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OUR Dental STAFF

Each member of our dental staff is highly trained and committed to providing the best dental health care possible.
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Debbie

Office Manager

Hi! I’m Debbie Ruiz, Office Manager at Progressive Dental.

I started as a dental assistant and transitioned to Front Office. I’ve been in this position for 27 years! I love it!

I see my purpose at work as this: helping you find a solution for your dental needs. Your perfect smile is what looking for! I like taking the time to explain what can be done now to prevent future dental problems

I customize my ‘treatment’ plan to your needs based on how you process things.

It’s also my goal to make you very comfortable in our dental office. You are the most important and my main priority.

Here’s a little about me: I’m originally from Phoenix, born and raised there. I have my own family – I call us a “very United family”. I support my kids in baseball/softball, and I really enjoy watching them play. On my own time, I love cooking, hiking, and exercising.

I hope to see you in the office soon!

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LORIE

Dental Hygienist

I’m Lorie Brewer. I’ve have been practicing dental hygiene since 1997. I’m a native here to Az. I enjoy the state of Az and all it has to offer. My favorite place in Az is the White Mountains which I call home. I enjoy spending time with my husband getting away to our cabin on the weekends. Together we have 7 grown children. We have 17 grandchildren and we just had our first great grandchild. We love living life and enjoying our family.

I have always been fascinated with dentistry. I was inspired by my childhood dentist who was very patient with children. His staff made dental trips fun. From these experiences, I wanted to work in a dental office. I started off as a dental assistant and loved that job. I did it for 15 years. I became a lead assistant in my field and started teaching new assistants in the job. I realized I love to teach. I decided to further my education and became a dental hygienist.

Over the years I’ve learned a lot and have been able to help many people with their dental needs. I’ve had the privilege working with patients in this company for over 10 years. I was also given an opportunity within the company to coach and train other dental hygienists within our company. I’ve enjoyed helping other hygienist with certain tools that can help give the best quality care. I’ve been a hygiene coach and trainer over the past 5 years.

When I first started out in my career, we learned how to clean teeth and give our patients good home care instructions. But now this role has changed because new research shows how bacteria in our mouths can related to your overall health. My role now is to educate patients on not only how to keep their teeth as long as they can, but what they can do to improve their overall health. I’ve dedicated my career to provide the very best possible treatment for each patient. I give them the tools they need to place themselves at a lower risk of getting systemic disease. I’m dedicated in always providing excellent care for each patient. I love my patients and love my career. I’m looking forward to continuing working with my patients for many more years to come.

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Cindee

Dental Assistant

Hi! I’m Cindee Ross-Beecroft, your dental assistant at Progressive Dental. I’ve been doing this job since 2006 and love it. I feel like dentistry chose me; I didn’t choose it. I had a scary dentist as a child and battled some of the very same fears as a large majority of our patients. I was the only one in my family that needed braces. My orthodontist was cool and everything they did fascinated me.

I’m a good person to have on your dental healthcare team because of my childhood fear of the dentist. I’ve been in other people’s shoes that have dental fear!! Education is the key to winning the battle against fear. With proper education, the right training and being part of a Great Team I can help you overcome fear or anxiety. This allows the patient to get the work done and to be happy about having the work done.

I started out in the banking industry at age 18. I graduated from high school in 1989 and went to NPC Community College for business. Then I went in to get a tooth pulled met a dentist who trained me to be a dental assistant. I stayed at that office for 6 years, moved to Maricopa and have worked for Dr. Pope since 2011.  Dr. Pope and Dr. Johnson are amazing dentists. 

I wanted to help people overcome dental fear. I listen to patients, offer information about their situation, pictures, time and examples. We have pamphlets, models, IPad with videos so they meet everyone’s needs. I help patients focus on prevention by making sure their next hygiene appointment is set and educating them. Educating them involves a high degree of listening skills.
What patients tell us is key to diagnosis or to making their experience a positive one. They have to trust us to tell us things about their situation, so I work on having a trusting relationship with them. Making them feel important and like they have a friend is important.

About Me

I was born in Ajo, Arizona and grew up in Pinetop, AZ. I am the oldest of 3 girls. I grew up in the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona.

I have been married since 1998. My husband Dicky is in transportation and heavy equipment. I have 2 children Robert and Shelbee. My son Robert returned home from the U.S. Army and my daughter is getting ready to leave to start her military career.

My interests and hobbies are my family!! My kids!! I love cooking for my family, trying different recipes, making them my own and feeding my family as we come together. Being outdoors horseback riding, camping, spending time at the lake, jet skiing, dirt bike races, off roading in UTVs and visiting different places in Arizona such as Tonto National Bridge, Tombstone, Roosevelt and Sedona is always a lot of fun for me.