Dr. Adam A. Francois, D.M.D

Dr. Francois is a graduate of American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry (where he has attained Fellowship status), Oregon Dental Association, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and Washington County Dental Society. Dr. Francois has been voted by his peers as one of the best dentists in the Portland metropolitan area, as featured in Portland Monthly magazine. He is experienced and committed to achieving excellence in cosmetic and implant dentistry. He is constantly evaluating the latest techniques and dental materials to provide you with the highest quality of dental care available today.


Dr. Francois opened Sherwood Dental Care in 1996 after deciding it looked like a nice community in which to start a practice and a family. In his spare time, Dr. Francois enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, golfing, the outdoors, woodworking, and spending time with his wife, Cindy, and their two boys.

Our mission

at Sherwood Dental Care is to provide the highest quality care in a comfortable and caring environment to each and every patient. We focus on our patient centered practice, where we strive to provide the highest level of service in a clean and well-organized environment.

Our Valuable Team Members

Vella Vergets
Vella VergetsOffice Manager
Vella started her dental career in Hawaii in 1990 with a pedodontist. When Vella returned to Oregon, she worked in dental offices in Canby and Woodburn before joining Sherwood Dental Care in 2001. Vella has extensive experience and has learned many things during her 23 years in dentistry. She is continually taking classes with a dental emphasis ranging from computer software to communication. Vella has been with us since 2001.
Cindy Francois
Cindy FrancoisHuman Resources
Cindy helped her husband, Dr. Francois, open up Sherwood Dental Care back in 1996, shortly after they were married.  Bookkeeping and payroll are her two primary functions, but you’ve probably seen her at many community events that we sponsor, like Give ‘n Gobble, Relay for Life, & Music on the Green.  Cindy is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Oregon State.  She teaches college nutrition classes to health profession students.

Stacey Ritala
Stacey RitalaDental Hygenist
Stacey graduated with a Dental Hygiene degree from Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland, Washington in 1998 fulfilling her life-long dream of becoming a Dental Hygienist. She has been with us since 2001. Stacey is committed to learning new techniques to help her patients feel more comfortable. She prides herself in staying up-to-date and regularly attends numerous continuing education classes. She is friendly, knowledgeable, and gentle.

Sandy Eastman
Sandy EastmanDental Hygienist
While she is our newest employee, Sandy Eastman is not new to Sherwood Dental Care. She started as a patient back in 1996. When she decided to become a dental hygienist, she observed in our office for 6 months – so some of you may recognize her! In her free time, Sandy loves to volunteer on the NW Medical Team dental van, and has traveled to Rwanda for a dental mission trip. She is married and has three kids Abbie, Jake, and Max.

Heather Riggs
Heather RiggsDental Hygienist
Heather’s interest in dental hygiene was sparked by her childhood dental hygienist and dentist. While in college, she worked as a roving dental assistant learning all aspects of a dental practice. She graduated from Portland Community College in 1998 with a degree in Dental Hygiene and has worked at our office ever since. She is licensed with the Oregon Board of Dentistry and also has endorsements to administer local anesthesia, place sealants and a permit to administer nitrous oxide. Heather is regularly complimented by her clients for gentle and thorough oral hygiene care.

Peggy Lewelling
Peggy LewellingDental Hygienist
Peggy, a Sherwood native, has worked in the dental field for over 25 years. She began her dental career as a dental assistant, graduating from Portland Community College’s Dental Assisting Program in 1982. She worked for approximately 16 years as a dental assistant in general practice as well as many specialty practices such as Endodontics, Periodontics and Oral Surgery. She decided to go back to school and graduated from Portland Community College’s Dental Hygiene program in 1998 with an Associates of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She is licensed in the State of Oregon with the Oregon Board of Dentistry as a Registered Dental Hygienist.

Cosette Phillips
Cosette PhillipsScheduling Coordinator
Cosette lives in West Linn with her husband. After raising five kids she wanted to pursue a career in dentistry. She graduated from Elite Dental Assisting Academy in Vancouver in 2014. She worked as a dental assistant for a 1 year and discovered her true passion was in the front of the dental office. Cosette gives a warm greeting and always has a smile on her face. She is pleasant to work with and we are proud to have her on our team. In her spare time she likes to scrapbook and spend time with her family, especially her granddaughter.