AboutSmile Tucson Family Dentistry

Smile Tucson Family Dentistry is a Tucson based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Ricks and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 520-477-8662 and experience why our patients think Smile Tucson Family Dentistry is the best dentist in Tucson.

Dr. Ricks

Dr. Ricks

Dr. Ricks

“The trouble with wisdom is that the exam usually comes first; answers come later."

It takes about five years for a new dentist to understand the basics of what he or she is doing, then another ten years to get a clear picture of the whole field, if said dentist is curious enough. Then one must stay current, because dental materials, machines, and methods are always changing.

Staying current is the most challenging thing I do--also the most rewarding. It has made it possible for me to understand laser gum surgery, TMJ and myofascial pain problems, implants and bone grafts, orthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, sedation dentistry, and of course, general dentistry. Understanding the whole picture helps me see what is possible to make you look and feel better and healthier. It means there is something I can do to improve your life.

Words come easily. It’s what we do at Smile Tucson that counts. Come check us out.

Meet the Team

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.

Irina

Irina

Senior Full-Time Dental Hygienist

I’m a native of Saint Petersburg, Russia, but since 2002, I’m happy to make my home in Tucson, AZ. I earned my degree in Dentistry from First Pavlov State Medical University of St. Petersburg in 1998, and Associates in Dental Hygiene from Pima Community College in 2007.

I have over 30 years of experience in 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! Making sure to listen all of your needs and answering any questions you may have. Together we can achieve and maintain your healthy smile.

Alyssa

Alyssa

Dental Assistant

My name is Alyssa Mendoza and I started my dental career in 2009. I attended Apollo College and graduated with Honors. From there, I worked in an amazing Oral Surgery office for 3 years. Then, I found myself in the service industry for awhile but am now able to finally get back into dentistry with this amazing office! I'm so excited to learn and grow and be an essential part of your dental care.

In my spare time, I love to hang out with my family and do kickboxing and organize my house.

Courtney

Courtney

Dental Assistant

My name is Courtney Perez. I am the mother of two amazing little dudes, and an awesome aussie. They are my whole world.

My sisters and I were homeschooled for a large portion of our lives, so I became a pretty big fan of many forms of art. I tend to play with clay, charcoal, spray paints and video games.

I’m working here at Smile Tucson Family Dentistry thanks to a mutual friend, and I can’t even express how blessed I am to be working here. I absolutely love my job, and everyone I get to work with.

Sally

Sally

Office Manager

I was born and raised here in Tucson and Dentistry has truly been my passion for 33 years now. I have studied and worked in almost every aspect of Dentistry including General, Periodontics, Oral Surgery and Endodontics. I’m enjoying the management here at Smile Tucson and I find it gratifying to help patients reach their dental goals and dreams.

On my spare time, I love cooking, enjoying the outdoors with gardening and being somewhere on the beach.

Annette

Annette

Front Office Assistant

In 2000 earned my Associates in Applied Science in Administrative and Office Support Careers from Pima Community College. I ventured into the dental field when I joined Smile Tucson Family Dentistry team in 2005. Over the years, I have immensely enjoyed learning and becoming adept at the detailed aspects that a front office administrative staff member performs. I have especially appreciated all of Smile Tucson’s wonderful patients and getting to know them. It is always my personal mission to be our patients’ advocate in all things dental.

I am married and have a daughter. On my days off from work, I enjoy cycling with my husband and friends, playing volleyball and backyard bird watching. I treasure my time spent on sewing, cross stitching, reading and researching my genealogy which seems to be a never-ending effort!

Jack

Jack

Front Office Assistant

I am from Yuma, Arizona and moved to Tucson when I was 13. I graduated high school in 2018. I started working here in December of 2019 and have loved it ever since. I’m so thankful for all the opportunities that this job has brought me. I’ve met amazing patients who have shared their experiences and learned so much from my trusted colleagues.

Outside of work, I am an artist with different mediums but my main focus is acrylic and I love complicated pieces. I have a puppy named Apollo who is black lab and a complete sweetheart who loves to explore with me and go on adventures.

Kaye

Kaye Ricks

Back Office Support

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