Get To Know Our Friendly Staff
Our caring Chandler, AZ dental practice staff look forward to meeting you and your family. Our team members are proud to serve the communities of the East Valley!
Luraine Lutes - Office Manager
While not officially an Arizona native, Luraine has lived in the valley for the last 35 years and loves it. She was raised in Utah where she completed her education. Through the years she has had great opportunities to expand her knowledge in the dental field by attending continuing education courses designed to improve the care and treatment of the patients she serves. She has worked in the business field as well as the clinical and enjoys both equally. Luraine loves the positive environment at Smiles of Chandler. She feels fortunate to work with a highly trained and exceptionally caring team and counts each one as a friend.
When not at work, Luraine loves traveling to see and experience new things with her husband Craig, spending time with family & friends, and would like to say she enjoys working out, but does it because she knows she should.
Savannah Neus - Financial Coordinator
Savannah is an Arizona native, and has lived here her whole life. She loves interacting with our patients and helping them understand and maximize their insurance benefits and providing financial arrangements for their treatment. She loves being part of the Smiles of Chandler team. She considers all the staff and patients to be her friends and looks forward to seeing them daily.
Savannah and her husband, Hunter are excited to add their first baby to their family in the summer of 2018. ln her spare time Savannah enjoys spending time with her husband, their families, and their pug, Gus Gus. She loves all things Disney and goes to Disneyland as much as she possibly can.
Valencia ByJoe - Dental Assistant
Valencia was born and raised on the reservation, the motherland of Chinle, Arizona. She has been a dental assistant since 2012 and continues to enjoy giving patients a reason to keep srniling. She loves assisting Dr. Heaton & Dr. Woodward in planning the best treatment plans, seeingthem through to completion and seeingthe patients leave with a beautiful smile!
ln her spare time, Val loves to hike and explore the great outdoors. Spending quality time with her adorable son, Dakota and family is what makes her the happiest.
Alma Jimenez - Dental Assistant
Alma was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, she came to the US in 1996 and loved it so much that she never went back. She graduated as a dental assistant in 2000 from Pima Medical lnstitute in Seattle, and has been actively working in the dental field since then. Alma has lived in the valley since 2000 and enjoys living in Arizona. She loves working with Dr. Heaton & Dr. Woodward and our great team which provides the best dentistry. She is great at making all the patients feel welcome and cared about, and her best reward is seeing them love their smile.
Alma loves spending time with her two children, Sophia and Jareth. She enjoys the outdoors and likes to travel and make new friends.
Kim Schuck – Hygienist
Kim was raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Louisville and has been a dental hygienist since 1983. She has loved watching her patients and their families grow over the years! She enjoys working with Dr. Heaton and Dr. Woodward, and welcomes any new patient to come in and meet our highly qualified, gentle caring team.
Kim enjoys spending time with her husband Kevin, two sons Spencer and Tyler, and their two dogs. Her favorite things to do on vacation are snorkeling and cruising in the Caribbean.
Jessica Kline - Hygienist
Jessicawasbornand raised inArizona. Shegraduatedfrom RioSaladoschool of dental hygiene in 2005 and has been working with Dr. Wooward since then and is now happy to be working with Dr. Heaton also.
Jessica has been married to her husband, Andy since 2009 and they have three beautiful children, Kaden, Karly and Khloe (and two crazy dogs, Jack and Bizzy) Jessica loves music, dancing, camping, and going to the beach. She hopes to one day own/run a dog farm.
Nicki Heinz - Hygienist
Nicki was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, lllinois, and relocated to Chandler, Arizona in 2012. Nicki aspired to be a part of the dentalfield since she was fourteen years old. Her dream of becoming a dental hygienist finally came true in 2015, when she graduated from Carrington College with an Associate's of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. She has been married to her husband, Jeff since 2011, and they are expecting their first child at the end of July, 2018. Nicki is passionate about helping others, spending time with family & friends, traveling, bike riding, going to festivals, dancing and checking out new restaurants.
As a clinician, Nicki strives to promote health and wellness through the provision of dental hygiene care. She values the opportunity to build interpersonal relationships, and is passionate about educating her patient's based on their individual needs. Nicki loves being a part of such an amazing office, where our team and patient's feel like family.
Jean Hodder – Hygiene Coordinator
Jean grew up in Northfield, Ohio. She has two children, and she and her husband, Jeff are blessed with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jean has been in the dental field since she graduated high school and in between raising children, she has been active in the dental field since then.
Jean enjoys Karaoke, going on short trips with friends, and of course, spending a lot of time with her grandchildren.
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Dr Heaton is as kind as he is competent. He treats me like a person, not a paycheck and I feel like I can trust him to only recommend what I need. I also referred an employee of mine who needed serious dental care and did not have a lot of money. Dr Heaton was flexible and kind and so helpful. Highly Recommend.Jason J.
Most people dread going to the dentist but I'm always excited to go especially when it means seeing all of the wonderful people who work there. My family has been going here for more than 20 years and I've never had a bad experience. You can count on walking out the door with a huge (minty fresh) smile on your face. Highly recommended!Gina D.