meet our staff

Our Glendale staff is composed of long-term, highly skilled professionals dedicated to providing you with the best in patient care. From your first communication with us, you will experience our commitment to one on one, personal attention. This extends beyond your visit with us, as we will follow-up with you to ensure you are satisfied with us and your dental work.

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Kim, Dental Assistant

Hello, I’m Kim! I have been fortunate to have two boys Sean and Jamie who are great joys in my life. I now have a beautiful daughter in law, Baylee. I Have two step sons Nick and Andrew. I just recently found my love for riding bikes with my husband Vernon all over this valley.. I love hiking when the weather permits. When I'm not riding bikes I love to read. I take care of my son’s dog Steve (an english bulldog pit mix) who I just adore and love. I love all things natural in the health world and eat as healthy and organic as I can.

I have been a Dental Assistant since 1978. I believe that all the patients and people I've worked with have helped shape the person I am today. I have been with Desert Smiles since 1993 and have loved every minute because I love our patients and the people I work and worked with. I also love dentistry. I am so blessed..

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Olivia, Dental Assistant

Hi, I’m Olivia. I’m a dental assistant here at Desert Smiles and a mom of four at home! I love working in the dental field. It’s so rewarding to witness the joy of our patients as they watch their smiles transform. Outside of work I have many interests. As a family we do a number of outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking and exploring, and swimming in the lakes and rivers our beautiful state has to offer. I absolutely love food! Whether it’s cooking at home or trying a new restaurant. I have an appreciation for all genres of music and am usually either listening, dancing, or singing along!


Kellie, Dental Hygienist

Hi I’m Kellie!I have been practicing Dental Hygiene since 2002, and have had the privilege of working at Desert Smiles since 2012.My favorite part of my work is being able to establish close relationships with my patients. You become like family to me and I am always excited to see you and hear what is new.Along with my husband, we have three children and three dogs.Together we love to travel and spend as much time outdoors as possible.I also enjoy cooking and watching Travel channel and Cooking channel.Reading a good book is also a great luxury to me!

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Sarah, Dental Hygienist

Hi! I'm Sarah and I'm a native of AZ and grew up right here in Glendale. I am a graduate of NAU in Flagstaff and now live in Peoria with my husband and two children (Bryson - 9, and Hannah - 6). I have been in dentistry for 15 years, the last 12 as a hygienist. The relationships and trust formed with my patients are my favorite things about being a hygienist. Working in clinical hygiene part time, I also serve as clinical adjunct faculty at Phoenix College in the Dental Hygiene program. Last year I also decided it was time to expand my knowledge (I'm a life - long student) and began pursuing the study of Orofacial Myology. When not working, I love to spend time with family and friends and really enjoy exploring our awesome state by hiking. I also love to workout, read, try new restaurants, go to the theatre (LOVE musicals), and bake (I have recently taken up baking macarons, which is a fun challenge with delicious results!). I want to welcome you to our dental family at Desert Smiles and look forward to meeting you!

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Carrie, Office Manager

Hi! I’m Carrie, I’m the Office Manager at Desert Smiles. I have been in the dental industry for over 25 years and I am so happy to call Desert Smiles my work home. I moved to the Phoenix area 10 years ago because I wanted more warmth and sunshine (boy does AZ have that) and love all the outdoor opportunities it provides. Like so many others here, I enjoy finding new hiking trails to explore and take in all the AZ beauty. If you can’t find me at the office, I’m most likely to be; traveling with my husband, (we love Rocky Point and Flagstaff), searching for delicious food and drink, or lounging at the pool with a book. I'm looking forward to having you as part of our Desert Smiles family and hope you’ll be as happy as I am here.


Sam, Patient Care Coordinator

Hi my name is Sam. I have been in the dental field for 20 years. I enjoy working at the front desk at Desert Smiles. I am happily married. I have two grown boys who live in Texas, and have two fur babies. I love the outdoors especially near water, long Harley rides and hiking, when the weather is nice



Hi, I’m Amy.  I love being married to Dr. Tenney and we are so grateful for your trust in us.  I grew up in Boise, ID and graduated from Brigham Young University.  I am a yoga and meditation instructor.  I love practicing and teaching yoga and meditation and all the benefits they offer.  Dr. Tenney and I have 2 daughters and a son, you may find them running down the hall at the office from time to time as they love visiting him at work.  I love cooking and creating healthy recipes, and sharing my joy of health and healing with others.  My faith in God is a deep anchor for me.   My favorite place to be is outdoors!  I love waterskiing, hiking, exploring new places and foods, walking our dog Finn and playing family games.  From our family to yours, welcome to Desert Smiles!

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