Oregon native and self-confessed science “nerd,” Eric Alston, DMD, knew he wanted a career where he could use his hands to make a difference. Growing up in Klamath Falls and Medford, he played legos as a child and loved building and creating something from nothing.
After graduating from high school, Dr. Alston moved to Portland to attend Warner Pacific College (now University) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dr. Alston desired a career where he could do more than write prescriptions. He wanted to be able to identify a problem and fix it. This desire led him to pursue dentistry as a profession.
Maintaining his residency in Portland following graduation, Dr. Alston attended Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) School of Dentistry. Dr. Alston then completed a one-year general practice dentistry residency at Veterans Hospital in Portland.
Passionate about dentistry and understanding the patient as a whole rather than just the mouth, Dr. Alston advanced his education by taking classes at the renowned Kois Center. The training he received while at Kois and the training he continues to receive through ongoing courses, has helped him focus his practice on understanding the why behind many of the issues his patients face.
One of Dr. Alston’s favorite things to do as a dentist is new patient exams. He enjoys meeting new people and identifying how best to help them overcome challenges so they can attain optimal health. His very favorite thing is seeing someone smile (when they previously hid their smile) because they are so happy with their results.
When not working or advancing his education, Dr. Alston enjoys fly fishing – a hobby he has been enjoying since he was a boy. He also enjoys getting out on his bike on the trails and hiking. He has two small children, Jack, who also loves fly fishing, and Norah, an avid mountain biker. Spending time enjoying his hobbies while with his family is his preferred way to spend his free time.
Fun Fact: Dr. Alston threw javelin while in college at Warner Pacific.