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Practitioner information

The following regulated profession is overseen by the Board of Denture Technology. Learn more about applying for a license, associated fees, laws, rules and more by following the link below:

About the board

The Oregon Board of Denture Technology oversees the practice of denturists. Denturists construct, repair, reline, reproduce, duplicate, supply, fit or alter removable prosthetic dental appliances, otherwise known as dentures. In the fitting process, denturists also take impressions, bite registrations, try-ins or insertions. Denturists provide full dentures to replace complete sets of original teeth that are missing in the upper, lower or both sections of the mouth, or partial dentures, which fit sections of the mouth in which some of the original teeth remain.

The Board of Denture Technology consists of seven members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate:

  • four active licensed denturists
  • one Oregon licensed dentist in active practice
  • two public members who do not possess the professional qualifications of other members and who are not a spouse, domestic partner, child, parent or sibling of an active licensed denturist or dentist

The term of office of each member is three years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the governor.

Board members

Todd Young

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 3/14/2024

Todd Young, M.Ed. B.S. LD has been a Denturist for 20 years and owns and operates four dental/denture clinics in Oregon. He has served as the president and secretary/treasurer of the Oregon State Denturist Association and has been a board member of that organization for 15 years.

He co-founded the American Denturist College in 2012, utilizing the latest techniques in online distance education to help grow the Denturist movement and provide better access to competent patient care. The school is recognized by six states and three countries and received federally recognized Accreditation status in 2018.

Todd recently completed a master's degree in Education. He is active on the national and international level and has a passion for seeing people succeed in the Denturist field.

Christopher Chapman

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 9/25/2022
Hood River

Christopher Chapman started as a laboratory technician with Artistic Denture Center in Roseburg in 1997. In 1998, he enrolled in George Brown College's International Denturist Education program in Toronto, allowing him to continue clinical and laboratory training under a licensed denturist. He sat for his Oregon Board of Denture Technology exams in 2001.

"I believe the experience I've gained in the last 20 years, in directly treating patient and by associating with professionals who pledge to give the patient the best treatment offered has been invaluable," Chris said.

Chris was born in Arizona and spent 10 years in Missouri before moving to Hood River. Having spent 30 years living in Idaho and Oregon, he considers the "Northwest" his home.

Chris is married to his beautiful wife Melanie, and they have six adorable children! Having been raised in rural, small town, farming and logging communities, Chris loves the simple hard working lifestyle that surrounds them in the Gorge area.

Grant Smith

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 9/22/2025
Junction City

Grant began working in his father's dental laboratory in Florence in 1979. In 1983, Grant's father was killed in an automobile accident and at the age of 20, Grant assumed ownership of Florence Dental Laboaratory. After serving the dental community in Florence and Eugene with both fixed and removable restorations for 20 years, he took the opportunity through the George Brown College ADEC program to meet the requirements for licensure in the State of Oregon.

Grant and Dana have served the Lane County area for over 20 years and are the current owners of Grant Smith Denture Studio in Eugene. Grant currently serves as the President of the Oregon State Denturist Association. Grant and Dana have four adult children and one grandchild.

Ron Farris

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 2/28/2026

Bruce Schwandt

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 10/4/2026

Dr. Schwandt graduated from Loma Linda University Dental School in 1982 and has owned several dental practices over the past 41 years in Southern California. With an interest in business, he studied at USC and received an MBA in 1989. He has served as a Clinical Director, supervising 11 dental offices for Gentle Dental, where he also served as Director of Clinical Training from 2011 through 2017. After moving to Bend, Oregon, in 2019 to be closer to family, he has practiced in various short assignments and as a locum tenens dentist. He is currently preparing to establish an implant and prosthetic practice in Eugene, beginning in February 2024. When he’s not pursuing his passion for helping restore people to their full smile and dental function, he enjoys playing music and spending time in the Oregon wilderness.​

Jennifer Fergusson

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 2/15/2027

​Jennifer Fergusson is an experienced mental health professional with over 25 years of dedicated service in the field. Jennifer holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and is certified in Perinatal Mood Disorders.

She is currently in private practice and specializes in individual counseling for women aged 21 to 65. Her expertise includes addressing general anxiety, depression, postpartum and antenatal mood disorders, peri- and post-menopause issues, and overall women’s health. Past work has included working for various agencies throughout the Portland metropolitan area as a therapist for children ages 2 to 17 and their families.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys quality moments with her family, including her husband and two college-aged sons. As an empty nester, she looks forward to more time for travel, running, reading, playing tennis and pickleball, exploring the outdoors, and cherishing moments with loved ones and friends.

The Board of Denture Technology currently has an opening for a Public Member. To apply, fill out the Application form.

Board Recruitment

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current board member terms expire.

Current vacancies and how to apply

For board recruitment questions or the appointment process, contact the Oregon Governor's Office of Executive Appointments at 503-378-6829.