Eric Gustavsen, DDS
Dr. Gustavsen has been practicing as a dentist since 1988. He attended Walla Walla College as an undergraduate and from there went on to Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in California. Before relocating back to Walla Walla, Dr. Gustavsen spent thirteen years practicing dentistry along the coast of northwestern British Columbia.
Dr. Gustavsen believes in maintaining the highest levels of accreditation and pursues ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry. In addition to Washington, his board certification extends to California, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia and Alberta.
Dr. Gustavsen’s extensive experience, caring approach to dentistry and dedication to self-improvement have consistently earned him yearly recognition as one of Washington’s Top Dentists™. He is also a member of the American Dental Association®, Washington Dental Association, The American Academy of Oral Systemic Health and the Walla Walla Valley Dental Society. In his commitment to provide patients with the highest quality of care, Dr. Gustavsen has attended courses at the Pankey Institute, Schuster Center for Professional Development and Center for Endodontic Excellence. He has also completed numerous other professional development courses. In addition, our dentist has received commendation from the American Dental Association for volunteer dental services provided in Cameroon, West Africa and Mexico.
Dr. Gustavsen is an educator at heart and a writer. For many years, he has written a column for the Walla Walla Union Bulletin, addressing various subjects related to dentistry in a fun and informative format. He has also been published in Canada’s leading dental journal, Oral Health. He is an endurance athlete and competes in triathlons and marathons and enjoys promoting running and sponsoring local track teams.
Meet Our Team
At Southpoint Dental Center, you will be in the hands of a team that has the knowledge, experience and skills to help bring out the best in your smile. In fact, many of our team members have over 20 years of experience and will take the time to get to know you as a person. In addition to English, we have team members who speak Spanish, French and Tagalog. You can meet our team in person when you call 509-522-2522 to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Walla Walla, Washington.
Diana — Front Office Manager
Diana has been working in the dental field for over a decade. When she first joined our team, she was amazed at Dr. Gustavsen’s emphasis on the importance of providing world-class service to every patient. She loves the vibe and the culture of Southpoint Dental, which are so different from anywhere else she had ever worked. Diana says interacting with patients in such a positive atmosphere brings her great joy. She also enjoys helping patients get the treatments they need and feels incredibly fortunate to be part of such an exceptional dental team. Outside the office, Diana spends time with her husband, Kris, and daughter, Kallie Jo. Other interests include riding horses and operating her Southwestern Boutique.
Diane — Business Manager
You could say Diane has been involved in the dental world ever since meeting her future husband, Dr. Eric Gustavsen, right here at Walla Walla College where they were both students back in the 80s. Diane and Eric were married while he was still in dental school, and she took over the business office when they bought their first dental practice in northern British Columbia. Working together as a team has proved to be a great partnership for both of them, with Eric providing exceptional dental care and Diane keeping the business end running smoothly. They are so proud of the dental center they have created here in Walla Walla, as a reflection of their core values of empathy and integrity. Outside of the office, Diane enjoys cooking and spending time with their grown children.
Heather — Registered Dental Hygienist
Heather is a dental hygienist who focuses on the importance of prevention, patient education, and whole-body health. She helps patients understand comprehensive oral health, so they can make better decisions on treatments to minimize disease. Heather graduated from Shoreline Community College in 2006 with a degree in dental hygiene, earning her class Restorative Award. She continues her education yearly, to learn and incorporate new dental techniques and products backed by the latest research. In Heather’s spare time she can be found in her ever-expanding garden!
Feliza — Certified Dental Assistant
Feliza is known and appreciated for her gentle, caring spirit. She has been working in the dental field for 17 years and loves the ongoing challenge of keeping her patients comfortable and relaxed – while at the same time handling the necessary complex setups and delicate procedures. A lifelong learner, Feliza gets excited about new technologies and products, and is never happier than when she masters a new procedure! While work is her obsession, Feliza knows how to play hard, too. She and her husband, Gene, love to go fishing, dancing, and enjoy Pilipino cooking as well. If you really want to see her light up, however, just ask about her newest grandbaby!
Jeanie — Registered Dental Assistant
Jeanie was born and raised in Eastern Oregon on a dryland wheat farm. Once married, they moved to the Oregon Coast, and from there to North Central Washington where their family lived for 33 years. She started dental assisting in Quincy Washington, and says she loves her work because she likes helping people to be as comfortable as possible at their appointments and enjoys using her hands. Finally, in 2019, the pull of family in the Walla Walla Valley won out, and Jeanie and her husband decided to move closer to their son, daughter-in-law, and (most importantly) 2 grandsons living here. Outside of the office, Jeanie enjoys meeting new people, cake decorating & baking, country living, and friends & family. Quincy’s loss was our gain – we are so lucky to have Jeanie as a part of our team!