June 2022

A Street Dental“A” Street Dental (828 NE A Street) hosted a going-away party last month for two long-time colleagues of over 45 years. Gerd Taylor, hygienist, and Betty Lampert, clinical administrator, retired and moved onto other pursuits. In a going-away statement, the office wrote: “Gerd, we wish you well in your continued travels. And Betty, no one will ever answer the phone with a smile quite like you do. You will both be greatly missed not only by us but by all our patients who have become your family over the years. Thanks for the memories.”

Born in California, Gerd moved to Oregon when she was four after her father graduated from USC Dental School. After graduating from Grants Pass High School, she went to Lewis and Clark College and then to the UofO Dental School. Upon graduation in 1968, she returned to Grants Pass, married Roger, had two boys, and went to work at A Street Dental (not necessarily all in that order).

When Gerd was not busy cleaning teeth and enjoying her patients, she loved gardening and traveling to the far corners of the earth.

Betty has spent most of her life growing up in Grants Pass. She knew she wanted to pursue a career in dentistry since the 7th grade. After graduating from Grants Pass High School, she started in the dental field, working up to being an expanded functions dental assistant and performing these duties for 20 years.

From there, she became the office manager and then the clinical administrator. With 43 years in the dental industry, Betty has always said that when you have a great doctor who you know is very capable of taking great care of the patient, they will take great care of you, too. Taking care and being involved with the patients was the most rewarding part of Betty’s job.

Betty’s off-work interests in-clude family, good home cooking, motorcycles, quad riding, fishing, and the great outdoors.

The doctor at “A” Street Dental, Dr. Blake Anderson, was born and raised in Woodland, California, and his lifelong love of dentistry stems all the way back to early childhood. Surrounded by his family’s strong line of dentists, Dr. Anderson knew he wanted to help others enjoy life with flourishing smiles since he was eight years old.

After earning his undergrad at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, he went on to become a Doctor of Dental Medicine at the Roseman University of Health Sciences. Today, he’s living his dream of changing people’s lives, one smile at a time.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, the phone number is 541-476-9792.