Yadira Martinez RDH, EPP, DT

Dental Hygiene/Dental Therapy Programs Manager, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Yadira grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon, in a family of migrant farmworkers. She joined Virginia Garcia in 2000 as a dental assistant trainee. After becoming a dental assistant, her drive to advance her knowledge of dental care continued to grow as she graduated at the top of her class from Pacific University’s first dental hygiene class in 2008. In 2014, Yadira was selected by the Governor to join the Oregon State Board of Dentistry, where she concluded her 8-year appointment serving as President. Most recently, thanks to a statewide pilot, Yadira became only the ninth licensed Dental Therapist in Oregon. In her current role at Virginia Garcia, Yadira oversees the dental hygiene program, which includes dental hygienists at all dental clinics as well as a dental sealant program, primary care embedded dental hygiene models, and activity in the migrant camps. Yadira maintains a clinical practice of dental hygiene in the dental clinics. and serves in integrated hygiene roles in the Women’s Clinic and the Beaverton Wellness Center primary care clinic.