New dentist takes over Lake Grove practice. Brings passion for cooking and dental skills.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Harris Tran has purchased Randol Family Dentistry. He is pictured here with Kylie Clark, his longtime girlfriend, and one of his dogs.

Harris Tran is a man of many interests and talents.

First and most obvious is the fact that Tran is an experienced dentist who recently purchased Randol Family Dentistry. Dentist Ryan Randol describes Tran as a "kind and compassionate professional, who has the same conservative approach to dentistry as me and Dr. Henry before me."

Tran was born in San Francisco and was raised in nearby Fremont. He graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Neb., and then went on to complete an advanced education in general dentistry residency while serving in the U.S. Navy as a dentist for five years.

Following his discharge from the Navy in 2012, he moved to Mission, Kan., to work full-time as a dentist there. He chose to move to Portland and quickly fell in love with the area, making it his permanent home. He lives in Northeast Portland with longtime partner Kylie Clark, a pediatrician and their two dogs.

Tran completed culinary school in 2014, and then filled in for friends cooking at Portland restaurants Marukin Ramen and Han Oak. "Food and wine are some of my passions," he said. "I love to cook."

Tran found the right fit at Randol Family Dentistry: a conservative practice with a small-town community feeling. He has renamed the practice Tilikum Dental, with a nod to Native American culture.

"Tilikum is a native word for family, tribe, community," he said. "I like that idea applied to our office. People come here to get a hug from Tami, or to hear Judy laugh. They come here to spend time with people they know and take care of their dental needs as well."

Tran says he plans on make the transition as seamless as possible for patients and staff.

"The practice is great," he said. "I'll take my time to get a good read on what makes it great, but have no plans to do anything drastic."

Tilikum Dental is located at 3993 Lake Grove Ave. in Lake Oswego.

Call the office at 503-636-0055 to schedule an appointment.

Contact Lake Oswego Review/West Linn Tidings reporter Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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