Registered Dental Hygienist
A practicing dental hygienist for 35 years, Cindy Holland joined Dr. Briggs in 1996 after spending 20 years in the Northeast. An Arizona-native, Ms. Holland graduated from Hudson Valley Community College and then Albany State University in 1974. Passionate about her patients and the Briggs Family team, Cindy enjoys her work, “I am so blessed to work with a fabulous team; they’ve become my best friends.” Cindy and husband, Mark, are enjoying an empty nest while son Jesse follows his passion working long hours in the restaurant industry. Daughter Ashlee is now a mother and the Hollands are enjoying life as grandparents to a beautiful granddaughter.
Mary Ann Kurrasch
Registered Dental Hygienist
Another Northeastern-trained dental hygienist, Mary Ann Kurrasch is originally from Long Island, New York. Her education started with the State University of New York Stony Brook campus before moving to Arizona and completing education at Northern Arizona University. A 1983 Magna Cum Laude graduate, Ms. Kurrasch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. Introduced to dentistry by her brother Tom, a dentist in Southern California, she started her dental career as a dental assistant in 1978. Growing to love working with and caring for people and their dental needs, she has expanded her knowledge and worked with the Doctors Briggs and this most wonderful team since 2003. Mary Ann continues to be inspired and awed by the doctors and team each and every day, “I am most grateful to Dr. Roger and Dr. Brad for encouraging me to further my education by becoming certified to use diode lasers in the treatment of periodontal disease.” Mary Ann feels blessed to be in surroundings that motivate her to be the best practitioner you can experience. She lives in Central Phoenix with husband Jeff and furry critters. Reading mystery novels, baking, doing weight training exercises, and aerobic dance are among her activities for relaxation.
Registered Dental Hygienist
A 2007 graduate from Mesa Community College’s dental hygiene program at the Arizona School of Dental Health, Serina is pleased to have realized her goal becoming a part of the team at Briggs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. The family tradition continues with Serina, the daughter of Dr. Roger Briggs, who has seen thousands of patients come through Briggs Family practice over the years. Serina likes working with patients, “I feel fortunate to have found a place where I can work with other dedicated professionals to help you achieve your hygiene goals.”
Registered Dental Hygienist
Someone once told Sherry, “’Find a job you love to do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.’ I’ve found the dental field a rewarding occupation.” She graduated with a dental hygiene degree after working for several years as a dental assistant in Iowa. Now with four grown children, Sherry and husband Rich moved to Arizona in 1985. She enjoys dentistry again as a member of Briggs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Sherry is seen in the back office doing a little of everything supporting the whole team. She is another member of the team devoted to providing top quality care and comfort to you during your visit.
Melissa moved to Arizona with her family to get away from the cold, snowy Iowa winters. She started her dental career in 1994 as a dental assistant and has been a treatment & financial coordinator since 1996. Having dental assisting experience is valuable when discussing procedures and appointments with our dental guests. “I am proud to be a member of the Briggs Dental family and feel so lucky to get to work with an extraordinary group of people. Because our team offers exceptional care, we have loyal patients that refer their friends and family, resulting in the best practice in the area.” Melissa looks forward to being a resident tourist exploring the Southwest. She enjoys boating, travelling, shopping, live music, watching her kids play sports, and reality TV. She is excited about her future with Briggs Family Dental.
I was born in Columbus Indiana. We moved out here and I started High School at Greenway High School in Phoneix. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice. In my “former life” I worked in corrections but left there when my daughter was born. I have worked in the dental field for the past 13 years. I married the best man I know and we have 4 beautiful children. We love to go camping in our travel trailer and spend time together with family and friends. I am so excited to be part of the Brigg’s Team. I have already learned so much from the Doctors. The sleep apnea program has really broadened my knowledge and I am excited to be able to assist others.
Director of New Impressions
I moved here from Iowa in Dec 2012. I moved to Arizona with my daughter EmmyJo. I was an assistant for 18 years and started out assisting Dr. Roger. I have now been the New Patient Coordinator for Briggs Family Dentistry for 2 years. I really enjoy Arizona and all the fun things there are to do here. I am happy to be part of such amazing and talented professionals.
I am originally from San Jose CA. We have lived here in Arizona for 16 years. Most of our family is still in San Jose so we travel there often. I have 20 years experience in the dental field. I am happy, happy, happy to be part of this wonderful team. I feel like I am joining the family. My husband George and I enjoy our grandson who is very close by. We also enjoy ball, road trips, and old cars.
Terina is originally from West Covina CA. receiving her education as a DA and horticoultorist. She lived in AZ off and on since 1980. Along with her love of nature Terina is a people person who loves to put a smile on everyone’s face. Joining our team as Dr. Brad’s lead assistant 9 months ago. She has 4 kids and 2 grand kids which she loves to spend time with. Terina loves to take pictures of nature, sing, and spend time with her significant other Jeff.
Leandra is an AZ native where she grew up with her two sisters and brother. Leandra has been assisting great doctors since 2009. “Dentistry has always been one of my passions. I love helping patients feel confident working, Leandra enjoys hiking, cooking and spending time with her family, friends and her two four legged furry friends. I am so excited to work with such an amazing, talented and professional’s here at Briggs Family Dentistry.
I moved here from Southern Iowa in 2015. I have been assisting for 2 years and love it. Working at Briggs Family Dentistry has introduced me to some amazing professionals that I learn so much from every day. They are just overall wonderful people. In my free time I love to be involved in sports, watching or playing, swimming and spending time with friends and family.
I am a second generation Phoenix native who has been a dental assistant for 10 yrs and I have my associates degree in Science. I have 2 children that were also born in the valley, whom I adore and a loving husband. I think family is very important and enjoy spending the majority of my time with them. I love to read, garden, BBQ with friends, go camping, being anywhere in the outdoors and consider myself to be somewhat of a music and movie connoisseur. I am a people person and love getting to know my patients as well as getting to assist the Dr. in providing them with the top quality of care. I am lucky because I love the job that I do and I have a fantastic company that I can grow with, who has really become like extended family to me. I look forward to meeting you and helping assist in your dental needs while bringing a bright, healthy smile to your face.
Married to Dr. Roger in 1969 I helped set up his practice in 1973 and worked as his only employee until 1975 when her first child was born Dr. Brad. I rejoined the practice in the 90’s after all 3 children were in school. I work part time as office manager, coordinator of everything and main gopher. I love working with my family and all of the wonderful ladies we are proud to call our office family.
Originally from Maryland, I started my education by completing my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology while competing on the Women’s Varsity Swim Team from Towson University. Only knowing that I wanted to be in the health professions I started in dentistry as a dental assistant. From the first day, I fell in love with dentistry and I set my sights on achieving my second Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. I moved to Flagstaff, Arizona where I continued working as a dental assistant while attaining my degree from Northern Arizona University. Since 2001, I have been practicing dental hygiene, gaining experience in highly innovative general and cosmetic dental offices, expanding my knowledge of periodontal disease and obtaining my LASER certification. But my main passion is working with and getting to know my patients, helping them feel comfortable during their dental experience, making them feel empowered and providing comprehensive, thorough and painless dentistry. “I feel fortunate to be working with the most professional and caring team.” In my free time I enjoy spending time with my 2 children and husband hiking, camping and skiing, among other outdoor activities, as well as, reading non fiction books. I continue my passion for health and fitness by competing in local running events, swimming and weight training.
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