Meet The Staff
Melanie began her career as Professional Relations Coordinator for Desert Sun and Surprise Endodontics in January 2007. Originally form Chicago she relocated to Arizona in the summer of 2006. Melanie is committed to using her marketing and customer service background to create a more personal experience for referring Dentists and their front office staff. Her main goal is to make sure that all offices are up-to-date on the current insurances our office is in network with and to help make the referring process as seamless as possible. Melanie is also a positive extension of our front office team and is here to answer any questions you may have in regards to insurances, copay and billing. In her spare time, she creates hand painted glassware and is currently expanding the online business she shares with her sister. Melanie enjoys hiking, spending time with family and friends and simply relaxing with a good book.
Monique was born in San Jose California. Growing up in a military family, Monique spent most of her childhood in either California or Virginia. Monique relocated to Arizona in 2001 with her husband and three children. In 2014 Monique graduated from the Grand Canyon University with her MBA. Monique has been with our office since 2008 and is one of the first people you will speak to when calling Surprise Endodontics. She manages the front office as well as coordinates treatment plans in Surprise and works hand-in-hand with patients, referring offices and insurances.
Jenny was born in Olongopa City, Philippines. She moved to San Diego when she was four years old and relocated to Arizona in the summer of 2006. After completing her education at UEI, Jenny immediately jumped into the Dental Field and has been Dr. Castano’s lead assistant since 2006. Jenny is happily married and has two sons whom she adores very much. When Jenny is away from the office she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and staying active by competing in fitness competitions.
Alma was born in San Luis Rio Colorado Sonora, Mexico and raised in Yuma. Alma attended Yuma Catholic High School and moved to Phoenix shortly after graduation for better opportunities. In 2005, she enrolled in Bryman School of Arizona and received her Associates Degree in Science. Alma has been Dr. Booth’s assistant at Desert Sun Endodontics since 2008. She tends to each patients needs from beginning to end ensuring a comfortable, relaxing experience. Alma enjoys the unique challenges that come with working in a specialty office and is fluent in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. In 2012, Alma welcomed her daughter into this world with her fiance. She enjoys motherhood and wouldn’t change it for the world. In her free time she enjoys watching sports, going to the movies, spending days at the park with her daughter and escaping Phoenix to take mini road trips to Yuma to spend time with her family.
Jacklyn was born and raised in Arizona. Upon graduating from Altrain Dental in February 2014 she joined our team at Surprise Endodontics and quickly became part of our dental family. When you visit Surprise Endodontics Jacklyn will be one of the first people to greet you. Jacklyn has been a great asset to our team as she is not only our front office associate, but also helps with assisting. On her free time Jacklyn enjoys spending time with her family and friends at family functions. She also enjoys escaping the Phoenix desert and escaping to any sandy beach.
Amber is a native to Arizona. She grew up as an only child in the Valley with her parents. Upon graduating Deer Valley High School she attended Glendale Community College to pursue a degree in business. To follow in her mother’s footsteps she furthered her education at Altrain Dental Assisting Academy which provided her the foundation to begin a career in the Dental Field. Amber initially started her dental career in a small office in Scottsdale and in October of 2014 she joined our team at Desert Sun Endodontics. Outside of work Amber loves spending time with her family and friends, going to the movies and going on road trips.
Jasmin was born in Madera, California and at the age of five relocated to Yuma, AZ. With aspirations to be a dental assistant, Jasmin moved to Phoenix and attended The Bryman School of Arizona. Here she received her certification as a Dental Assistant in 2011. As a Dental Assistant and Patient Coordinator for Desert Sun Endodontics, Jasmin utilizes her experience and offers tender care to all of our patients. In her spare time, Jasmin enjoys hiking trips with her friends and loves to work out. She also has a wonderful Pug named Bella that’s quite the character. Any chance Jasmin gets, she travels to Yuma where she enjoys spending time with her family.
Leslie was born in San Jose, California and was raised in Florida. She moved to Phoenix in 2004. Leslie worked in real estate until she and her husband welcomed their son in 2009. Leslie began studying at Arizona College to become a dental assistant in 2012 and graduated Valedictorian in 2013. She worked for a short time in general dentistry before transitioning into Endodontics, which was her true passion. Leslie tends to each patients needs from beginning to end ensuring a comfortable and relaxing experience. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, rock-hounding and seeking Arizona’s coolest swimming holes with her son. Leslie and her husband are expecting their second child, a daughter, at the end of the summer.