Dentist in Phoenix, AZ
All our professionals at Desert Ridge Smiles maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Elizabeth Fleming, DDS
Dr. Elizabeth Fleming has provided quality dental care in the Valley of the Sun since 1984. A native Phoenician, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Arizona State University, followed by her dental degree with honors from the University of the Pacific. She serves on the Arizona State Dental Association Council on the Annual Session as Chairman, and is a product reviewer for the Journal Dental Product Shopper. Dr. Fleming recently began working with DentalTown Magazine as Clinical Director.
Always learning in the dental field, Dr. Fleming recognizes the important links between oral health and optimum health for her patients and works to achieve a synergistic balance between the two, by reviewing medications and monitoring blood pressure, and referring to the primary care provider when needed.
Her continuing education training includes comprehensive cosmetic dental makeovers, 3D dentistry and digital dental radiography, all which help to provide patients with the best possible preventative and cosmetic care available.
Dr. Fleming and her husband, James Shepard have two beautiful children, Dylan and Jacqlyn. She is active in the community, working with Habitat for Humanity along with her family and staff members.
Hobbies include hiking, photography, healthy eating and working to achieve balance in life.
Noemi (Mimi) is our RDA licensed chairside assistant and lab technician, who has more than 20 years of experience in aesthetic dentistry. Mimi joined Dr. Fleming's state-of-the-art practice in 2006. She works closely with Dr. Fleming in a patient-centered environment to provide outstanding patient care using her superb technical skills. Mimi obtained her degree from Concorde Career College of San Diego, CA. After performing work that included coronal polishing on children, and other general dental assisting capabilities, she moved to the Valley of the Sun in 1995. She has attended numerous seminars including the renowned Pac-Live seminars. Mimi's interest in the dental field was inspired by her mother, one of the few female dentists of her time. Mimi is always looking for opportunities for growth, and an ability to express her creativity.
Kelly, our new patient coordinator, will most likely be the first person to greet you in our dental office, whether on the phone or in person. She has been in the dental field since 2008, when she completed the dental assisting program at Apollo College. Her experience includes general dentistry, oral surgery and dental laboratory work. Kelly is our office coordinator, specializing in patient relations, scheduling and insurance. She is originally from Templeton, CA and her interests include family, friends, and her cute boxer puppy. A wedding is in her near future.
Beth, our most recent addition, studied at Phoenix College, receiving her dental hygiene degree with honors almost 2 decades ago. Her specialty lies in her ability to create an environment of calmness and peace, where sometimes there is fear, while conveying her knowledge of health and wellness for your teeth and whole body. Beth has spent time volunteering at the Cass Homeless Shelter Dental Clinic and the Murphy House for Kids providing preventative dental care, as well as at St. Vincent De Paul boxing donated food. Helping others is a driving force in her life. She is a mother to 5 kids, and though busy, still finds time for exercising, flying, travel and other sports.