Dr. Mathew Ricks is a passionate and caring family, cosmetic and restorative dentist who loves the art of making a smile look natural and beautiful. He loves getting to know all of his patients and their stories. Dr. Ricks stays up to date on the latest trends in dentistry to be able to provide the best care available.
Dr. Ricks graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1988. After graduating he worked for the Indian Health Service for two years after which he moved to Arizona.
Dr. Ricks has practiced in Arizona for over twenty-six years, and has a broad experience in many phases of dentistry, including root canals, implants, conscious sedation, orofacial pain (TMJ), and oral surgery.
In 2010, Dr. Ricks earned his Fellowship Award in the academy of General Dentistry. This award requires over 500 hours of post graduate continuing education. Less than 1% of dentists in the US achieve this award. He is currently finishing his MAGD, which is a master of general dentistry.
Dr. Ricks and his wife Kaye are the parents of 5 children, and have 12 grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family as well as bicycling, swimming and woodcarving.
Sarah has been a hygienist since 2006. Her skills and knowledge of hygiene make her an exceptional hygienist. She will help you with your dental appointments even if you have a fear of the dentists. She genuinely cares about all of her patients.
Sarah enjoys spending time with her three kids, Aspen, Dillon and Hayden. Her hobbies include finding new places to take a vacation, watching football and the UofA basketball team.
“I love what I do and look forward to meeting you and taking care of all your hygiene needs.”
Shawn has been with Thornydale Dental since its inception. His expertise and gentle skills as a hygienist are truly exceptional. Many of our patients credit him with giving them the ability to move beyond a lifelong fear of dental visits. He gets to know our patients personally, developing close relationships with most. Our patients love his attention to detail, gentle technique, and personal hygiene coaching.
In his free time, Shawn enjoys spending time with his daughter Alexis. His hobbies include golf, softball, snowboarding, and U of A sporting events. Shawn is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association.
“I really enjoy what I do and look forward to coming to work every day. We have the best patients and co-workers.”
Tammy’s ability to put patients at ease is a skill she has mastered and perfected during her 25 plus years of dental assisting. Her clinical skills are phenomenal; she is always one step ahead and in tune with every detail of the task at hand. Her careful management of our sterilization, lab, and clinical supplies contribute greatly to the overall success of our office.
Tammy enjoys spending time with her husband, David, who is a blacksmith and artist. His work is currently on display in Oro Valley Marketplace. Tammy and David have two children, Dena and Darcy, who live in Tempe. In her free time, Tammy enjoys walking, reading, cooking, and playing horseshoes. She is a past recipient of the Pima County Humanitarian Award.
“Getting to know patients and having them become like family at our practice has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career.”
Zaneta joined our team in 2018 after following her passion for dentistry and finishing Tucson Dental Assisting School at the top of her class in early 2018.
Zaneta was born and raised in Poland. A world traveler, she finally settled in Tucson in 2014 after meeting her musician husband, Jonathan, in Japan. In her free time she enjoys 50’s & 60’s music and practicing yoga. She loves to travel and explore new destinations with her husband, as well as learning and exploring in the kitchen with different flavors of world cuisine.
“My favorite part of being a dental assistant is showing our patients that we will go above and beyond to gain their trust and make them feel at home with Thornydale Dental.”
Elise is the first person you will meet as you walk in the door. She brings with her years of experience in the customer service and insurance industry. Elise is no stranger to the dental chair and she uses her past experience with dental work to help patients feel more at ease about their visit to the dentist office. She is always happy to help with insurance or treatment questions.
In her free time, Elise enjoys exploring and geocaching with her 4 kids, reading, and cooking. She also enjoys cheering on her Alma Mater, the Arizona Wildcats, with her husband.
“I spent a lot of years at home raising my children, and now that they are all in school, I am happy to have adult conversation again! My favorite part of my job is getting to know our patients and learning about what they enjoy.”