Each member of our dental staff is highly trained and committed to providing the best dental health care possible.


Office Manager

I was raised in Denver, Colorado and was a gymnast and track and field gal.  I  joined the US Navy after I graduated in the late 80’s.I became a Dental Technician serving in Desert Storm/ Persian Gulf ERA and the rest is history!  I never strayed from the dental field but I did take a break after 6 years to to become a homemaker, Mommy and military wife residing in San Diego, CA.  I have 3 kids, 2 sons & a step-daughter and 3 grandkids!  My nickname is Granny!  I enjoy Gardening, Crafting, Baking, Cooking, traveling,  spending social & community service time with my sorority, Beta Sigma Phi and my favorite Hobbie….. quality time with the grandkids!  I moved to Arizona 2 years ago when my youngest child graduated because I dont like snow.

I have been in the dental field for 28 years and what I love best about it is hands down; customer service.  Interacting with patients, turning a  frown upside down, alleviating fear of dental procedures and using my experience in dentistry to make my patients feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible is what makes my day! 



Patient Coordinator

Native of El Paso, Texas I moved to Arizona in 2003 with my new husband to pursue a lifestyle change. I have been in the dental field since 2004 and hope to continue to grow in this evolving industry. I am a firm believer that quality patient service is key to a successful dental practice. Providing over-the-top customer service is the number one priority in creating happy and healthy relationship with my patients.

Growing up in a family orientated atmosphere, spending time with family and friends is a big part of any time away from work. I love having everyone over to cook for them and enjoy a great conversation while we eat. Relaxing time for me is enjoying a good book or a movie with my husband and my 2 fur babies (Bud & JD).



Registered Dental Hygienist

Cecilia Villada attended Glendale High School, graduating in 1996. In 1998 Ceci graduated from the Phoenix College dental assisting program. Ceci worked as a dental assistant for 4 yrs before returning to Phoenix College, enrolled in the dental hygiene program. Ceci graduated from Phoenix College in 2004 and graduated as a dental hygienist. In her spare time, Ceci enjoys hiking and spend time with her daughter, Ariana, outdoors.



Dental Hygienist

I am an Arizona Native, born and raised in Tucson, and a die hard wildcat fan. When I’m not working I love spending time with my husband, Ed. We both believe in a healthy lifestyle. Proper nutrition and exercise have become extremely important to us and we have become gym rats believing a strong body creates a healthy body. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good. It is also a wonderful stress reliever!

Recently I have started doing yoga and discovered I really like it. Stretching is crucial for a healthy spine and strong back. Our profession is very stressful to our spine and results in poor posture. We need to protect our spine so that our “golden years” are spent pain free. Yoga is also a wonderful stress reliever!

We enjoy traveling and love doing weekenders, getting away for some quality time. I also love reading. I really enjoy mysteries and one of my favorites is James Patterson. I have been in dentistry for many years. My first career was as a dental assistant, and started dental hygiene in the early 80’s. At the encouragement of my Uncle Bill who was also my Orthodontist I went on to become a Dental Hygienist. Since the day I got my braces I realized a healthy mouth is the key to a beautiful smile and a beautiful smile creates positive self-esteem. As my teeth started moving into proper positions, I realized, very soon, I was going to have both and decided I wanted to help others achieve the same goal.

I love what I do. I love educating my patients, who become my family and friends, on the importance of oral health. A healthy mouth promotes a healthy lifestyle and creates a beautiful smile.

I feel lucky. I do what I love and love what I do.



Dental Assistant

Hello, my name is Makenzi Iwas born and raised in Cedar City, Utah. Irecently moved from Northern California to Arizona with my family to pursue a better life for my kids. Ihave three beautiful children, my daughter Kylee 20, Son Michael Mckray 17 and my youngest Steven Dash is 11.1 have been working in the dental field asa DA for three years. Igraduated from Heald College with my associate’s degree in Applied Science in Dental Assisting in 2014. My interests and Hobbies are: working with and around horses, working out,a day at the lake or beach, but most of all spending time with my kids.



Dental Assistant

Miriam has been in the southwest her entire life. Born in Nogales, Sonora and raised in Tuscon, Arizona, Miriam grew to love the hot desert summers. Miriam has had the pleasure of working in many different speciality offices throughout her career, including pedatric dentistry and orthodontics. Miriam came to join the Gentle Hands Dentistry team in 2013. When not at work, Miriam and her two boys, Damian and Julien, love playing sports, especially water sports.

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