Meet Dr. Robert Friess |


My interest in dentistry first began when I was a teenager with braces. I thought it was fascinating how that dentist could change my crooked teeth into the straight smile I still have today. When in college, I had the opportunity to speak with some dental professionals at the dental school and those conversations led me to change my major from engineering and architecture to dentistry. And I’ve never looked back. I was excited that I could combine my love for design and engineering with my love for people into one great career.


I completed my undergraduate studies at Portland State University. Then, I received my dental degree from OHSU Dental School in 1976. I have furthered my dental education and skills with post-graduate studies in Orthodontics, Cosmetic Dentistry, Implantology, and Oral Conscious Sedation—just to name a few. After graduation, I settled with my wife and family in Salem, where I was born and raised. I have been practicing in the Salem area ever since.

I continue to love dentistry because it gives me the opportunity to interact daily with so many wonderful people. I am committed to making every visit pleasant and relaxing for you and your family. There is nothing more exciting to me than to see my patients pain-free and smiling with confidence. I take great satisfaction knowing that I can contribute even in a small way to make a positive difference in a person’s life.

In my spare time, I love being outdoors, camping with our family at Camp Sherman. My wife, Sharon, and I have five sons, one daughter, and 17 wonderful grandchildren, who are the loves of my life.