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 Dr. Price and Dr. Smith 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

Assistant Manager

Cindy is our assistant 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. 

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

Public Relations Coordinator

Shelby is the newest addition to our team. 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.

 

Wendy Murphy

Treatment Coordinator

Wendy has enhanced East Valley Periodontics with more than 15 years of experience in the dental field. She loves working with our patients to help them enjoy a positive dental experience and she likes building relationships with our referring doctors’ offices and patients. She says that she likes working here because the doctors are very caring and there is a wide range of patient types. In addition, she likes working with our team because everyone is kind and helpful. 

Wendy moved here recently from Idaho for the weather and now lives in Mesa with her husband and their two daughters. In her leisure time, she enjoys golfing, family outdoor activities such as swimming and fishing, and crafting, quilting, and working with her hands. She laughingly says she has more dogs than kids!

Her passion is helping people in need of medical and dental help. She also feels strongly about listening to and learning from the elderly. Playing on the XBox with her girls is her guilty pleasure!

 

Tara Eagar

Financial Coordinator

Tara is our one of our dedicated treatment care coordinators. 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 sons and a new baby 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.

 

 

Karen Gleim

Hygienist

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

Hygienist

Collette is our newest hygiene addition and 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 EV Perio 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

Hygienist

Crystal is the newest addition to our hygiene team. She 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.

 

Colette Bigler

Surgical Assistant

Colette (Taz) has been a dental assistant for more than 15 years. As you can tell by her nickname, she goes 100 miles an hour all the time. She loves working with our patients and assisting the doctor with the transformations that our patients go through. Seeing how happy patients are is rewarding for her.

Taz has a daughter and a son, and her family members are third-generation natives of Arizona. She loves hiking, movies (especially “Jaws”), taking drives, and “jamming to my music.” She is also a big “Golden Girls” fan.

Her passion is humanitarian efforts with church, making beanies and scarves. She also volunteers to help cancer patients with rides to treatment or meals.

 

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.  

 

 

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