9377 E Bell Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

(480) 563-0525Tap to Call

4611 E Shea Blvd, Ste 250

Phoenix, AZ 85028

(602) 485-3521Tap to Call

Meet the Team



Registered Dental Hygienist

“I have been practicing dental hygiene for more than ten years. I love the dental profession and my dental family. As a team, we are firm believers that preventive care and education are key to a healthy, beautiful smile. I love being able to give my patients individual attention and do my best to provide the best dental care available. I feel very blessed to work with Dr. Nielson and Dr. Schmidt. They are brilliant and highly skilled dentists who truly care about their patients. I am continually inspired by their high integrity, passion for dentistry, and love for their patients.

When I’m not taking care of my wonderful patients, you can most likely find me enjoying my family and the outdoors. I have two daughters and an adorable yellow lab that keep me crazy busy and laughing most of the time. We like taking road trips to national parks, swimming every weekend in the summer, and going for gelato every chance we get.”



Registered Dental Hygienist

“I have been a dental hygienist for 14 years and graduated from Rio Salado College.  Many people are now aware of the connection between their oral health and overall health. I genuinely enjoy answering questions and educating patients about prevention, oral diseases and overall wellness. I’m committed to providing high quality care to our patients so they can live long, healthy and happy lives. I love being part of a team of unique and compassionate people that enjoy serving others, remains excited about dentistry, and has a strong commitment to excellence.

I live in Phoenix and travel to both Little Torch Key, Florida and NYC for holidays and to spend time with my fire-fighting family. I love both Key West and the southwest part of the United States. Some of my favorite past times are fishing, swimming and snorkeling in the Florida Keys. I have two college age children, Christian and Alessandra. I also enjoy going out to eat with friends, reading, practicing yoga, taking daily walks and hiking in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.”



Registered Dental Hygienist

“I started my relationship with Life Smiles Dental Care back when I was in high school. I spent a few days a week in the office shadowing our wonderful hygienists, which sparked my interest and passion for dental hygiene. After attending Northern Arizona University and receiving my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree, I was ecstatic to join the team when an opening became available. It is amazing working with the dental team that inspired me to become a dental hygienist in the first place. I absolutely love what I do and am constantly attending dental conventions and continuing education courses to further my education. I enjoy getting to know my patients and making then feel comfortable.

I am an Arizona native and spend a majority of my time with my wonderful family. We enjoy making the quick trip to Payson to go hiking with our two crazy energetic dogs Alani and Kona.

I also enjoy yoga, indoor rock climbing and skiing!”



Registered Dental Hygienist

“I received a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University Provo and my RDH degree from Clark College in Vancouver Washington. I have been practicing hygiene for more than 15 years and absolutely LOVE it. The best part of my day is getting to be with a different person each hour: learning about them, working with them, and knowing that I will get to see them again! I am ecstatic to be a part of the Life Smiles Dental Care team because I am confident in the care that all the practitioners are offering the patients. I have been a patient of Life Smiles for more than 3 years – worked as a temporary hygienist for them within those years, and was eager to join the team when the opportunity became available!

Most of the time, I get to be a mother and wife. My husband Scott and I have four children, Reagan, Elliott, Jeneve, and Davis. Fun facts about me: I was on the show The Price is Right in 2003 and got all the way to the Showcase Showdown. I LOVE Niel Diamond and have seen him in concert many times, along with the cover band “Super Diamond.”

I love to go running and to travel. My last international trip was to Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Ukraine.”



Registered Dental Hygienist

Bio to come




Dental Assistant

“I’ve been a dental assistant at Life Smiles Dental Care since 2007, but have more than 24 years of experience working in dentistry. As an assistant, I have many duties which include assisting Dr. Nielson and Dr. Schmidt, coordinating with dental labs, and inventory control. I am also our whitening specialist and love to see our patients’ smiles sparkle after whitening. Feel free to ask me about all of our fabulous products! My favorite part of working here is having the opportunity to enhance patients’ smiles and to help fearful or apprehensive patients smile and relax in the office.

