Cheryl Cooper, DDS

“I strongly believe in giving patients the information they need to make informed decisions about their dental health, and to make their dental treatment as comfortable as possible.”

Dr. Cheryl Cooper is a seasoned dental professional with 17 years of experience. She completed her dental degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May of 1995. She then completed a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University of Nebraska. She and her husband, Sean, moved to Salem in 1997, and she worked in Salem for seven years. For the past eight years, she has been an associate with an office in Albany before making the trip back up to Salem to practice with us here at Smiles Dental.Dr. Cooper has two very active boys and enjoys spending time with them during their various activities. She is a US Masters swimmer and is an early riser for her workouts with the BearCats Masters team. She and her husband are very active leaders with Boy Scout troop 19 here in Salem, where both of her boys are on their way to earning their Eagle Scout rank. Dr. Cooper and her oldest son, Colin, are singers and musicians with their Praise team at Salem First Christian Church.

Theron L. Nebeker, DMD

“One of my favorite aspects of dentistry is seeing the transformation in patients when they are able to be confident in their smile once again.”

Dr. Theron Lane Nebeker grew up in Canby, Oregon, and attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate education. He then moved back to Oregon to complete his dentistry degree at the Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Dentistry in Portland. Dr. Nebeker now resides in Salem, Oregon, and practices dentistry in the Smiles Dental office. Dr. Nebeker loves supporting and following the local sports teams and has a passion for fishing here in the Pacific Northwest. He is married to Ashley and has a baby boy named Theron (Jr.).

Andrew Peterson, DMD MS

“Motivation gets you started. Habits keep you going.”

Dr. Andrew Peterson graduated from Oregon Health and Science University in 2013 and began practicing general dentistry in Oregon City. During practice, he continued to learn and grow, but continued to strive for more. Dr. Peterson always had an interest in the supportive tissue and periodontal health of patients he decided to continue his education in Periodontics at OHSU. Dr. Peterson thoroughly enjoys the challenges that surgery offers and provides patients complete understanding of treatment plans. He also assists them in understanding how to maintain their teeth for a lifetime.

When he is not treating patients, Dr. Peterson loves hiking with his wife and two Boston Terriers. Dr. Peterson enjoys being active and has completed an Ironman Triathlon and five marathons since graduating from dental school!

Nicholas Andros, DDS

“One of my favorite moments is seeing how happy patients are when their braces are removed and seeing their beautiful, confident smiles.”

A Tri-Cities native, Dr. Nicholas Andros is excited to be back in the Northwest after attending undergrad at Brigham Young University in Utah and finalizing his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. He went on to complete his orthodontic residency at Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics in Florida.

Dr. Andros believes it is important to be involved in every community he has lived in; he has participated in many free clinics, Give Kids a Smile events, Smile Savers, and Children’s Oral Health Month. Dr. Andros has also served abroad, bringing dentistry to the Maya tribes of Guatemala.