Meet the Team

We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.

Penny McKinney

Business Manager

We depend on Penny to keep our office’s complex machine running smoothly. She has been an integral part of our team since 1987. She manages all aspects of the business and human resources. She enjoys working with the doctors and our great team, and she says, “every day is an adventure.”

When she’s not at the office, Penny loves attending church, and likes spending time in the mountains hiking, biking, boating, birdwatching, and other fresh-air activities. Penny and her husband Larry have two grown daughters and are the proud grandparents of four beautiful grandchildren — Seth, Addison, MacKaelin, and Salem — of whom grandma is VERY proud.

Fun fact: Penny is a licensed hairdresser who still maintains her license and worked in the cosmetology business for six year before she became a team member at EVP.


Cindy Clark

Clinical Manager

Cindy is our clinical manager who oversees day-to-day clinical operations to make sure things run the way they should. She has been with East Valley Periodontics off and on for more than 30 years and has watched our practice grow and thrive. She loves working with the team here at EVP, and she also enjoys our wonderful patients and referring doctors and their staff.

She lives in San Tan Valley with her husband of more than 37 years, and her son, who is attending college. Her outside interests are singing, playing guitar, quilting, sewing, and baking, and she loves spending time with her family. She is passionate about kids and their well-being (especially babies), and is a dog fanatic.

Cindy is passionate about the safety of children in this world.  Making sure that every child has food and is safe from predators.  

Fun fact: Cindy moved a lot when she was a kid and attended 13 different schools before graduating. She is a licensed cosmetologist and has been since 1981.


Shelby Dunn

Professional Relations Director

Shelby is our Professional Relations Director and our liaison between our office and our referring doctors. She has been working in the dental field for more than a dozen years, since she was a teenager. She loves interacting with our patients and loves making people smile. Her goal in life is to meet as many people as possible. She especially enjoys working with our team and says she loves the family atmosphere. 

Shelby lives in Mesa with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart, and her two sons. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, creating memories, being outdoors, cars, and especially Disneyland. 

Her philosophy is that life throws curve balls and challenges, and how you react is your choice. She says, “I choose to be happy.” She is also passionate about cancer awareness because cancer has affected herself and other family members.


Tara Eagar

Financial Coordinator

Tara is our financial coordinator who takes care of accounts receivable and insurance. She grew up an Air Force “brat” so she can say that she is from seven states. She has been in the dental field since 2001. Tara is detail-oriented and loves working at EVP because our doctors are great and they really care about their patients. She also really enjoys talking with our patients.

Tara is happily married to Jabon and they have three “awesome” sons. When she is not working, she enjoys outdoor activities like camping, shooting, going to the movies with family, and walking around Hobby Lobby.

Tara also likes older vehicles; she and Jabon own a 1972 Ford Camper Special that they rescued from the Redwood Mountains of California, a 1966 Mustang that her husband bought when he was 15 years old, and a 1974 MG that has been fully restored.


Vanessa Zazueta

Patient Care Coordinator

Vanessa’s bright smile is the first thing you will see when you walk into our office. Vanessa comes to us with more than 15 years of experience in the dental field, from the front office to back office, and she enjoys working with our patients.

Vanessa is married and has two handsome sons and a beautiful daughter. She enjoys camping, hiking, attending her son’s sporting events, and spending as much time with her family as she can.


Staci Morrow

Patient Care Coordinator

Staci comes to us by way of Nebraska — Go Big Red! She is a people person and has more than 25 years of dental experience working in the back office as well as the front. She prides herself on helping patients to feel welcome when they come into the office and smiling when they leave. She loves the professionalism of the doctors and our team here at EVP and loves how everyone cares about each other and our patients.

Staci lives in Mesa with her husband, who has been her best friend for more than 25 years, and her two daughters, one of whom is a competitive cheerleader, which keeps them all very busy. Away from the office, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, motorcycling, hanging poolside, and spending time with friends and family.

Fun Fact: Staci rides her own Harley Davidson motorcycle.


Isiah Sanchez

Patient Care Coordinator

Isiah comes to us with 4 years of dental patient care experience.  He has excellent customer skills and loves patient interaction.  

His goal for the future is to attend NAU and become a dental hygienist.  He loves the EVP atmosphere because everyone takes pride in thier jobs like he does and loves that every day he learns something new.

Spring and Summer are his favorite seasons and in his off hours he enjoys going camping or riding in the desert on his side by side ATV.  He has a 12 year old Terrier fur baby named RoccoBama.  

He feels strongly about his community where he grew up in Superior, AZ and rural towns in general and embracing our communities outlook and tourism. 

Fun Fact: He completed a Disney College Program working for Walt Disney World back in 2012 and lived in Orlando, FL again from 2016-2017. 


Penny Alexander

Patient Care Coordinator

Penny comes to us via Illinois.  She lived 45 minutes south of Chicago before relocating to AZ.  She has been in the dental field for 31 years and has worked every aspect of dental and oral surgery front office and management.  She has strong customer service skills and and is a team player with a positive attitude. 

Penny states that she loves working at EVP because she loves helping patients and enjoys the team atmosphere where everyone is helping each other succeed.  She has a passion for helping to calm the fears of our patients

In Penny's spare time she loves baking, spending time with her husband of 39 years, working out and any outside activity. Penny and her husband were high school sweet hearts and they have a son who is 29 years old who lives in Phoenix, and an adorable grand-dog named Willow.  Penny says that if she could save every dog on the planet she would.

