Samantha Kofler, DDS

Joining our Inland Family Dentistry team in January 2018, we are so excited to introduce Dr. Samantha Kofler. A Whitman College graduate, Dr. Kofler looks forward to returning to the Walla Walla valley. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, graduating with honors. While in dental school, Dr. Kofler researched genotyping for cleft lip and palate. She then entered a general practice residency program at the University of California San Francisco that focused on Hospital Dentistry, which emphasized caring for patients with complex needs in the dental clinic setting as well as in-patient and at-home. Dr. Kofler also studied advanced techniques for dental and maxillofacial trauma and dental implants.

Following her residency, Dr. Kofler was assistant clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco providing advanced training for dental school graduates. She also headed the University’s participation in Project Homeless Connect—a program that provides access to the most vulnerable San Franciscans to vital resources, including dentistry, throughout the city. Additionally, she taught pre-doctoral dental students who were on a Hospital Dentistry rotation.

For the past six years, Dr. Kofler has worked as a general dentist in California and most recently in Seattle, Washington. While not in private practice or with her family, she has also spent much time doing public health dentistry. This helped her brush up on her Spanish, which has enabled her to better communicate with patients who prefer to speak Spanish.

Her husband, Erik Kofler, is a resident at the University of Washington, finishing up his training in anesthesiology. Erik grew up in Walla Walla and attended Whitman College, which is where he met Dr. Samantha Kofler. They have two young children, Charlie and Carter, who keep them extra busy. In Walla Walla they have plenty of family who are anxious for them to live here full-time!

We all look forward to introducing you to Dr. Samantha Kofler in the very near future!


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