Our exceptional, friendly staff is one of our greatest assets.
They are excited about what they do and are motivated to achieve the best results for our family of patients. Our dental assistants and hygienists hold high standards of quality and integrity, and have undergone many hours of training and meet all requirements for state license.
About Dr Donald Clifford
“I know that coming to the dentist can be very stressful and even frightening. I promise you this: you’ll be greeted by friendly people in a warm and caring environment. I will listen to your concerns and desires and we will work out a plan together. I will do my best to calm your fears as we develop a trusting relationship.”
Dr. Clifford graduated with honors from Arizona State University. He received his doctorate degree from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He was awarded top honors in his class for oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Dr. Clifford served in the United States Air Force from 1983-1986. While there, he received extensive training in diagnosis, endodontics, oral surgery, I.V. and nitrous oxide sedation and was appointed head of the prosthodontics department.
Dr. Clifford has remained committed to continued education. He has studied Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction (TMD) under the direction of Dr. Tanaka at the University of California, San Diego. Additionally, Dr. Clifford completed a “Comprehensive Esthetic Residency” program under the tutelage of Dr. Bruce Crispin of Esthetic Professionals where he received many hours of advanced training in cosmetic dentistry and bonding. He also completed a second residency program in full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Clifford is certified in laser dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Central Arizona Dental Society, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dr. Clifford’s philosophy of dentistry. His desire is to make his patients feel comfortable and at ease while at the same time providing the best dental treatment dental medicine has to offer.
To this end, Dr. Clifford has put together a staff of wonderful, highly trained, friendly people. His office is equipped with the latest in dental technology, from lasers to intraoral cameras. Flat screen televisions, DVD’s, stereo headphones, and nitrous oxide are available in the treatment rooms for his patients’ added comfort. Also, “the wand” is offered to help minimize any discomfort from anesthesia.
On a personal note, Dr. Clifford is a native of Arizona. He especially enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Darlene, and their four children. They like camping, hiking, and exploring the countryside.
Dr. Clifford and his wife Darlene work with young adults within their church, planning and implementing wholesome activities. They also provide training for others who wish to work with the young adults.
About Dr Tom Dickson
Hi, my name is Tom Dickson. I originally grew up in a small community of Liberty in northern Utah, so small we didn’t even have our own zip code. I was a child number four out of 10 children. My hobbies outside of dentistry include, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, ultimate Frisbee, basketball and softball.
I completed my undergraduate degree at Utah State University in Logan Utah. This is also where I met my wonderful wife. We married in 2004, and have been blessed with 5 active children. I graduated Cum Laud with a degree in Biology. After undergraduate I attended dental school in Nova Scotia Canada, and graduated valedictorian. We moved back to Utah after being accepted to a dental residency at the University of Utah Hospital. I worked with many dental specialists an was able to improve in all areas of dentistry including, Implant placement and Endodontics.
My love for Arizona started after working one summer here in 2003 for the Anasazi foundation. The hot sun and magnificent desert grew on me. After my residency it didn’t take much convincing to get my wife to move here.
I am very excited that you have chosen Arizona Advanced Dental, and am looking forward to working with Dr. Clifford to serve the wonderful people of this community.
Team Leader and Finance and Treatment Co-coordinator
Kassi has been with Arizona Advanced Dental for seven years. Originally born and raised in southern Mississippi, she has lived in Chandler, AZ for the past eleven years with her two rescue dogs. She has a strong passion for music and, on the weekends, is the lead vocalist and band manager of local country band, Rebel Heart.
Kassi has an associates degree in Nursing and in her spare time she loves camping and exploring other parts of northern Arizona such as Prescott, Sedona, and the Mogollon Rim
Kassi has an associates degree in Nursing and in her spare time she loves camping and exploring other parts of northern Arizona such as Prescott, Sedona, and the Mogollon Rim.
After years of full orthodontics and multiple oral surgeries, Kassi has a complete understanding
of dental fear and anxiety. She excels at making each and every patient
feel comfortable and achieve the smile that they deserve. Kassi’s greatest joy is helping others transform their lives by achieving comfort and conﬁdence in their smile.
Kassi’s favorite quote is, “There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky, and you
ask, “What if I fall?” Oh, but my darling, what if you ﬂy?” - Erin Hanson
She believes we each only have one life to live, why not smile the entire way through if you can help it?
Financial and Schedule Co-coordinator
Shelley recently became part of the Arizona Advanced Dental team in May 2018. In addition to Arizona, she has lived and worked over the past 27 years in the dental and medical field in Oregon, Northern California and Nevada.
Shelley and her husband, together with their two dogs, have lived in the east valley for the past 5 years. She has a passion for volunteering and helping the youth and homeless of the greater Phoenix area. In her spare time she enjoys catering, as well as traveling to Disneyland and Vegas a few times a year.
Shelley has a BS in Business Healthcare Management, and a dental assisting and medical assisting degree. With her education and experience she has a comforting way of explaining treatment options and affordability. She is passionate in finding ways for patients to be able to afford their dental treatment. She has expertise in understanding and explaining the complicated world of dental and medical insurances.
Shelley looks forward to getting to know the Arizona Advanced Dental patient family and helping them to be able to afford their treatment.
