Dear Valued Patients and Friends,
It is with mixed emotions that I announce the sale of my dental practice effective July, 2021.
After 26 years of practice, my decision to retire has been a difficult one. Challenges with my physical health, specifically my hands and my back, along with the care of aging family members has given me clarity in my decision. After July 1st, I will be seeing patients on a very limited basis completing cases that I have already started. However, the amazing professionals at Keizer Family Dental Care will still be here to serve you with the quality of care that you are used to.
With all of my heart I would like to thank you for your trust and friendship as I have been so richly blessed and honored by all the relationships that have been built along the way. I can truly say that I have been fulfilled in this career of serving those that God has brought under my care and has entrusted to me.
At this time, I am excited to introduce to you a very special person who I know will earn your trust and will continue to treat you with the highest level of care possible. Dr. Darcy Olander is this special person. Dr. Olander was hand-picked to be your new dentist and join our team because of her shared dental practice philosophy and her personalized compassionate care. Dr. Olander brings with her over 15 years of experience in the dental field and was one of our wonderful dental hygienists before pursuing her dream of becoming a dentist. I have the highest confidence in Dr. Olander’s abilities and can tell you that she is committed to serving each and every one of you with the individualized care and excellence that you are accustomed to receiving.
Please welcome Dr. Olander with the open arms that you so graciously received me with.
Marc T. Iwahiro, DMD
To our valued patients at Keizer Family Dental,
My name is Dr. Darcy Olander, and I am excited to introduce myself as the new primary dentist at Keizer Family Dental.
On July 1st, I will be taking over the practice for Dr. Iwahiro as he begins his retirement. I am pleased to provide you, and your family, with uninterrupted dental care in the same patient-first style you have become accustomed to at this office. Your dental records, and scheduled appointments will remain safe and intact and there is nothing you need to do. Rest assured, you will continue to receive the highest quality care you are used to receiving at Keizer Family Dental.
Many of you will already know me from my many years working with Dr. Iwahiro as a Dental Hygienist. In fact, my first job in dentistry was working as a receptionist here at Keizer Family Dental in 2005. I immediately fell in love with dentistry, in part because of the wonderful family atmosphere in this dental practice. I went on to become a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2008, and returned to work with Dr. Iwahiro, Dr. Pak, and the KFDC team.
As my skills and passion for dentistry grew, I took the next step and began my journey to become a dentist. With Dr. Iwahiro’s encouragement and mentorship, I returned to school and completed my Bachelors Degree in BioHealth Sciences, graduating Summa Cum Laude, from Oregon State University in 2016. I then went on to receive my Doctorate of Dentistry from Oregon Health & Science University in 2021. After many years of hard work and study, I am so excited for the opportunity to serve the Salem-Keizer community again, this time as your family dentist!
I am a native Oregonian and enjoy being outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, hiking, gardening, traveling, boating and exploring the beautiful Oregon Coast. I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my wonderful husband, Dan, our two adult sons, Jeremy and Mason, our daughter-in-love Bethany, and our brilliant grandson, Liam. We also love simply relaxing at home with our two dogs and two cats.
Please do not hesitate to call or stop by if we can answer any questions. Our team of familiar faces will be working hard to make this as seamless a transition as possible for you and your family.
With warmest regards,
Darcy Olander, DMD