Hygiene specialist Shandra is one of our excellent Dental Hygienists. She has over 12 years of experience in dental hygiene and specializes in treating patients with periodontal disease. Her dental background began at a young age, thanks to her father, who practiced dentistry for over 30 years before retiring. Shandra has also worked as a clinical instructor for the Utah College of Dental Hygiene and the Dixie State College dental hygiene programs. “I love making patients feel at ease in a place that can often be hard for people.” A pleasure to be around, you can tell when she’s in the office – there is always the pleasant sound of laughter that follows her. Shandra enjoys traveling, snowboarding, competing in triathlons, and spending time with her husband and their 3 young children.
Jocelyn is a fantastic Hygienist and she speaks Spanish. Her sweet and outgoing personality always makes every visit a great visit! “Why work in the Dental field? Working with our fabulous patients and staff… of course! I love helping people learn about their personal hygiene and tips they didn’t know before!” Always having a smile and a laugh she helps to keep the office atmosphere lighthearted. Jocelyn loves music, hiking, make-up (especially LipSense!), and spending time with family.
Kari has enjoyed helping dental patients for over 11 years as a Dental Hygienist! She is dedicated to helping enhance the smiles of our patients! Dedicated, committed and concerned describe Kari’s approach to patient care. Kari is originally from Hawaii and loves to travel there! She has that ‘easy going’ island style – never flustered or hurried. When she is not working, she is staying busy chasing her three energetic kids!
Laura is a great asset to our Hygiene Team and has served our patients since 2009. Her diligence and devotion to her patients makes her fantastic. Laura enjoys educating and helping our patients, and she says, “I love my job. Our team and Doctor’s are great!” Usually she’s at work ready to see those ‘early bird’ patients first thing in the morning. Laura loves to read, quilt with her daughters, gardening, yard work, playtime with grandkids, and lately you will find Laura and her husband cruising around on their new motorcycle. You’ll know her, she’s on that red ‘blur’ with flying blond hair swooshing by.
Alyssa graduated from the Utah College of Dental Hygiene in 2016 and has loved every minute of it. “I really enjoy working at the Dental Center in Orem. Everyone is so kind and sincere, and makes you feel like family.” She is really enjoy getting to know the patients and helping them understand the importance of good oral hygiene, so they can feel confident about their smile. Alyssa enjoys training for marathons, playing soccer, spending time with family, and anything outdoors.
Our dental hygienist Stephanie is a mother to two cute little boys and loves to spend time with family! She has her Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and has been working in our office since 2016. She loves working with patients and helping them feel more comfortable with their smiles and teaching them great home care. She likes to go to the gym, or snuggle up and watch a good show, or loves to be outdoors and enjoy the summer sun!
Amanda came to the U.S. in 2010 from Nicaragua. She graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. Her thoughts on dentistry, “I love being a hygienist because it is more than cleaning teeth, it’s about changing lives and educating patients about their oral health. We want them to be comfortable coming to the dentist.” Amanda loves spending time with her husband and their two kids, reading books and she also loves a good crime show.
Heidi was born and raised in the great state of Ohio and moved to Utah for the Dental Hygiene program at UVU, where she got her bachelors and graduated in 2019. After working in Washington DC for a time, she moved back to Utah to be with her forbidden Lover and hasn’t ever looked back. Her favorite thing about being a Dental Hygienist is educating her patients and seeing the light bulbs click as patients realized the importance of oral care. When she isn’t talking her patients’ ear off, she loves cooking and enjoys a good slice of cheese.
Kendra was born in Toronto Canada and moved to Utah 4 years ago. Kendra is a dental assistant and has been working at the Dental Center since May 2021. Kendra loves working with the dental hygiene team as their assistant, because her dream and goal is to become a hygienist one day and has been getting great hands-on experience. Kendra loves her job and hopes to someday work as a hygienist at the Dental Center. When Kendra is not at work she is in school or taking care of her two beautiful children. She loves to swim, cook, watch movies and spend time with family. We love having Kendra at The dental Center especially because she helps out with Spanish speaking patients if needed through her Panamanian background.
