AboutSouth Mountain Family Dental

South Mountain Family Dental is a Tempe based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. The Team and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 602-438-9245 and experience why our patients think South Mountain Family Dental is the best dentist in Tempe.

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    Dr. Michael Dickerson

    Dr. Michael Dickerson

    Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry

    Dr. Dickerson attended Arizona State University, and studied dentistry at The Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. He is always striving to further his dental education and stay on the cutting edge of dentistry through numerous hours of continuing education courses each year. Dr. Dickerson has completed extensive ongoing certifications, including becoming certified as a provider for implant dentistry, 6 Month Braces techniques, Invisalign technology, and same day crown system.

    Dr. Dickerson is a member of the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Association and many other associations and organizations.

    Dr. Dickerson and his wife, Deanna have been married for 10 years and have four children. Together, they enjoy hiking, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. They are thrilled to raise their family in the valley of the sun close to their families!

  • Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
  • Family: Dr. Dickerson and his wife Deanna have four kids, Raegan, Weston, Ethan and their baby Cassie. He and his family reside in Mesa.
  • Hobbies: Dr. Dickerson is a local Boy Scout leader and an Eagle Scout himself. He loves spending time outdoors, especially working on his yard. He is very big into DIY jobs, and loves video editing and filming. His hobbies include Basketball, Triathlons, and loves Sports.
  • Bilingual : Tagalog / Filipino
  • Dr. Heath Snell

    Dr. Heath Snell

    Dr. Heath Snell

    Dr. Heath Snell believes in providing professional sedation surgical services in the comfortable and convenient environment of a general dentist office. He joins the South Mountain Family Dental team to perform in-house wisdom teeth removal and sedation for our patients receiving dental treatments.

    Dr. Snell graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University for his undergraduate studies. He then attended the University Of Colorado School Of Dentistry where he pursued his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He was nominated into the prestigious omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honors society along with receiving several awards and honors while in dental school. A one-year course of study in Advanced Education in General Dentistry following his graduation from dental school provided Dr. Snell with the required training to be certified to perform extraction of wisdom teeth and iv sedation.

    Dr. Snell is a member and associated with the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

  • Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
  • Family: Dr. Snell and his wife Chelsea have 5 children and he resides in Gilbert, AZ
  • Hobbies: Dr. Snell is very active in his church and community. He enjoys athletic sports and has participated on City football and basketball teams. His hobbies include watching or playing sports and photography.
  • Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry

    Dr. Darron Brower

    Dr. Brower attended Arizona State University and A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, where he received his Master's in Public Health; he then attended Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Dr. Brower has been interested in the Dental field for many years. He worked as a Dental Assistant for an orthodontist for nine years while going to school to become a dentist. Dr. Brower has perfected his root canal skills and prides himself on re-leaving patients of discomfort and pain. He listens to his patients and takes the time to do good work and educate his patients about good oral care.

    Dr. Brower is a member of the American Dental Association, American Acadamy of Implant Dentistry, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

    Dr. Brower and his wife, Alyne, have been married for 17 years and have five children aged 2-16. Dr. and Mrs. Brower enjoy going out to dinner and movies, and spending family time fishing, hunting, camping, off-roading, ATV fun! Dr. Brower was an Eagle Scout and a young man's group leader. He served a mission in Sweden.

    • Hometown: Raised in St. Johns, AZ, and Gilbert, AZ. Now living in Queen Creek, AZ.
    • Family: Dr. Brower and his wife, Alyne, have five children, four girls, and one boy.
    • Hobbies: Dr. Brower loves spending time with his family doing outdoor activities, camping, fishing, hunting, and off-roading.
    • Bilingual: Swedish/Portuguese

    Doctor of Dental Surgery

    Dr. Dewane Brueske

    Dr. Brueske attended Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry.  Dr. Brueske has also been certified in Clear Correct Orthodontics.  He continues studies to be the best dentist and provide excellent care to all his patients. The Doctor had the opportunity to go on multiple medical and dental aid work trips to the Amazon, Caribbean, Central America, and Africa. During which he was exposed to many procedures and experience in both fields. Ultimately, he pulled his first tooth while on a trip to the Amazon and was fascinated by dentistry. The rest is history.

     

    Dr. Brueske was born in British Columbia, Canada and grew up on a farm in the mountains of Eastern Oregon with sheep, goats, llamas, chickens, cows, and horses, all of which were pets and taught him how to care for animals and other living things. He now lives in Scottsdale with his fur baby, a Miniature Long Haired Dachshund named Sir Rupert.  When the Doctor is not working, he enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling, and finding new restaurants to try out.

    Dr. Brueske is a member of the ADA, AZDA a former member of CADS.

