Dr. Kimberly R Ross, DDS, BSDH
Michelle Aldrich and Kimberly Ross started practicing as dental hygienists in the Salem area in 1992. After raising their children (four boys in all), they decided to challenge themselves and pursue their dream of becoming dentists. But, once a dental hygienist, always a dental hygienist! Why is this significant? Dental hygienists specialize in disease prevention, not cutting away tooth structure. If a cavity has the possibility to be reversed, then it should be tried before cutting away that precious tooth structure!
More to the story…
Dr. Ross moved to the Willamette Valley in 1978 from Redmond, Oregon. She was studying to teach Physical Education and coach. She married her high school sweetheart and moved into a small trailer park next to the college campus in Monmouth. It was there they met Dr. Aldrich and her husband. As it often goes, plans and interests change. An immediate friendship was struck between the two young couples.
Several years later the two friends decided to go to dental hygiene school. They attended OHSU and received their Bachelor of Science degrees in Dental Hygiene (BSDH). It was during their education at the dental school they first had an inkling they may want to eventually go on to become dentists. But as many dreams go, family priorities come first.
Over a decade later, Dr. Ross called Dr. Aldrich with information on going back to dental school. A few prerequisite courses and an entrance exam later, the two were off to dental school; Dr. Ross to Indiana University School of Dentistry and Dr. Aldrich to OHSU School of Dentistry. The rest is history!
Dr. Ross has two grown boys, loves to camp, backpack, country/western dancing, and photography.