Meet Our Team
Laurie graduated from OHSU School of Dentistry with a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene in 1976, and then continued on to dental school, graduating as a dentist in 1981. She practiced dentistry in Hillsboro with her husband Dr. James A. Miller for 18 years. She and Dr. Miller have been married for over 40 years and have two adult married daughters and 3 grandchildren. She retired from dentistry in 1999 to continue raising their daughters and is now happy to return the office to support the front office staff as a new patient coordinator and to manage the dental hygiene schedule. Dr. Hesla believes in and understands the value of the high quality of dentistry that Dr. James Miller continues to provide for his patients.
Linda has worked for Dr. Miller for the past 18 years and has been in dentistry for 32 years. Linda graduated from California State University, Hayward in 1995. She acquired her Oral Surgery Assistant Certification in 2003 and maintains her ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) every two years. She also has certification for starting IV’s and doing blood draws. In the office, she will assist Dr. Miller in various procedures and spends a great deal of her time working and consulting one on one with patients so they have a complete understanding of their recommended treatment.
Meet Evelyn Mitchell, Evelyn is our Lead EFDA, or Expanded Functions Dental Assistance. Evelyn graduated from Astoria Dental Assisting Vocational School in 2007. She then expanded her education and is a certified Phlebotomist and is DAANCE certified, or Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination. She is passionate about her dental education and excellence in dentistry. She continually strives for excellence by working toward new dental certifications. Evelyn works closely with Dr. Miller is known for providing her patients with compassion, empathy, and gentleness.
In Evelyn’s spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her young daughter, family and friends. She is committed to living a healthy lifestyle and qualifies as a nationally bikini bodybuilding competitor. Evelyn has a passion for traveling and hopes someday to complete a dental mission in a foreign country.
Meet Beth Woodruff, Beth is our EFDA, or Expanded Functions Dental Assistance in charge of the front and back office for Doctor James A Miller and team. Beth’s ability to connect and communicate with our patients on all levels makes her a huge asset to our team, her natural sense of calm and passion in her work reinforces the trust we strive to bring to all of our patents
Originally from Scappoose, OR, Beth attended Scappoose High School and graduated from Carrington College in 2012.
In Beth’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and her kids. You can find her in the garden when she is not camping, fishing, hiking and kayaking and exploring all the Northwest outdoors offer.
Meet Donna Esslinger, Donna is our office manager and facilitator, but really she is the office communication “guru” and strives to create a healthy and cohesive environment for both our patients and employees.
Her ability to strategically schedule patients’ treatment times to fit their schedules is just one added detail that creates the highest quality and comfortable experience for all our patients.
Originally from Southern California Donna attended Beaverton High School and graduated from NW Dental Institute in 2004 with her EFDA and Radiology certification.
In Donna’s spare time she enjoys helping others, spending time with the loves of her life, her husband, 4 boys and a puppy. She enjoys music, gardening, painting and cooking.