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OUR Dental STAFF

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

Office Manager

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).

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ASIA

Dental Hygienist

Hi! I’m Asia and I’m your dental hygienist at Gentle Hands Dental Office.  I want you to know a bit about me since I’ll be working on cleaning your teeth when you come into our office – and that’s a pretty intimate situation.

My background starts with becoming a world traveler at a young age since my father was in the Air Force. I’m the older of 2 children in our family; my brother is 5 years younger. I joined the U.S. Air Force at the young age of 18 and always had the desire to work in the medical field. While in the Air Force, I became a dental technician there and cleaned teeth for 8 years.

Next I went to Carrington College for an associate’s degree in dental hygiene and then Northern Arizona University to get a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. I’m still in the Air Force as a Reservist. I’m proud of the fact I’ve been there for 17 years.

You could call me a girly girl. I love to be pampered with massages, facials, pedicures, and spa treatments. I’m a self-proclaimed foodie so going out to restaurants or tasting new foods is fun to me. I’m also an avid reader but don’t like reading on electronic devices. My very favorite thing to do is traveling and seeing the whole world is my goal.

When you come into our office, you can rest assured that my frame of mind is that I know I can make a positive impact on your oral health, which will impact your life. I will listen to you to hear your wants and needs while being sensitive, empathetic, and we will work together in this pursuit of better oral hygiene. I want to live up to our office name, Gentle Hands, with you.

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MIRIAM

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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Hillary

Hygiene Assistant

Hi! I’m Hillary Vasquez and I’m a hygiene assistant at Gentle Hands Dental. I graduated from Altrain Dental Assisting Academy where I received my DA certificate. I’ve been working in this type of job for five months now.

I chose dentistry because I had braces for basically my entire teenage years and was fascinated by how ortho treatment worked. After that, dental work was always an interest for me.

I’m from Phoenix and lived in Ensenada and Baja, California for a few years. I have a family of 4 consisting of a mom (me), dad, my handsome baby and my pup. My hobbies include painting and creating custom shoes.

The best part of helping patients is knowing my service provided them comfort. I also love the feeling when a patient remembers me and is excited to see me again. To me, this shows how important patient care and customer service is.

Listening is the most important skill to me for my job because it allows me to understand what the patient feels and gives me insight into the patient as a person. Reminding patients about the importance of oral hygiene and not keeping up with it is something I do a lot of the time, as well as explaining the patient’s current dental status, what needs to be done and how to fix it.

What patients can get most from me is excellent customer service as a caring and attentive assistant that ensures their needs are met.