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Josette Beach, RDH, MS

josette beachJosette Beach: Thank you for visiting the PCC Dental Program website. I am the Director of the three dental programs at Portland Community College. I graduated from the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs and can testify to the excellent quality of instruction you will receive in the programs. I have practiced as a dental hygienist since1978, began teaching in the PCC DH program in 1982 and I have enjoyed working as the director of our dental programs since 2005. Special highlights in my career are meeting the newly accepted students as they enter the program and congratulating them upon graduation and entry into the workforce!

Alicia Applin, BFA, DDS

alicia applinDr. Alicia Applin graduated from the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry in 2012 and then practiced dentistry providing comprehensive, patient-centered care to children and adults in the Bay Area before moving to Portland in 2018. While in clinical practice, Dr. Applin had the opportunity to teach 3rd and 4th-year dental students and dental assistants on clinical rotation, and she loved it! “Sharing my knowledge and clinical training to support others in achieving their professional goals is so rewarding. Dr. Applin is a part-time faculty instructor for the PCC dental assisting and dental hygiene restorative programs. She also teaches at Oregon Health Science University School of Dentistry.

Sandy Crawshaw, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, BA

sandra crawshawSandy Crawshaw has been a dental radiology instructor at Portland Community College since 2015. With over 20 years of experience in the dental field, Sandy says it’s deeply fulfilling to watch each one of her students grow more proficient and confident throughout their time together. “I am grateful to have a job that allows me to draw on the elements of teaching that have long been a part of who I am while working with students who continue to inspire me each day.” In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and visiting the Oregon coast.

Magda D’Angelis-Morris, MS, DMD

magda d'angelis morrisDr. Magda D’Angelis-Morris has been in dentistry since 1994 and is a graduate of the Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Dentistry. In addition, Dr. “D” also has a Masters of Science in Healthcare Management from the Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine/School of Management with an emphasis in Medical Management volunteers at the School of Medicine and OHSU’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. D is a full-time instructor in Dental Assisting, where she teaches Radiology, General Anatomy, Oral/Head and Neck Anatomy, Ethics, Pharmacology, and Medical Emergencies. In addition, Dr. D is a past lead instructor in Dental Hygiene Restorative and a PCC CLIMB Course Provider for Radiology/Oregon Radiography Proficiency. Dr. D started her studies at Linn-Benton Community College and has found that being at PCC as a faculty member, allows her to help empower students to pursue their careers in healthcare. “It is so gratifying to see our graduates change their lives by becoming a dental assistant or dental hygienist. Graduates have so many opportunities after they leave our programs and it is rewarding to have contributed to their experiences here” she states. In her spare time, Dr. D enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and 2 dogs. Downtime means soccer time… Either watching or playing!


renee demallieRenee DeMallie is an alumnus of both the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs at Portland Community College. She came into the dental field with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from Sierra Nevada College in 2005 and will receive her Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership in 2019. Renee began teaching as a part-time instructor in the Dental Hygiene restorative class in 2015 and accepted a full-time position in the Dental Assisting Program in 2018. She brings a variety of past experiences with her to the PCC Dental Department including working in both private and group practice dental offices and has worked in both clinical and administrative roles. Renee is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. When not teaching, Renee enjoys spending time with her family, running, making glass art, and exploring all the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Peggy Lewelling, EFDA, CDA, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed

peggy lewellingPeggy Lewelling is a past graduate of both the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs at Portland Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University in 2009 and a Master’s in Education from Concordia University in 2014. She began teaching in the dental department in 2009 and is one of the three full time dental assisting instructors at PCC. She also enjoys working as a clinical and pre-restorative instructor in the dental hygiene program. Peggy stays current with her skills by working as a clinical dental hygienist in a private practice when not on campus. She is currently a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and volunteers for organizations such as Compassion Connect and Medical Teams International, providing dental care for the underserved. Besides teaching, Peggy loves spending time with her family and exploring all that Oregon landscape has to offer, as well as traveling to many warm sunny places.

Leslie Pullen-Romanio

leslie pullen-romanioLeslie Pullen-Romanio: In 1986 I began my career in the dental field. First, at the front desk for a practice limited to periodontics and then as a surgical assistant. With the encouragement and support of my dental family, I graduated from PCC’s dental hygiene program in 2000. I went on to receive my BSDH from Eastern Washington University in 2012, graduating with honors from both programs. After 16 years of working in private practice as a dental hygienist, I accepted the newly created position of full-time clinic coordinator at PCC. I enjoy every aspect of the dental profession and being of service in any way that I can to promote oral health. I am a native Oregonian and during my time away from PCC, I enjoy spending time with my family, skiing, hiking, golfing, and all activities outdoors.