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1616 SW Sunset Blvd., Ste E

Portland, OR 97239



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After spending six years of active duty as an Army Medical Lab Tech, Dr. Gifford used the G.I. bill to attend the honors college at Oregon State University, eventually graduating from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry in 2007.

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At OHSU, he was elected class president for four years consecutively, while simultaneously serving as dental school president for three years. He says his goal is to maintain a standard of excellence for all Oregon dentists.

Gifford Family Dentistry

1616 SW Sunset Blvd, Suite E, Portland



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