    • Hometown:Born in British Columbia, Canada, raised in Oregon, and now living in Scottsdale.
    • Family: Dr. Brueske lives in Scottsdale with his fur baby, a Miniature Long Haired Dachshund named Sir Rupert.
    • Hobbies: Dr. Brueske enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling, and finding new restaurants to try out.
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    • Bilingual: Dr. Brueske lived abroad in Japan, Argentina, and Norway, but is not fluent.
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    Meet the Team

    Chelsie

    Office Manager

    Chelsie was born and raised in California and recently (2020) moved to Casa Grande from Oceanside, CA.  with her husband and son.  When Chelsie is not working, she enjoys her family time, sports, swimming, going to the lake, spending time at the beach, boating, camping and motocross.

    Chelsie has been in the dental field since 2011.  After graduating as an RDA (Registered Dental Assistant), she worked as a Dental Assistant, and began learning front office, as well as all back-office procedures and responsibilities, including managerial duties. Along with Dental Assisting, working front office for specialties like; Orthodontics, Implants, Cosmetic, Endodontics, Oral Surgery, General Dentistry, and Periodontists, Chelsie was the Hygiene Manager for the previous dental practice in California. She is very passionate about the dental industry.  As a little girl she claims she had a weird thing about loving teeth, and it was always an inside joke with her family that when she was a child, she would hang signs on her bedroom door that said you could not enter if you had bad teeth.  She started college in a business degree when she decided to follow her true passion – the dental field, and quickly became motivated to peruse dentistry and has loved and excelled every step of the way!

    Chelsie and her family (husband and son) moved to AZ to purchase their first home and settle down. While sad to leave her CA home and her dental family in Oceanside she soon made her way to South Mountain Family Dental where she was welcomed with open arms.  She feels at home with her new dental family where everyone shares her passion for the industry and excellent dental care, and most of all for the patients.  Chelsie believes there is nothing better than working for a family practice that you can feel at home with, including the confidence she has for the doctors and entire staff.  She feels blessed to work with SMTFD!

    Connie

    Treatment Coordinator

    Connie was born and raised in Bothell, Washington.  She has lived in Austin, Texas and Honolulu, Hawaii over the last few years before deciding to make Gilbert, Arizona her permanent home.  Connie and her husband Agostino, a Sicilian (born and raised) and their 5 cats: Leonardo, Sophia, Simba, Harley and Peaches are enjoying their new home in Gilbert. Besides playing with her fur babies, Connie enjoys reading, hiking and traveling. 

    Connie has been in the Dental industry for over 26 years.  She has worked front office for her entire dental career, from schedule coordinator to office manager and all the positions in between.  Connie loves to watch dentistry change people’s lives.  Watching a patient who is unhappy with their teeth, and being able to make dental improvements, even the simplest thing, like a crown or replacement of a missing tooth, that can change their whole world.  The excitement watching a patient’s confidence improve or even just sharing their smile, makes her proud to be a part of their dental journey. 

    Connie enjoys her time at South Mountain Family Dental and getting to know the patients.  She is a valuable resource for this dental practice and for our patients.

    Chris

    Dental Assistant

    Chris was born and raised in Detroit and St. Clair Shores, Michigan and now resides in Mesa, Arizona.  She has four grown boys, Travis, Tyler, Trevor, and Tanner, and three grandchildren.  She enjoys camping and swimming with her youngest son and spending time with her grandkids.

    Chris has been in Dentistry for 38 years.  She has done some work in the front office doing insurance verification, but her expertise is in dental assisting.  She has worked with endodontics and oral surgery.  Currently, Chris is an instructor for a Dental Assisting School, and she works alongside Dr. Dickerson as his all-star Dental Assistant. 

    Chris enjoys working with her co-workers because they are like family, and it’s a fun place to work.  She is passionate about her job because she loves helping her patients in all aspects.  According to Chris, the rewards are abundant in Cosmetic Dentistry, seeing the transformation in the patient’s mouth and their self-confidence when they have their smiles back. She is a caring person and does not like seeing any of her patients in pain, so knowing she can help relieve their discomfort is very rewarding. She is a detailed Dental Assistant who always keeps her patients informed and comfortable in the dental chair.

    Gaylee

    Dental Hygienist

    Gaylee has lived in many places, growing up in an Air Force family, but now resides in Mesa, Arizona, where she has lived the longest.  She has been married to Russ for 41 years (May 2020), they have four daughters, two sons, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law, three granddaughters, one grandson, two dogs, a turtle, and a partridge in a pear tree (and a great sense of humor). Gaylee loves road trips and traveling.  She enjoys being crafty and cooking, cross-stitching, watching old movies, and reading.

    Gaylee has been in the dental industry for over 20 years. She started her dental career as a Sterilization Technician, then Hygiene Assistant, all while working part-time and going to school to be a Dental Hygienist. Her patients enjoy their time with her and the detail and care she gives with each cleaning.

