AboutSouth Mountain Family Dental

South Mountain Family Dental is a Tempe based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. The Team and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 602-282-6078 and experience why our patients think South Mountain Family Dental is the best dentist in Tempe.

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Dr. Michael Dickerson

Dr. Michael Dickerson

Dr. Michael Dickerson

Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry

Dr. Dickerson attended Arizona State University, and studied dentistry at The Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. He is always striving to further his dental education and stay on the cutting edge of dentistry through numerous hours of continuing education courses each year. Dr. Dickerson has completed extensive ongoing certifications, including becoming certified as a provider for implant dentistry, 6 Month Braces techniques, Invisalign technology, and same day crown system.

Dr. Dickerson is a member of the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Association and many other associations and organizations.

Dr. Dickerson and his wife, Deanna have been married for 10 years and have four children. Together, they enjoy hiking, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. They are thrilled to raise their family in the valley of the sun close to their families!

  • Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
  • Family: Dr. Dickerson and his wife Deanna have four kids, Raegan, Weston, Ethan and their baby Cassie. He and his family reside in Mesa.
  • Hobbies: Dr. Dickerson is a local Boy Scout leader and an Eagle Scout himself. He loves spending time outdoors, especially working on his yard. He is very big into DIY jobs, and loves video editing and filming. His hobbies include Basketball, Triathlons, and loves Sports.
  • Bilingual : Tagalog / Filipino
  • Dr. Heath Snell

    Dr. Heath Snell

    Dr. Heath Snell

    Dr. Heath Snell believes in providing professional sedation surgical services in the comfortable and convenient environment of a general dentist office. He joins the South Mountain Family Dental team to perform in-house wisdom teeth removal and sedation for our patients receiving dental treatments.

    Dr. Snell graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University for his undergraduate studies. He then attended the University Of Colorado School Of Dentistry where he pursued his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He was nominated into the prestigious omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honors society along with receiving several awards and honors while in dental school. A one-year course of study in Advanced Education in General Dentistry following his graduation from dental school provided Dr. Snell with the required training to be certified to perform extraction of wisdom teeth and iv sedation.

    Dr. Snell is a member and associated with the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

  • Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
  • Family: Dr. Snell and his wife Chelsea have 5 children and he resides in Gilbert, AZ
  • Hobbies: Dr. Snell is very active in his church and community. He enjoys athletic sports and has participated on City football and basketball teams. His hobbies include watching or playing sports and photography.
  • Meet the Team


    Business Administration

    Amy was born in San Jose, CA., but has lived most of her life in different parts of the valley of the sun, starting in Tempe, at the age of five, and currently in Queen Creek. Amy is married to John; they have three daughters, Madelynn, Giovanna, and Rhiannon. She keeps very busy being a taxi mom with swimming, horseback riding, and softball, to mention a few. Amy is an avid fan of Reformed Pilates and enjoys her workouts.

    Amy has been in the dental industry for 25 years. She was a teenager when she got her start in a dental practice checking insurance eligibility. Now knowing just about every aspect of a dental practice, she is in it to stay. Amy feels that her role is to help patients understand that dentistry is a vital part of their overall health and that their dental health can significantly impact their medical health. To better serve and care for all South Mountain Family Dental patients and their families, Amy has implemented an array of excellent programs for the practice. She is experienced virtually every facet of dentistry, thus enabling her to educate and respond to all patients' needs adequately.

    Amy enjoys being at South Mountain Family Dental because she loves working with like-minded people she considers her friends. She loves that the team is a family, and they take care of each other as well as their patients. They provide care and treat their patients just how they would want themselves and their family's care delivered. When they all work towards the common goal - of superior patient care, it's not work; it is doing what they consider passionate. She is proud to be at South Mountain Family Dental, where she says she "has never seen an office more committed to every patient by bringing back all the fundamentals of superior service."


    Treatment Coordinator

    Sarah was born in Glendora, California, and raised in Chandler, Arizona, and now resides in Gilbert, Arizona, with her husband, James, and their two daughters. She loves running 5K’s, bike riding, and shopping.

    Sarah has been a part of the dental world since 2006. Although her expertise is in a dental front office environment, she has assisted on occasion. She steps up and does what is needed to help the staff and patients.

    Sarah enjoys her time at South Mountain Family Dental because the team feels like family, and Dr. Dickerson is ‘down to earth.’ Whether on the phone or face-to-face, patients know she has their best interest in mind. She likes to help patients through the dental procedure processes and educate them on their specific dental issues, concerns, and overall outcome possibilities.



    Valerie was born and raised in Oregon and moved to Arizona in 2006. She has been married for 20 years and has three sons and one daughter. Her oldest son is following in her footsteps, aspiring to get in the dental industry and applying for dental school. Valerie’s favorite pastime is anything outdoors; camping, hiking, going to the dunes, or hanging out at a lake. She loves spending time with all her family, which includes eight siblings, and a total of 31 grandchildren in her immediate family.

    Valerie has been in and around the dental industry for over 10 years. She loves working at SMTFD because of the people, both patients and coworkers. She loves being a part of a team that is passionate about helping people feel and look their best when it comes to oral health. She truly believes a smile is worth a thousand words! Her smile and kindness are noticed by every patient that walks in South Mountain Family Dental practice.


    Front Office

    Chelsie was born and raised in California. She recently (2020) moved to Casa Grande from Oceanside, CA. with her husband and son. When Chelsie is not working, she enjoys her family time, sports, swimming, going to the lake, spending time at the beach, boating, camping, and motocross.

