The 8th dentist in his family, Dr. Joe Safirstein became an orthodontic assistant at the age of 12 working in his father’s orthodontic practice. He is a faculty member at the OHSU Department of Orthodontics and past president of the Oregon State Society of Orthodontists, and OHSU Orthodontic Alumni Association.
Dr. Joe attended the University of Florida, where he studied history. (Fun Fact #1: That’s also where he became a SCUBA instructor.) He earned his dental degree with highest honors at the University of Tennessee. (Fun Fact #2: That’s also where he learned to love BBQ.) When he’s not in the office, he’s probably camping or cooking on the smoker in the backyard.
Dr. Joe is happily married to Dr. Lauren, an orthodontist in Hillsboro. Dr. Joe’s kids grew up in NE Portland.
Dr. Joe’s Credentials:
Excellent Orthodontics in a Really Fun Place!
“The service and attention are the best imaginable. Absolutely no reason to go anywhere else!! Dr. Rensch was MY ortho 30+years ago and now my kids go to Dr. Joe. Impeccable service and care never go out of style!!!
"This place is very professional and makes sure you feel comfortable and welcome. Being new to the area and finding a new orthodontist worried me a bit, but the staff here made me feel like I’ve been a patient forever! The office is very clean, so well decorated, and very comfortable. Dr. Joe and all of the staff were so friendly! They explained everything to me thoroughly in regards to my new patient exam, and made sure I knew what my options were moving forward. They were able to look at my mouth and answer any questions I had, as well as provide me with reasoning and explanation behind my bite and jaw issues. I felt very well taken care of and would highly recommend coming here to anyone regardless of your orthodontics situation. I will definitely be returning!"
Soloman & Gabbie
"Dr. Joe and his entire staff are top of the line. This place is clean, they explain what they’re doing and why, and the results are amazing. Dr. Joe and team not only straightened my teeth, but fixed my bite. Chewing food is awesome now and so easy to keep my teeth clean!"