Experienced Eugene, OR Dentist

Get to Know
Dr. Ivan Paskalev

Eugene Oregon dentist Ivan Paskalev D M D


Dr. Paskalev prides himself on his broad experience in dentistry. "Throughout my career, I have worked as a dentist in three different countries and also as a dental technician, hygienist, and assistant."

As an experienced dentist in Eugene, he most enjoys working with people of all different ages and backgrounds, as well as the diversity of challenges involved in each case. Dr. Paskalev works with each patient as a team to provide preventive dental care solutions for optimal oral health. His goal is to maintain healthy teeth and treat oral disease to resolve existing and prevent future problems. "I try to find the least-invasive action that will provide the longest term solution," he says.

Why Did You
Become a Dentist

Dr. Paskalev knew that he wanted to be in the bio-medical field ever since he was an eager 17-year-old who loved science. He was initially drawn to the creative side of dentistry and all the face-to-face interaction with individual people it involved. An active member of the Oregon Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Lane County Dental Association, Dr. Paskalev is always looking to learn about and contribute to the advancement of dentistry worldwide. He is also now a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is a past president of the Lane County Dental Society and still stays involved with the executive council. He also enjoys volunteering with the Tooth Taxi, a mobile clinic serving children in rural communities, and the South Lane Children's Dental Clinic. In addition, once per month, Dr. Paskalev goes to Lane Community College Dental Clinic where he helps dental students from Oregon Health Sciences University and Lane dental hygiene students learn the art and science of dentistry. For his efforts, Dr. Paskalev was appointed as a faculty member at the Division of Dental Public Health at OHSU.

Eugene dentist walking down hallway with dental patient

Where Did You Study Dentistry?

Dr. Paskalev studied dentistry at the Medical University–Sofia in his native Bulgaria. Not long after completion, he moved to the US and earned his second dental degree from Tufts University in Boston, graduating third in his class. The same year he relocated to Eugene, drawn by all it has to offer. In 2014–15 he moved to Cambridge, UK, where his wife attended university and worked for the NHS. However, he is happy to be back in Oregon. "It feels like home," he smiles.

Outside view of school building

Outside of the Dental Office, What Do You Like to Do?

Doctor Paksalev on a hikeDoctor Paskalev mountain hiking with friend
Doctor Paskalev and his family hiking

Having grown up in Kazanlak, Bulgaria, Dr. Paskalev now calls Eugene his home. He and his wife have two children who are in high school. When he isn’t busy at work, he really enjoys climbing mountains, spending time in the Oregon outdoors, and being an avid cyclist. In order to protect his back, he enjoys riding “weird” bicycles like a recumbent and elliptical. In fact, he commutes daily to work by bike!