Melissa went to Pima Medical Institute and graduated in 2013 for dental assisting. Shortly, after she was hired to work for Doctor Huntington and fine tuned her skill sets and the knowledge she received from school was put to life. Since then, she still feels like she is learning something new everyday and with each passing day, she grew to be our lead dental assistant. She believes perseverance pays off and is grateful for the route that she took in her field. Melissa understands patients can feel overwhelmed and scared before procedures and with a friendly smile, she will help answer any questions or concerns they might have to help put them at ease. It’s comforting to know someone who is dedicated in learning and helping others is teamed with Doctor Huntington during the procedures.
Melissa who is originally from Northern Arizona, but has been in Tucson for the past 18 years feels more at home. After work, she enjoys spending time with her family including her pride and joy, her son (2yo). As a mother who works she admits her life is pretty busy, but it’s also very fulfilling. The family enjoys taking walks around various parks, and participating in festivities in the Tucson area. She is very happy to be part of Doctor Huntington’s team.
Dr. Chris HuntingtonPrincipal Dentist
Doctor Christopher Huntington grew up in Phoenix, AZ and came to Tucson, AZ in 1996 to attend the University of Arizona. He earned his Bachelor in Physiology in 2000 and immediately earned his Master’s Degree to teach high school science in 2001. He taught Biology & Chemistry for 5 years at Tucson High School.In 2006 he enrolled at Temple University school of dentistry in Philadelphia, where he earned his DMD in 2010 and returned to Tucson, AZ to practice dentistry. He started the practice back in 2012, from previous dentist Dr.Lloyd Smith, DDS. Who was well known as the ‘Gentle Dentist’,and just as that trademark name was embedded into this office. Dr.Christopher Huntington has been following that very same motto. He believes in achieving the ‘ beautiful smile’ for each and every patient with no pain. He also believes in communicating with his patients in making sure they fully understand the treatment that he recommends before continuing on to the next step. He prides on developing each patient’s unique case with new ideas and maintaining the treatment style to be fun and relaxed. In return, he receives the trust from his patients. Doctor Huntington enjoys working with people and help overcoming their fears. He is confident within his skill set in cosmetics, implants, extractions, dentures, root canal and restorative dentistry. He is a lifelong learner and continues his education in various study groups and classes. He takes special pride in providing painless dentistry and also educating his patients toensure the treatment options they choose is correct for the specific individual.
Gina became certified as a dental assistant in 2009. Shortly after, she was hired as a chair side dental assistant for Doctor Lloyd Smith who at the time was running the dental practice on Wilmot. After years of experience she then became the lead dental assistant just before Doctor Smith retired.When Doctor Huntington was chosen by Doctor Smith to be his predecessor , Gina helped with the transition and that’s when she started learning the business and insurance aspects of the practice and where she felt most at home. She now works primarily in the front office and is the first smile you will be greeted with when entering in. She does assist Doctor Huntington by his chair side when he needs an extra hand, but for the most part. She is our front office manager and is very knowledgeable regarding questions with insurance claims and information.
Gina is a Tucson native and as a working mother of two beautiful daughters, ages (10 ) and (1).Life tends to get pretty busy, but she enjoys every minute of it, “I wouldn’t change it for the world.”- Gina.
Spending time with her daughters and fiance. The family enjoys watching movies and exploring outdoor activities in the Tucson area. She is very happy to be part of Doctor Huntington’s team,and thoroughly enjoys serving patients like family.