Meet Our Dental Providers
O. Lee Hazen, DMD
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
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
Stphanie Ness, DMD
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
Bryan Harvey, D.D.S., M.SOral & Maxillofacial Surgery
As an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr. Harvey performs a full spectrum of procedures. These often complicated and delicate surgical techniques often lead to dramatic positive changes in his patients oral health and comfort. He encourages his patients to be involved in their treatment in order to achieve the best results possible, and is always open to questions and is attentive to each patient’s needs.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Dr. Harvey received his D.D.S. from the Columbia University School of Dentistry. He was awarded his certificate and M.S. in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery from Seton Hall University. Dr. Harvey is a faculty member at the OHSU where he teaches his specialty of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He has lectured to numerous professional groups and community organizations and is an active member of the many organizations including the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Away from the office, Dr. Harvey’s hobbies include snowboarding, hiking, basketball, golf, fishing, sailing, and playing both the guitar and piano.
B.S., Chemistry–University of Michigan
D.D.S.–Columbia University School of Dentistry
M.S., Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery–Seton Hall University Dental School
American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons American Dental Association Oregon Dental Association Clackamas County Dental Society
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.
What are you waiting for? A beautiful smile is only a phone call away. Call today to schedule your first appointment with your dentist.
4392 Liberty Road S
Salem, OR 97302
Call: 971-600-2486 to schedule an appointment today
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