Valerie A. Foster, DMD

dr-fosterValerie Foster received her Bachelor of Science degree in general science from Portland State University. She also completed part of her undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She earned her Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from Oregon Health Science University in 1985. After practicing family dentistry for one year as an associate dentist in Rainier, Oregon, she opened her dental practice in Aloha, Oregon, in February 1986. Dr. Foster built the current dental facility in August 1991 and has just completed remodeling the building to keep it sparkling and up to date. She is, of course, currently licensed to practice dentistry in the state of Oregon. Dr. Foster continually updates her knowledge and skills in dentistry by taking numerous continuing education courses. She and her staff stay current in CPR and medical emergency protocol and keep informed of continually changing dental and OSHA procedures and standards.

She lives in Portland with her husband Dr. Rupert Fersch, a German born U.S. resident, and has two children, Megan and Ben. Her passion is traveling. She and her husband Rupert travel to Germany often, where they have a second home. She also has enjoyed traveling to islands to scuba dive and to France to see her French family. Dr. Foster speaks French.

Meet Our Team

Our dental team works together to make patients feel at home when they visit our dental office in Aloha, Oregon. Many of us have worked together for over 25 years. Our younger members keep the office lively and energetic. We encourage you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentist, Dr. Valerie Foster.

Lina Chin – Dental Assistant

linaAfter staying home for a couple years with her kids, Lina Chin has once again joined our team! She has been a Dental Assistant in this office intermittently since 1990. She is very excited to be back and we are just as excited to have her here! Lina lives in Northwest Portland with her husband and two children. In her spare time, Lina helps with her son’s tennis team. She enjoys traveling with her family to Mexico, Whistler, and to Newport on the Oregon coast.


Shannon Hawes – Office Manager

shannonShannon has been employed with us since 1991 and has climbed her way to management. We feel very lucky to have her at the helm!

She lives in Aloha with her husband and beautiful daughters. In her spare time, she likes to camp and fish with her family. She enjoys spending time outside in the summer, playing board games with friends and family, and she loves to bowl.


Karen Thompson – Registered Dental Hygienist

karenKaren has been a hygienist since 2008. She is very passionate about her job and educating her patients on the importance of good oral health care. She has a very gentle touch and is very thorough. Karen enjoys spending time with her family and friends and staying active.


Dee Werfelman – Dental Assistant

deeDee Werfelman has been a dental assistant for over 25 years and has been treating patients alongside

Dr. Foster since Feb. 1986. She is very caring, capable, and knowledgeable! She is a busy mom of two children and helps her husband, Bob, run their Christmas Tree Farm in Scholls. She also enjoys gardening and working out in the gym in her free time.