Melanie Rawlings, DDS
Dr. Melanie Rawlings was born in Austin, Texas to a family of engineers, and has been making her way steadily across the country toward the Pacific Northwest ever since.
She attended the University of WI-Madison for her undergraduate studies, receiving her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry with a double major in Spanish. She studied abroad in Venezuela and took part in honors programs and undergraduate research. She also received several merit-based scholarships and academic awards.
Dr. Rawlings earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of MN in Minneapolis and graduated with honors. Much of her time outside of the clinic was devoted to rural outreach externships and competitive cross-country skiing.
Though dentistry is her career, she has also spent many years working in a veterinary clinic, a pathology lab, haunted houses, selling koi, building ponds, and mucking more stalls than she cares to remember. These experiences have cultivated a healthy appreciation for a nice, clean, indoor workplace and many fewer incidences of biting.
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As a reformed "bad" dental patient herself, Dr. Rawlings has had plenty of first-hand experience on the receiving end of dental treatment, and can relate to a variety of patient needs and situations. She certainly understands the need for gentle, painless dentistry and aims to make her patient's experiences great. This also fuels her passion for improved preventive care and patient education. Whatever a patient's initial dental circumstances and goals, Dr. Rawlings wants to provide the information and care needed to get the patient to a place of health and happiness that he or she can maintain and enjoy for years to come. Being proficient in Spanish, Dr. Rawlings hopes to serve more of Eugene's Spanish-speaking population.
Dr. Rawlings is a member of the American Dental Association, Oregon Dental Association, Lane County Dental Association, and loves to further her education with professional journals, dental meetings, lectures, study clubs, unpopular choices of podcasts for long drives, and other continuing education opportunities.
When not in the office, Dr. Rawlings can be found on the running trails, at the stable, or at home surrounded by a pile of books and half-full coffee mugs.
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"Without a doubt the best dental office I've ever been a patient of. The dentists and their hygienists are all very friendly and knowledgable, and they do their best to make you as comfortable as possible. I haven't tried other dentists in Eugene, but I know I'm not alone in my opinion here… definitely recommend!" ~ Timothy
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