Dr. Gabriel Kennedy.
How did you get into your profession?
I attended Oregon State University for undergraduate studies from 1995-1999. I waited until my last quarter of college before I figured out what career I wanted to have. Then I attended the University of Connecticut for School of Dental Medicine. After completion of my Doctorate in 2004 at Connecticut I was accepted into an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse Wisconsin. I’m currently in private practice in Oregon’s Mid Valley including the communities of Salem, Albany, and Corvallis.
As a dental student I was elected to the Honor Board of the School of Medicine and Dental Medicine. As an OMFS resident I was asked to hold a position on the Board of Directors for the Resident Organization of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. During my private practice career I became the chairman of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at Salem Hospital.
Do you engage in any volunteer work?
- Surgical clinician for Medical Teams International providing local surgical services in Oregon.
- Two international surgical mission trips to South America and the Caribbean.
- One international humanitarian
mission trip to Rwanda in 2012.
- Oral Surgery Director for Mission of Mercy in Salem, Oregon.
- Current President of a local youth trap/skeet shooting team.
- Board of directors for local youth swim team.
- Board of directors for local school property foundation.
Do you have any favorite pastimes?
Spending time in the outdoors with my family while fishing, whitewater rafting, and snowmobiling. This is my raft prior to a week long trip down the Salmon river in Idaho last year.
Would you tell us about your family?
Growing up in Eastern Oregon I met my wife Nicole. We have been married 17 years and have 4 children: Hayden 16, Lauren 14, Elly 9 and Paige 3.