    Gaylee loves the atmosphere at South Mountain Family Dental because Dr. Dickerson sets the tone of the office and is a great dentist.  She says he genuinely cares about her patients but also cares for the staff.  She likes that the office is a warm, fun place and that she can laugh with co-workers, tease them, cry with them, celebrate with them all while caring for our patient’s dental needs.  She always notices people’s teeth and loves being able to help them have healthy smiles.  Easing patients’ nerves from past negative dental experiences, helping them overcome fears, and getting their beautiful smiles back, make her completely happy!

    Misty

    Dental Hygienist

    Misty grew up in the White Mountains in Show Low, Arizona, and now lives in Chandler. She is married to Eric; they have three children. When Misty is not working, watching sports, especially baseball and football, is a favorite past time. She likes playing golf and yard games, camping, and fishing with her family. One of her favorite things to do is travel and experience new places and people!

    Misty has been in the dental field since 1997. She started her career in the dental industry working in the front office for an orthodontic practice, where she was cross-trained in the back office assisting the orthodontist. Misty eventually moved into general dentistry. After moving to the valley from Show Low, she worked as an assistant from 2001-2013 in cosmetic dentistry and then assisted for a periodontics surgery practice, which was her favorite! Misty decided to further her education and went back to school for her associate degree in Dental Hygiene. Misty says it was one of the BEST decisions she has ever made.

    Misty enjoys working at South Mountain Family Dental because of the fantastic and sincerely caring people. She loves being part of a team that genuinely wants the best for its patients. Her passion for the dental field is evident in how Misty cares for each patient, caring for them like family, educating them on oral health, and treating their individual needs. She loves meeting and getting to know her patient's month over month, years over the years!

    Raychelle

    Dental Hygienist

    Raychelle resides in Mesa, Arizona, where she was raised by her two amazing parents, Buck and Judi, along with her two sisters. Raychelle was recently married to her husband, Matthew.  She is enjoying married life, spending time with family and friends, cooking, baking, hiking, puzzles, and making people laugh.

    Raychelle has been in the dental industry for five years. She has worked as a Dental Assistant, and in the front office, now recently graduated and working as a Dental Hygienist.

    Raychelle enjoys being a part of South Mountain Family Dental because of the great team!  The workdays are fun!  Raychelle grew up knowing Dr. Dickerson and now is happy to be working for him.  Since she studied the anatomy of teeth, and mouth in her high school anatomy class, she has been fascinated and passionate about the dental industry. From that continued passion, her determination to provide patients with a comfortable experience while in the dental chair became her focus. Changing fear or previous bad experience for a patient into a healthy outlook and perspective will make the patient feel more at ease and likely to continue to see a dentist and continue good oral hygiene for a healthy life. Her passion shows and is contagious.

    Alison

    Dental Hygienist

    Alison was born and raised in AZ. She grew up in Flagstaff and has lived in Chandler for over the last 15 years.  Alison comes from a large family, five brothers, three sisters, and 23 nieces and nephews (she loves to spoil).  Alison has a heart for adventures; she loves traveling, hiking, and other outdoor activities.  She also enjoys playing piano and violin, working on the harmonic, audiobooks and podcasts, art, painting, and ceramics. She even tackles house projects, but often has her brothers help finish them.

    Alison has been in the dental industry for over 18 years.  For two years, she was a Dental Assistant to general and pediatric dentists and a Dental Hygienist for more than 16 years.  Before joining the team at Canyon State Dental, Alison worked for the county in their sealant program and as an adjunct faculty teacher at a community college.

    Alison enjoys her time with her great coworkers at Canyon State Dental and the fact that she loves making her patient's mouths and smiles sparkle and, ultimately, an all-around healthier patient.  She is ecstatic about meeting new people, getting to know them, and visiting with them over the years at the dental office.

    Jean

    Marketing Coordinator

    Jean was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but moved to Phoenix, Arizona when she was a toddler. She is married and has two sons and two stepsons and eight grandchildren.  Jean enjoys road trips, hiking, camping, gardening, almost anything, out-doors.  Her big love is her sons and grandchildren and spends as much time with them as she can. 

    Jean has been in the Dental industry for over 25 years.  She has worked in General Dentistry, Orthodontics, and for a Crown and Bridge Dental Laboratory.  She has worked all departments in dental offices through-out metro Phoenix, including front office, assisting, lab technician, sales, and management.  She is currently responsible for public relations and the marketing coordinator for South Mountain Family Dental.

    Jean had always noticed people’s teeth and their smiles first and knew she wanted to be in the industry when she was in high school.  She enjoys sharing her passion for the industry and the excellent care given by the staff at South Mountain Family Dental with the greater Tempe area.  She spends most of her time out and about in our community helping support our local schools, retirement centers, youth activities, and businesses, sharing the importance of good oral hygiene for your overall good health.