Robert Rust Jr., DMD
Dr. Robert “Bob” Rust completed his Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1976 at the University of Oregon. He then attended the University of Oregon Dental School, from which he graduated in 1978. He frequently completed continuing education courses with Dental Society and Study Club Exploring Excellence in order to stay at the forefront of the dental field. He has practiced in Eugene for over 40 years.
Dr. Rust is a member of the American Dental Association®, and in 2018, he became a life member of the Lane County Dental Society. He is committed to helping his patients maintain their oral function and smile for life.
Dr. Rust has four children and two grandchildren. He enjoys taking care of his yard and home and watching the Ducks play.
Meet Our Team
Our friendly team is excited to meet you! We love welcoming patients to our office, and we go above and beyond to make sure that your experience with us is as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Our goal is to help you improve and maintain good oral health for a lifetime. Call us today at 541-342-1072 to make an appointment with our dentist in Eugene, Oregon!
Kelsey — Office Manager
Kelsey has been with the practice since September 2019. She is a native Oregonian who attended Thurston High School and Northwest Christian University, where her focus was on business management. Kelsey has been in the dental field since 2002. Her hobbies include paddleboard-yoga, kayaking, hiking, skydiving, white-water river rafting, attending theater productions at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts. The rest of her spare time is spent cuddling her dog, Nala.
Kelsey loves being immersed in the friendly, warm environment of the practice and how everyone focuses on patient care, and she loves helping both patients and the team by problem-solving and spreading cheer. Kelsey also volunteers in the community at several non-profits, including the CASA of Lane County & the Annual Whiteaker Community Dinner Event.
Kara — Front Office and Dental Assistant
Kara has been with our team since 2009. She enjoys being part of a close team and helping and connecting with our patients. She is a “do it all” gal, helping out in the front office as well as with hygiene, assisting and sterilizing. Whenever someone needs help, Kara is there!
Kara is very close with her family, most of whom live in Eugene. She has one fur baby named Tink, and she loves painting, crafting, nature and animals.
Susan — Registered Dental Hygienist
Susan graduated with her associate degree in dental hygiene with honors from LCC. She joined our team in 2013. Susan really enjoys her work and helping her coworkers give each of our patients the best possible experience as they improve their oral health.
Susan loves learning new things and helping others. She enjoys humor, comedy movies and Minions.
Helen — Dental Assistant
Helen completed her certification as a dental assistant at LCC and has been with our office for over 35 years. She has worked in the dental field for over 50 years. While she only works one day a week, she often fills in for her coworkers.
Helen has a very large family: eight brothers and five sisters. Three of her sisters live out of town. Outside of the office, she tries to walk two to three miles each day, attends two bible study groups each week, reads, writes letters, and makes dinner for her family and friends.
Shelley — Dental Assistant
Shelley completed the dental assisting program at LCC in 1990 and has been with our team for over five years. She enjoys that our team feels like a family, and she loves taking care of our patients when they come to our office.
Shelley’s parents reside in Halfway, a small town on the Snake River. She loves animals, the outdoors and Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Karsyn — Dental Assistant
Karsyn joined the practice in August 2019 after graduating from Umpqua Community College (UCC) with a certificate in dental assisting. She aspires to someday become a dental hygienist. Karsyn has been playing volleyball all of her life, and when she isn’t at a volleyball game in her spare time, you can catch her at a concert. She’s excited to be part of our practice because she loves being part of a team where everyone is friendly and enjoys meeting new patients. Karsyn also loves being there for her patients and does everything she can to make sure their appointment goes as smooth as possible so they leave with a smile.
Kellie – Dental Hygienist
Kellie graduated from LLC in dental hygiene in 2011, and has also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. She has been part of our team since 2016, and has been a patient at our office for over 30 years! She loves the family feeling and laughter throughout our office, and strives to help our patients feel comfortable and at home each time they visit our office.
Kellie and her family enjoy camping, hiking, skiing and traveling. She loves to play in the mountains during both winter and summer, and has recently taken up Pickleball.