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Dental Offices in Tucson, AZ - Meet the Team - Mel Dixon, DDS

 Jennifer Calderon, Office Manager

Jennifer is Dr. Dixon's Office Manager. She has been at Speedway Dental since August 2004.  Patient education plays a large role in her daily interactions with patients.  Jennifer loves all the hands on treatment the office has to offer, ranging from fillings to cosmetics.  She strives to give every individual personal one on one treatment coordination.

Jen says, "When you come to Dr. Dixon's office, you are greeted with a knowledgeable, caring, and informative dental team.  All of us here enjoy giving excellent, quality care.  We work together to give you, the patient, personalized attention.  This means whatever our patients individual needs are, we are there for them, from check in to check out."

Upon completing her dental assistant training at Pima Community College, Jenn worked for general dentists, prosthodontists, as well as the Dental Clinic at Davis Monthan Air Force Base before joining Dr. Dixon's team first as Dr Dixon's lead assistant and later office manager.  Jennifer graduated top of her class at Pima and has certifications in Arizona Radiation Health and Safety, and CPR for the professional individual.  She enjoys the diversity of her position and being able to help the patient either during treatment or after.

Three beautiful children enrich Jen's life. She is a dedicated wife and mother.  Her extracurricular activities include camping, boating, and traveling, although spending time with her family is her favorite.  Jennifer is also into music and hiking.  She looks forward to meeting with you. 



 Erin Kantola, Registered Dental Hygienist

Erin graduated from Phoenix College and started practicing clinically in 1999.  Prior to this she worked in the field as a dental assistant.  Having experienced a great deal of dentistry personally, she is passionate about educating and empowering her patients.  It is a source of great joy to her to help patients attain periodontal health and to maintain it.

Outside of dentistry, Erin enjoys adventures such as skiing, flying, kayaking, and bicycling.  A country girl at heart, she loves cats, sewing, quilting, stained glass, and taking care of her home. 




Erika M. Loera, Front Office Receptionist, Dental Assistant

Erika is from Tucson Arizona.  She graduated from Pima Medical Institute with a certification in dental assisting.  For two years she worked at Dedicated Dental Service where she had hands on training for clerical dental skills as well as assisting.  December 2010 is when she was hired on as a front office receptionist to Dr. Dixon's team.  "I found a great team here at Dr. Dixon's ofiice, and I am very lucky to be part of it."  Her goal in life is to continue her education in the dental field and become a dental hygienist.  She has a profound interest in all of the dental field's aspects, and wants to educate patients in the importance of maintaining excellent oral health.  Erika's hobbies include horse races, horseback riding, and going on vacation whith her husband and 2 young children.




Viridiana Ruiz, Dental Assistant

Viridiana Ruiz joined us in 2011.  She graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at Pima Community College in May 2010.  She loves to spend time with her family, as well as visit the family ranch during the weekends.  Viri enjoys working at Dr. Dixon's office so much.  "I feel so fortunate to be part of this wonderful family.  During my recent time here I've felt a great bonding with patients, which lets me feel as though they are part of my family."  Her future goals are to become a Dental Technicion, and to help other people have a beautiful smile.

Melissa Soder, Dental Assistant

Melissa has been a Dental Assistant for 9 years and is a Tucson native.  One of the reason's she got into the dental field is her love of being able to help others out.  Because being a dental assistant epitomizes the care of the public, she is really able to do what she loves as a profession.  Outside of the office Melissa dedicates time to taking care of her 3 lovely "fur babies".  She enjoys family BBQ's, the great outdoors, and catching a movie with her husband.