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Meet the Manela Dental Team

Dr. Michael Manela has been providing family and general dentistry services as a dentist in Tucson for many years. He has been in the current location since 1999. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with the people who make our practice what it is.

Dr. Manela and his staff believe in establishing optimal periodontal (involves the bone and tissues supporting the teeth) health for all their patients. Research has shown that optimal periodontal health helps develop better overall health. This approach encourages active participation by the entire dental team, and most importantly, the patient.

Of course, optimal dental health involves more than periodontal health. Removal and repair of decayed areas and repair of broken or missing teeth are necessary for adequate function and a good appearance. We provide an array of restorative choices as solutions to these circumstances. Finally, for those who want a little brighter smile we offer teeth whitening.

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dr. manela

Dr. Manela

Dr. Michael Manela is a long-time Tucson resident who came here after spending two years as an Air Force dentist. He obtained his DDS from Meharry School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee. He also holds a BA degree from the University of Oregon. In Tucson, Dr. Manela is a past president of the Pima Dental Study Club, a former provider for TUSD’s Grayline Dental Program for underprivileged students, and an annual participant in the Give Kids A Smile event sponsored by the American Dental Association, the Arizona Dental Foundation, and Pima Community College. He is also a current member of the advisory board for the Dental Assisting program at Pima Community College.

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Sheila Dental Assistant

Sheila has been with the office for more than 31 years even though her daily roundtrip commute exceeds 150 miles. She is genuinely dedicated to her profession, to the office, and to the patients. In addition to her skills as an assistant Sheila is very engaging and, as a result, popular with patients. She has three children and five grandchildren and maintains a strong interest in her family. She enjoys attending concerts (primarily Country Music), reading, and radio contests.

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Jodene Dental Hygienist

Jodene is a graduate of the Pima Community College School of Dental Hygiene in Tucson with nearly 19 years of experience. She provides excellent care, is popular with our patients, and has a particular interest in Periodontal Disease and its treatment modalities. She keeps the patient’s overall health in mind as she works with them to improve their dental health. She has one child. Her interests are her family, travelling, and spending time with friends.

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Tomasa Dental Hygienist

Tomasa has been with us for over 10 years. She has 26 years of experience and is excellent at establishing rapport with her patients as well as proving outstanding care. She has three children and during any spare time enjoys swimming and reading.

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Bonnie Administration

Bonnie is generally the initial contact person and is available to answer questions regarding appointments, fees, payment options, and insurance. She has been with the office over 38 years.She has two children and 4 grandchildren. Her primary interest is her family, but she also enjoys the Arizona lifestyle, attending concerts, and radio contests.