Welcome to McKenzie River Dental

Discover the trusted tradition of our family dental practice in Springfield, Oregon. New patients warmly welcomed.


Our Services

To keep your teeth healthy and happy as possible, Springfield dentists Dr. Leeann Welch & Dr. John C. Schilt and their staff offer a wide range of dental care services.


Our Practice

At McKenzie River Dental, we believe your dental experience should be a pleasant one. We pride ourselves in creating an atmosphere that puts our patients at ease.



McKenzie River Dental is conveniently located in downtown Springfield at 244 6th Street, next to Springfield City Hall. Schedule your appointment today!

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A Springfield, Oregon dentist where our patients are like family

Dr. Leeann Welch has been immersed in the field of dentistry since 1997. She started her journey humbly — helping with dental assisting tasks alongside her uncle, a respected dentist, as well as working the front desk.

After graduating from Springfield High School, Dr. Welch started at the University of Oregon, then went on to work in a lumber mill. Soon, her longtime interest in dentistry led her to pursue dental assisting training. Dr. Welch completed her dental assisting program alongside her associate's degree at Lane Community College. Halfway through, she decided to be a dentist. She accomplished that goal too, receiving her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in Mesa in 2012. While attending dental school, Dr. Welch completed her Master's in Public Health degree.

Dr. Welch finds inspiration in her native Alaskan heritage. Her family's rich history includes a salmon smokehouse that has been passed down through generations. In her free time, you’ll often find her outdoors fishing for salmon or halibut in Alaska or running in her hometown of Springfield. Dr. Welch's approach to dentistry extends beyond technical expertise. She believes in treating every individual with compassion, empathy, and a non-judgmental attitude.

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John C Schilt, DDS

Dentist in Springfield, Oregon

Dentist in Springfield, Oregon Dr. John Schilt has spent his personal and professional life serving others using his dental expertise and willingness to help others.

After graduating from Loma Linda University in 1987, Dr. Schilt spent five years working for the Karuk tribe in Northern California treating the Native American population. This experience provided Dr. Schilt the opportunity to receive advanced training and education in oral surgery and orthodontics through Indian Health Services. He also spent a year in Ukiah California working for a community health clinic treating the underserved population of Mendocino County.

In 1993, Dr. Schilt decided to move to Washington to be closer to family, and spent six years working for Washington State Corrections providing basic dental care and services. In 2000, Dr. Schilt settled in Springfield, Oregon, practicing comprehensive general dentistry and receiving advanced training and experience with dental implant placement and restorations.

Dr. Schilt is passionate about the relationships he has built over time with his patients. He experiences great satisfaction through providing dental care and services that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of his patients. He considers himself blessed with the many friendships he has developed with patients over the years.

When not at McKenzie River Dental,Dr. Schilt enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hiking, riding bicycles and motorcycles, gardening, and working in the yard.  He feels truly blessed with a wonderful family and a remarkably friendly team to work with at our office. Dr. Schilt is a proud member of the American Dental AssociationOregon Dental Association, and Lane County Dental Society.

Comprehensive Dental Care

At McKenzie River Dental, our goal has always been to provide every patient with the best dental experience they’ve ever had. Oral health isn’t just about teeth and gums. It also plays a vital role in your confidence, quality of life, and overall well-being. We treat you as a whole person.

All our bridges, crowns, dentures, and other dental prosthetics are meticulously crafted right here in Springfield, OR. This local production ensures that every restoration is carefully designed and fabricated with our stringent quality standards.

We treat the whole person and care for all of your dental needs, including but not limited to:

  • Comprehensive general dentistry for patients of all ages
  • Implants
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Crowns - Ceramic, Zirconia, Porcelain, and Gold
  • Extractions
  • Root Canals
  • Fillings
  • Periodontics
  • Dentures/Partials
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Teeth Whitening
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Children's Dental Care

As an experienced children's dentist in Springfield, OR, Dr. Welch and Dr. Schilt and the rest of our team at McKenzie River Dental understand the importance of protecting your child’s oral health.  We recommend seeing children starting at six months old. From helping to create a great looking smile to ensuring a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, we provide the high-quality dental care your child needs to protect his or her oral health for a lifetime. Contact our office today to schedule your child’s first dental appointment with our kind and compassionate staff at McKenzie River Dental.

Your Springfield Dentist of Choice

McKenzie River Dental is conveniently located in downtown Springfield at 244 6th Street, next to Springfield City Hall. With convenient parking and Friday appointments, we make it easy to meet all of your dental needs in a caring, professional environment.  We also serve patients who are from places all over Oregon like Bend, Junction City, The Coast, Roseburg, Toledo, Albany and more! Contact us today to get started!


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