Katie was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona. She comes from a family of seven siblings, with six of them being sisters. Katie went to Highland High School in Gilbert and graduated in 2000. She still lives in Gilbert with her husband of almost 9 years. Between the two of them, they have a family of three girls, with one of them also attending Highland High School.
Katie started in the dental field very shortly after graduation as a Sterile Technician and found her passion. She attended Pima Medical Institute and graduated with a diploma in dental assisting. She
worked as a dental assistant for a few years before she was crossed trained in the front office and is now an office manager. If you ask Katie why she loves working in a dental field, she will tell you, “She loves to assist patients in making them feel comfortable and knowing they are in good hands.” Katie’s main goal is to see every patient leave with a confident smile.
When not at work you will find Katie loves to spend as much time with family, working out, and reading as many books as possible.
Tonya has lived in Arizona since 1989 when she received her honorable discharge from the United States Navy. There she served as a dental technician and oral maxillofacial surgery assistant. In 2009 she received her dental hygiene license from a local college in Tempe, Arizona.
Tonya joined the Kokopelli Family in August of 2019 where her approach to patient care is being oriented on the patient. Tonya believes in educating her patients for better dental health.
Currently, Tonya lives in Gilbert with her husband. She spends as much time with them as she can. When she’s not at work Tonya loves cooking, arts and crafts, and sewing.
Carla—Lead Dental Assistant
Carla was born and raised in Chandler Arizona, and graduated from Chandler High School. She comes from a family of five, being the middle child of two brothers. Carla attended the American Institute of Dental Assisting in 2018. After completing her internship hours for graduation at Kokopelli, she became part of the Kokopelli Family full time.
Carla loves being able to come to work and give patients a different type of dental experience. She is currently attending Chandler-Gilbert Community College and plans to transfer to Hygiene School at a later date. If you ask Carla why she entered the dental field, she would tell you that she always loved going to the dentist even as a kid. That passion never went away. It was an easy decision for her to pursue a career in the dental field.
In her free time, you can find Carla sparring on Jiu-Jitsu mats or going to the movie theaters. (Where she usually has her best naps). Her ideal Sunday is spent with her family having some good tacos!
Jannette – Patient Care Coordinator
Jannette was born in Morgan Hill, California, where she grew up with her three brothers. She and her family moved to Maricopa, Arizona where she lives now with her husband. Janette has been in the dental field for five years now, where it gives her great joy when patients gain the confidence they need to enjoy their smiles.
Jannette joined the Kokopelli Family in August of 2020 and she is very excited to grow her career. When Jannelle is not at work, she and her husband love to take their RV to the sand dunes in California where she rides around in her Dune Buggie.
Barbara – Dental Assistant
Barbara was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. Knowing that she wanted to be an orthodontist, she enrolled in South Mountain Community College. While enrolled she was able to earn two Associates Degrees. Barbara then received her diploma in Dental Assisting in hopes to earn enough money to pay for her Masters Degree.
Outside of work she enjoys hiking and spending time with family.
Alma – Front desk and Scheduling coordinator