I was born in Bayreuth, Germany and moved to the United States in 1985. I am married with one adult son and two pups.

In my spare time I like to expand my mind by reading. I also like to watch mystery and game shows.”



Dental Assistant

“I assist both Dr. Nielson and Dr. Schmidt with a variety of procedures as well as play a part in the overall cleanliness and organization of the office. I enjoy learning about our patients and their life stories. The best part of my job is working in an industry where I am allowed to see the overall results of a patient’s treatment and have them walk out with a smile. Here at Life Smiles we are definitely passionate about what we do. I’m truly excited to being a part of this amazing team.

I have a beautiful daughter named Adalene Rai with my boyfriend and her devoted father, Michael. I’m blessed to have my little one in my life. She’s definitely changed me as a person in the best of ways. When time allows, I enjoy hiking going to the gym as well catching a movie from time to time.”



Dental Assistant

Bio to come



Dental Assistant

“I joined the Life Smiles team in August of 2015, and I couldn’t be happier! The entire team is incredibly passionate about the overall health and wellbeing of our patients, and I consider myself lucky to be a part of such a great team! As an assistant, I have the pleasure of working side-by-side with both incredibly knowledgeable and hard-working doctors every day. We not only help patients feel better, but we get to help them achieve the beautiful smile they’ve always dreamed about.

Outside the office, you can usually find me with my wonderful husband, Jeff. We love working out together, taking our dogs to the park, and cooking together. I also love baking and trying out a variety of “do it yourself” projects.”



Dental Assistant

Bio to come



Patient Coordinator


“As patient coordinator, I answer patient phone calls, schedule appointments, verify insurance information, guide new patients through an office tour and assist Dr. Nielson and Dr. Schmidt in the new patient exams. As insurance coordinator, I follow up on all outstanding insurance claims. I also assist in managing the marketing and social media for the practice.

Working with patients is the most rewarding part of my job! I enjoy getting to know patients and helping make them feel  comfortable and as welcome as possible! I also appreciate and respect all of my team members and we always have a great time together. We love seeing new patients and strive to make every visit wonderful! Our team works hard, but we also know how to have fun!

I come from a very large family, but most of them live in Illinois. I have an amazing husband, Kris and a rambunctious black lab Maynard!

In my free time I love traveling – I like visiting new places, making new friends, experiencing new cultures, and trying exotic foods!”



Patient Coordinator

“As a patient coordinator, I assist new and existing patients, by scheduling appointments, verifying insurance information, and answering any questions they may have.  Working with patients is the most important part of my job. I enjoy meeting new patients and welcoming the existing ones. It is also important to me to make sure they are welcomed. I enjoy working with all our team staff. We work hard but yet enjoy time together away from work. I am blessed to be a part of our practice.

I have been married for almost 40 years to my wonderful husband Leon. We have 2 beautiful loving daughters with 3 granddaughters, Lilia, Amelia and Arianna. I love spending time with them on the weekends.

In my spare time I love to travel and play golf.”



Treatment Coordinator

“I have over 15 years of customer service experience in the dental industry. I truly love meeting new people and helping our patients achieve optimal oral health and the smiles of their dreams. I work closely with Dr. Nielson and Dr. Schmidt to customize each patient’s treatment options and to maximize your insurance benefits. I really enjoy being a part of the Life Smiles Dental Team. Loving what you do and spending it with an amazing group of people is a dream come true.

Originally from California, I moved to Arizona in 1989. I love exploring all that this beautiful state has to offer by hiking, going on road trips and taking full advantage of our amazing weather. I have been married for over 13 years and have two beautiful children, Giuliana and Anthony. I am an animal lover too and share my home with 5 cats and our lucky dog, Dockett (all rescues).”



Treatment Coordinator

Bio to come




Treatment Coordinator

Bio to come