Travis Chapman opens Waterfront Endodontics

ENDODONTIST Travis Chapman says he’s thrilled to be located at the Hood River waterfront.

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ENDODONTIST Travis Chapman says he’s thrilled to be located at the Hood River waterfront.

Dr. Travis Chapman has recently opened Waterfront Endodontics at the Port of Hood River across from Waterfront Park at 501 Portway Ave., Ste. 202.

Chapman’s practice, limited to conventional and micro-surgical root canal therapy, is open full-time Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday and Sunday. Emergencies are normally seen on the same day. His office is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies including Zeiss microscopes, a limited-field digital CBCT and panoramic x-ray machine. He prides himself on providing a high level of specialty endodontics to the Gorge area.

Chapman grew up in Hood River and Odell. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada and attended Oregon Health and Science University for his doctorate degree in dental medicine.

Upon graduation, he decided to serve his country and was stationed as a naval officer in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he performed rotations in endodontics and oral surgery.

Once his tour was completed, he continued in private practice as a general dentist in downtown Honolulu. After 10 years as a general dentist, Chapman decided to return to residency to study microscopic endodontics at the University of Southern California. He completed his residency as a published chief resident studying under and alongside some of the most influential endodontists in the country.

“I’m really happy to return home, and I’m looking forward to raising my children in this special place. As someone who grew up here, there are so many things I’m eager for my family to experience.”

On opening his practice full-time in Hood River, Chapman said, “The port is seeing some really great changes and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Patients have already commented that the location off the highway is very convenient. For my office, I wanted to make an environment that is soothing and serene for patients and looking out over the river is very calming.”

Chapman is a specialist member of the American Association of Endodontists and a member of the American Dental Association. He was nominated by his peers as a Top Dentist in Honolulu magazine in 2009 and 2010.

Chapman was recently inducted into the Rotary Club of Hood River. His wife, Kristi, also works in the practice as the business manager. They have two children.

The office can be contacted anytime at 541-436-2740.

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