Meet Our Dental Providers

O. Lee Hazen, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Hazen enjoys making a positive change in his patients’ lives: easing their anxiety, taking them out of pain and improving their smiles health and cosmetics. His goal is to provide a caring, comfortable dental treatment so that each visit is a great dental experience. He realizes that your oral health has a profound impact on your overall well-being and feels fortunate to have a career that allows him to improve his patients’ health, confidence and self-esteem. He also enjoys his profession because it gives him the opportunity to interact with so many people on a daily basis.

After graduating with a B.S. in Science from Oregon State University, Dr. Hazen received his Dental Degree from the OHSU School of Dentistry. He’s a member of the American Dental Association.
Away from the office, Dr. Hazen is a Beaver football fan, enjoys photography, wood working and taking care of his ranch.


B.S., Science–Oregon State University
D.M.D.–OHSU School of Dentistry


American Dental Association


Edgar Merzenich, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Merzenich decided to become a dentist after positive expereances with his families dentist that he admired. Dr. Merzenich says, “my desire to help people with their dental health challenges, even most difficult cases–and the the joy of patients when I am able to do things beyond what they expect is possible–those beautiful smiles make it all worth it”. He feels honored that he has so many long term faithful patients.
After graduating from University of Oregon, Dr. Merzenich received his Dental Degree from the Oregon Health & Science University University. To keep abreast of cutting edge technology, he’s a member of the American Dental Association and the Oregon Dental Association. He is the recipient of the James Carter Memorial Surgery Award.
In his free time, Dr. Merzenich can be found working on his tree farm and sawmill. He has been named “Tree Farmer of the Year” and “Grand National Champion” by Woodmizer for his for community projects. He also enjoys fishing, hunting and being a Grandpa.


B.S., Pre Dental Science–University of Oregon
D.M.D.–Oregon Health & Science University


James Carter Memorial Surgery Award


American Dental Association Oregon Dental Association


Stephanie Ness, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Ness says, “My father is a dentist, and growing up, I saw the satisfaction he got from helping his patients. Having chosen dentistry as my own vocation has given me the same fulfillment in helping others. I love working with my hands and working closely with people, both my patients and my office team members. I am passionate about engaging patients in their treatment and working together to reach the goal of optimal oral health. I look forward to meeting you!”

After graduating from Seattle Pacific University, Dr. Ness received her Dental Degree from the OHSU School of Dentistry. To keep abreast of changing technology, she’s a member of the American Dental Association and the Oregon Dental Association.

Dr. Ness says, “I enjoy spending time with my husband who is also a dentist. I like learning new recipes, and we love singing karaoke!”


B.S., Biology–Seattle Pacific University   
D.M.D.–OHSU School of Dentistry


American Dental Association Oregon Dental Association


Tony Bassili, DMD


Dr. Bassili says, "At age 10, I broke my front teeth playing soccer. After several appointments, my dentist restored my front teeth. Getting my smile back had a big impact on my self confidence–it was then I decided to become an Endodontist."

Dr. Bassili says, "Helping people to achieve and maintain excellent dental health gives me the most satisfaction from my profession. In particular, I enjoy seeing the satisfied smiles of patients when a difficult procedure turns out fabulous! As a team we pride ourselves in being able to offer patients the highest quality care. We are dedicated to communication, availability, and the highest quality of Endodontics and Implant treatments. We are equipped with the latest technology including the use of a surgical microscope in very complex cases."

After graduating from Portland State University, Dr. Bassili received his D.M.D. from the OHSU School of Dentistry and his Endodontics Certificate from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He's a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the American Dental Association. His awards have included the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Award. He speaks Arabic, too!

A delighted family man, Dr. Bassili relaxes by spending time spent with his wife Joelle, son Gabriel and daughter Dia.


  • B.S. General Science – Portland State University
  • D.M.D. – OHSU School of Dentistry
  • Endodontics Certificate – University of Washington School of Dentistry


  • American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Award


  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
Wayne Van de Graaf, DDS, MD, MS

Oral Surgeon

Dr. Van De Graaff says, “Interacting my with patients is the best part of the job! Dentistry affords me a unique opportunity to work with people and keep them healthy. Having a healthy mouth is an important part of being happy.”

