.