About Us

At Whole Health Dentistry, we are passionate about saving lives and are dedicated to providing oral health care that treats the whole person.

While tooth decay and gum disease are the more obvious signs of poor oral health, chronic low-grade infection in the mouth can elevate systemic inflammation in the body, playing a key role in the development of many chronic diseases. Preventing and treating oral diseases can have a profound impact on your overall health.

Our team, led by Dr. Susan Smith, DMD, offers preventative oral health care strategies that address whole body health. We use an integrative approach to treating oral inflammation with an overall goal of helping reduce systemic inflammation.

Over the last 32 years, Dr. Smith has become increasingly interested in the connection between oral health and whole body health, and has continued to develop her understanding of integrated oral healthcare, and to search for new technologies that help provide the best treatment outcomes possible.

At Whole Health Dentistry, in addition to providing a high level of oral healthcare and dental expertise, we also offer preventative strategies that may help you achieve greater overall health. You’ll not only benefit from our team’s vast experience and open communication, but you will also receive friendly, compassionate and comfortable care.  We look forward to welcoming you to our family dental practice.

Meet The Team

Susan Smith, DMD

Dr. Smith has served the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood of Portland since graduating from OHSU School of Dentistry in 1984. She began her career at the age of 12, working in the same office of her father, Dr. Harry P. Stoinoff. Over the years, she has worked every position in the office, including as a dental hygienist. Dr. Smith has been honored as one of Portland’s “Top Dentists” every year since 2008. She is a member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, Multnomah Dental Society, American Dental Society, a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. She’s also a member of multiple study clubs; cranial-facial pain, facial growth & implant dentistry. In her leisure time Dr. Smith likes to spend time with her husband John and their eight children.

Corey Buring, DDS

Dr. Buring was born and raised on the Oregon coast and has known Dr. Smith his whole life. He graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry in May of 2017 and then completed a 1-year residency in Spokane, Washington. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. He is a die-hard Trail Blazers fan and an avid foodie. When not practicing dentistry, you can find Dr. Buring cooking, working out, or hiking.

Mary Davidson | RDH/Oral DNA Results Facilitator

Mary graduated Mt. Hood Community College with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 1987 and has been with Dr. Smith since 1993. Her passion as a dental hygienist fuels her desire to continue learning about the latest science & research on how the mouth can affect the overall body. She is fully committed to helping our patients achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums for the full extent of their lives, and enjoys the opportunity to help our patients understand why complete oral care is so beneficial to their overall health. She enjoys spending time with her family, bicycling the many routes and paths in and around Portland and spending time at the Oregon Coast.

Colette | Scheduling Specialist/Human Resources Manager

Colette has worked in our front office since 1992 in a variety of capacities most recently as our scheduling coordinator and human resource manager. Although her job can be demanding, it brings her much joy and happiness as she gets to meet and greet all of the patients that either call or walk through the front door. When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her husband, three children and volunteering, she is currently a Chemo Pal for the Children’s Cancer Association.

Betsy | RDH, BS, Myofunctional Therapist

Betsy graduated Mt. Hood Community College with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 1997 and has been with Dr. Smith since 1998. She feels it’s her role as a health care professional to stay current on best care practices as well as keeping abreast of the latest advances in oral health and sharing that knowledge with her patients. She has continued her education and is now also a Myofunctional Therapist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. She provides patients with a high standard of ethical and informative care to improve their quality of life. In her free time Betsy enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her family.

Kaitlyn | Assistant

Kaitlyn was born in New Mexico but raised in Portland, Oregon. After working as a caregiver for 4 years she decided to go to dental assisting school in Vancouver Washington. She graduated and has been expanding her skills at Whole Health Dentistry since then. When she’s not in the dental office, she can be found in the gym or spending time with her son and family.