Meet the Team at Smile Tucson Family Dentistry
We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.
I am a native of Saint Petersburg, Russia. I have been delighted to call Tucson, AZ my home since 2002. I earned my degree in Dentistry from First Pavlov State Medical University of St. Petersburg in 1988, and an Associates in Dental Hygiene from Pima Community College in 2007.
I have over 30 years of experience in the dental field, helping my patients regain and maintain their oral health and confidence in their smile. I use any opportunity to continue my education through my career and keep a progressive view of treatment options for my patients. My patients’ comfort and satisfaction are very important to me and I make sure to listen to all of my patients' needs and answer any questions they may have. I believe achieving optimal oral health is a team effort, and together, we can achieve and maintain a healthy smile!
I am married and have two grown children and two wonderful grandkids. I like to travel to visit family. I enjoy my garden with a Koi pond and many, many pets that I care for.
I grew up in Sierra Vista, Arizona. As soon as I graduated from high school I had aspirations of becoming a dental hygienist. I attended Pima Community College where I played basketball and studied to be a dental assistant. Once I finished the dental assisting program I was able to go directly into the dental hygiene program. During hygiene school I was elected class president by my peers. I graduated in 2003 and immediately began helping people change their perception about coming to the dentist. Patients have told me they truly love coming to the office for their cleanings! I have been in the dental field for 15 years and I truly love my job. I take great pride in delivering a wonderful and calm experience, helping you achieve maximum oral health and maintaining your smile. I have been given the wonderful opportunity to work alongside Drs. Garcia, Cross and the exceptional staff at Smile Tucson Family Dentistry. I am a people person and I love learning all about our patients!
I am a mom to two wonderful kids that keep my husband and I very busy. We enjoy camping, traveling and every aspect of sports. With extended family living near me I get to spend a lot of time with my two nephews.
I meet with each patient to discuss the doctor’s diagnosis and needed treatment. I help answer patient questions about why treatment is important and to provide knowledge so patients have a clear understanding of the clinical findings. I also help patients understand insurance and benefit breakdowns and estimated costs of their treatment to best maximize their yearly insurance benefits. Prior to joining the team at Smile Tucson in 2014, my background was in the financial industry, having seven years of management experience. As a member of this team, I love being part of something positive, and always finding a way to truly help every patient we see.
My free time is spent with my daughter. I love to get out of the house and spending our day outdoors hiking, take bike rides, swimming, and taking part in any local family-friendly community events. We really like to take advantage of Tucson’s beautiful weather!
I have my Associate’s degree in Science Administration and Office Support from Pima Community College, which comes in handy when dealing with insurance and communicating with patients. I joined Smile Tucson in 2005 as a total “greenhorn” in dentistry; initially, I felt like I was trying to drink from a fire hose while learning everything “dental”! I loved it all then and still do today. Any skill or ability I have is given in a complete effort to make the doctors’ and dental assistants’ jobs easier. Knowing they are successful is why I love working with our ST team!
My free time is spent playing volleyball, researching genealogy, sewing, and riding my bicycle.
It is my pleasure to be a part of the Smile Tucson Family Dentistry Team! I look forward to meeting our patients and greeting you with a smile. I have a passion for helping people and have a background in massage therapy and behavioral health. I will always strive to make you feel comfortable and I welcome the opportunity to provide a wonderful, caring dental experience by answering all questions/concerns and scheduling needs you may have.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, hiking and exploring new restaurants downtown.
I graduated from Carrington College Dental Assisting program with honors in 2013. My job entails supporting the doctor in all aspects of a procedure and caring for the patient from start to finish. I feel like the most important part of my job is ensuring all patients—whether they are a new patient, a returning patient, or a phobic patient—feel relaxed and calm during procedures.
My life outside of work is filled with four little girls and a lovely girlfriend. I like to stay fit by doing various sports. When not at work, I love spending time with my family.
I was born and raised in Tucson. I graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2009 with a certificate in Dental Assisting. I enjoy getting to know each one of my patients and try to give each of them a comfortable and relaxing experience. I always try to have a positive attitude and make patient-comfort a top priority!
I enjoy cooking, spending time with my family (my husband, my two children, and my two crazy dogs!), and like going for walks.