Heidi van Giffen has been a licensed Denturist for over 12 years, having run successful practices in Klamath Falls and Ontario, OR prior to opening 1st Class Dentures in Boise, Idaho. She attended Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Washington to receive her training and graduated as a Denturist in 2006. She is actively involved in the Oregon, Idaho, and National Denturist Associations and currently serves as the Treasurer for the Oregon State Denturist Association and as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Denturist Association. Heidi has also served as President and Vice President for the Oregon Denturist Association from 2010-2016.
Heidi began her dental career as a Dental Assistant at the age of 16. She completed her associate's degree at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR where she was the youngest person the school had ever had in the dental assisting program. As a Dental Assistant she was able to see many different dental specialties first hand. The Denturist specialty sparked a lot of interest because of the artistic nature involved in the clinical and laboratory setting while crafting a denture. Heidi has always been artistic as a young child and now uses those skills and abilities to create natural looking dentures that fit each patient's individual features.
A Denturist's main goal is to make a functional, comfortable, and natural looking denture that restores a patient's confidence to eat, speak and smile again. Heidi is a strong believer in patient education and this helps her patients gain confidence and success in their ability to wear a denture.
Heidi has been happily married to her Dutch husband, Robbert, for over 13 years. They have two children named Wyatt and Amelia, who are 5 years and 3 years old. The family also includes two Lab/Australian shepherd mixed dogs named Cash and Coco, who are 10 years old. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, travelling, gardening, board games, all kinds of arts and crafts, and trying different restaurants in the Treasure Valley during date nights.
This is Mishaela, you may also call her Shae. She is new to the area and moved here in August of 2018. She is from Coeur d'Alene, where she worked as a dental assistant for two years after graduating from Carrington College in 2016. She has a passion for the dental field and feels like she has found her niche with 1st Class Dentures. She strives to make patients feel welcome and we are excited to have her as part of our team.
Carine is originally from San Diego, California. After attending San Diego Mesa College, Carine helped manage a busy dental office. She has a passion for helping patients with insurance as well as making sure patients are always happy. Carine has several years of experience in the medical billing, and insurance field. Carine and her husband Ron moved to Boise in 2017 after having their first son, Franco. She is very excited to be a part of our team at 1st Class Dentures!