Meet Our Team
Dr. Michael Manela is a long-time Tucson resident who came here after spending two years as an Air Force dentist. He obtained his DDS from Meharry School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee. He also holds a BA degree from the University of Oregon. In Tucson, Dr. Manela is a past president of the Pima Dental Study Club, a former provider for TUSD’s Grayline Dental Program for underprivileged students, and an annual participant in the Give Kids A Smile event sponsored by the American Dental Association, the Arizona Dental Foundation, and Pima Community College. He is also a current member of the advisory board for the Dental Assisting program at Pima Community College.
My name is Kevin Schade (pronounced “Skaddy”). I was born and raised in Utah but have lived all over the U.S. since graduating college, and I am beyond excited to be here in Arizona and enjoy the nice winter weather. I attended Brigham Young University for my undergraduate degree. After earning my bachelor’s degree, I moved to Kentucky where I received my degree as a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville. After dental school I gained experience working at practices in North Carolina and Colorado. Ultimately, Tucson is the place for my family and I.
My wife and I have two little girls, so naturally I am a “girl dad”. We love spending time together, and love spending time outdoors. We are excited to have pool weather almost all year round, and to explore Mt. Lemmon and all the activities it has to offer. Sports is another love of ours and we are excited to cheer for a university that excels in so many different athletic programs, Bear Down!
I look forward to meeting you soon and starting a long-lasting relationship.
Prior to graduating in 2002, Cindy was a chair side assistant for four years. She carries that same skill, knowledge, and passion for caring for her patients as a Dental Hygienist. Her quality of care assures that each and every patient is receiving the best treatment available anywhere.
When not administering care to patients in the office, Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. They enjoy hunting, going to the lake, traveling the state to watch one daughter play soft ball, or sitting in a gymnasium watching another daughter do gymnastics.
Tomasa has been with us for over 10 years. She has 26 years of experience and is excellent at establishing rapport with her patients as well as proving outstanding care.
Tomasa believes helping her patients maintain good oral health also helps keep them remain healthy in all other aspects of their life.
When she’s not taking care of her patients, Tomasa enjoys spending time with her three children and her husband. She also likes reading, holiday cooking, going to estate sales, and cheering on the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Jodene is a graduate of the Pima Community College School of Dental Hygiene in Tucson with nearly 19 years of experience. She provides excellent care, is popular with our patients, and has a particular interest in Periodontal Disease and its treatment modalities. She keeps the patient’s overall health in mind as she works with them to improve their dental health. She has one child. Her interests are her family, traveling, and spending time with friends.
Melinda moved to Tucson from Reno, NV where she graduated from the University of Nevada Reno and ran track. She is a graduate of the Pima Community College hygiene program and contributes her hygiene skills in the treatment of patients.
Prior to becoming a hygienist, Melinda worked in catering before dedicating her time to her children as a stay at home mom. In her spare time, Melinda enjoys spending time with her husband and children, cycling and puttering around her homestead where she raises chickens and turkeys, grows her own veggies, and dabbles in home canning.
Sheila has been with the office for more than 31 years even though her daily roundtrip commute exceeds 150 miles. She is genuinely dedicated to her profession, to the office, and to the patients. In addition to her skills as an assistant Sheila is very engaging and, as a result, popular with patients. She has three children and five grandchildren and maintains a strong interest in her family. She enjoys attending concerts (primarily Country Music), reading, and radio contests.
Kerstin was and raised in Stuttgart, Germany where she trained to be a certified dental assistant. Married to a military guy from Alabama. Kerstin maintains longstanding friendships with many of our patients and ensure we provide the best care possible for each patient. She lives here in Tucson with her husband and and 3 dogs Beau, Silas and Lulu. Has 3 sons Brandon, Matthew, Jacob. I’m here free time she enjoys training with her dogs, College Football 🏈 (Roll Tide), camping and horseback riding.