Born and raised in southern Oregon on the former Klamath Indian reservation, Dr. Dexter earned his B.S. in Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and his DMD degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University-School of Dentistry. He is an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes of southern Oregon.
Dr. Dexter has had the experience and benefit of a varied professional background. He worked in the public health service as a Chief Dental Officer with the Indian Health Services. His responsibilities included the administration and delivery of dental services as well as the research and development of community health programs. Dr. Dexter is actively involved in organized dentistry with membership in the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.
He is the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college and the first member of his tribe to attend and graduate from dental school.
Our mission is to provide contemporary care with traditional values: respect, honesty, empathy and humility.
Meaning of The Circle of Life
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE is never ending. It is the message the elders, the chosen ones, give to their sons and daughters, to their children and their children’s children.
The elders give spiritual direction. The wisdom of thousands of years flows through their lips and they ask only the chance to pass on the way of life and love for the Creator.
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE teaches us that we are all children of the earth, that we all share an equal place in the circle, that when mixed together, the four sacred colors of yellow, red, black, and white—which represents the four directions or race of man—create brown, the color of Mother Earth.
The four directions are represented by the four sacred colors of yellow, red, black, and white. The east represents the sun and is yellow; the south represents the warmth and vitality of life blood and is red; the west represents the stars and the darkness in the night sky and is black; the north represents the purity of snow and is white.
Each of the four directions represents a stage in life: east symbolizes birth, south the vitality of youth, west the maturity of experience and north the wisdom of age.
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE exemplifies a world of dissimilar things coming together to form a harmonious, beautiful pattern to the elders who have kept these concepts alive for many generations.
The Creator created the earth, our Mother Earth, and gave her many duties; among them to care for us, his people. So let us put our minds together as one and give thanks. May the world we leave be a better one than was left for us.