Meet the Periodontal Team in Arizona
Sharon Sanders - Dental Hygienist
"I've always liked the healthcare/dental profession," says Sharon, who has spent half of her impressive 30-year career in Dental Hygiene here at Arizona Periodontal Group. "Because I'm an established hygienist in our practice, I've built great relationships with our patients." Building relationships and making a difference in patients' oral health care are important parts of the job to Sharon. It's also the reason why her patients come back to her year after year for their dental care and maintenance. Sharon is married with two grown sons. In her free time, Sharon enjoys exercise, dance, hiking, and skiing.
Jessica Zumwalt - Front Office Manager
Jessica has been part of the team at Arizona Periodontal Group since 1999. Her role in the office is to "help the patients from beginning to end." She's the first face they see, the one who answers their questions about treatment planning, insurance coverage, payment and billing. Jessica always wanted to work in health care, and she is a passionate educator on the issue of oral health. "Many people do not realize how much of an impact their teeth/mouth have on their overall health," she says. "I want to spread as much information/education as I can." What Jessica most loves about Arizona Periodontal Group is that "We are a family. Most of us have worked together 10+ years, and we have grown together into an amazing, highly educated team of professionals." When she is not working, Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, two young daughters, and extended family.
Abraham Garcia - Dental Surgical Assistant
As a dental surgical assistant, Abe’s workday is filled with tasks associated with patient care end education. He is responsible for updating patient records, taking x-rays and impressions, handling patient education, and performing infection control and coronal polishing. “Dr. Trujillo and all of the staff here go above and beyond to offer patients above standard quality of care. I’m dependable and pro-active in my own role here as part of the team.”
Born in Duarte, CA, Abe now lives in Tolleson, AZ. He earned his Associate’s in Science from Estrella Mountain Community College, and went on to complete a degree in Dental Assisting from Bryman College. Abe also holds certifications in coronal polishing and radiation health safety and is a certified orthodontic assistant. “My goal is to help people improve their smile and oral health!”
When he’s not working as part of the team to provide excellence in dental care, Abe can be found enjoying travel with his family or watching basketball, football, or boxing. He also supports AZ MOM.
Yanet Alcantara - Receptionist
A receptionist wears many hats, and Yanet is no exception. She’s responsible for answering the phone, checking patients in and out, reminding patients about their next appointments, verifyng insurance information, collecting payments for services rendered, and presenting treatment plans to patients. “I really love working with this practice because of the dedication the team has for our patients. The best part is seeing patients walk out with a big smile on their face!”
Yanet is a Phoenix, AZ native and has already graduated dental assistant school. She hopes to continue her dental education and become more involved with dental care for patients. “I decided to enter the dental professional because my father had serious dental issues and I always wished I could have helped him. Now I am able to help others learn about the importance of dental hygiene to protect their smiles.”
Yanet says she’s great at her job because she’s easygoing, nice, relaxed, and extroverted. “I get along with others really well!” When she’s not handling the controlled chaos that can be the reception desk, Yanet spends her time with family, going on road trips and watching movies.
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