RDH, EPP, DT
Dental Hygiene/Dental Therapy Programs Manager, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
Yadira Martinez, RDH, EPDH, Dental Therapist began her public health career in 2000 when she joined Virginia Garcia as a dental assistant. She graduated from dental hygiene school in 2008 and was then selected by the Governor to join the Oregon State Board of Dentistry in 2014, where she concluded her 8-year appointment serving as President. 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 in the dental clinics and serves in integrated hygiene roles in the Women’s Clinic and the Beaverton Wellness Center primary care clinic, paving the road for integrated care models at Virginia Garcia. Yadira has a passion for public health and brings this commitment and passion to her patients every single day.