Meet Dr. Brandon & Dr. Kat
Dr Brandon Schwindt, or ‘Dr Brandon’ to his patients, grew up in Oregon, just east of Salem. He received his biology degree at the University of Oregon and later attended Oregon Health and Science University’s School of Dentistry where he met Dr Kat.
During his time in dental school he discovered his talent for working with children. After graduating with honors from OHSU he moved to Charleston, SC to complete his pediatric dental residency. Following gradation, he received the Richard C. Pew Award, for scoring in top 3% in the nation on his pediatric board exams. After returning to Portland, Dr Brandon became associate professor of Pediatrics at OHSU dental school and was later selected by his pediatric colleagues to serve as the President of the Oregon Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. In 2009 the Oregon Dental Association and Governor Kulongoski choose Dr Brandon to serve on Oregon’s Board of Dentistry. He was then reappointed by Governor Kitzhaber 2012.. Recently he was elected to President of the Oregon Board of Dental Examiners.
‘Seeing a once nervous or anxious patient have a relaxed and enjoyable visit is one of my favorite parts of working here at Kona Kids Dentistry’ – Dr Brandon
In his spare time, Dr Brandon enjoys skiing, biking, gardening, glass blowing and camping with the family: Colin, Duncan, Dr. Kat and their dog Shoba.
Dr. Kathryn Bowman, Dr. Kat to her patients, is a native Oregonian who grew up in nearby Woodburn. She attended the University of Portland, graduating cum laude. Dr. Kat received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at Oregon Health and Sciences University, graduating with high clinical honors in 2002. While at OHSU, Dr. Kat was chosen to be a member of OKU, awarded only to those individuals in the top 10% of their class. She then went on to complete an advanced training in dentistry (AEGD) with a special emphasis on children’s oral health at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston.
Dr. Kat is delighted to be working alongside Dr. Brandon helping care for patients at Kona Kids. “It’s so wonderful to give children positive dental experiences, and at Kona Kids we’ve created an environment that makes all kids from the teenagers to even the youngest patients feel comfortable. As a mom of two little boys, I pride myself on putting a child at ease and here that’s a reality everyday.” Outside of work, Dr. Kat enjoys spending time with her two boys, whether it be hiking outings with their Brittany spaniel or swimming at the pool. She also enjoys reading the classics, and trying out new cooking recipes.
Meet the Team
Allison grew up on a farm in Aurora, Oregon with her five sisters. She feels fortunate to say they are all still very close. In her free time Allison enjoys reading, taking hikes and spending time with her son and Fiancé. She is very excited to be a part of the Kona Kids team!
Amanda is originally from the Island of Saipan, and has lived in Hawaii and NY before settling down in Oregon. Amanda and her husband have 2 cats, Calvin and Liam.
Angie is an Oregon Native and currently lives in Hillsboro with her husband, son, and their dog Jo-Jo. She enjoys spending her free time reading, shopping, and camping.
Bailey is a native Oregonian having grown up on a small farm in Newberg where her family raises cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, and their dog Bubba (Black Lab/French Mastiff) . In her free time Bailey enjoys hiking and being outdoors. This year she will be climbing South Sister, also known as Charity, which at 10,358 ft is the highest of the three Sisters.
Katie comes from the small town of Banks, Oregon. She has been assisting since she was 18 years old, and still considers herself a big kid. She likes to fish, 4-wheel and snowboard.
Kelsey is a native Oregonian having grown up here in Tigard. She received her dental hygiene training at Pacific University in Cottage Grove. She feels fortunate to have been able to make volunteer trips to help the needy in Haiti and Africa.
Tawni grew up on a small farm in Marion County. Tawni has been working with Dr Kat for 5 years, and was excited to make the move to Kona Kids along with her. Tawni and her husband spend their weekends riding horses in rodeos.
Whitney is from Central Oregon and loves spending time outdoors. Whitney and her husband have a young son, Bentley. They currently live on a farm in Oregon City and raise Clydesdales.