Hi! My name is Alicia and I am an Arizona native. I’ve been creating smiles with this Creative Smiles Dentistry for over 5 years. During my time with Creative Smiles, I grew into the Business Administrator position. That means I help ensure the needs of the practice are met so we can provide you the best patient experience and help you achieve the smile you deserve. My role also includes taking care of the doctors and team so they feel appreciated and have all the tools they need to be the best they can be for you. One of my favorite things to do as the business administrator is getting cake for our team 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.
Hello, my name is D.J. and I am a dental assistant with Creative Smiles. I consider myself blessed to have discovered the dental field because it is something I enjoy. I am a compassionate caring person and I work hard to help patients achieve their own individual success stories. I am a Tucson transplant originally from Palmdale, California. It has been over 20 years since moving here with my family. I have an older sister with two beautiful nieces. A younger brother whom I work with, and a younger sister. I love football, as well as anime, and I have discovered a new passion in 3D animation. My younger brother and I will be started a YouTube channel to create wild and fearless characters, in short stories, using 3D animation. I look forward to meeting you.
Hi! My name is Jackie. I graduated from dental hygiene school in 2015 and received the Golden Scaler Award. My husband I are both natives to Tucson. We have a daughter whom we enjoy watching her grow every day. She views the world as amazing and she has taught me to slow down and enjoy what the world has to offer. We have 3 dogs, Molly (pit mix), Kayla (lab mix) and Gannicus (Rottweiler). Of the three, we adopted Molly and Kayla. All of our three dogs have big personalities. I enjoy being a part of this wonderful team I can call family. The family vibe radiates to our patients and I am happy to say our patients become family. On my spare time, I like to learn about photography and gardening. We love to travel the world and will now travel with our daughter.
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.
Hi! I’m Kenda Romero! I graduate with my dentist hygiene degree in 2003 and received the Proctor and Gamble Award for Outstanding Community Service. Being a part of the Creative Smiles family has been such a wonderful experience for me and my career to truly provide exceptional patient care and 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 step-daughters 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.
LAURIE “LA LA”
Hello! I am Laurie, also known as “LaLa”. I have been a dental hygienist for 20 years. I was born in New Mexico. We moved to Tucson in 1978. I have learned so much on this journey. I appreciate every day and everyone I have met along the way. My patients and my co-workers have enriched my life in ways they will never know. I have learned from patients how to be a better clinician, a good listener and a friend. I enjoy helping people get healthy and stay healthy. I believe in building great relationships and getting to know my patients. I want patients to feel safe and comfortable and to have an enjoyable visit. I have two amazing grown up kids. They are both currently attending college. I love to travel anytime I can. I also enjoy playing soccer and hiking. I have a dog named Romeo and two cats, Azalea and Vixen.
My name is Angelica “Lisa”. I am the insurance coordinator for Creative Smiles. I have been in dentistry for 12 years. I began my career in dentistry as a dental assistant and then I transitioned to the insurance side of dentistry. I enjoy being a part of this amazing team here at Creative Smiles. Being a Tucson native, I enjoy outdoors, sports, music and everything Arizona has to offer. I have three wonderful kids who I cherish every moment with.
Hi, I’m Miranda! I’m proud to be a hygienist as a part of this amazing dental family. I graduated with my dental hygiene degree in 2006 and received 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. Dental hygiene is an ever changing career with all the new technology. That’s the one of the aspect of this career that I enjoy, especially working as an advocate for my patients and sharing the dental education needed for prevention. I have a son that is in high school. When we can, we spend our free time in the outdoors, fishing and camping.
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. 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 Japan and Okinawa, we settled in Scott AFB, Illinois where he retired. We have two sons who were actually born here in Tucson. Our oldest son, Cody, his wife Kelly and our two grandsons Henry and Lincoln currently live in Florida. Our youngest son, Jake, and his wife Kristen have joined us here in Arizona. For me, it’s 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 have hiked part of the Appalachian trail and 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!
LEAD 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. Currently, I am a team captain of an indoor co-ed soccer team. With my dedication, I strive to become the best and hope to lead by example. I also enjoy traveling with my fiancée who I met in high school. I look forward to getting married and building a family with her.
Hello! My name is Theresa Aguilar. I am the Treatment Coordinator here at Creative Smiles Dentistry. I am from California originally. 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.
Hi! My name is Vanessa and I am the Practice Manager. I have over 18 years of experience in the dental field and have enjoyed every minute of it. I took a break from dentistry and made a decision to serve our country. Due to an injury during basic training, I came back into the dental field. And, I am so happy to be back home and be a part of this amazing team here at Creative Smiles. I am native to Tucson. I have three wonderful children and cherish every moment with them. I enjoy attending motivational seminars such as Tony Robbins and Michael Bernoff, reading, traveling, listening to music, and anything that’ll keep me growing. Learning is food for my soul!
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 for replacing teeth. 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 at 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 special occasions. Other hobbies of mine are astronomy, writing fantasy fiction, video games, and anime. I have begun 3D animation and, along with my brother and friends, I have built a voice recording booth and have started voice acting and recording. We have a hilarious time using 3D animation to make crazy characters and bring them to life with exotic accents.