David Dunscombe, DDS
My profession means so much to me. The people who have given me their trust, the dedicated staff that works with me, and the dedication of instructors and mentors who have helped me achieve the life that has been given to me, makes me truly feel blessed.
Teeth are a window into the health of an individual, and every day I feel lucky to help people feel better and look better thanks to the care I provide. Whether it is to alleviate pain or helping a patient be more proud of their smile, the past 38 years of practicing dentistry have been sometimes challenging yet so rewarding, and I couldn’t be happier.
After having managed my own practice for 30 years and ultimately selling it, I have once again found the passion here at Awbrey Dental that was being overshadowed by the daily grind of being a boss on a day-to-day basis. Now, I can be a dentist again, in an office that has high standards for the staff and a deep caring for our patients’ health and well-being.
I decided to become a dentist knowing that it involved working with both my hands and my mind. What excites me about working with patients every day is the scope of interests they all have! I feel that I am better able to empathize and help people as I have had experience with so many wonderful patients over the years.
Education and Continuing Education
I earned my undergraduate degree at Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, CA and attended Loma Linda University in southern California, where I graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, graduating near the top of my class.
I’ve had an interest in continuing education since the beginning of my career. I was told during my senior year of dental school that education starts the day you leave school. That piece of advice has had a tremendous impact on my dental career, not only for me, but for my patients as well. I am a proud member of the following organizations:
Outside the Office
I reside in a rural setting in Bend with my wife, a daughter named Kortney, and my son, Cyd. We are also blessed with five grandchildren, and own two dogs, a German short-haired pointer and an English pointer. I am passionate about the outdoors, gardening, building things, and working with my hands and my vision. I have come to love eastern Oregon, and all that it has to offer. One of my favorite activities is following my dogs and seeing what we can catch along the streams, lakes, and slopes of the Owyhee, Snake, and the Malheur Rivers.
Because I enjoy giving back, I am currently working with a number of charities to benefit the communities that have supported me over the years. That includes volunteering with Medical Teams International for the past ten years, donating my time two days per month to help those who do not have insurance or the means to access quality dental care. I also volunteer with the Kemple Clinic, an organization that serves the underserved children in our community. I am currently working with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Oregon to foster growth of young people.