Patient Care Coordinator
As she is one of the first faces our patients see when they walk into our practice, Maria wants to make our patients feel as welcome and as comfortable as possible. She helps all of our patients stay on track with their preventative dental care by coordinating their appointments. She understands that life can be very busy at times, but she will always help a patient find a day and time that suits them best to keep each patient healthy and happy. She also acts as an advocate for our patients and coordinates all of their dental insurance benefits so they can maximize their benefits to the fullest.
Maria has been with Arizona Advanced Dental for approximately 6 months and previously
worked in pediatric dentistry.
Maria graduated from SUNY Adirondack with a degree in Marketing and has over 15 years
experience as a worship leader at her local church in Mesa, AZ.
Maria has resided in East Mesa, Arizona for the past six years with her husband, Dan. She moved here from Upstate NY, where her and her husband were the worship and youth directors at her father-in-laws church.
In her free time she loves to go on adventures and to the beach with her husband as well as pursuing her passion of singing whenever she gets the chance.
Maria’s favorite quote is, "If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how
amazing you can be” - Maya Angelou
Maria believes that a happy smile makes for a happy life. Everyone deserves to have a smile that they can be proud of. Nothing makes her more happy than to see our patients leaving happier and healthier then when they first arrived.
Brooke has been a Dental Hygienist for 22 years and has been working with Dr. Clifford for almost 20 years. She graduated from dental hygiene school at Prairie State College in Chicago before moving to Phoenix in 1996.
She loves helping people get healthy, specializing in addressing periodontal disease, and is laser certiﬁed.
Brooke lives in Chandler with her husband, son, and two dogs. Her son will be starting 4th grade at Chandler Traditional Academy and is very active in sports. She spends most of her time at his ﬂag football games with Primetime and East Valley Little League baseball games. During their off time, they love going to California to spend time by the ocean.
One if her favorite quotes is, "The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion” - Terry Orlick. To her, that quote sums up her profession perfectly.
At Arizona Advanced Dental she is constantly striving to deliver the best comfort and care
possible to all of her patients. She understands how stressful and uncomfortable dental experiences can be and will do everything she can to assure her patient that they will have the most pleasant visit possible.
Shelby has been working at Arizona Advanced Dental for 6 years. Prior to hygiene school, she worked as a dental assistant and receptionist at Arizona Advanced Dental.
Shelby graduated as one of the top students in her class from Carrington College with her Dental Hygiene license in 2010. She has since received her certification in the use of laser technology and continues to attend classes to further her education in the dental field.
Shelby is a big fan of Arizona State University football. She and her husband are season ticket holders and watch every game. Go Sun Devils! They both love to travel. Their most recent destinations were Austria and Croatia! Shelby and her husband are both Arizona natives and recently bought their first home in Mesa, Arizona.
Shelby is inspired by the quote, "Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved”.
While the team at Arizona Advanced Dental strongly believes in providing the best dentistry, they equally believe in providing a comfortable and positive environment for each patient.
Shelby and each member of the team strive to make their patients feel valued, heard, and happy. They truly feel that each patient is a part of their dental family
Lead Dental Assistant
Rachel aids Dr. Clifford in all of his procedures. She has been working with Dr. Clifford for going on 5 years. Previous to that, Rachel was a dental assistant at a Pediatric dental office in Kingman, AZ where she first began her career in dentistry. She currently has her Radiology certification, and is going to Rio Salado to become a Hygienist. Although she gets to experience what she calls "miracles of dentistry" every day, she feels her decision to become a Hygienist is her way of making her own changes in someone else's life.
Rachel resides in Mesa with her husband, and two children. She and her family spend a majority of their time outdoors, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and exploring Arizona! The Superstition Mountains and the Salt River are a few places she revisits on a regular basis. In her downtime, Rachel stays busy with her daughter who plays for Altitude Volleyball and her son who plays soccer through their church— CCV (Christ's Church of the Valley).
One of Rachel's most inspirational quotes she lives by is, "Be the reason someone smiles today." Rachel believes that everyone deserves to smile and strives to make sure that anyone and everyone she encounters does so. She understands the struggles patients face when visiting the dentist and makes sure to go above and beyond so that patients are
comfortable as well as taken care of.
Kelly is one of our newest team members and works with Dr. Clifford as one of his dental assistants. Kelly recently moved to Arizona from Oregon, where she worked as a dental assistant at an office in Portland. She attended Elite Dental Assisting Academy and completed her X-ray certificate in 2017. Kelly is currently working towards finishing up her prerequisite for the dental hygiene program.
When Kelly isn’t working, she enjoys travelling, hiking, snowboarding and all things outdoors.
Her favorite quote is “ Let your smile change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.”
Letty assists Dr. Dickson in restoring patients smiles. Letty has a passion for people and loves the relationships she builds with our patients.
Dentistry has been a big part of her life. Letty has been with Arizona Advanced Dental for one year. Prior to that, she spent twelve years working as a Dental Assistant at an office in Denver, Colorado. Letty received her dental assistant training through the Red Cross Volunteer program in Lakenheath AFB, UK. She has been a dental assistant for over 20 exciting years.
Letty lives in Gilbert, Arizona with Jeff and her son, Jase, and her dog Curley. Letty spends most of her time taking care of her family, as well as making memories while traveling.
Her favorite quote is "You have to pick the places you don't walk away from." - Joan Didion.
Letty loves improving smiles and building confidence in her patients. Letty will do everything she can to provide patients with only the very best care.