Barb is one of our excellent hygienists and is also the hygiene team leader. She absolutely loves being a hygienist which is why she has tried unsuccessfully to retire a couple of times and will probably die with floss in her hands. She is a transplant from a small town in northern Maine and truly values the relationships she is able to establish with her patients. Barb and her husband currently reside in Woodland Hills, which is the closest she could find to moving back home out here and are the proud parents of three children. When she is not helping patients achieve their optimal dental health, she can be found trying to perfect pretty 20 meter circles on her dressage horse Chancellor (aka Chanceypants) which appeals very much to her type A personality. She also has a background in more natural approaches to oral and overall health and loves to chat with her patients about that as well. Most patients leave their time with her with a smile on their face or a warm hug at their discretion.
Office Manager Jamie
Jamie has been working in the dental field for 19 years! She has also worked as an assistant for several years before moving to the front office. "I love working with the insurances, and helping patients get the most out of their benefits.” Jamie loves spending time with her family! When she’s not at work you can find this hockey mom at the rink with her 2 boys, as well as spending time with her husband and daughter. “My kids and my family are my best friends, my time with them is priceless!”.
Yanira is now serving our patients at the front as one of our fabulous Administrators! She has assisted our Doctors for over 3 years and we are lucky to have her back office experience now checking in our patients who already know her well. Her sweet and caring personality will always help make your visit stress free. “What is the best part about working at the Dental Center? Everyone from the staff to the patients are so nice. It’s a very fun loving office!” Yanira was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. She loves spending time with her family, and when she’s not working, she’s enjoying her time doing outdoor activities.
Cristina Started to love the Dental field in 2010. She has been working in the front office since 2012 and loves it!. Cristina loves to be able to tell the patients, Yes! we can see you and get your dental needs addressed. One of her favorite things is to see patients come back every 6 months for their Hygiene appointments. She says “ to me it’s most important to do preventative dentistry. My goal is to work with our hygiene team to help our patients schedule back to keep their teeth healthy and feel great about their smiles.” Cristina is from Jalisco, Mexico and loves visiting during the summer, which by the way is her favorite season of the year. Her hobbies include: spending time with her kids, going to the gym and watching movies.
Erika joined our team in 2021. She was born in Chimbote, Peru and came to live in the USA in 1999 with her family. She is a mother of 4 and has 4 grandchildren and one more on the way. She loves cooking for her family and gathering her kids for Sunday dinner, loves trips, going to the theater and spending time with her husband.
DENTAL ASSISTANT TEAM
Angie joined our team in 2013 and has been a great addition to our team of professional assistants! Angie is from Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico. She entered the Dental profession because she likes “the environment, and helping people feel better about themselves.” Angie enjoys working with the wide variety of patients that come to our office. When she’s not working, Angie is exercising or relaxing while catching up on her favorite TV shows or movies.
Jocelyn has been with our team since, May 2021. She loves to help people enjoy their visit at the Dental Center. She loves to spend time with her family and loved ones. Jocelyn speaks Spanish, Portuguese and English. She loves to travel around the world, she's been to Portugal, Mexico, Jerusalem, Italy, and more.
Vivi Joined our team in 2021, She was born in Orem, UT. She loves to work with people and learn new things. She loves being social. That is why she wanted to be an assistant. It is always changing and evolving. When Vivi is not working, she loves to spend time with her husband, two children and puppy. She loves to have fun and find new activities to try with her family! Making memories is extremely important to her.
Stephany comes to us from Boca Raton, Florida! She moved to Utah in 2020 and is currently studying at UVU. Stephany started working as a dental assistant in 2020 and joined the Dental Center team in 2021. When she is not working or studying, you can find her playing volleyball, cooking, or doing anything that involves music!
Alexis is new to dental assisting within the last few years, she has loved everything about it! Her favorite thing about assisting is the knowledge and experience she has been gaining from having a job like this one. Lexi is from Las Vegas, NV. In 2021 she married her childhood friend; they love going to Disneyland together. They have gone on over ten Disney trips together already! Her favorite things to do are listening to podcasts and hammocking.
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