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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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AZIZA

Dental Office Manager

Hello there! I’m Aziza, Office Manager at Scottsdale Family Dentistry and Orthodontics.

I’m originally from Morocco and have been here for 20 years. I’ve been married to an amazing husband from Bosnia and we both have an 18-year-old daughter who is attending ASU to enter the medical field.

My first job was as a dental assistant in Chicago 13 years ago and I’m a graduate of Apollo College in Phoenix for Dental Assisting (x-ray certified) as well as 2 years of college for computer science at Casablanca University.

I believe that patient education starts in the front office, then goes back to the back office where the patient rooms are, and finally ends up in the front office. I educate patients about their dental insurance coverage, and make sure they don’t get any financial surprises for services. We are a very friendly team to work with, honest and care about our patients.

In my spare time and home time, I’m always cooking new recipes, entertaining friends and family and traveling.

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CAROLINE

Dental Hygienist

Hello there! I’m Caroline Frisone, your dental hygienist at Scottsdale Family Dentistry and Orthodontics. I recently graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. I’ve been a hygienist for almost a year now.

 My love for dental hygiene blossomed from my father who was a dentist for 30 years. From a young age, he instilled the importance of oral health in me. He taught me that brushing and flossing the teeth had a greater purpose. Visiting my dad at work as a child, I enjoyed watching him reveal the beautiful smiles he had created for his patients and the confidence he gave them to go about their day.

 I’m originally from New York and grew up in Long Island. I was raised in a small Italian American family. I am very family oriented and we spend a lot of time together. Growing up, my family was small, and I am very close with my mother, father, and younger sister.

 In my free time, I enjoy being active. I have been figure skating since I was three years old. I also enjoy swimming and spending time with my friends.

 As a hygienist, listening to my patients allows me to provide care that meets each of their individual needs. I want to find out how I can best provide them with tools and information to better their oral health. I like to show patients what’s happening when their present oral hygiene routines using radiographs, the patient mirror, and probing scores. Sometimes I will recommend new home care products and allow them to see how to use them via a handheld mirror.

 You’ll leave my appointment knowing new ways to improve your oral health. You’ll understand that oral health is important because it is related to systemic health. I look forward to helping you achieve optimal oral health and your dream smile.

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Jena

Dental Hygienist

Hi! I’m Jenna Rios, a dental hygienist at Scottsdale Family Dentist. I chose to be a dental hygienist because I love helping people and the feeling I get when I give back. As a kid I always remember loving being at the dentist and I wanted to give my patients that same experience.

Educating patients is a huge part of being a dental hygienist. I always show my patients visuals such as their x-rays and other educational tools and give detailed explanations to show them exactly what is going on in their mouth and how we can maintain it or help it get better.

Dental hygiene is always evolving so it is my responsibility as a provider to evolve with it. Taking continuing education courses will always keep me up to date on the most effective treatment options.

I studied dental hygiene at Pima Medical Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I had onsite clinical training as well as a few public health rotations including Health Care for the Homeless, Special Olympics, and Dental Care in Your Home.
I am a recent graduate from the class of 2019.

I’m originally from Rio Rancho, NM and from a pretty big family. My parents and grandparents have given me constant support that has encouraged me to be the best version of myself and always continue my education. I’ve always had a goal to move to Arizona to be with my sister and am really glad I’m here. I am new to the city of Scottsdale so right now my hobbies include exploring the city and being with family and friends.

My favorite part of helping patients is the rewarding experience of knowing I helped to make someone’s life a little better. It is always the best feeling to know that I am helping someone improve on their oral and overall health. To see confidence restored in someone’s smile is why I love being a dental hygienist the most.

Listening to the patient is the most important part of the process. It is my goal to always address the patients main concern and to assure they will get the care they need.

Prevention is key when it comes to dental hygiene. It is our goal along with the patients help to keep the patients teeth and gums in their best condition to prevent any type of disease process from progressing.

Scottsdale Family Dentistry and orthodontics offers services and care for people of all ages. We always put the patient first and do our best to educate and address our patients concerns.

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Wynette

Hygiene Assistant

I got my CDA from Carrington college in 2013. I am passionate about the education for people and the care of their mouth. Working as a dental assistant and hygiene assistant allows me, to be versatile in my ability to help people understand, the procedures, and how caring for your mouth is important.
In my spare time I love to read, watch movies, and trying new things.  

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Macayla

Dental Assistant

“My love for the dental field began my senior year of high school when I got braces. Ever since then, I became intrigued with the medical science within the world of dentistry. I also found it interesting to see how a team must work together in all aspects in order to provide the best care for patients. Ever since I graduated from Carrington College in 2016, I have been seizing any opportunity that could possibly help me grow in knowledge in this field.

I Am a Arizona Native and when I have spare time you will find me listening to music, going to concerts, reading and spending time with my family and friends!”

 

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Priscilla

Dental Assistant

Hi! I’m Priscilla Hernandez, your Dental Assistant at Scottsdale Dental. I’ve been in this position for almost four years.

 I’m originally from Redondo Beach, California but moved to Phoenix as a young teenager. I have two brothers and two sisters and I’m the youngest. My father was an ex-Army soldier, and my mother was a stay-at-home mom. I come from a very close and big family.

When I’m doing my favorite things, you’ll find me at the ocean, sight-seeing, taking road trips, or spending quality time with my nieces and nephew or boyfriend.

 I was introduced to dentistry by my grandmother and aunt; both were dental assistants. I graduated from Brookline College with a 4.0 and honors. I majored in dental assisting.

 My favorite part of being a dental assistant is when patients come in with pain or a broken tooth. That’s when I can help them out of their discomfort they are feeling and at the same time transform their smile.

 The dental setting can be scary at times but if I do two things, I can help them lessen that fear. Those two things are:

  • Make sure they have a full explanation of what we will be doing during the procedure step by step.
  • Increase their comfort level when they are in the dental chair.

 To help patients focus on prevention, I will show them the accurate ways of preventing cavities. Sometimes they need to know what dental supplies they can purchase or ways to keep their dental hygiene perfect at home. While they are in the dental chair, I’ll hand them a mirror and then show them how to properly floss and focus on the areas that need most help.

 I absolutely love connecting with my patients and listening to their concerns. It’s very important to me.