Name & Age: Rebecca Kuperstein, 35
Hometown: Technically New Haven, CT but I’ve lived in a lot of places
Current Neighborhood: Kerns
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I am an orthodontist/mom. When I first started practicing, I was at a large group practice. I quickly became frustrated by customer services issues that (I believe) are inherent in large healthcare organizations. My husband found a great space for me and I started my own office in SE Portland in 2005. I love working in the community where I live. I run into patients when I am out and it is great to share some of the same values as the community that I serve. When I am not working at work, I am working at home. My kids are wonderful little people that challenge me and make me smile everyday.
What do you create? Beautiful smiles and great children (if I do say so myself). I am a self-admitted tooth geek. I love what I do and I am thankful everyday for being able to help people achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Corny but 100% true!
How did you land in Portland? My residency at OHSU. When I interviewed for it I was not only impressed by the program itself, but I fell in love with Portland too. My husband and I planned to have a great three years and then move back east. When I was finishing up school, we just couldn’t imagine moving away. In the meantime, I convinced my parents (who then convinced my sister) to move out here too, so my whole family is here. It is a perfect fit for this reformed east coaster.
What is the last book you read? The Convalescent by Jessica Anthony – a random find at the library. It is a strange and interesting book that I would highly recommend. Now I am in the middle of Arrowsmith, by Sinclair Lewis. My grandfather gave me that book about 20 years ago, and I decided it was time to read it and finish it this time. He seemed to have a vision of me in healthcare, and he was right.
Name your favorite tattoo. “i like fun.” – my sister’s tattoo. It looks great, and I happen to agree.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Bee Bim Bop at Namu Korean BBQ, on Belmont. The peanut sauce is addicting.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Oregonian online and Willamette Week the old-fashioned way.
What is your favorite bridge and why? Hawthorne – close and convenient.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? Stumptown or Da-Pressed Coffee are both favorites when I am out. But usually I enjoy what I make at home.
Coast or Mountains? Mountains for the hiking and the view.
Only in Portland moment? I would call it my “only in Portland” day. We took the kids to the “Keep Portland Weird” festival a few years ago. Traveled to the downtown library via the Max. As we approached the library, we started seeing a large number of people walking around downtown with cat ears on. Men, women, children – I am surprised we didn’t see a dog with cat ears. That in itself was quite the Portland moment. We discovered that the cat ears were from the Keep Portland Weird festival and we were excited to make (and wear) our own. After making our super-cool cat ears for the whole family, we had great time seeing Klezmocracy at the library. A wonderful “Portland” day that would not have happened anywhere else.
A favorite local business? Café au Play, a non-profit family-friendly coffeehouse on SE Division. It is an amazing example of what can happen when people who care bring together a community to support a great vision.
Are you a car person or a bike person? Car, but thankfully not that much.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? We definitely need more bikes, beer, coffee, and food carts.