Fun Fact:  Penny is a DIE-HARD Chicago Cubs fan.


Karen Gleim


Karen is the longest-standing member of our team, with dedicated service for more than 34 years. She is a highly skilled hygienist whose care and attention to her patients is unsurpassed. She has a genuine concern for her patients’ health and well-being, and makes sure they are comfortable and at ease.

Karen has been playing the piano since the age of four and she loves to golf and play tennis. She and her husband Storm have a grown daughter named Jordan who is also happily married.


Collette Barr


Collette has been with us since the fall of 2015. She has been a dental hygienist for 20 years and is originally from Salt Lake City. Collette loves being a hygienist because she loves helping people get healthy. She says that she would like to work until she is 80 doing something significant. She enjoys working at East Valley Periodontics because everyone is so kind and good at what they do. She loves that our patients become friends.

When she is not working, Colette enjoys hiking, camping, doing dentistry in third-world countries, learning Spanish, exercising, studying alternative health options for chronic diseases, and learning the piano. She is the mother of seven children — one son and six daughters — and has 15 grandchildren. She feels strongly about birth choices for women and is a certified doula.

Fun Fact: Collette is left handed.


Crystal Villela


Crystal has been with East Valley Periodontics since July 2017 and prides herself on good time management, teamwork, patient comfort, and having a positive attitude. She is eager to learn to love her patients and build relationships with the team here at EVP. Crystal got into hygiene because she “loves to pick.” She enjoys removing stain, helping her patients understand the importance of good oral health, and teaching them how to achieve that goal.

Crystal lives in Gilbert and has a wonderful husband — a welder and machinist for a large mining company — and three lovely children: two boys and a girl. She enjoys spending time with her family, attending her kids’ sporting events, date nights with her husband, photography, movies, and Mexican food.

Crystal feels very strongly about oral cancer screenings and donating Christmas gifts to families in need.

Fun fact: Crystal is adopted and loves “gross” things like pimples, surgeries, and calculus. 


Liz Long

Surgical Assistant 

Liz has been an exceptional surgical assistant for Dr. Smith for more than 18 years. She moved to Arizona from New York State when she was a young girl and grew up in the Metro Phoenix area. Liz is a fun-loving and happy person who loves her patients and gets along great with her co-workers.

Liz loves to read, watch movies, and be outdoors, but most of all, she delights in her time with her husband Matt and her beautiful daughter Hannah.


Angela Puetz

Surgical Assistant

Angela has been an assistant for more than ten years. She loves working with our patients, and educating them about treatment and how to maintain a healthy smile. She likes the interaction with patients and seeing people regain their trust in dentistry, which helps them to have a positive final outcome. She also enjoys continuing to learn and grow in her dental knowledge and loves the positive energy at EVP. 

In her personal time, she loves to hike, bike, vacation, and go to church. She is also passionate about healthy eating and she loves new adventures.

Angela has a son who is in college studying to be a physical therapist, and is also a body builder and personal trainer. In the future, she would like to be able to do more volunteer work and continue to grow with continuing education in her chosen career.


Rachel Klein

Surgical Assistant

Rachel is a native Arizonan and is one of our newest assistants who comes to us with 10 years of dental assisting experience. She began her career in pediatric dentistry, moved on to general dentistry and now surgical.

Rachel is a caring individual who has the capability of comforting and communicating with our patients to help them feel at ease. She loves making a difference in people's lives and enjoys being a witness to all of the wonderful changes in our patient's lives and she wants to be part of the reason for the wonderful difference.

She plans to continue her career by graduating from hygiene school within the next 5 years so that she can work more hands on with assisting people in living a better life through excellent oral hygiene.

Rachel enjoys working at East Valley Periodontics because of our wonderful team and awesome patients. She states that she feels like general dentistry is the "structure" of a home and loves that now she gets to work in periodontics which is the "foundation" and she feels like it is important for our patients to learn that without the structure you do not have a home.

Outside of work Rachel spends most of her time outside. She enjoys hiking, mountain biking, paddle boarding and kayaking. She is the mother of two; a daughter who is 14 and a son who is 11 and she and her husband have been married for 15 years.  She and her family love searching for adventure.

Rachel feels very strongly about stopping Alzheimer's Disease because she feels that our memories are our lives and they should not be taken away from anyone.


Shanahan Dale

Surgical Assistant

Shanahan is our newest assistant and comes to us with a 13 year background in surgical assisting.  He says that one thing he likes about EVP is the fact that no 2 days are the same.  He enjoys seeing the result that comes from good periodontal care.  

Shanahan likes to cook, read and enjoys gaming and states that his family is the most important thing in his life.  He feels very strongly about and has a great hope that someday we can abolish cancer.  When asked where he sees himself in 5 years, he said, "Alive and with his sight intact." 

Fun fact, Shanahan plays the guitar in his spare time.  

Mike Mansfield

Surgical Assistant

Mike is one of our newest team members.  He comes to us all the way from Phoenix with 6 years of assisting experience.  He loves interacting with patients and helping to maintain people's oral health and says that he loves working at EVP because each day is different.  He always strives to provide top-notch dental care for all of our patients and says that in 5 years, he would like to be managing his own practice.

In his off time, he enjoys playing sports, being outdoors and coaching sports.

He and his wife are high school sweethearts and have been married for 7 years and they have two beautiful children, Genesis who is 11 and Michael Jr. who is 7. 

Fun Fact: Mike is "an addict" of funky socks and he owns over 60 pairs.  


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