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Justin M. Israelson, DMD

My wife and I recently moved from Boise ID to Sierra Vista Arizona, we love the climate change and look forward to much warmer winters. We enjoy many outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, taking walks and playing in the backyard with our son.

I graduated from the University of Florida College of dentistry in 2011 and then completed an advanced residency of dentistry at Baylor in Dallas Texas. Since graduating I have practiced dentistry in Austin Texas and Boise Idaho. I was very excited when Dr. Hanes and Dr. Schrader gave me the opportunity to purchase their practice in Sierra Vista, AZ. My wife was born and raised in Snowflake Arizona and we were looking for an opportunity to purchase a practice in southern Arizona. We are very excited to be a part of the Sierra Vista community.

I have wanted to a dentist for as long as I can remember, I love helping patients resolve dental issues that cause pain and discomfort. Seeing a patient leave happy and pain free is very important to me and brings me a great sense of accomplishment. I invite you to come by and meet our professional and experienced team, I assure you, we will take good care of you at Pueblo del Sol Dental.

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Tony Trujillo, DDS

I was born and raised in Colorado and was fortunate to have spent most of that time in or near the beautiful Rocky Mountains. I have family from all over the Southwest so no matter where I am it feels like home. My wife is my best friend and we have five great children. I love participating in their various activities and sharing their achievements as I watch them grow into unique individuals. Spending time with my family is my favorite activity. We enjoy doing things outside, working on projects and watching fun videos together. My faith is very important to me and I enjoy being involved at various levels within the church.

I had the privilege of receiving my dental training from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. While in school I took advantage of as many outreach opportunities as I could which included working with geriatric and special needs adults, community dental clinics, pediatric dentistry, and a mission trip to provide dental services to orphans in Cambodia.

I love helping others and dentistry has afforded me with many great opportunities to provide meaningful services. I believe that patient education and prevention are key aspects of appropriate oral care. I enjoy building relationships with my patients. I am committed to taking the time to make sure my patients are as comfortable as possible and in doing my best work at each dental visit.

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Lisa Backes, Hygienist

I was born and raised in Arizona and have been in Sierra Vista since 1985. I am married with three amazing children and two beautiful granddaughters. My husband and I have a passion for cars and enjoy everything from off roading to racing. I am an artist; in fact, some of my artwork can be seen hanging in the office. I’m also an eccentric dog mom and have always been an advocate for animal rescue. I love to spend my weekends outdoors, often camping and quading with my family.

My interest in dental hygiene was cultivated and encouraged by my uncle who was a dentist in Tucson (now retired). I attended Pima Community College in Tucson and graduated with honors in 2007. I have been working for this practice ever since. I was drawn to this dentistry office originally because of the warm and inviting atmosphere and a commitment to delivering the highest quality of patient care. After ten years of being with this amazing practice, I am thrilled to be part of the transition to Pueblo del Sol Dental, with Dr. Israelsen and Dr. Trujillo, knowing the same standards of excellence will continue.

“I love to work with people and am blessed with a career that allows me to take care of and connect with every patient. I always put my heart into my work and this practice has continually been a perfect fit for me because of the level of care from the entire team. We have truly created a dental family.”

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Katie Mead, Hygienist

I was raised here in Sierra Vista, graduated from Buena in 2002. After high school I moved away for a few years to join my husband on his Army adventures and attend college. We’ve been back in Sierra Vista now for two years. I love the small town feel and we’ve decided it’s the best place for us to raise our kids.

I attended dental assisting school at Apollo College in Phoenix in 2003. I worked as a dental assistant in Colorado, Texas, Sierra Vista and Alaska. I graduated Dental Hygiene school with my Associates in applied science of Dental Hygiene in 2013 from Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ. I’ve worked as a hygienist in Alaska and Arizona.

I recently joined the Pueblo del Sol dental team in May 2017. I’m looking forward to providing you the professionalism and great patient care that you’ve experienced throughout the years.