    Chelsie has been in the dental field since 2011. After graduating as an RDA (Registered Dental Assistant), she worked as a Dental Assistant. She soon began learning front office, as well as all back-office procedures and responsibilities, including managerial duties. Chelsie has assisted for specialty doctors, such as Orthodontics, Implants, Cosmetic, Endodontics, Oral Surgery, General Dentistry, and Periodontists. Chelsie was also a Hygiene Manager for a previous dental practice in California. She is very passionate about the dental industry. As a little girl, Chelsie explained, she had a weird thing about loving teeth. When Chelsie was young, it was always an inside joke with her family that she would hang signs on her bedroom door that said you could not enter if you had bad teeth. She started college studying business when she decided to follow her true passion – the dental field. She quickly became motivated to pursue dentistry and has loved and excelled every step of the way!

    Chelsie and her family (husband and son) moved to AZ, in search of their first home and to settle down. While sad to leave her CA home and her dental family in Oceanside, she soon made her way to South Mountain Family Dental and was welcomed with open arms. Chelsie feels at home with her new dental family, where everyone shares her passion for the industry, excellent dental care, and most of all, care and concern for the patients. Chelsie believes there is nothing better than working for a family practice that you can feel at home, including her confidence in the doctors and the entire staff. She feels blessed to work with SMTFD!


    Dental Hygienist

    Gaylee has lived in many places, growing up in an Air Force family, but now resides in Mesa, Arizona, where she has lived the longest. She has been married to Russ for 41 years (May 2020), they have four daughters, two sons, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law, three granddaughters, one grandson, two dogs, a turtle, and a partridge in a pear tree (and a great sense of humor). Gaylee loves road trips and traveling. She enjoys being crafty and cooking, cross-stitching, watching old movies, and reading.

    Gaylee has been in the dental industry for over 20 years. She started her dental career as a Sterilization Technician, then Hygiene Assistant, all while working part-time and going to school to be a Dental Hygienist. Her patients enjoy their time with her and the detail and care she gives with each cleaning.

    Gaylee loves the atmosphere at South Mountain Family Dental because Dr. Dickerson sets the tone of the office and is a great dentist. She says he genuinely cares about her patients but also cares for the staff. She likes that the office is a warm, fun place and that she can laugh with co-workers, tease them, cry with them, celebrate with them all while caring for our patient’s dental needs. She always notices people’s teeth and loves being able to help them have healthy smiles. Easing patients’ nerves from past negative dental experiences, helping them overcome fears, and getting their beautiful smiles back, make her completely happy!


    Dental Hygienist

    Raychelle resides in Mesa, Arizona, where she was raised by her two amazing parents, Buck and Judi, along with her two sisters. Raychelle was recently married to her husband, Matthew. She is enjoying married life, spending time with family and friends, cooking, baking, hiking, puzzles, and making people laugh.

    Raychelle has been in the dental industry for five years. She has worked as a Dental Assistant, and in the front office, now recently graduated and working as a Dental Hygienist.

    Raychelle enjoys being a part of South Mountain Family Dental because of the great team! The workdays are fun! Raychelle grew up knowing Dr. Dickerson and now is happy to be working for him. Since she studied the anatomy of teeth, and mouth in her high school anatomy class, she has been fascinated and passionate about the dental industry. From that continued passion, her determination to provide patients with a comfortable experience while in the dental chair became her focus. Changing fear or previous bad experience for a patient into a healthy outlook and perspective will make the patient feel more at ease and likely to continue to see a dentist and continue good oral hygiene for a healthy life. Her passion shows and is contagious.


    Dental Assistant

    Chris was born and raised in Detroit and St. Clair Shores, Michigan and now resides in Mesa, Arizona. She has four grown boys, Travis, Tyler, Trevor, and Tanner, and three grandchildren. She enjoys camping and swimming with her youngest son and spending time with her grandkids.

    Chris has been in Dentistry for 38 years. She has done some work in the front office doing insurance verification, but her expertise is in dental assisting. She has worked with endodontics and oral surgery. Currently, Chris is an instructor for a Dental Assisting School, and she works alongside Dr. Dickerson as his all-star Dental Assistant.

    Chris enjoys working with her co-workers because they are like family, and it’s a fun place to work. She is passionate about her job because she loves helping her patients in all aspects. According to Chris, the rewards are abundant in Cosmetic Dentistry, seeing the transformation in the patient’s mouth and their self-confidence when they have their smiles back. She is a caring person and does not like seeing any of her patients in pain, so knowing she can help relieve their discomfort is very rewarding. She is a detailed Dental Assistant who always keeps her patients informed and comfortable in the dental chair.


    Marketing Coordinator

    Jean was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but moved to Phoenix, Arizona when she was a toddler. She is married and has two sons and two stepsons and eight grandchildren. Jean enjoys road trips, hiking, camping, gardening, almost anything, out-doors. Her big love is her sons and grandchildren and spends as much time with them as she can.

    Jean has been in the Dental industry for over 25 years. She has worked in General Dentistry, Orthodontics, and for a Crown and Bridge Dental Laboratory. She has worked all departments in dental offices through-out metro Phoenix, including front office, assisting, lab technician, sales, and management. She is currently responsible for public relations and the marketing coordinator for South Mountain Family Dental.

    Jean had always noticed people’s teeth and their smiles first and knew she wanted to be in the industry when she was in high school. She enjoys sharing her passion for the industry and the excellent care given by the staff at South Mountain Family Dental with the greater Tempe area. She spends most of her time out and about in our community helping support our local schools, retirement centers, youth activities, and businesses, sharing the importance of good oral hygiene for your overall good health.