18275 N 59th Ave, Ste 128 | Glendale, AZ 85308 | Call Today: (602) 497-4838

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Meet the Team

Monica - Dental Assistant 

Monica brings so much joy to the office, born in Chihuahua Mexico and raised in Mesa, Az Monica has been with the office since Dr. LaVant took ownership and has been Dental assisting for over 4 years. Monica loves helping Dr. Lavant care for our patients by always having such a positive attitude and bringing her joking nature to into work. Patients are always commenting how comfortable she makes them feel by explaining what is going on and making them laugh. When not working Monica loves cooking, spending time with her family and cracking jokes!

Christina - Dental Assistant

As a graduate of Brookline College Christina has been working in the field for 3yrs.  With her light and caring attitude Cristina all though young has been able to surpass her peers by continually learning and being very attentive to the dental field. Christina has a passion for cosmetic dentistry and will help make beautiful temporaries for your cosmetic needs. When not working here in the office Christina enjoys working out, hiking, and traveling.

Pearl - Front Office Admin, Dental Assistant

Pearl is Amazing! With over 17yrs+ of experience in the dental field, beginning at the age of 15yrs old, she knows literally everything. From assisting, billing insurance, patient management if there is something we don’t know we go to Pearl and she loves helping patients by going above and beyond to help them achieve their dental needs and give patients the Smile they always wanted. Pearl is a Pioneer to Italian Smiles, helping take the reigns when Dr. LaVant took ownership. In her time away from work Pearl loves spending time with her two beautiful children and Fiancé Brian, Pearl also enjoys hiking, motorcycles and going out with friends to have a good time.

Marla - RDH

Marla has been an integral part to Italian Smiles since joining Dr. LaVant during the transition. Marla brings along with her 30 yrs of experience in the field a true heart for taking care of people. Marla always has a story to tell, which somehow helps calm her patients while she delivers extraordinary hygiene care while also educating patients on what exactly is going on with their oral healthcare and teaching them how to correct these areas of concern. Outside of work Marla enjoys spending time with her family, going on hikes and making jewelry.

Kelly - RDH

Hailing from Upstate New York Kelly brings her east coast vibe to the office. Passionate, kind hearted, intelligent, caring and straight to the point are just a few words to explain Kelly and how she feels about taking care of our patients. Kelly enjoys educating patients about how your oral healthcare goes far beyond your mouth and how if not taken care of properly can affects the entire body (the heart, brain, pregnancy …etc) Kelly is our full time hygienist and is very gentle but through and she looks forward to seeing and taking care of you and your family!


Our African Queen and Leader Massa was born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia. At the age of 17 her dream of coming to America came true and she has excelled in everything she has done since she came. Graduating from Minnesota State University Moorhead with Bachelors in Health Services Administration, Massa then took a position at United Blood Service and quickly became one of the youngest supervisors in the companies. Massa all though new to the dental industry brings with her the lessons she has learned from over the years and has been a key part to the growth and success of Italian Smiles. Massa wears multiple hats within the office but you will most likely see her presenting treatment and helping make sure that the patients know and understand completely the treatment that the Doctor presented.  Massa exemplifies the attitude of ”whatever it takes” and will do whatever it takes to make sure your are cared for in the highest regard and make sure you are treated just like family. In Massa spare time she loves catching up on her beauty sleep, spending time with her wonderful husband Dr. LaVant, working out and traveling to various countries.

There is not enough words to explain what Massa does to help this office run smoothly.