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Shara Garrett, Hygienist

I’m a born and raised Arizonian! I grew up in Thatcher, Arizona where I met my husband. We have 3 beautiful children that keep us crazy in all the best ways. Besides my family, my greatest loves are all things Arizona, trail running, traveling, and gardening.

I graduated with honors from Northern Arizona University in 2004 with a Bachelors in Dental Hygiene and a minor in Biology. I started my dental hygiene career with Dr. Russell Hanes and Dr. Jack Schrader in 2004. After working with them for 5 years, we moved away from Sierra Vista. I took the opportunity to stay at home and be with my children.

We returned in Sierra Vista in 2014 and I returned to my hygiene career with Dr. Hanes and Dr. Schrader and have been working at this wonderful practice ever since! I am passionate about our patient’s dental health and well-being. I am grateful to be able to provide dental services that will not only benefit our patient’s dental health but also benefit their overall health. I always strive to provide the best hygiene care possible in a professional environment with a gentle touch insuring our patients are relaxed and confident in our care!

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Becky Tinney, Dental Assistant

I studied sterilization techniques and received my radiography certificate from Pima Medical in Tucson. I am a long-time resident of Sierra Vista and have had the privilege of working at this dental practice since 1993 in various capacities.

My husband and I enjoy a very busy life with our 5 children and all of their sports adventures. We attend Calvary Chapel where I am blessed to be a part of the Worship Team.

Being on staff at PDS Dental is a pleasure and I look forward to continuing in caring for our patients.

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Mara Borrego, Office Manager

I have had the pleasure of working at Pueblo Del Sol Dental since September 2017 and greatly enjoy working at our practice.

I grew up in Douglas, AZ in a Spanish-speaking household. When not busy caring for our wonderful Pueblo Del Sol patients, I try to enjoy my hobbies of hiking, kayaking, reading, eating, or eating : ). My husband and I have raised three children that have blossomed into amazing human beings; we treasure each of them for who they have grown up to be.

I love my close-knit friends and always look forward to sharing time with them. Our Pueblo Del Sol family welcomes you with a warm smile and expect you to be fully satisfied with each subsequent visit. Please stop by and join our family!

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Rochelle Graves, Hygienist

My name is Rochelle Graves and I am from Huachuca City, AZ. I never thought I would move back to the area after moving away for school and while my husband was in the military, but here we are and it is great to be back! My husband and I have a young daughter and enjoy spending our time together and with our families.

I began my journey in dentistry as a Dental Assistant, which led me to pursue a career as a Dental Hygienist. I graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Northern Arizona University in 2017 and have been at Pueblo Del Sol Dental since October of the same year. During the program at NAU, I was able to provide care to a diverse community of individuals and help children in the Flagstaff area receive needed preventive care.

Being a team member at Pueblo Del Sol Dental has privileged me with getting to know many members of our community and provide them with their individualized oral care. I strive to provide thorough, yet comfortable, dental hygiene treatment to my patients and shed light on the importance of a healthy mouth!

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Nancy Murray, Hygienist

I grew up in San Diego, California but have called Tucson home for the past 20 years. I have learned to love Tucson and all it has to offer. I am dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle so when I am not working you can find me on a trail, at the gym, or riding a bike. I have to admit my heart still belongs to San Diego and I try to get back whenever I can.

I have been working in dentistry for over 20 years. My career began as a Dental Assistant. I worked with a Doctor in Tucson for 14 years.

I returned to school in 2011 to pursue my degree in Dental Hygiene and have been with this office in Sierra Vista since graduating.

I am truly blessed to work at Pueblo del Sol with an awesome staff and the opportunity to serve the community of Sierra Vista!

