Dear patients and families,

As many of you were aware, I was scheduled to have hip surgery last March but unfortunately, it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

I was operated on August 26 but unfortunately experienced a setback very soon after the procedure resulting in a totally dislocated left hip, not fun!

A second procedure was necessary August 31st . I am limited to non-weight bearing on my left side until later November. This makes working not possible.

We have hired a temporary orthodontist by the name of Dr. Niky Smith. Dr. Smith lives in Lake Oswego and has 18 years’ experience as an orthodontist. I have met with her and she is very pleasant, bright and has a positive outlook on life and orthodontics as do I! She is also trained well at the university of Washington, a great program. I feel fortunate to have found Dr. Smith. We share similar treatment philosophies. She had her own private practice for 12 years in the bay area. She practices now on temporary needs like mine.

I will be back as soon as possible and look forward to it. Also, I’ll be available to consult remotely on any patient.

A temporary bump in the road that will quickly pass.

Sincerely and Best Regards,

Dr. Bickler

1625 East 12th Street
The Dalles, OR 97058

(541) 298-4072
Fax: (541) 298-6912

Meet Dr. Smith

Dr. Nicole Smith is originally from Massachusetts where she grew up enjoying the many lakes, mountains and beaches of New England.  After graduating from Dartmouth College, she decided to follow in the footsteps of her grandfather, her uncle and her brother and enter dental school.  She knew early on at the University of Louisville that she would like to pursue orthodontics like her uncle, so following graduation she went on to complete her Masters and Residency in Orthodontics at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Nicole then joined her husband Doug in the Bay Area where she worked as an associate orthodontist for several years and then ultimately ran her own private practice for nearly twelve years.  Recently Nicole and her husband relocated with their twins, Parker and Sydney, to the Portland area so their kids could be raised as they both were - with close family nearby.  Dr. Smith and her family have been enjoying everything this wonderful state has to offer - including hiking, skiing, golf and tennis

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