Meet the Team
DeeDee is our office manager and has been keeping our office in check since 2010. With over 18 years of experience in oral surgery and certifications in ACLS and PALS, DeeDee brings a great deal of knowledge to our team. She lives with her husband Bryan and her four children AJ, Taylor, Paige, and Wesley in the city of Surprise. In her free time, you can find DeeDee smiling at Disneyland or proudly losing to her husband in a tennis match. Her favorite thing about Surprise Oral and Implant Surgery is the overall team - “teamwork makes the dream work” is her motto.
Lead Surgical Assistant
Jodi is our back office lead and has been leading our back office team for 5 years. She is a resident of Surprise has and been active in our community for more than 17 years. Jodi is a proud mother of two boys and her beautiful granddaughter who arrived in April of 2020. With over 25 years of experience in dentistry, 12 years of oral surgery and her additional certifications, Jodi is a very valuable player to our team. She has earned her RDA and is BLS, IV, DAANCE, ACLS, and PALS certified, but she still chooses to continue her education whenever she can. She is married to her husband who works for the Phoenix Police Department and when she’s out of the office, they are hiking and wine tasting in our beautiful state. Her favorite thing about Surprise Oral and Implant Surgery are the people, “we are all serving the same purpose: to provide the highest level of patient care.''
Laura is a South Carolina native and has worked in the field of dentistry for over 15 years. She is a surgical assistant here at Surprise Oral and Implant Surgery and she works closely with Jodi and Dr. Nguyen. When she’s out of the office, Laura is hiking or biking around Arizona with her husband, two boys and their Husky Rottweiler mix. You can also find her visiting craft breweries and attending sporting events. Laura is certified in IV, PALS, BLS, ACLS, DAANCE and as an expanded function dental assistant. Her favorite thing about Surprise Oral and Implant Surgery is the working environment, she truly enjoys coming to work every day.
Meet Stephanie, our amazing Implant Coordinator. Stephanie recently moved to Arizona from Ohio, so you can typically find her adventuring around the state with her husband Skylar and her sheltie, Cooper. Stephanie recently married her grade-school sweetheart, so we call her a “newlywed” around here. When she’s not in the office, she loves to spend time with her family, attend hockey games and add to her Pinterest board. Stephanie’s favorite thing about Surprise Oral and Implant Surgery is the special treatment she receives as an employee, for example, we have a chocolate drawer and an employee snack cabinet.
Front Desk Assistant
This is our awesome Front Desk Assistant, Tatum. When she’s not in the office, Tatum is continuing her education in the study of Speech Communication, hanging out with her greyhounds, supporting local community theater, and spending time with her family. Around the office, you can find Tatum checking in and out patients, coordinating appointments and helping to ensure the patients experience. Her favorite thing about Surprise Oral and Implant Surgery is our team culture, "we are like a family here."
Meet Temo, the newest addition to our family here at Surprise Oral and Implant Surgery. Temo received his Dental Assisting Certification and X-Ray liscence at the young age of 18. In his free time, you can find Temo hanging out with his siblings, working on his Camaro "Super Sport '', and helping out with his family's appliance business. Temo's favorite thing about Surprise Oral and Implant Surgery are his coworkers, for he truly enjoys seeing them Monday-Friday.
Front Desk Assistant
Karen is our front office Assistant who joined the SOIS office in Feb 2021. She brings her warm smile to greet you when you arrive for your appointment and is the sweet voice when you give us a call on the phone. You will find her scheduling your appointments and verifying your INS benefits.
She started her dental career over 30 years ago working as a certified dental assistant in general dentistry in a suburb of Chicago until the dentist retired. She made the move to an oral surgeon's office and found it very rewarding. She first started as an Assistant and then moved to the front desk.
Making the move in 2006 from NorthWest Indiana to Sunny Arizona, she found herself in an orthodontic office working the front desk, scheduling appointments, and verifying INS. She then went on to a general dentistry office and made it back to oral surgery.
When not in the office, Karen enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her spouse, Rob, who she met in 2010. They like to go off-roading in their jeep, sporting events like hockey and football, or just hanging out at home.
Her favorite thing about SOIS is the team atmosphere, she says it is definitely like a family!
Tracie is our newest surgical assistant! She is a retired police officer who loves spending time with her kids, horse, donkey, and dogs! In her free time, Tracie loves to travel! She loves her job because she can continue a career where she helps people everyday. Her favorite thing about SOIS is that "everyone here is so nice!"
Madelynn is our Marketing Coordinator. She recently graduated from a small school in Texas with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. Although a Tucson native, Madelynn just moved to Phoenix and began working for Surprise Oral and Implant Surgery. Her favorite hobbies are running and hiking. She loves spending time with husband, visiting family, and exploring Arizona. Her favorite thing about Surprise Oral and Implant Surgery is the people she gets to work with everyday!