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Meet Our Team


"My team is so awesome!

I have learned that finding each team member’s gift, and supporting them as they develop and express that gift, is essential to a thriving practice.

Each member of my team is kind, compassionate, and caring. They genuinely want the best for patients and work together deliver exceptional dentistry and customer care with every interaction.

I have been blessed by God in having been given this team." 

-Dr. Teeters

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Office Manager

I love visiting with the children, learning who they are and seeing them grow-up. Working in pediatrics means lots of happy smiles every day!

Cindy ensures our front office runs smoothly so we’re able to provide the best care for our patients. She’s been with Polar Pediatric Dentistry since 2002, has worked in the field since 1990, and has an Associate’s degree in Dental Assisting.

When she’s not managing the office, Cindy enjoys time with her family. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and has two beautiful daughters and three wonderful grandchildren. The family likes old school cars and shows.

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Dental Hygienist

I like working closely with patients, teaching each child about oral health and how they can keep their smile strong and beautiful!

Marissa provides a range of dental hygiene treatments and offers practical oral health education to parents and children. She’s a Certified Dental Assistant, having graduated from Phoenix College in 2008. She also has both an Associate’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. Marissa joined us in 2012, bringing with her several years of experience.

An Arizona native, Marissa’s spare time is enjoyed with her husband and their two boys.

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Dental Hygienist

I like educating patients and families about oral health and helping each child grow up with a big, healthy, wonderful smile!

Emily offers gentle dental cleanings while teaching the children about oral hygiene and home care habits. She has an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene and certificates in Local Anesthesia, Nitrous Oxide Analgesia, and Laser Therapy. Emily joined us in 2018, having started in the field in 2017.

Outside the office, Emily enjoys volunteering at local dental service events, as well as with local animal shelters. She spends much of her free time with her own pets, staying active, and with family and friends.

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Dental Assistant

I love working with the children, making them feel comfortable and safe during visits, and seeing them leave with a proud smile!

Kimberly works in the back office, where she assists Dr. Teeters with dental cleanings and various treatments. She attended the Altrain Dental Assisting Academy, has worked in the field since 2011, and joined Polar Pediatric Dentistry in 2018.

An Arizona native, Kimberly’s free time is spent with her two daughters and the family doggie. She loves being with family and friends and travels whenever possible.

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Back Office Assistant

I love helping children feel at ease during their visits and seeing how each child grows up with a healthy and bright smile!

Maria works in the back office, assisting both Dr. Teeters and our hygienists with patient care. She attended Gateway Community College, the Bryman Institute, and Phoenix College. Maria’s been in the dental field since 1995 and joined us in 2000.

Beyond the office, Maria enjoys being with family, visiting the local library, and fishing. She’s active in her church, volunteers at her children’s school, and like bike rides, country music, and dancing.

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Benefits Coordinator

I enjoy interacting with our patients and families, answering questions about financials and treatment so children achieve beautifully healthy smiles!

Vanessa works closely with parents and caregivers to present treatment plans, verify insurance, and explain the benefits so families can make educated decisions about care. She has worked in the dental field since 2012, attended Carrington College, and joined Polar Pediatric Dentistry in 2019.

When she’s not at the office, Vanessa enjoys meal prep and has recently started Latin dance classes.