Meet Our Team

Alicia - Business Administrator

Hi! My name is Alicia and I am an Arizona native. I’ve been creating smiles with Creative Smiles Dentistry for over 5 years. My role is business administrator which means I help ensure the needs of the practice are met so that we can provide you the best patient experience possible. My role also includes taking care of the doctors and the team, ensuring they feel appreciated. As the business administrator, one of my favorite things to do is order cake for our team's birthday lunches. I am blessed to have one son who is now 18. I enjoy traveling and hiking around Arizona with my 2 dogs, Bella and Koko.

Jailenne - Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Jailenne Montalvo. I was born in Phoenix and have lived in Tucson for the past 15 years with my 3 brothers and my amazing mother. My favorite hobbies are playing soccer, going to the gym, and exploring and hiking outdoors. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and making the best of every moment. I graduated from Amphitheater High School in 2014. Go Panthers! As a child, I have always enjoyed going to the dentist which inspired me to take the initiative to enter the dental field. After graduating high school, I attended Carrington College for the Dental Assistant program and graduated in 2016. Immediately after my externship, I got hired. Since then I fell in love with the career and continue learning and growing in the dental field. As a dental assistant, seeing the joy I help bring to patients has been one of the many reasons I continue to do what I do.

Kenda - Lead Dental Hygienist

Hi, I’m Kenda Romero! I graduated with my Dentist Hygiene degree in 2003. During my time in school, I received the Proctor and Gamble Award for Outstanding Community Service. Being part of the Creative Smiles family has been such a wonderful experience for me and my career. I truly love providing exceptional patient care, and I am blessed to work with an awesome team. One of my favorite things about being a dental hygienist is the relationship I form with my patients. My husband and I are both Tucson natives. I have 3 sons, 2 stepdaughters, and 2 grandsons. I love taking trips to the mountains and enjoy camping and fishing with my family. I love animals and have enjoyed raising dogs, chickens, and dairy goats over the years.

Lizzy - Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Lizzy Atwood. I am a dental assistant here at Creative Smiles and absolutely love what I do. I was born in California and have been in Tucson since 1999. In 2015, I graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Linguistics. I have spent the last 10 years working for Starbucks, and while I have enjoyed my time there, I found my second home here. I love spending time with my family, which includes my mom, dad, and sister. I enjoy going to the gym, being out in nature, and the company of friends. One of my most favorite activities is riding my horse, Olive. She is a black Danish Warmblood whose love language is quality time and carrots.

Miranda - Dental Hygienist

Hi, I’m Miranda! I’m proud to be a hygienist in this amazing dental family. I graduated with my Dental Hygiene degree in 2006, receiving the Hu Friedy Golden Scaler Award. My work in dental hygiene has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Hygienetown and Orthotown. I have worked in dentistry for 18 years. I began working as an orthodontic assistant, then moved towards dental hygiene. With all the new technology available, dental hygiene truly is an ever-changing career. I especially love working as an advocate for my patients and sharing the dental education needed for preventing oral health problems. I have a son that is in high school. When we can, we spend our free time enjoying the outdoors, fishing, and camping.

Penny - Patient Care Coordinator

Hello! My name is Penny Pratt and I am the patient care coordinator here at Creative Smiles Dentistry. I have 18 years of dental office experience. I have to say, it’s GREAT to finally be back home in Tucson after almost 30 years away. My husband of 34 years took our family many places during his 20 years of service in the United States Air Force. After spending time in Okinawa, Japan, we settled in Scott AFB, Illinois where he retired. We have 2 sons who were actually born here in Tucson. Our eldest son, Cody, his wife, Kelly, and our 2 grandsons, Henry and Lincoln, currently live in Florida. Our youngest son, Jake, and his wife, Kristen, have joined us back here in Arizona. For me, it’s all about God and family. It’s awesome being back home where we are able to reconnect and spend time with our family and friends that live close by. I enjoy the outdoors. I hiked part of the Appalachian Trail and even ran a half-marathon. My husband and I have a Polaris RZR and we love exploring the many trails Arizona has to offer. I’m very excited about being a part of Creative Smiles Dentistry! I enjoy working with such a professional, patient-focused team! I look very forward to serving you!

Sammy - Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Samuel “Sammy” Tarazon. I have been a dental assistant since 2011, and I am blessed to say I have found my passion when it comes to my career. Because of the extensive amount of training, experience, and love I have for dentistry I’ve been able to impact people’s lives in a positive way. Patients describe me as intelligent, charming, caring, gentle, and funny while providing awesome dental care. I was born in California but raised in Tucson, Arizona, so I consider myself a Wildcat. I have four brothers and two sisters, with me being the youngest. With my dedication, I strive to become the best and hope to lead by example. I also enjoy traveling with my fiancée whom I met in high school. I look forward to getting married and building a family with her.

Terri - Dental Hygienist

My career in dental hygiene started 23 years ago with a passion for helping patients achieve their optimal oral health. I enjoy getting to know all about my patients and creating lasting relationships. I am proud to be a part of the Creative Smiles team and look forward to creating more relationships and healthy smiles! I have two grown boys and can't wait for grandchildren! When I am not at work, I enjoy taking care of my animals, gardening, and horseback riding.

Theresa - Director of Practice Wellness

Hello! My name is Theresa Aguilar. I am the treatment coordinator here at Creative Smiles Dentistry. I am from California originally, but I moved to Tucson a year and a half ago. I was so fortunate to find this great practice and I am grateful to be part of this team. I love my work family and our wonderful patients. I love to get out and take in all of the beautiful things Tucson has to offer. When I’m not working, I enjoy going on road trips, hiking, cooking, and going to the movies. I’m also very artistic, so I enjoy painting and anything that allows me to get creative.

Vanessa "V" - Dental Assistant

My name is Vanessa and my nickname in the office is "V." I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. I have been in the dental field for 11 years and I absolutely love what I do. When I joined the Creative Smiles Team, they welcomed me like I was family. Being a part of a family and having a family means a lot to me. My immediate family consists of my wonderful spouse, our three amazing children, and our two dogs named Opie and Pac. I am very grateful and blessed to have my family. I enjoy seafood, working out, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Vincent "Hype Man" - Dental Assistant

My name is Vincent Hampton. I’ve been a dental assistant since 2010. Since I began at Creative Smiles, I’ve increased my knowledge in all aspects of dentistry. Together with Dr. Jeannie, I’ve become an implant specialist and enjoy working with her to bring more options to patients requiring tooth replacement. I was born in California and my family moved to Tucson in 1995, where I have lived ever since. I love football. Every weekend I help coach young athletes in my area. When I’m not on the football field, I enjoy spending time with my family. My parents, brother, 2 sisters, and 2 nieces are all still here in Arizona. We are a close family and try to get together at least once a month and for special occasions. Other hobbies of mine include astronomy, writing fantasy fiction, video games, and animé. I have tried my hand at 3D animation and, along with my brother and friends, built a voice-recording booth to capture my voice acting. We have a hilarious time using 3D animation to make crazy characters and bring them to life with exotic accents.

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