After graduating from Brigham Young University, Dr. Van De Graaff earned his Dental Degree from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. While at Columbia, he completed the competitive dual degree program in Science Education. He subsequently completed a 6 year Oral and Maxillofacial residency at Kings County Hospital. He was awarded his Medical Degree at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, after which he completed a year of general surgery. His interests lie primarily in implantology, dentoalveolar surgery and sedation dentistry. He is also is bilingual in Spanish

Dr. Van De Graaff says, “I play jazz piano and like to jog. I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife and four children.”.


B.S., Psychology–Brigham Young University
D.D.S.–Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
M.D.–State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
M.S., Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery–Kings County Hospital Center


American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Alexandra Terrazzani, D.D.S


Dr. Terrazzani  says, “When I was a child, I fractured my front teeth. When they were restored, I couldn’t stop smiling again. I enjoy the ability to help my patients smile again, the same way my dentist helped me. I love being able to work with people and help them to treat gum disease, replace missing teeth and perform other therapies to make them smile and maintain/improve their health.”

After graduating from the University of Southern California, Dr. Terrazzani received her Dental Degree from their School of Dentistry. She was awarded her Periodontal Certificate from the OHSU School of Dentistry. She is an active member of the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Academy of Periodontology and the Oregon Society of Periodontists.

Dr. Terrazzani  says, “Away from the office I try to get outside for some adventure: skiing, kite boarding, wakeboarding, hiking and camping. At home it’s reading, arts & crafts and cooking. I enjoy travel, too.”

B.S., Biology–University of Southern California
D.D.S.–University of Southern California School of Dentistry
Periodontal Certificate–OHSU School of Dentistry

Academy of Osseointegration
American Academy of Periodontology
Oregon Society of Periodontists

Benita Wong, DDS, MS


What Dr. Wong loves most about her job is being able to interact with young kids, teenagers, and adults everyday while improving the appearance and function of their teeth and bite. She also especially enjoys being able to provide  orthodontic services in an affordable way while spending as much time and attention for each individual patient as possible.  

Dr. Benita Wong received her Dental degree and completed her Orthodontic specialty training at the University of  California, San Francisco. Prior to her dental training, she graduated from Brown University, majoring in Chemistry with Honors.

She  has won several awards for her master’s thesis research, academic achievement,  and commitment to community service including the prestigious National Thomas Graber Award, the Charlie Schultz Award, UCSF American Association of Orthodontics Award, and the Ulrich Scholarship.

Dr. Wong was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (which is why she’s called a “Cajun Asian"), and she also spent most of her teenage years living in Hong Kong. She loves to travel  with her husband, hike and backpack around Oregon, and spend time with their 2 dogs. Additionally, she enjoys drawing and painting, which is what sparked her interest in dentistry in the  first place, as dentistry brings together art and science in a rewarding way that helps people improve their smiles and self-confidence.


B.S., Chemistry - Brown University
D.D.S. - UC San Francisco School of Dentistry
Certificate, Orthodontics -  UC San Francisco School of Dentistry


American Dental Association; American Association of Orthodontists; Oregon Dental Association; Omicron Kappa Upsilon (Dental Honor Society)


About Gentle Dental Idylwood

When it comes to quality personalized dental care, Gentle Dental Idylwood has been accumulating numerous accolades and striving to stand out above the rest. Gentle Dental Idylwood’s multidisciplinary dentists and staff make it their main focus to provide the most comprehensive dental diagnosis to create real, individual solutions to your needs. Our dental specialists are continually at the helm of modern dentistry and strive to provide the most comfortable and relaxing environment in our state-of-the-art facility.

Gentle Dental Idylwood dentists are trusted in a wide array of dental specialties and look forward to establishing a life-long relationship with our patients to ensure a healthy and bright smile for the ages. As proud members of the Salem, OR community, our dental specialists can always be seen participating at local schools and various other events. Our dental specialties include cosmetic dentistry, regular examinations, professional cleanings, x-rays, veneers, sealants, fillings, crowns and bridges, teeth implants, dentures, root canals, teeth whitening, and braces and all aspects of general dentistry to make your smile a healthy and radiant smile.

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