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Meet Portland’s Favorite Dental Team

At ADANW, we honestly enjoy forming strong, trusting, and durable relationships with each of our patients.  Our team members, each highly experienced in their own realms of expertise, share a commonality of providing nurturing, compassionate, and empathetic care through every stage of treatment.  Whether making certain that you are fully informed at every stage of care, helping you select entertainment or music during treatment, or bringing a blanket or a glass of water to provide greater comfort, their personal and genuine commitment to you will always shine through. We can’t wait to help you not only smile brighter and more comfortably, but also experience a better quality of life as well.

Patient care coordinator Anna

Anna Sananixay, Care Coordinator

Anna is much more than the person behind the smile that is seemingly everywhere at once. Her goal is to make everything and everyone run seamlessly for the optimal dental experience. These are talents she refined during her earlier career in the hospitality industry which built on her natural vibrancy and interests in people-pleasing, as well as her inborn need to always be accomplishing things. While she appears to have time for everything and everyone, it is because she is, in reality, an excellent multi-tasker. She’s a perpetual motion machine personified!

As if to underscore that point, out of the dental office, Anna and her husband have three young children, each of them demanding, and receiving, her full-time attention. That, plus running their household, make us think that all Anna needs now are a couple of dogs.

Anna can be reached at:

Kim Phan, Registered Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienist Kim

Kim has been practicing dental hygiene since 2010 and joined the Advanced Dental Arts NW team in January 2018. A native Portlander, she graduated from Pacific University School of Dental Science and has gained full certification in laser dentistry, CPR, local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and restorative procedures. She previously refined her skills in a periodontal office and headed the hygiene aspects of a large local dental office.

A short poem from Kim to our patients:

You can expect excellent professional care,
I will put you at ease,
Demonstrate hygiene excellence
And make your cleaning a breeze.
I commit to give you my very best care
And cater to your individual needs.

In addition to her poetic ambitions, Kim has a more than full life beyond dentistry. For several years, she was a cheerleader for the Portland Trailblazers…not just one of the fans who root them on, but an actual, bona fide member of the official squad! While watching a game, if you ever saw a petite young woman standing on the shoulders of a man or doing a swan dive into the arms of two men, the odds are great that it was Kim. While this tells you little of her dental talents, at least it speaks to her diverse range of interests.

Kim and her husband Sup are incredibly busy with their latest addition, Mina, as well as keeping little Kaydan occupied with mental and physical activities. So whether she is teaching her son to snowboard before his second birthday, or spending time with her very active and extensive family, Kim is always on the move. We think she loves hygiene in large part because it gives her the opportunity to actually sit down.

Kim can be reached at:

Ou Sananixay, Lead Clinician

Lead clinician Ou

Ou comes to us from Laos by way of Thailand and the Philippines. She arrived in Portland in 1986 with an interest in medicine and graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Portland Community College, immediately joining our dental office afterward.

You cannot meet Ou and not be impressed with her energy and openness. If anything tops her chairside clinical skills, it would be her compassionate nature. She has that rare talent of putting everyone at ease with her light touch and dancing laugh. Patients often call her “Mommy Ou” because she is forever babying them.

In real life, Ou greatly enjoys fishing and crabbing, hunting mushrooms, and hanging out with her mother, siblings, children, and a great number of other relatives. She is very active in cultural celebrations and loves to travel anywhere.

Ou speaks Leu, Lao, Thai, Mien, and English. Ou can be reached at: .