Dental Staff

Dental Staff in Tempe, AZ

All our professionals maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.


Ashley - Dental Assistant

Ashley has worked in the dental field for over 10 years. She knew as early as age 14 that she wanted to be a dental assistant. Ashley is our back-office team lead and, when not at Okun Dentistry, she is busy with the activities and school demands of her 4 wonderful children. She truly loves what she does and enjoys all the various aspects and specialties of dentistry. Her passion is easy to see with both patients and team. A true asset to Okun Dentistry, we love her as much as she loves her team.

 

Maria - Dental Assistant

Maria moved to Arizona many years ago after attending school in California and now lives in the town of Maricopa. She loves her profession as a dental assistant and has been working with Okun Dentistry for over 10 years. Even with the long commute, she wouldn’t change where she works because she loves the staff she works with as it feels like a family to her. Her attention to detail and patient comfort is appreciated by patients and team members alike.  Maria has been a dental assistant for over 30 years and has enjoyed every minute of it. She is married with two daughters and a beautiful granddaughter.

 

Megan - Dental Assistant

Megan was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Sacramento, California.  She left the coastal state and moved to Arizona in 2016.  After completing her dental assistant school, Megan joined the Okun Dentistry team in the back office providing great chairside care for our patients.  Her sense of humor keeps the team positive and happy.  She enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time in the great outdoors.  Family is a priority for Megan, and she spends her favorite holiday of Thanksgiving with them in California every year.  Thanks to Megan for joining our team.

 

Tore - Dental Assistant

Tore moved to Arizona from Los Angeles, CA in 2000.  She has been in the dental field for over 20 years and absolutely loves caring for our patients.  Her kindness and compassion as a dental assistant are genuine and patients appreciate all that she does to make their visits as comfortable as possible.  When not making patients’ appointments amazing, Tore can be found cooking and spending time with her teenage son.  Tore’s trip to Thailand in 2019 turned her into a travel bug.  We await to hear about her next adventure.

 

Gina  - Administrator

Gina grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York and moved to New Haven, CT where she became a dental assistant in 2005.  Gina has been the welcoming face at Okun since 2015.  Her ability to communicate with all the patients and help them be at ease is remarkable.  She is the kind of person who does for others yet still makes time for herself daily to pursue her passion of working out and staying fit.  She has 2 children and 5 fur babies that fill the few hours Gina has left after her daily workouts and time spent making Okun Dentistry a fun place to work and to be a patient.

 

Ellen - Administrator

Ellen has been in the dental field for over 30 years.  She moved to Arizona from Nova Scotia, Canada in 2005 to pursue her consulting career.  Ellen returned to private practice and joined the Okun Dentistry team in November 2018, supporting Dr. Amy Okun, the team and the patients in their day to day dental journeys.  She is passionate about helping the patients understand their dental needs and finding ways for them to achieve their ideal.  When not at the office, Ellen is most often spending time with her children and grandchildren, enjoying time in the kitchen or in the craft room sewing the next project

 

Lori - Administrator

Lori is an Arizona native and has worked in dentistry since 1989. She began her career as a dental assistant and eventually migrated to the front office. She joined Okun Dentistry in 20 loves working with patients and making sure all of their dental needs are met. Her ability to communicate with patients to support them in their dental decisions is a standout quality of hers.  Lori is married with seven children and enjoys her family during her free time. A sports enthusiast, Lori loves attending ASU football games and enjoys all sports.

 

Patsy - Hygienist

Living the first 27 years of her life in Iowa prepared Patsy to enjoy and appreciate the dry climates of Colorado and Arizona. She attended Des Moines Area Community College for dental hygiene instruction and licensing. The first half of her career was spent working with a periodontist in Iowa, Colorado and Arizona. For over a decade, she feels she has had the privilege of being part of the Okun Dentistry practice and helping people achieve optimal dental health. In fact, the privilege is that the patients and team at Okun Dentistry have had Patsy looking out for their needs.  Patsy enjoys hiking, reading, people and spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Beth - Dental Hygienist

Beth, a native of Arizona, started her career in dentistry as a dental assistant.  After 4 years assisting, she graduated from Carrington College Dental Hygiene school and has pursued her career with dedication and passion.  When not at the office, Beth can be found enjoying time with her husband and 2 dogs.  She often heads up to Prescott to spend time with friends and family and to escape the summer heat.  Okun Dentistry was fortunate to have Beth become a permanent member of the hygiene team in November 2018.  She brings a fresh outlook and endless energy to our day to day operations.

 

Laura - Dental Hygienist

Laura has been a dental hygienist since graduating from Carrington College in 2014.  Okun Dentistry was thrilled to add her to the hygiene team in 2018.  She is passionate about dental hygiene and patient care.  Laura continues to learn and is pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in hopes of one day getting her Masters.  In her spare time Laura loves to travel, read and spend time with her dog.

 

 

Alexis - Hygienist

Alexis ia a second generation Arizonan, born and raised in Central Phoenix.  A graduate of Fortis College, she is truly passionate about dentistry, building relationships with patients and helping them achieve optimum oral health.  She enjoys spending time with her family (especially her younger sisters and nieces) and her friends.  Alexis enjoys traveling around our beautiful state and beyond, often to hike, see live music or go an adventure with her pup, Ollie. She is energetic and creative and is now learning to love all things sports thanks to her fiancé, Giovanni.  Alexis joined the Okun Dentistry family as a full time hygienist in August 2019.