Our wish is for you to maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Our team consists of dedicated individuals who are kind, friendly and caring. They are happy when you are happy, so please feel free to address any concerns with our front office or simply ask for a cup of our gourmet coffee. Our energetic and experienced team will ensure a pleasant experience from the moment you walk through the door to the end of your appointment.
Dr. Gina M. ElrodD.D.S.
Dr. Gina Elrod is a graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry Class of 2001. Dr. Elrod received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She practiced dentistry in Indiana until moving to Arizona in 2010 with her husband Ryan and their two sons, Vincent and Jack. Dr. Elrod has a passion for helping her patients and educating them on the importance of oral health in relation to their overall health. She believes every patient should have a positive dental experience and helps them feel comfortable with her gentle and caring nature.
Dr. Elrod is very excited to be practicing in Arizona at Paradise Valley Family Dental. She is highly trained in Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign and Laser Dentistry. She also enjoys all aspects of general dentistry. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association (AzDA) , Central Arizona Dental Society and various study clubs.
Outside the office, Dr. Elrod loves spending time with her husband, Ryan, their two sons and two Morkies, Ellie and Bear. She enjoys watching her sons play sports, traveling and enjoying the beauty and active lifestyle that Arizona has to offer.
Dr. Nini NguyenD.D.S.
Dr. Nini Nguyen is originally from Corona, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2007 and went on to receive both her Master of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees from Midwestern University, Arizona. Dr. Nguyen was heavily involved with dental research during her master and dental program and conducted research on dental materials under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. John Mitchell. Dr. Nguyen understands the importance of evidenced-based dentistry and is an advocate for scientific research. She is a member of the American and International Association of Dental Research and practice in accordance with evidence-based dentistry. I believe patient education is key to a successful patient-doctor relationship. Therefore, I take extra time to explain why specific treatments are necessary and making sure I thoroughly address each patient’s wants and needs. This ensures that the patient is educated to make an informed decision that will be of the best fit. I also take into consideration the patient’s systemic and over health when formulating a treatment plan.
Dr. Donald Provenzale, Jr.D.D.S.
Dr. Donald Provenzale, Jr. graduated Loyola University School of Dentistry, Maywood, IL in 1988 at the top of his class, and subsequently entered residency training in Anesthesiology at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL. At the time, he was given the opportunity to pursue an M.D. degree and continue training toward becoming a board-certified Anesthesiologist. Due to his love for Dentistry, however, he declined the offer.
He then enrolled in the Medical College of Georgia dental implant training program, ultimately leading to being awarded the highest distinction within the discipline of Implant Dentistry—— Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry. He is recognized as a leader in the field of Oral Implantology and has lectured extensively on the subject.
He currently serves as the President of the Central District of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and as a faculty member of the AAID’s Chicago dental implant training program.
Dr. Provenzale strongly believes that treating patients with compassion and honesty, combined with the highest level of competence is the only way to practice Dentistry.
Building a foundation of trust by treating his patients as special individuals is the very essence of his practice.
Board-certified Oral Implantologist
Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry
President, American Academy of Implant Dentistry—Central District
Fellow, American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Fellow, International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Certificate, Medical College of Georgia Dental Implant Training Program
Faculty, American Academy of Implant Dentistry Chicago Maxicourse™ Dental Implant training program
Diplomate, National Dental Board of Anesthesiology
Fellow, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
Certificate, Medical Residency training in Anesthesiology
Certificate, Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Hobbies: Music (trumpet), Ice hockey
Carolyn Lhotsky, RDHDental Hygienist
Born and raised in New Jersey, I graduated from Keystone College, PA with a degree in Nutrition and Food Science. I then graduated from Bergen Community College, NJ for Dental Hygiene. Arizona has been my home for 25 years and I have been practicing dental hygiene for over 27 years.
Heather is originally from Canada and chose Arizona as her home leaving the Great White North behind.
She has been a part of Dentistry for 24 years and enjoys the rewards of seeing, and being a part of our patients achieving their dental dreams.
Heather has been married for 11 years and has two beautiful daughters, two amazing son-in-laws and three handsome grandsons.
In her free time she loves to travel, swim, read, endlessly throw the ball for her Blue Heeler Annabelle, and spend quality time with her husband Carl.
Jackie was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute and got her certification as a dental assistant. She loves working in dentistry and it has definitely opened up a different side of her. In her free time, she likes to go to the gym, hang out with friends and family, try new restaurants, and spend time with her puppy. She enjoys and looks forward to helping patients walk out with a smile.
Danielle is a third generation native of Arizona and has been a dental assistant since 2011. Danielle works in an efficient and friendly manner making sure your dental visits go smoothly and comfortably. Her hobbies include going to the movies, hiking and spending time with her husband, two sons and their Brown Lab.