About Us

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Dr. Nikki Dejbod

Specialized in Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry


Born and raised in University Place, Nikki Dejbod is a Washington native. She graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Neurobiology.  Dr. Nikki then went on to receive her dental training at the prestigious University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. During her time there, she participated in multiple community outreach programs and was the President of her class. After obtaining her D.D.S. degree, Dr. Nikki began work at Marin Community Clinics, a federally qualified health center that primarily treats the low-income pediatric population. The work experiences there led her to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry at the NYU-Lutheran Medical Center residency program. Dr. Nikki is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is delighted to be the first Pediatric Dentist in Sahuarita. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatric Dentistry at the NYU-Lutheran Medical Center.


In her free time, Dr. Nikki enjoys reading, cooking, playing video games, making fun of reality shows with her husband while secretly liking them, and teaching her dog, Pickles, new tricks.

Front Office Pea-ple


Michele Garza

Treatment Coordinator

Michele was born and raised in Tucson. She has three children and enjoys cooking and baking for her friends and family. Michele LOVES sports and spending time with her loved ones. If she's not at Sweet Peadiatric Dentistry, you'll find her at a University of Arizona softball game or watching the Mets play on TV.


Maria Cota

Front Office


Jada Steed

Billing Coordinator

Jada was born and raised in Hooper, UT. She's been married to her husband, Scott, for 34 years. They have three beautiful children and one granddaughter. She loves spending time with her family, laughing and having fun. Jada loves to travel, ski, ride horses, and design beautiful spaces.

Back Office Pea-ple

Cynthia Collins


Karissa Goode

Born and raised in Tucson, Karissa is a Desert View High, class of 2017 graduate. Out of high school, she went on to further her education and study dental assisting at Pima Medical Institute where she graduated with honors and received her Dental Assistant certificate. From there, she joined the Sweet Pea family. On her free time, Karissa enjoys going to the movies, playing with makeup, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. Also a little fun fact, Karissa loves all things Disney!


Lauryn Holguin

Lauryn was born in Tucson and raised in Sahuarita. Lauryn attended Pima Medical Institute where she received her certificate in Dental Assisting. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her son and family.

Fun fact about Lauryn: She brought her kiddo in before she started working here!


Manny Orduno

Manny was born in Los Angeles, CA and was raised in Nogales, AZ. He has 11 years of experience in the dental field including 8 years in pediatric dentistry. His favorite part of working with kids is being able to act silly since he is a kid at heart. Manny enjoys traveling with his family, especially to Disneyland and the beach. He loves watching cartoons; his favorites include: Pokemon, Dragon Ball, Scooby Doo and Disney movies. Manny is an avid sports fan and loves football and college basketball with the Minnesota Vikings and the Duke Blue Devils being his favorite, respectively.


Vanessa Tena

Vanessa was born in Monterey, CA but is proud to call Sahuarita home. She graduated from the Tucson Dental Assisting School and is currently working towards obtaining her expanded functions certifications. Her gentle touch and friendly chair side manner helps patients feel more relaxed and comfortable during their visit. Outside of the office, Vanessa is a Social Worker that helps the homeless throughout Pima County. Vanessa enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, doing her makeup, and going on hikes while enjoying all the outdoors that Arizona has to offer.


Ysela Vega-Murillo

Ysela was born and raised in Tucson. After high school, she studied at Pima Medical Institute to become a Dental Assistant and graduated with honors in 2018. In her free time, Ysela enjoys cooking, baking, going to the movies, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She loves baseball and is a die hard Los Angeles Dodgers fan!