Clinic Dental Director
Dr. Heather Russell was born and raised in Eastern Washington where she attained her degree in Biology and Chemistry from Central Washington University. Dr. Russell received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in Los Angeles where she was awarded entry into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental honor society for graduating in the top of her class.
She was also awarded the Garett Newkirk Memorial Award for outstanding academic achievement, the American Academy of Periodontology Award, and the Rex Ingraham Award for excellence in Operative Dentistry.
While in dental school,
Dr. Russell developed a heart to help underserved populations, volunteering her time at AYUDA, a student run organization that provided no cost dental services to underserved populations around Southern California and Internationally. She served on three dental mission trips to Nicaragua, Panama, and Belize. She also served on a dental mission trip to Honduras with Global Dental Brigades as a member of USC Humanitarian Club.
Following Dental School, Dr. Russell completed a one year General Practice Residency program at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where she furthered her dental knowledge on advanced dental procedures and the treatment of medically compromised dental patients. Dr. Russell has more than 11 years of experience as a general dentist and is very detail oriented. She completes many hours of continuing education each year to stay up to date on dental technologies and to be able to provide state of-the-art dentistry to her patients. She loves educating patients on the importance of oral health and believes in treating every patient like they are family. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Idaho State Dental Association and the Idaho Panhandle Dental Society. She also is a member of the International Dental Implant Association.
Dr. Russell and her husband, Sean, moved to Hayden with their three children and Beagle in early 2021 and love North Idaho and all the beauty it has to offer! Dr. Russell joined Heritage Health in late 2020 and is now the Dental Director. She truly enjoys her job and being able to help people achieve oral health and love their smile! She has a passion for helping the community we live in and creating access to quality care for all North Idahoans is at the heart of her mission.
When not practicing Dentistry, Dr. Russell enjoys running, hiking, swimming, skiing, and spending quality time with her family and friends.