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Dental Office Manager
My name is Shanna I am a Dental Office Manager. I was born in Mesa and raised in Show Low AZ, where I attended Show Low High School. Shortly after high school I got into Escrow where I worked for many years until the economy took its downfall. In 2006 I took my first job in the dental field working in the front office. I took the opportunity to self-train to make a career in the dental field, As I knew from day one helping patients achieve their dental needs was my purpose. I have been office manager for the past 9 years where I have had the opportunity to meet many talented Dentists and staff to help in my growth as a manager. I plan to stay in the dental field the remainder of my career.
I am a single mom with two children. My daughter is 17 and my son is 12. Both attend school in San Tan Valley. Our family loves the outdoors. We enjoy 4 wheeling in our jeep, camping and spending time at the lake all year long. As for me personally, I enjoy reorganizing my already organized home, cooking and baking creative and fun treats. I am known at our family gatherings to always bring something cute as a side.
Hi! I’m Lexie Edmiston. I’m a dental assistant and have always loved to make people smile. A smile is the first thing I notice about people – and at the dental office, what I want to see most is the patients who are scared turn into ones who feel comfortable and safe. I also want to see them smile as they leave the office.
I know that to get patients to go from one extreme emotion to another it’s going to take me listening carefully to the patients and then instructing them on what they need. Part of this I learned in dental assistant school at Pima Medical in Mesa in 2006 but the majority of it I learned from my 14 years of experience on the job.
Here’s a little bit about me – For most of my life I lived with my dad and brother and then at 14, moved in with my mom. My dad had cancer of the mouth and jaw, diagnosed in 2014 and I’m so glad I can say he’s a survivor. I moved back in with him during these critical times.
I love all living things. My pets include:
• a 13-year-old Chihuahua named Cooper. He has my heart.
• a 2-1/2-year-old female monster German Shepherd named Daisy who has been with me since the day she was born. She is my sidekick.
• a 3-year-old albino Burmese Python named Stan. Until a year ago, I was terrified of snakes but now we have a bond that not even I understand but I would never change.
• a black betta fish named Prince. He stays in the dental office to greet patients. He gets excited and does his crazy man swim to the edge of the tank at feeding time.
I enjoy sewing baby blankets. I am an outdoors off road person. A great weekend is coming home from a good camping trip. I enjoy looking at and getting tattoos.
Hi! I’m Amy Mendivil, a dental assistant. I’m originally from Mesa and grew up in Queen Creek. I come from a large extended family and lived with my mother as a child and spent countless weekends with my father and grandparents. I am now engaged and happily getting married in December. Teo is my fiancé and we share a son together, Maceo. I have another son, Jacen, who is 18.
I started Dental assisting almost 20 yrs ago when I was a senior in high school. I decided to go to a trade school to hopefully transition to become a dental hygienist but life happened. In my career, I’ve worked with other dentist offices where there was no compassion for patients and I had to move on. Compassion and helping patients face their fears is so important; otherwise, we can’t accomplish their goals together.
In my spare time, I go hiking, love spending time with family and am a Netflix-er. I keep up on the latest info via social media.
Hi! I’m Katie, a dental hygienist. I came into the field by accident, starting out with a business degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005. Luckily, one of my friends started a hygiene school, I applied and the rest of it is history. I started as a dental assistant and after finishing my degree in dental hygiene at the University of Cincinnati in 2013, I have been a hygienist ever since. Giving patients a smooth healthy smile is so rewarding for me!
I spend a lot of my spare time reading hygiene reports and taking continuing education classes, but spending time outdoors boating and other outdoor sports are my favorites too.
Being a mom myself with a 9-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter and a great husband, I would have to say that watching my son play baseball and taking my daughter to dance class are counted in my favorite hobbies as well.
What prides me the most about my job is that I really care for my patients. I will do whatever I can to help them realize their brushing can be tweaked just a bit to make a huge difference. I never want to see them sit in the dentist’s patient chair. Every day I hone my listening skills more and more to hear my patients tell me in between their words how exactly I can help them.
