Meet The StaffSabino Dental

Sherri Bahe

Dental Assistant

My name is Sherri and I have been a dental assistant since 2015. I am very proud to be Navajo. I enjoy spending time with my family when I am not working. When I am with family we spend most of our time with horses and cattle. I look forward to treating our patients and meeting new patients.

Nathalie Ndahiro

Dental Assistant

I was born in Rwanda, Kigali, my home state is Columbia, Missouri. I came to Tucson in October of 2005. I started working as a Dental Assistant in 2011 and have loved it ever since! I love what I do and enjoy meeting all the people I come across. I am blessed with two beautiful children, one boy and one girl. I enjoy our desert state with all its natural beauty.

Jacquie Zazueta

Dental Assistant

My name is Jacquie, I’ve been an assistant for over 13 years. I love all the staff at Sabino Dental. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with both of my adult children.

Niolver Mendez

Sterilization Assistant

In 2011, I completed my Bachelors degree in Food Science from the University of Camaguey, in Cuba. I have experience working in the food industry, including sanitation, hygiene, quality control and food safety. As the Sterilization Assistant, I take my work very seriously, as well as enjoy working with our patients and staff. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, working out and cycling. Currently, I am working towards my Dental Assistant certification to further my career.

Sasha Makarychev

Dental Hygiene

I was born and raised in Ukraine and moved to Tucson in 1994. My first job was as a Dental Assistant and after 10 years of assisting I decided to continue my education. In 2008 I graduated from Pima Community College and obtained an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Since then I have had the amazing opportunity to work with many dental professionals in various offices. I enjoy being a part of the Sabino Dental team and working with Dr. Arias, who has excellent clinical knowledge along with a wonderful personality. I like to travel with my family and am a mother of two grown children. In my free time I like to quilt. I love being a Dental Hygienist and even more, I love to see our patients leave the office with a smile on their face.

Paula Maynard-Akers

Dental Hygiene

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 Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Missouri Kansas City. While in Kansas City I had the privilege of serving part-time as a Clinical Faculty member at U.M.K.C. Dental School. In Tucson I continued my love of mentoring students at Pima Community College for several years. Staying current in my education and in the latest advances in dentistry is one of the many reasons I love working with Dr. Arias, who is an advocate for continuing education for her staff.

With over 31 years of experience as a practicing Dental Hygienist, I am proud to have provided services in Missouri, Kansas, Washington and Arizona. Moving to the southwest had been a long-standing dream of mine since my first visit to the region in 1994. My husband and I made that dream a reality in 2009 when we decided to make Tucson our home. I had the opportunity to start working with Dr. Arias after moving here and therefore found my dream home and dream job.

Lissa Curtis

Dental Hygiene

Hello, my name is Lissa and I have been working at Sabino Dental since 2017. I was born and raised in North Eastern Ohio and moved to Arizona in 2008. My dental journey began at Pima Community College after graduating from Cienega High School. I graduated with an associate degree in 2016 at the top of my class where I also received the Periodontal Award. My education continued at Northern Arizona University where I received my bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. Dental Hygiene is more than a job to me, and I do the utmost to give my patients the best dental experience. I am aware of the stigma surrounding dental care and with my best efforts I strive to comfort my patients with a gentle hand and an empathetic understanding. I am here to help, so please stop by, and our team will welcome you like family.

Jolene Marin

Dental Hygiene

People have called me Jo or JoJo all my life. I'm a born and raised native Tucsonan. Spending time with my family is very important to me. I love going to the movies, camping, listening to audio books & reading when I can find the time. Go Wildcats!! I love the Red Soxs, that's a long story, and I'm a 49ers fan. I've been a hygienist for 10+ plus years now. What keeps me in the business is my patients, I love my patients. Until we meet, chow!!

Leslie Rigmaiden

Office Administrator

I was born and raised in Spokane, Washington and moved to Tucson in 2014. I obtained my certification as a Dental Assistant in 2000. I have had the privilege of serving in the Army for 8 years and through the military and dentistry I have been fortunate to meet others and volunteer for various programs in my career.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling as much as I can. The beach is my happy place where I can relax.

Bianca Bustamante

Front Office

I was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in Florida. I attended Arizona Sunset School of Dental Assisting in 2014 and worked as a Dental Assistant for 5 years. I have been working at Sabino Dental since May 2019 and absolutely love it! I am very grateful for my job and look forward to working with an amazing team every day.

I have two energetic young boys who constantly keep me going but I wouldn’t want it any other way. In my spare time I love to do anything outdoors with my boys. I also like to work out, go to the movies, meet new people, go on day trips and go hiking. I hope to meet you soon!