Harmony Dental was established in Eugene, Oregon after WWII. While the practice has changed hands from its original dentists, our commitment to your comfort and care has only become stronger. When you visit us for treatment or cleaning, you will find state-of-the-art technology and well-qualified dentists and staff. We hold our practice to the highest standards!
We Care About Your Comfort, Too!
We know the dentist’s office is probably not your favorite place to spend time, so we try to make it as comfortable as possible. While you wait, you can enjoy complimentary coffee and other refreshments. Additionally, if you have your portable device with you (and who doesn’t, anymore?), we offer free Wi-Fi for our patients and their families, so you won’t have to use your own data plan while you wait! Finally, when you get to your room, you will find a warm pillow to rest on during your exam or treatment.
Meet Your Dentists in Eugene
Simon Yakligian, DDS
Living by the “Golden Rule” has been the focus of Dr. Simon Yakligian’s life for as long as he can remember. “Whether I am with a patient, friend, or family member, I am always attempting to put myself in the position of the other person and subsequently treat others in the way that I would hope to be treated.”
Driven by a love of science and medicine, Dr. Simon chose dentistry because it allows him to care for people’s physiological and functional needs while simultaneously attending to their more emotional concerns regarding their self-image. “In many ways, modern dentistry is a holistic process in which the patient’s cares are evaluated and treated both on the physical level and also with respect to how they feel about their smile, their treatment, and dentistry in general.”
Dr. Simon graduated from the University of the Pacific in 2004 with his Doctoral Degree in Dental Surgery. His “Golden Rule” life philosophy was further inspired by the realization that dentists need to recognize that in the past, some patients endured largely unfavorable dental experiences. “Many people have both negative associations and genuine anxiety about previous dental treatment. I think it’s our responsibility and privilege as dentists to create a nonjudgmental, empathetic place where patients feel safe, heard, and empowered in their own care.” Dr. Simon’s favorite part of his profession is the opportunity to build positive, long-term relationships, as well as to create rapport that encourages patients to truly enjoy their time “in the chair”. Characterizing his approach to treatment as conservative and preventative, Dr. Simon would love to help each patient enjoy, “A smile that lasts a lifetime. I am convinced that it’s possible, and I love working together toward that ideal.”
Michael Umberger, DDS
Dr. Umberger’s journey into dentistry began many years ago when he realized his combined loves of science, art, and helping people. By the time he was just fourteen, Dr. Umberger knew that dentistry would be the field that blended these passions into his life’s calling. In 1997 he graduated from the University of Nebraska with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. Graduation did not end his education, however; Dr. Umberger is a lifelong student. He undertook Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at Ehrilng Berquist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, and further continued his studies at the Pankey Institute for Continuing Education.
In addition to his formal education, Dr. Umberger is a student of life. He enjoys learning about different cultures through reading and traveling to new destinations, as well as exploring the wonderful world of fine arts. He has a passion for learning and speaking different languages and being able to communicate with diverse people. Currently, he is trilingual, speaking both German and Portuguese in addition to his native English.
Known for his ability to make people feel comfortable, Dr. Umberger compassionately listens to his patients to partner with them in their health goals. He seeks to provide the best, most current care that dentistry offers. Dr. Umberger is thankful every day for the opportunity to help his patients get better, feel better, and look better. He considers himself extremely fortunate to be doing precisely what he believes he was designed to do. “I think it’s a rare and extraordinary privilege to have found my passion and to wake up every day excited and grateful for the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.” When asked about his vision for the practice, Dr. Umberger unhesitatingly replies that he would love to see all of his patients treatment-free, turning Harmony Dental into a “hygiene only” office. “Truthfully, my highest vision would essentially put me out of business,” Dr. Umberger says smiling, “but I can’t help but imagine how great it would be to have my patients in a continuous state of dental health.”
Our Certifications and Memberships
Both Dr. Michael Umberger and Dr. Simon Yakligian consider continuing education to be the key to providing their patients with the most current and progressive dental care available. As a result, both doctors have advanced clinical education credits from countless accredited institutions, including the Spear Institute, as well as the Misch International Implant Institute.
In addition to continuing education, the doctors also belong to various prestigious organizations and groups that promote both clinical and technological advances in modern dentistry.
Our professional affiliations include:
- Membership in the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
- Fellowship in The International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- Faculty Club Membership at Spear Institute in Arizona
- Membership at Cerec Academy
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification
- Lane County Dental Society
- Oregon Dental Association
Harmony Dental is grateful and excited for the opportunity to contribute our services and care to our community. Within our office we have participated in the Donated Dental Services Program that has supplied treatment and assistance to countless local patients over the years. In Dr. Simon’s continual effort to help people feel more comfortable with dental care, he has volunteered at various Community Care Dental Events across the West Coast. Additionally, Dr. Simon has traveled internationally to provide much needed dental services to underserved populations.