Meet Our First Teeth First Dental Team


Registered Dental Hygienist

Dara has been in the dental field for 13 years, spending the last ten years as a Dental Hygienist. Her passion for dentistry and helping others lead her to pursue her master’s degree in public and community health education. Being able to help people smile and live a healthier life makes her career in dentistry so rewarding.

Dara recently relocated from Ohio to Arizona to be closer to family. Dara and her husband Anthony have been married for eight years and have two boys.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Shelly graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene and has been practicing since 1997. Shelly is originally from Minnesota and is happily married with two children and one grandson. She enjoys being active with paddle boarding, water skiing, and hiking. She is passionate about helping others achieve optimal oral and total body health.


Registered Dental Hygienist

My name is Dawn, and I am excited to be able to partner with you and your child in their dental care. I have been a Dental Hygienist for a long time, practicing in Minnesota, New York, and now here in Arizona. My family and I live in Gilbert. I enjoy traveling, taking care of my garden, and hiking.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Nancy is originally from Massachusetts, where she attended Middlesex College for Dental Hygiene. Nancy practiced Dental Hygiene there for twenty-five years in general, periodontal and pediatric offices. She moved to AZ in the early 2000s, where she worked in private practice for fourteen years. She has been with FTF for seven years and finds the work to be very fulfilling. 

Nancy has two sons and three grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, golfing, and traveling.  


Registered Dental Hygienist

Hello, my name is Amber, and I’ve been a Dental Hygienist for more than sixteen years. I went to Hygiene School in Northern Louisiana and moved to Phoenix in 2007. Everyone told me that the heat would eventually get to me; but, strangely, I find myself loving Phoenix more every year that I live here. I’ve been with First Teeth First for almost six years, and I feel that the program serves as a powerful liaison between the community and the dental care it needs.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Tracey has been a Dental Hygienist since 1987. She graduated from Phoenix College, earning her associate of applied science in dental hygiene and Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition. Her favorite part of her profession is interacting with and getting to know her patients and helping them with their dental health.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Kellie studied at Rio Salado College, receiving her A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene. She is certified in the delivery of local anesthesia/NO2 and laser applications. She has been in the dental field for almost a decade, delivering clinical hygiene care. Nearly seven of those years have been with First Teeth First.

Kellie enjoys spending quality time with her husband, son, and two doggies in her spare time. She loves the outdoors, especially when there is physical fitness involved.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Kathy is originally from Massachusetts. She and her family moved to Arizona in 2020.  She began her career as a Dental Hygienist in 1998, after earning her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Cape Cod Community College. Kathy is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene from Northern Arizona University and will graduate in May 2022. She is also certified as a Community Dental Health Coordinator. Kathy is passionate about dental health and helping those in need. 

Kathy is married with four children, five grandchildren, and three pups. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Judy has been in dentistry for many years and has experience as a Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Educator, and Public Health employee.  Her experience has been in general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, special needs dentistry, and currently in Public Health with the First Teeth First program. Judy has her Associate degree in Dental Hygiene from Phoenix College. After a few years of full-time practice, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, preparing her for a teaching position at Phoenix College.   

She is an avid traveler, having visited most continents. Hiking, skiing, reading, and family events are activities she enjoys in her leisure time.


Registered Dental Hygienist

As a Dental Hygienist who works in Public Health, I have overwhelming compassion when I connect with the clients that receive our services. It's a wonderful feeling to assist and listen to the success stories regarding their children's dental health. Many families are grateful for the resources and dental education that comes from interacting with FTF. As the FTF Program evolves, I have also watched the clients appreciate the help they receive concerning dental appointments for their children.  My hope is that these families can take away the importance of dental health not only in that moment but throughout their whole lives.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Patty was born and raised in Nebraska but has lived in Arizona for 35 years. Patty earned her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Northern Arizona University and has been Dental Hygienist for ten years. She has been with the FTF program since its inception in 2012. Over these years, she has had the privilege of watching the program evolve and has also enjoyed seeing improvement in behaviors and attitudes of oral health of the clients served.

Patty is married and has three kids, six grandchildren, and one cat. On her free time, you can find her spending time on the beach, running, watching sports, and hanging out with her family.

  1. First Teeth First

    Physical Address
    1645 E Roosevelt Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85006

    Phone: 602-506-6842

  2. Berenise Bauer

    Program Coordinator
    Phone: 602-372-4650

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