Meet the Doctors

Damon Duckworth, DDS | Stephanie Pagels, DDS | Tiffany Andersen, DMD | Jessica Jane Thayer, DMD, MS

 

Damon Duckworth, DDS

Damon Duckworth, DDS, was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Duckworth graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He then graduated from the University of Southern California’s Ostrow School of Dentistry and subsequently completed a residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Cohen Children’s Hospital of Northwell Health, in Long Island, New York. During his residency, he received extensive training in orthodontics and completed rotations in emergency medicine, oral pathology, ambulatory anesthesia, as well as pediatric medicine.

Dr. Duckworth has volunteered with several local and international dental mission trips providing dental care to underserved areas in California, New York, and in multiple cities in Mexico.

 

Stephanie Pagels, DDS

Stephanie Pagels, DDS, board-eligible pediatric dentist, was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008 with a BA in Psychology, and earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, she completed an Advance Education General Dentistry program through NYU-Lutheran Medical Center located at the Maricopa Integrated Health Systems in Phoenix, Arizona. After working for a year, she began her Pediatric Residency Program through NYU-Lutheran Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. 

Stephanie is very involved in community outreach programs, both domestically and abroad. She was co-director of the USC Mobile Clinic, a program dedicated to treating children of at-risk communities in Southern California. She was president of the Dental Humanitarian Outreach Program, a group that brought much needed dental care to underserved communities throughout the world. She is the recipient of the Thor Award, for outstanding dedication and service in providing dental care to handicapped and/or disadvantaged and California Dental Association Community Leadership Award, for demonstrating academic excellence, participating in community outreach, and contributing to organized dentistry.

Stephanie is returning to Arizona after spending two years living and working in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She is honored to be given the opportunity to serve the oral health care needs of Phoenix.

Stephanie, her husband Oscar, and their son Silas, enjoy the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

Tiffany Andersen, DMD

Tiffany Andersen, DMD was born and raised in Glendale, Arizona. She graduated from Apollo High School, received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona, and completed dental school at A.T. Still University in Mesa. She went on to complete residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Minnesota where she rotated through Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare (a clinic for children with special and complex needs) and served on the craniofacial, velocardiofacial, and cleft lip and palate team.

Dr. Andersen has volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul’s teaching dental students, Child Crisis Center, and orphanages in Mexico. One of her proudest achievements is becoming board-certified in pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Andersen enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and daughter. She also loves to bake, garden, play piano, paint, and find new DIY projects.

 

Jessica Jane Thayer, DMD, MS

Jessica Jane Thayer, DMD, MS is a local Arizonan. She was born and raised in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. She completed her BS in dental hygiene in 2008 from Northern Arizona University. After practicing dental hygiene for several years, she knew she wanted to take her love of dentistry and patient care to the next level. She was accepted to A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH) where she completed her dental training in 2016. During dental school, she gained a true passion for the field of orthodontics. She completed her orthodontic specialty training and a master’s of science from ASDOH in 2018.

Dr. Thayer was married to her husband on Thanksgiving Day while in residency!  She loves travel, exploring, yoga, running, anything to do with food, and spending time with her husband and her two French bulldogs, Beef Cake and Mac.  Dr. Thayer truly loves the life-changing influence orthodontics can have.

Favorite quote:  “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” – Mother Teresa

 

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