Meet Our Team
Our entire team of caring and experienced professionals is committed to your care. We are here to work with you and your family to create a comfortable, caring, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit us. Our goal is to help you maintain a beautiful healthy smile. We want you to be comfortable coming into the dental office, and know that we are here for you. Our team of caring professionals is here to serve the needs of your family. We welcome you to our office, and thank you for choosing us for your health needs. While our specialty is the orofacial area, our goal is for your complete body health. Our mission is to build a long-term relationship with our patients and provide top quality care in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Our team of health professionals offers caring, comprehensive orofacial care. We are advocates for prevention. Your role in maintaining good orofacial health is important, and we are here to support you every step of the way. We have a strong tradition of care, and service, and we value your comfort. We area honored that you have chosen us for your orofacial health needs, and welcome you into our family!
I feel very fortunate to be in the profession of dentistry. I tremendously enjoy what I do! My profession allows me to interact with individuals from all walks of life, involves continued learning and education, and encompasses both art and science. The healthcare field is ever evolving, and the positive changes in the field of dentistry are allowing us to provide enhanced patient care. With the assistance of leading-edge technological advances, improved dental materials, and more patient-friendly tools dentistry has become more comfortable for patients, and allows the dental team to deliver excellent and unsurpassed cosmetic results. As procedures have become more comfortable for patients, the common fear of the dentist is going away.
While born in El Salvador, Central America, I was raised Houston, Texas. My ethnic background mixed in with the Texan upbringing sure made for an interesting mix during my growing years. I attended the University of Houston for my undergraduate studies in the field of Biology. I graduated form the prestigious University of Texas Dental Branch at the UT Health Science Center in the Houston medical center. Upon my graduation, I proceeded to serve my country, and I commissioned into the United States Air Force.
My first assignment was at Bolling Air Force Base in beautiful Washington, DC, where I completed a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency. The residency allowed me for comprehensive and advanced training in all areas of dentistry both didactically and clinically. With that strong training background, I was then assigned to the dental clinic at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base here in beautiful Tucson. I loved my days in the Air Force, and consider it a greatly enriching experience both professionally and personally. I never expected that I would end up staying in the desert southwest for so long, but upon separating from the Air Force in 2008, we decided to stay in Tucson. Tucson definitely grew on me, I love the sunny skies, and beautiful sunsets.Back to Top
I was born here in Tucson, and raised in San Manuel until 1979, at which time we moved, and then my family lived all over Texas and Lousiana. I came back to Arizona in 1994, and that is when I started my first job in dentistry. To this day, I love what I do. I have 2 grown kids, both in their twenties. I have been married to my husband Phil for just over 10 yrs, and we are as happy as can be.
In my spare time, Phil and I like to take road trips, sometimes just day trips. We love seeing nature. I also try to spend as much time as I can with my kids with their busy lives; they are both in their twenties. I have been here at Sabino Dental for over 5yrs, and I absolutely love working with Dr. Arias. Come on in and meet her, you will love the way she treats you, and your overall oral health.
Nidia E. Cota
I am a native Tucsonan. Absolutely love it here. Consider myself a very outgoing individual. I have over ten years experience and have a passion for dentistry. I'm extremely knowledgeable in my field and will be delighted to answer any question, concern, or suggestion you may have. I'm always very excited to come to work with such an amazing team, patients, and doctor.
What I admire most about Dr. Arias is her compassion to her patients. I have three beautiful children Adrina, Serina, Nathanial and can't forget my only grandchild Aybree who is also my best friend. I am a dog lover and especially love our dog Fuzz. Can't wait to meet you!
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Paula Maynard-Akers, Registered Dental Hygienist
I was born and raised in Springfield Missouri, and began my career in Dentistry as a Dental Assistant in 1982. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from The University of Missouri, after-which I also had the privilege of serving part-time as a Clinical Faculty member at The University of Missouri, Kansas City. The ability to practice dental hygiene and teach continues in Tucson, and I’m as adjunct clinical faculty at Pima Community College. This allows me to stay current in my education. Staying current in the latest advances in dentistry is one of the many reasons I love working with Dr. Arias, she is an advocate for continuing education for her staff.
With over 24 years of experience as a practicing Dental Hygienist, I am proud to have provided services in 4 different states, including Missouri, Kansas, Washington and Arizona. Moving to the southwest had been a long-standing dream of mine ever since my first visit to the region back in 1994. I finally made that dream a reality when we decided to come practice right here in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.
Leslie Cole, Registered Dental Hygienist
I am a native Tucsonan who grew up in the northwest area. Growing up I always had a sense of creativity and a passion in connecting with people. I started my journey in dentistry in 2008 when I attended the dental hygiene program at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ. I received my Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 2010. Since then I have had an amazing opportunity to work with many dental professionals. I am an active member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and Southern Arizona Dental Hygienists' Society.
I truly enjoy being a dental hygienist and I am passionate about health and wellness. I want my patients to have a consistent enjoyable experience while receiving the best care possible. I am excited to be a part of the Sabino Dental team and enjoy working with Dr. Arias as she has excellent clinical expertise and a great personality. In addition, I have a husband and 3 year old son whom are the joys of my life. I enjoy the great outdoors, cooking, design, and sharing essential oils as a wellness advocate.
Kristine Hipshire, Dental Assistant
I was born in Dayton Ohio, and came upon dentistry at a young age through personal experience. After 10 years in the restaurant industry I decided to go to Dental Assisting school in 2009, and never looked back. Working with Dr. Arias has opened up great opportunities for learning and expanding my dental experiences. She is very outgoing and fun to work beside every day. In my spare time I am a mom and spend a lot of time on the softball field and soccer fields cheering on my amazing daughter. I also enjoy painting, drawing and baking. I love being creative and making things beautiful.
Corttany Luckett, Certified Dental Assistant
I was born and raised in Alpena, SD. I got into the dental field with the help of my sister, she’s a dental assistant and I saw how much she loved it, so I went to school and have been a dental assistant ever since, 9 years and counting! I love working with Dr. Arias because she is a very caring person, she goes above and beyond to help all of her patients. I love spending my spare time with my husband and 5 month old son Nolan, whether it be hiking or going to the movies. I always make the time to skype with my family weekly.
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