Meet the Team
Tomasa – Hygienist
Tomasa is from Tucson and is one of OVDG’s resident Dental Hygienists, bringing with her over 30 years of experience in the field. Her favorite part of being a hygienist is forming connections with her patients. She has been married for 35 years and is a mom to 3 beautiful children. In her free time, Tomasa enjoys spending time with family, knitting and cozying up to read a book while sipping on some coffee or tea.
Cindy – Hygienist
Cindy is an Arizona native and has roughly 25 years experience in the Dental field, 4 years as a dental assistant and 20 years as a hygienist. She’s been married for 19 years and has 2 lovely daughters, ages 16 and 17. In her free time you can catch her watching softball and volleyball games, camping, and hunting, but most of all she loves spending time with her friends and family! Cindy strives to provide the most positive experience to all of our patients!
Jodene – Hygienist
Jodene has lived in Tucson for over 45 years and has been a dental hygienist since 1999. She loves educating and building relationships with her patients, who become like family to her. Jodene is a mom of one daughter, who is currently attending the U of A, and always has 3-4 rescue dogs at a time!
She loves any opportunity for a road trip, camping or over-seas travel. Jodene also enjoys baking sourdough bread and considers herself to be a stained glass hobbyist.
Billie – Hygienist
Billie is a Tucson native and could never see herself leaving the Arizona sunshine. Before becoming a hygienist, Billie was a lead veterinary technician for 8 years. Because of this, animals will always be a big part of her life. She has been married for 6 years and has a beautiful 4-year old daughter. You will either catch her reading, fishing with her family, singing Elton John with her daughter, drinking coffee, or scaling teeth– All of her favorite things!
Skylar – Hygienist
Skylar was born and raised in Tucson and definitely feels the desert is home for her. She has been a Dental Hygienist since 2019 and couldn’t imagine not working with teeth, she has such a passion for what she does! Skylar has 4 fur babies that she loves to spend time at home with. When she is not cleaning teeth, she’s usually at home working on some kind of home improvement, doing a craft or fun project or out on a drive somewhere, enjoying our beautiful Arizona!
Melinda – Hygienist
Melinda has been a Tucson resident for over 20 years. Originally from Reno, Nevada, she studied at the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Education prior to graduating from Pima Community College Dental Hygiene program in 2013. Melinda enjoys traveling, skiing, camping and hiking with her husband of 20 years, 16 year old son & 14 year old daughter. Most weekends involve watching her children play club soccer, and enjoying the Tucson sunshine. Cooking a great dinner for family & friends, enjoying the outdoors and building relationships with patients are some of her most favorite things.
Amanda – Hygienist
Amanda joins the OVDG team hoping to brighten your smile just as much as her young kids Noah and Dahlia do for her. Born and raised in Arizona, but loves to travel to new places with her husband and kids. As a Dental Hygienist, she works to provide exceptional care in our comfortable, family friendly setting. With her Associate’s in applied science earned at Pima
Community College’s accredited program by the American Dental Association Commission. Amanda works with our patients to keep you at ease for your visit. When she’s not with patients centering their needs, educating on approaches, and seeing results; Amanda is spending time enjoying time with her family and friends.
Betty – Treatment & Specialist Coordinator
Betty is one of the first friendly faces you’ll see when visiting us. She is originally from Florida where she grew up immersed in the dental field via her grandmother who has been a dentist since the 1960s! She eventually moved to Tucson in her youth and later attended the University of Arizona. She enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring, as well as spending time with her husband, Cordell, 5 year-old twins–Sebastian and Vera, and baby Santiago.
Christian – Office Manager
Christian brings over 15 years of customer service experience to the OVDG family. She originally hails from Boulder, Colorado but grew up in Northwest Tucson. She is married to her husband Steve and together they are busy raising their big, vivacious family which includes 4 kids (Gabe, Gavin, Aria, and Sam) and 2 fur babies! For fun, you can find Christian crafting, road-tripping, hiking, glamping, and traveling to the beach.
Teresa- Insurance Coordinator
Teresa is Oro Valley Dental Group’s Insurance Coordinator and resident plant mom. She was born in Phoenix, AZ and spent most of her childhood in Indiana. Teresa brings 23 years of customer service experience and 5 years of dental experience to the OVDG family, along with a passion for providing an elevated patient experience. She is wife to Marcos and a mom to 5 beautiful kiddos, 2 pups, and 1 Indian Ring-neck parrot (you read that right folks, a PARROT!). In her free time you can catch her cozying up to read, listening to true crime podcasts, and attending car shows.
Daniella- Patient Care Coordinator
Daniella was born in Tucson and grew up in Nogales, AZ. She moved back to Tucson 17 years ago with her son Julian. Daniella brings over 15 years in customer service and 5 years of dental office administration. In Daniella’s free times she enjoys taking trips to the beach with her Partner, Son and fur baby Luna. On the weekends she enjoys soaking up the Arizona sun by the pool, grilling, painting, crafting or jamming out to music.
Miriam is a Tucson native who grew up on the east side. She attended Sahuaro high school before learning to become a dental assistant at Careington College. She brings over 6 years of dental assisting experience to OVDG. In Miriam’s free time she enjoys attending concerts in the greater Tucson and Phoenix area. Miriam loves to escape the heat and head up to Sedona where she enjoys hiking and spending time with family. She was recently engaged to her fiance Mike in the summer of 2021 while on a trip in Sedona. When Miriam is looking to relax after a busy day she enjoys winding down by watching crime documentaries on Netflix.
Lorelei was born and raised in Oregon, and moved to Tucson ten years ago. She received her dental assisting license from Pima Medical Institute in 2015 and now has over 7 years of experience in the dental field. Lorelei has a 12 year old son who loves playing football. In her spare time, you can catch Lorelei playing sports. Her favorites include flag football and basketball, in which she has won back-to-back championships in both. When she’s not at work or playing sports, you can find her catching up on some of her favorite tv series on Netflix and heading up OVDG’s Movie and TV club where they discuss the latest in cinematic culture.
Hailey was born in Galveston, TX. She traveled some growing up and landed here in Tucson in 2010. She graduated from MVHS, where she also trained for Dental Assisting. Hailey has been in the Dental field for 5 years. When Hailey is not here at the office, she enjoys hanging out with her husband of 3 years. Together they have 3 cats and a Great Dane named Minnie. She is a social butterfly and loves talking to people. She also enjoys spending her time camping, baking, watching musicals, and reading.
Sheila was born and raised in Arizona and has been a dental assistant for 38 years. Sheila has been married for 18 years, has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Getting to know her patients and their needs make her happy- they become family! She enjoys spending time with her family and attending country concerts.
Sandra is a Tucson resident bringing over 16 years of dental assisting to OVDG. She graduated dental assisting in 2007 at pima community college. She enjoys helping patients and making them feel comfortable while visiting the dental office. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her significant other of 9 years and her 7 year old son playing games or enjoying a movie.
Diego is one of the newest additions to the OVDG team. He is a born and raised Arizona local, having split his time between Tucson and Marana. He earned his dental assisting certification from Pima Medical Institute in 2016 and has been heavily involved in the field ever since. He is married to his lovely wife Eunice since 2022 and they have an adorable 3 year old son with another little one on the way. When he is not working you can find Diego playing basketball, soccer, and golf, and hanging out with his fur baby, Kobe.