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About Our North Scottsdale Dental Practice

We are a full service dental practice located in beautiful Scottsdale Arizona, near Ancala Village Shopping Center. We offer very personal and professional service from our experienced and knowledgeable team.

We Care your Teeth!

Dr. Jenista has provided family and cosmetic dentistry to Scottsdale area residents since 1997. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Idaho and his dental degree at Creighton University in 1994. Annually attending continuing education courses enables Dr. Jenista to stay at the forefront of his specialty so that he can provide optimal care to his patients.


Dr. Jenista believes that in order to provide the highest level of service, a doctor must surround himself with an equally skilled staff that is not only competent, but also unusually warm and friendly. Dr. Jenista has assembled an office staff that will impress you with superior customer service and the ability to put anyone at ease. You will immediately see the difference on your first visit. Each of the staff members has more than 15 years experience and are highly trained in all aspects of dentistry. Highly attuned to the patients’ needs, the staff takes pride in making your dental experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Our goal is for you and your family to feel secure with exceptional and trusted dental

Dr. James Jenista DDS

Dr. Jenista leads one of the most progressive and skilled dental practices in Scottsdale. His philosophy is simple; there is no compromise when it comes to quality. He is highly skilled in creating beautiful smiles and emphasizes the cosmetic aspect in ALL of his work. You can be comfortable knowing your dental work will be done right the first time and feel as great as it looks. When your smile looks good, you feel good.

Our Team

We love where we work and know you will love it here too!

Dental Hygienist – Kera Kandel BS, RDH

Kera can be summed up as a radiant light. Her energy is contagious! She grew up back east in New England, and now spends most of her summers and holidays in Southern California. This east coast/ west coast girl received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a minor in Marketing Management.


After pursuing her nutrition degree, Kera was drawn to the dental field and began her dental career in the front office, transitioned her way to dental assistant and then ultimately became a dental hygienist. She has been in the dental profession for 15 years and absolutely loves it. Kera thrives on learning and loves the challenge of staying up to date on the latest innovative technologies that are omni advancing in the dental community. Kera’s main focus is providing the best possible oral and systemic well-being to each and every patient she sees.


When she isn’t providing excellent care to her patients, you can find Kera out and about in the Scottsdale community from the gym, to yoga, pilates, spin and running while at the same time fulfilling her passion in philanthropic work.

Dental Assistant – Kathlene Belanger

Kathlene graduated in 2005 with her Dental Assisting Degree from Apollo College, now known as Carrington College in Phoenix, AZ. Kathlene holds certificates in x-ray imaging, Invisialign, as well as achieving certification through extensive training with the Scheduling Institute.


After 13 years of quality patient care, Kathlene is always eager to improve on her knowledge and skills by valuing continuing education courses. She is unrelenting in her strive to provide the best patient care experience possible. Kathlene loves her career choice in dentistry because of the interaction and patient relationships she establishes every day. Every patient receives the gift of her hard efforts and dedication and we are all rewarded since Kathlene plans this as her lifelong profession.


When Kathlene is not working, she enjoys hiking, snowboarding on occasion with her family and is a self proclaimed “foodie”. Kathlene is a native of Arizona and is a fan of our local professional sports teams. Her primary focus is spending quality time with her daughter and enjoys taking last minute trips out of town.

Business Administrator – Simone Sanchez

Simone has worked in cosmetic and general dentistry for 16 years. She has a love and appreciation for cosmetic dentistry particularly because her life was personally changed with a beautiful smile. She is inspirational when helping patients choose the same experience and receives joy when the same results are obtained by our patients.


Simone’s background in dentistry began in 1994 as a dental assistant in Anchorage, AK. While being an assistant for seven years, Simone discovered her love of the business side of dentistry and moved to the front office as office coordinator for patient care. Simone left dentistry in 2006 to open a home care agency providing in-home support to disabled and elderly individuals. She grew this small business into a successful, 120-employee venture. Simone brings this unique business experience to dentistry with the perspective and management style that mirrors being an owner. In 2012 Simone returned to dentistry following the sale of her business and marriage. In the dental office, she has a genuine curiosity and love for all things dentistry and business and looks forward to helping patients receive life changing results.


Outside of the office, Simone is a professional performer, singing lead vocal with several working bands in the valley. She most enjoys spending time with her children frequently creating something together.

State-of-the-Art Dental Technology

We use various latest technologies to give quality work, a comfortable experience and reduce the amount of time you need to spend in the chair.

  • Intraoral camera
  • Air Abrasion Drill
  • DIAGNOdent Early Detection of Tooth Decay
  • Plasma Arc Curing Light (PAC Light)
  • Panoramic X-Rays (Panorex)
  • CAESY Patient Education Software
  • Cosmetic Imaging Software

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