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Dr. Jeffrey Penfil

It's all about the patient. This is Dr. Jeffrey Penfil's practice philosophy. After graduating nearthe top of his class from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1987, Dr. Penfil and his family eventually settled in West Chester, PA, where he owned and practiced at Preventive Dentistry & Laser Center for twenty years.

All about the patient means that Dr. Penfil loves high fear patients, his unofficial specialty. It also means patient comfort at all times, both physically and mentally. And it means minimally invasive dentistry, including sleep apnea therapy without machines, early cancer detection and all phases of restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Penfil has treated over one hundred sleep apnea patients successfully, including himself, and it is one of the rare things dentistry has to offer that directly saves lives. Dr. Penfil is excited to bring his skills and talents to Thornydale Dental, where that same philosophy is evident all day, every day.

Dr. Penfil has been happily married to his wife, Sue, since 1989, and his family is his joy. Their older daughter, Rachael, is pursuing her Ph.D in Peruvian Archaeology and their younger daughter, Alli, is in the military, pursuing a career in international diplomacy. He and Sue also have two four-legged children, Zoey and Eli. Dr. Penfil's hobbies include travel, SCUBA, home beer and winemaking, sports (both spectator and participant, especially the Philadelphia Eagles) and reading. But his true outside passion is volunteerism. He has been actively involved in his synagogue as a committee chair and as a director. Dr. Penfil has also been a Rotarian for 20 years, and is currently President-Elect of the Dove Mountain Rotary Club. He has been involved in projects such as building play/learning areas at a Domestic Violence Center, raising funds for a playground in Guyana, fighting polio through El Tour de Tucson, and assisting a camp for HIV+ children.

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Tricia Freeman - Dental Assistant

Tricia has worked in the dental field for 18 years. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2002. She loves all aspects of the dental field, she has two beautiful daughters and enjoys playing Rugby on the weekends with her Women's Rugby club team.

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Paige Nelson - Dental Hygienist

Paige visited the dentist regularly as a child and always appreciated when she had a good experience. She wanted to become a Dental Hygienist to provide others the same positive experience in the dental chair. Paige’s friendly personality will make you feel at ease. She takes the time to educate her patients to help them achieve their best oral health.

Paige grew up dancing ballet for 15 years and still makes dance a part of her life. She and her husband enjoy discovering new places and restaurants together.

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Ana Serrano - Front Office

Ana started working at Thornydale Dental in May 2019. Previously, Ana worked for 6 years in a fast-paced dental office in Sierra Vista; she enjoys being in a smaller office where she can get to know each patient personally.

Ana enjoys spending time with her family; her husband and 3 children. They enjoy cheering on their favorite teams together - The Diamondbacks, the Baltimore Ravens and the UofA Basketball and Football teams. You can also find her at Mountain View High School cheering on her son as he plays football and baseball.

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Elise McGee - Front Office

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.