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Nikki Nix, Head Dental Assistant

My name is Nicole Nix and I have lived in Sierra Vista for 37 years. I was born in Seoul, South Korea. My father was in the Army and when he retired my parents decided to stay here in Sierra Vista. I have enjoyed watching Sierra Vista change and grow over the years. I attend Calvary Chapel and I have a 23 year old son and an 20 year old daughter. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, watching funny movies, or just simply relaxing.

I became a Dental Assistant in 2012 after graduating the Dental Assistant Program at Horizon Health Care Institute. I have the privilege of being Lead Assistant and working side by side with Dr. Israelsen.

The number one reason why I love being a dental assistant is being able to help ease “fears” people have of the dentist. I know that the staff here at Pueblo del Sol Dental is committed to providing the best dental care in Cochise County.

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Leya Davenport, Insurance Specialist

I am a southern Arizona native. I was born in Bisbee, went to high school in Sierra Vista at Shiloh and graduated from Calvary Christian School. I then immediately joined the workforce. In my free time, I enjoy sewing, knitting, and crocheting. I have been married since 1998. My husband and I are Arizona Cardinals football season ticket holders (Go Cards!), we love riding our bicycles around town and traveling.

I began working in the front office for Dr. Hanes and Dr. Schrader in 1994, and have seen our community, as well as the dental office, grow so much since that time. I am excited about the office’s transition to Pueblo del Sol Dental. Dr. Israelson and Dr. Trujillo are wonderful dentists, and with their leadership, we’re starting a beautiful new chapter in our dental office’s history.

“Our team at Pueblo del Sol Dental is dedicated to excellent patient care during every step of your visit. From scheduling your appointment in the front office, to the dental procedures, and everything in between, I am proud to be a part of this team. I look forward to seeing you and your family soon.”

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Brooke Pike, Database Coordinator

I was born and raised in the Sierra Vista area. I am married and have 3 dogs and a cat. We love our small town and our beautiful mountains. I enjoy spending my time out camping, off roading, and spending time with friends and family. My husband and I always cheer on the Arizona Diamondbacks and try to catch games when we can. I love art and creating! I draw, paint, and do other crafty projects.

I have been with the Pueblo del Sol Dental family since October 2017. Everyone at this office cares so much for our patients and always go above and beyond to take care of every single person that walks through the door. I am proud to be a member of this team!

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Eleanore Begemann, Dental Assistant

My name is Eleanore Begemann. I moved to Arizona from Texas in 2010. Later I met and married my best friend, who has taken me on a journey with his military career. Once it was time for his retirement from the Army, we decided to settle the family down to grow roots in Sierra Vista. We love the small town atmosphere, beautiful skies and climate. I love to spend my free time camping, gardening and exploring the great outdoors with family and friends.

After working in the customer service industry for 10 years, I decided for a career change that had a more meaningful purpose in helping people. I graduated as a Dental Assistant from Pima Medical Institute of Tucson and never looked back.

Working at Pueblo Del Sol Dental has been a wonderful experience meeting new patients and the staff feels like family. I’m so grateful to Dr. Israelsen and Dr. Trujillo for letting me grow within their practice.

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Paula Andela, Dental Assistant

My name is Paula Andela and I have been a dental assistant for 22 years. I enjoy helping others and I believe being a dental assistant has allowed me to do that. I strive to always make the patients experience a pleasant one. There is a sense of accomplishment when you are able to make someone smile, laugh, or just put their mind at ease over their dental treatment.

I am an honest and ethical person and I look for that in others. While looking for these qualities in a work environment, I found Pueblo Del Sol Dental Care and couldn’t be more pleased. We are truly like a family here. All of us working together to make this office the best dental office it can be.

I was born and raised in central New York state. My husband and I moved to Sierra Vista in 2009 to enjoy the beautiful landscape here as well as the awesome weather we have here. We have two children. A son, 32 years old, living in Maine and a daughter, 29 years old living in central New York. In my free time, I enjoy reading, thrift store shopping, tinkering with craft projects, and spending time with family and friends.

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