Our dentists are now serving Walla Walla WA, Dayton WA and Pendleton OR.

 
 

Dr. Sharkey

Dr. Sharkey

Dr. Sharkey hails from Wallowa County, OR, where he grew up on a ranch and helped on the farm. After graduating high school, he went to Eastern Oregon State College (EOSC), in LaGrande, OR, for his undergraduate degree (1980-1983). While at EOSC, he met his wife, Lisa.

From there, Dr. Sharkey studied dentistry at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, OR (1983-1987). After graduating from OHSU, he opened two practices in Hermiston, OR, and Boardman, OR.

In 1995, Dr. Sharkey and his wife, Lisa, along with their three children Katie, Pat and John Paul, moved to Walla Walla. The Sharkey family wanted to put their children in the Walla Walla Catholic Schools and be closer to the mountains. In 1999, Dr. Sharkey bought Dr. Norm Passmore’s practice, which is now located at 342 Catherine St., Walla Walla, WA.

In order to stay abreast of the new technologies in dentistry, Dr. Sharkey attends courses for Invisalignand Anesthesia. He is also a member of several professional groups: American Dental Association (ADA), Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) and Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

Dr. Sharkey is not only a gifted and highly skilled dentist who aims to provide the best dentistry he can by educating his patients on good dental hygiene, but he also gets to know his patients so they can work together to meet the patients needs.

In 2002, Dr. Sharkey took a mission trip to Afghanistan with Medical Team International. He is also a frequent volunteer on the Medical Teams International mobile dental van based out of Walla Walla, WA.

With the kids now grown and In support of Dr. Sharkey’s passion for humanity, he and his wife are embarking on an annual mission trip to Guatemala City. He will provide dental care to the indigenous people (Mayans) in the highlands of Guatemala (West of Guatemala City).

When Dr. Sharkey is not busy creating beautiful smiles and volunteering on the mobile dental van, he loves biking, the mountain cabin, serving the community and his personal favorite is working with the Medical Teams International/mobile dental van. He and his family are also active in the St. Patrick’s Catholic community.

Dr. Bushman

Dr. Bushman

Dr. Bushman is excited to be back in the area! Having been raised in Walla Walla, he spent time away from the Northwest as he served a two year mission in El Salvador, Central America where he got to know many people from a different background than himself. As a result of his travel he speaks Spanishfluently and enjoys any chance to get to use his second language.

Following his mission, he attended Brigham Young University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2012. Next he obtained his dental education from University of Washington (2012-2016) and is proud to have been a part of the RIDE program (Regional Initiatives in Dental Education), which encourages dentists to practice outside of the larger metropolitan areas. Being in the RIDE program allowed him to gain additional experience through a six month clinical rotation Northwest of Spokane.

Now a resident of Pendleton, Oregon, Dr. Bushman will be seeing patients in both the Pendleton and Walla Walla offices of Alder Family Dental.

Dr. Bushman chose dentistry as a career because it provided him the opportunity to get to know patients individually and form lasting relationships. It brings him great satisfaction to see the confidence and happiness that comes to patients upon improving their smile. He likes the variety that general dentistry offers, which gives him the chance to help patients with all aspects of their oral health. He takes pride in his work and treats his patients as he would want to be treated.

Outside of work, Dr. Bushman enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife, Kamie, have a daughter Emma (4 years old) and a son James (1 year old). He also enjoys playing sports such as flag football, ultimate Frisbee, and golf. He loves the outdoors, and is introducing his children to the joys of camping, fishing and hiking.

Dr. McEntire

Dr. McEntire joined the Alder Family Dental practice in 2008. He hails from Western Montana where his family operated a dairy farm. He did his undergraduate study at the University of Utah, and is a graduate of University of Washington Dental School. His wife, Mchelle, is from Walla Walla and is the daughter of long-time Walla Walla residents, Vern and Millie Solbach.

Prior to coming to Walla Walla, Dr. McEntire gained extensive experience in all aspects of general dentistry through education and service. After graduating from dental school, he served in the U.S. Public Health Service. From there, he went into private practice in Olympia, WA. He and his family relocated to Walla Walla in 2008 to be near family.

Dr. McEntire stays abreast of dental technology not only by daily practice but also being an active member in the following professional organizations:

  • American Dental Association (ADA).
  • Washington State Dental Association (WSDA).
  • Walla Walla Valley Dental Society. He served as president of this society at one point in time.
  • Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, an organization dedicated to professional development and education.
  • American Society of Dental Anesthesiology. Dr. McEntire, with his advanced training, is licensed to provide IV and oral sedation.
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the world’s largest dental implant organization.

Dr. McEntire and his wife have four children. In his free time, he enjoys flying his small airplane and spending time with his wife and family.

 

Dr. Rachel Deininger

Growing up in Southern California, I never knew what I was missing until I moved to Walla Walla to attend Walla Walla University. After graduating with a B.S. in Health Science in 2004, I headed off to Loma Linda University to complete my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2005. After my first year of dental school, I married my husband Korey, who currently works at Dayton General Hospital as a Physical Therapist.

In 2009, with DDS in hand, we decided to go back to where we met and liked to live and work. Each year I fall in love all over again with the Blue Mountains, wildlife, wheat fields, sunrises, sunsets, crisp fall days, the smell of lilacs in the spring and the color of dogwoods.

When I’m not educating patients on the importance of oral health or treating dental disease, I can be found downhill skiing in the winter, walking with my family, building forts, playing doctor, acting silly and otherwise chasing after my little munchkins, Gianna(3 ½) and Nikolas(1 ½). We also have two wonderful dogs Murphy, a 9 year old yellow lab and Griffin, a 1 year old Wire-haired Pointing Griffon.

I’m a member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association and Walla Walla Valley Dental Society. Each year I take courses to expand our services, stay up to date on the latest oral health recommendations, learn about new materials and create lasting results, all while treating you with the care and comfort you deserve. We treat you like we would treat our own I’ve been working for Alder Family Dental with Dr. Sharkey and Dr. McEntire in Walla Walla since October 2015 and I’m excited to be transitioning and providing excellent patient care in Dayton as well. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you and your family!