Hello. I’m Rachel Yacoub. I’ve been a dental hygienist for 3 years and am finishing my bachelor’s degree to then study to become a dentist. Soon my childhood dream of becoming a dentist will come true.
In childhood, I needed a lot of dental work done. My curiosity about how everything worked and what they were going to do next turned into a love for the dental field. My goal was and still is to assist people that aren’t happy about dental visits to still go and be comfortable about it.
Periodontal disease is correlated to other health issues in the body. This is why I can’t stress enough how extremely important preventive dental health is. I educate patients on proper oral hygiene habits by demonstrating how to brush and floss. It doesn’t stop there! I talk about the importance of healthy gums in the mouth and the effects periodontal disease can have. I go through every step in their dental hygiene appointment in great detail. My patients are like a second family to me.
I grew up in a very traditional, Middle Eastern home in Michigan and speak Arabic fluently. When I’m not working or going to classes at Arizona State University, I’m
watching movies, playing with my 3-year-old Yorkie named Ace, hanging out with my family, or traveling.
I am a member of the American Dental Hygienist’s Association, and take continuing education courses as often as possible to keep up-to-date on all the latest changes in the dental field.
Hi! I’m Kylie, your dental hygienist at Novelly Family Dentistry and Orthodontics.
I’m originally from Show Low, AZ.
I graduated from Carrington College and have been a hygienist for two years but ever since I was 5 years old, I knew I wanted to be a dental hygienist, and have practiced” everything about dentistry in my mind long before I started working here. What I mean by this is that whenever I say anything about dentistry, it was pretty much filed in my mind, waiting to be used at a later date.
My mom was a dental assistant for 25 years so I grew up around dentistry and all the things she talked about became a library of information to draw upon later. She helped me fall in love with dentistry.
I’m a wife to a Wildland Firefighter and mama to two beautiful girls. I like to hunt and go off roading and to travel.
As a hygienist, I like to be able to really take the time to sit down with my patients and physically/verbally take them through the proper techniques and preventative measures. I believe that prevention is the key for overall health and I love to educate my patients to see what we can do together to prevent any issues from occurring in their mouth.
My goal is to make every one of my patients not only feel like they are my only patient of the day but to know that their mouths matter to me. All my patients tell me and the other staff that I’m honest and very caring. Listening is absolutely the #1 thing in my relationship with patients, and it helps build a solid relationship.
Hello, I’m Mandy, Patient Coordinator for Novelly Family Dentistry and Orthodontics.
I’m originally from the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, Illinois. As a child, my mother always kept me busy with dance, children’s camp during summer breaks, or visiting family in Michigan. My family is quite large and we are extremely close. Even though most of my family still lives in Illinois and Michigan, we still speak every day.
My brother is 12 years older than me, and my sister, 10 years older. She was pretty much my second mother because my mother worked full time to take care of us. My mother’s strength gave me the immediate drive to work hard. That’s all I know. In a lot of ways, my mother is my hero; she’s the hardest worker I’ve ever known and the
the power behind my work ethic.
My interests revolve around doing things outdoors and my own family. I have a daughter and husband, and they keep my attention every day. My daughter has so much energy; she keeps me busy!
I’ve been in dentistry for 11 years. I chose dentistry because I absolutely love seeing people’s reactions to the experience they had with our office. The ability to possibly change someone else’s life is very powerful! It’s almost as if you have their outcome in your hands… how do you top that?
I graduated from Chandler High School in 2003 and then at Apollo College, I graduated with a degree in dental assisting. I’m currently attending Maricopa Community College to continue my education.
What I love to do is provide patients with the best customer service possible. Health is a super sensitive subject. I go out of my way to be kind, and most importantly LISTEN! If a patient doesn’t feel like his or her needs are met or like they are being listened to, they will not return. I don’t want patients to feel like another phone call or number.
In the office, I remind patients of the basic ways to prevent dental issues and how to maintain a healthy mouth. By nature, I’m a caregiver. This extends to my patients by helping them continually maintain a healthy smile.