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 - Insurance 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. 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.
Blanca Garcia - Financial Coordinator
Blanca was born in California and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been in the dental field for five years and is cross trained for both the front and back office. She strives to provide great customer service and is also bi-lingual. Blanca loves coming to work every day and greeting patients with a big smile. She considers her co-workers her second family.
Blanca loves spending her days off with her son, Nathaniel and her family. She loves hiking - even during the hot summer Arizona days!
Dani Valdez - Scheduling Coordinator
Dani moved to Arizona in 2001 from her hometown of Torrance, California and is proud to be raised in our warm desert. Dentistry has made a great impact in her life and she is grateful that it has given her the smile that she shares every day. Dani received her dental assistant certification in 2013 and loves being part of our administrative team. She enjoys welcoming patients with a smile and assisting with scheduling their visits as easy and conveniently as possible.
When Dani is not at work, she spends her time with her daughter, Chloe and family. She enjoys going to the theatre, traveling and trying out new restaurants, especially those with exotic dishes on the menu.
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 smiling. She loves assisting Dr. Heaton & Dr. Woodward in planning the best treatment plans, seeing them through to completion and seeing the 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
Jessica was born and raised in Arizona. She graduated from Rio Salado school of dental hygiene in 2005 and has been working with Dr. Woodward 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.
Tamara Schmidt - Hygienist
Tamara was born and raised in Belarus, part of Russia. In 1995 she moved to Buffalo, New York, where she completed her education. Her first degree was in Accounting Management, later she received her second degree in Dental Hygiene.
For the last 10 years Tamara has been working as a dental hygienist. She enjoys taking care of her patients, educating them on the importance of oral health and how it is connected to our overall health. She feels very lucky to be part of Smiles of Chandler's highly trained team and to work in a friendly and positive environment.
When not at work Tamara loves to explore, meet new people, learn new things, live life and enjoys spending time with her family.
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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.