Dr. Steven M. Hopmann, DDS
Dr. Hopmann was born in Portland, Oregon but his family moved to Vancouver, Washington when he was 2. He has lived here ever since. He attended Columbia Academy for high school, then went on to Clark College for one year. Dr. Steve then transferred to Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, California. He did a one-year internship in medical technology at Portland Adventist Hospital before entering and completing dental school at Loma Linda University in Southern California.
Dr. Steve came to Vancouver in 1984 to join New Horizons Family Dentistry. He has practiced general dentistry at their 4th Plain/Andresen location for over 23 years. He is an active member of the Clark County Dental Society and belongs to the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Hopmann has been married to Vicki for over 30 years. They have eight adopted children plus a dog (Ginger), a cat (Little Man) and a parakeet. The Hopmann’s love outdoor family activities like boating, water skiing, camping and snow skiing. In his spare time, Dr. Steve likes to scuba dive and go camping with the family.
Dr. Jennifer A. Ehrlich, DMD
Dr. Ehrlich was born in Lewiston, Idaho. Her family moved to Vancouver, Washington when she was a teen. She attended and graduated from Evergreen High School, then went on to enter the Clark College Dental Hygiene Program.
Dr. Jenn began working as a dental hygienist in the Vancouver area in 1998. She continued working as a hygienist while attending Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry. She was the top graduate from OHSU Dental School in 2006, earning a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (D.M.D.) degree. Later that year, she began working at New Horizons Dental.
Dr. Jenn has two adorable children in elementary school that keep her busy. The family loves the outdoors, especially camping and hiking. Dr. Jenn is an avid water-skier and enjoys biking, running, and weightlifting. She has competed in two fitness shows locally. In her spare time, Dr. Jenn enjoys curling up to a good book or having a glass of wine with close friends.
- Volunteer at Battle Ground Health Care Free Clinic
- Volunteer at Clark College Restorative Clinic
- Provided CEREC Crowns for patients of Free Clinic of SW Washington
- Graduated with Honors from OHSU School of Dentistry 2006
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society
- American Academy of Oral Medicine Merit for Achievement, Proficiency, and Promise 2006
- OHSU William Howard Award 2006
- Oregon Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Award 2006
- Awarded USA Top Dentist for 2013, 2014
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Clark County Dental Society
- St Helens Shadow Study Club
How old were you, and what made you decide you wanted to become a dentist?
I was about 8 years old when I decided I wanted to become a dentist. A family friend was a pediatric dentist and allowed me to watch him work. I was inspired early on to help people with their smiles and was truly fascinated with the art and science of restoring teeth.
What advice would you give to a young person considering a career in Dentistry?
I would encourage them to learn as much as possible about the daily duties of several excellent dentists in the area. It is a very challenging, yet rewarding career. A strong science background is very helpful, but a creative component is just as necessary to do well in dentistry. Working well with people is also essential. A person needs to be passionate about what they do to be successful and researching about everything involved is the only way to decide if it’s the right career.
What is one thing you find most satisfying about being a dentist?
I love changing a patient’s smile or helping someone fearful overcome the initial anxiety to come in and receive much needed treatment. It makes my day when a patient leaves overjoyed under my care.
Dr. Gerald J. Papador, DDS
Dr. Papador was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he attended Marquette University and met his wife, Nancy. They were married in 1971, and he graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry a year later. After receiving his dental degree, Dr. Papador completed a one-year Dental General Practice Residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. During his residency, his son Nicholas was born. Dr. Papador was then assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington where he served as a Dental Officer until completing active duty in 1975. While stationed at Madigan, his daughter Christina was born.
Following active duty in the Army, Dr. Papador moved his family to Portland, Oregon where he began a two-year periodontal residency program at Oregon Health and Sciences University. He received a Certificate in Periodontology in 1977. The same year, he established a private practice in Gresham, Oregon specializing in periodontics and dental implant surgery. In 1991, Dr. Papador was called up to serve in the Army during Operation Desert Storm. Later the same year, he returned to his civilian practice where he provided patient care for 34 years. Dr. Papador sold his private practice in 2011, but he continues to provide quality patient care at New Horizons Dental in Vancouver, Washington.
Dr. Papador works part-time as an Assistant Professor at OHSU School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology. He is a clinical instructor in the Predoctoral Program, and he mentors the residents in the Advanced Education Program in Periodontology. Dr. Papador has served as President of the Oregon Dental Society of Anesthesiology, President of the Oregon Society of Periodontists, and President of the Western Society of Periodontology. He maintains membership in the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, and Western Society of Periodontology.
In 2009, Dr. Papador and his wife moved from Oregon to Washougal, Washington where they built a retirement home overlooking the Washougal river valley. They enjoy visits with their children and three grandchildren Lyric, Avery, and Rhodes. Dr. Papador and Nancy enjoy raising a French bulldog, going to the Liberty Theater, listening to the Vancouver Symphony, and dining at local restaurants. Dr. Papador also enjoys fishing, golfing, and restoring English cars.
Dr. Rares Deca, DMD
Dr. Rares Deca received his doctorate in dentistry from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, graduating with Magna Cum Laude recognition for his outstanding clinical and academic achievements. After graduation he completed a residency in advanced general dentistry (AEGD), during which he performed numerous complex esthetic and prosthetic cases, endodontic and implant dentistry cases, CAD/CAM, laser and periodontal surgical procedures.
After his extensive training in general dentistry, Dr. Deca realized his true dental passion laid in Endodontics and he attended the prestigious Columbia University Postgraduate Endodontics Program to achieve mastery of the field.
Dr. Deca is a hardworking, skilled, charismatic and enthusiastic endodontist who likes to treat patients in a compassionate way, leading to their ultimate ease and comfort in the dental chair. He finds tremendous satisfaction being able to immediately address his patient’s endodontic discomfort in a gentle manner dispelling every day the myths regarding the discomfort associated with root canals.
Dr. Deca is passionate about the latest developments in the endodontic field and he continues his training by being an active member of American Association of Endodontists and American Dental Association, and by participating at numerous continuing education endodontic courses and national dental meetings.
Dr. Christopher Garrison, DDS
Dr. Garrison was born in Toledo, Ohio, lived throughout the Midwest as a child, and graduated from high school in Grand Rapids, MI. He received his B.S. from Valparaiso University, majoring in both Chemistry and Biology. He then attended The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, graduating in 1993.
For most of Dr. Garrison’s 25 year career, he has lived in Dowagiac, MI where he divided his time between his own private practice and the local health department. In 2016, he relocated to Southern California to reunite with Karin, with whom he had attended the same high school and church. They were married in July, 2018.
Dr. Garrison and Karin are both vegan and enjoy cooking together. Dr. Garrison is also an avid reader and yoga practitioner.