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

“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.


Dental Hygienist

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 Dr. Ricks, 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.


Office Manager

As a practice manager and our liaison to dental treatment, patient care, and several insurance carriers I have various duties to keep our office running smoothly all while supporting our team members. Together we accomplish great things! I’d like to say I’m a problem solver that will go above and beyond to ensure our patient’s questions are answered. My goal is to simply make every patient’s visit a positive and comfortable experience. I do my best in making sure each patient understands their treatment, the different options available based on their individual needs, assist in helping them understand their insurance, and discuss any financial questions, or concerns. Truth be told, some days I feel like a juggling octopus who wears many hats, but honestly, I love what I do. The true joy here is witnessing the amazing transformations of dentistry first hand, working with a well-trained and experienced staff and providing our patients with the utmost care and respect.

During my time at home you can bet, I’m running my two children around to and from sports, and everywhere else in between. I’m a busy bee, who enjoys hiking, hours spent by the pool, movie nights at home, cooking, shopping, brunch almost every weekend, church on Sundays, and any gathering with my friends & family!


Front Office Support

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.


Dental Assistant

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 three 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.


Dental Assistant

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. In 2009, I graduated from Pima Medical Institute with a certificate in Dental Assisting. What I enjoy most about being a dental assistant is having the chance to meet new people. There is nothing better than working at a place where you can be your true self, get to know patients individually, all while having fun and sharing some laughs throughout each day. I find helping patients gain confidence in their smile is what I love most about being a part of Smile Tucson.

When I’m not at work, I love going to concerts, being outdoors, going to sports events and trying new recipes with my daughter as my little helper, and making sure to take time for dance breaks in the process (Because actually, I am a really good dancer, but only when I’m in my kitchen ha-ha). Happily married with two beautiful children, a son and a daughter. I’m an animal lover and has 2 dogs and 2 turtles.


Front Office


Dental Hygienist