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4611 E Shea Blvd, Ste 250
Phoenix, AZ 85028 | Direction

Meet the dentists trusted for phenomenal smiles in Phoenix

Life Smiles Dental Care has a uniquely aligned team of dentists, dedicated to the oral health and brilliant smiles of patients throughout the Phoenix area.

Paul Nielson, DDS, MAGD

For Dr. Nielson, average has never been good enough. He takes responsibility for the dental health of others very seriously, continually striving to exceed expectations for patient care and treatment outcomes.

This drive for excellence started early. He earned a degree in zoology from Brigham Young University, graduating Summa Cum Laude (“with the highest distinction”) as class valedictorian. As an undergraduate student, he grew fluent in the Spanish language during a two-year stay in Chile. He became Dr. Nielson after completing dental studies at University of Washington in Seattle, where he graduated as the top student in the class. At dental school, Dr. Nielson received numerous awards and recognitions for his work with restorative dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics, and dental implants.

Dr. Nielson has been active in clinical practice for more than a decade, primarily in Arizona. Since becoming a dentist, he has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education, dramatically exceeding the state’s licensing requirements. In 2013, Dr. Nielson earned the extraordinary distinction of Master in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Paul Nielson

Today, the doctor takes special interest in full mouth rehabilitation, implant dentistry, cosmetic services, and sedation. However, he enjoys all aspects of general practice, meeting new patients and building lasting relationships. Dr. Nielson is known for an individualized approach, working closely with each patient to develop personalized treatment plans for healthy lifetime smiles. He even provides his personal mobile phone number for the highest level of responsiveness to patient needs.

To stay current in this fast-paced industry, Dr. Nielson maintains membership in these professional associations:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Arizona Dental Association
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society

Dr. Nielson is happily married, and the couple has four children. When the lab coat comes off, you will find him vacationing with his family, enjoying outdoor sports, or teaching at his church.

Dr. Paul Nielson and his family

Timothy Schmidt, DMD, FAGD

Ask anyone who has been in his chair, and they will tell you that Dr. Schmidt is compassionate, and sincere in his dedication to helping patients achieve their best possible smiles. Imagine a doctor who makes follow-up phone calls in the evening to check on the wellbeing of patients – that’s Dr. Schmidt.

Dr. Schmidt studied in Utah and Oregon, before practicing in the state of Washington where he served at University of Washington School of Dentistry as an affiliate instructor. However, as a native Arizonian, the Phoenix Valley community called him back to the Grand Canyon state.

Each day he works to raise the standard for dental healthcare through ongoing education, current technologies and techniques, and by genuinely listening to the concerns of his patients. His goal is to provide comfortable treatment with long-lasting results that look natural. He maintains that edge, in part, through membership in:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Arizona Dental Association
  • National Health Service Corps
  • Spear Education

Outside the office, Dr. Schmidt enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife have four children. When he is not coaching soccer or attending dance recitals, he likes to play basketball and get to the mountains.

 Timothy Schmidt, DMD, FAGD
Dr. Timothy Schmidt and His Family

John Cianciola DDS, MSD

Dr. Cianciola is first and foremost a communicator. With a big smile and easygoing manner, he puts patients and the dental team at ease. Listening and sharing knowledge is part of his commitment to providing positive experiences for all patients in his care.

The doctor’s rich educational background includes:

  • State University of New York in Geneseo, NY granted Dr. Cianciola a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science in Marketing.
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). He graduated with special recognition for outstanding clinical research and thesis honors from School of Dental Medicine at SUNY in Buffalo, NY.
  • At Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, OH he earned Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) and Certificate in Periodontology.

Dr. Cianciola wasn’t finished expanding his academic learning or hands-on skills, though. He trained at Peter Dawson’s Center for Advanced Dental Study and completed additional training at the prestigious Misch International Implant Institute. Dr. Cianciola continues to serve on the faculty of this fine institution, helping other dentists hone their proficiency in implant dentistry.

John Cianciola DDS, MSD


Life Smiles Dental Care is privileged to have Dr. Cianciola’s expertise in LANAP laser procedures, soft tissue grafts, sinus lifts, bone grafting, implantology, periodontal plastic surgery, facial esthetics, and cosmetic services.