Erica BigosDDS, Lead Dentist/Partner
About Erica Bigos
Dr. Erica Bigos, a native of St. Augustine, Florida, at the age of 17 years old, was one of 18 students selected worldwide for the rigorous, 6 year combined BA/DDS dental program at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. Dr. Bigos completed a typical 4 year BA degree in only 2 years, subsequently entering in with the University’s 80 conventional 4-year DDS students to obtain her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2003, all in a mere 6 years rather than the typical 8-year dental curriculum. Dr. Bigos graduated the dental program at the age of 23, making her one of the youngest persons to graduate dental school. Dr. Bigos developed her aesthetic skills and artistic vision through, completing a two year Cosmetic Residency/Internship located in Phoenix, Arizona. Out of the original 18 students, Dr. Bigos was one of only 11 students to actually complete the program, graduating the program with honors in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Bigos takes pride in being a comprehensive aesthetic dentist. She understands the mouth is an important indicator of health and well being of the entire body. “For example if a patient’s bite is not aligned properly or the patient suffers from chronic tooth or gum infections, it can affect the patient in the form of headaches, referred pain, incorrect posture, heart issues, glucose levels, back and neck issues and even digestive problems.” says Dr. Bigos.
Her office is unique in that she offers comprehensive high quality dental care all under one roof. Here at our state of the art facility, she provides patients with a comprehensive dental care plan that can be achieved over years or sooner if that is what the patient wants. Dr. Bigos is known for her gentle and caring yet confident skill set in which she creates smiles as healthy as they are beautiful. A perfectionist by nature, she strives to create natural smiles of distinct, unparalleled beauty, ultimately changing lives and awakening inner self-confidence and achieving better overall health, one smile at a time.
Dr. Bigos remains an avid proponent of community service. Through various publications, ranging from local to international and educational seminars, she focuses on identifying the possibilities as well as offering choices to the public in quality dental care. Through her research, she has originated a product line and book series, which provides the solution to the widespread Caries Epidemic.
Dr. Bigos is an avid tennis player and golfer. She lives locally with her husband Shaun, her daughter Alexis and son Christian.
Jammie Lynn ShaughnessyCEO/Owner
About Jammie Lynn Shaughnessy
Jammie was born and raised in West Los Angeles, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from San Diego State University in 1994 and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 1997 from the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry. She practiced clinically for 10 years in private specialty practice in West Los Angeles and Pasadena. In 2007 she moved to Arizona to partner with Dr. Erica Bigos and opened North Valley Family Dentistry. She continues to deliver quality care to patients, all while managing a large staff. In addition she heads the practice marketing, social media, finance, accounting, patient relations, customer service, human relations and equipment maintenance and technology. She strives to make the workplace feel like a home away from home for the employees and patients. Along with Dr. Bigos, she ensures the office is up to date with the latest ever evolving digital and advanced technologies to provide the most advanced patient care and procedures. Jammie lives in North Scottsdale with her husband, Scott and daughter, Sophia. Jammie and her family enjoy a healthy lifestyle by getting out in nature as much as possible, biking, hiking, swimming and traveling.
Read the following articles about Jammie: ADHA, Business Journal and Chamber Business Profile. In November 2010, Jammie was nominated for the Chamber of Commerce at Anthem Small Business Person of the Year.
Brent CallDMD, Associate Dentist
About Brent Call
Dr. Brent Call, a native Arizonan, born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. He completed his undergraduate studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. In 2004, he then earned his DMD (doctor of medical dentistry) degree from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Call was accepted into a General Practice Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. This rigorous one year residency program focused on implant placement and restoration, treatment of patients under IV sedation, and treatment of medically compromised patients.
After completion of his residency, Dr. Call returned to the Phoenix area and became a partner in a private group dental practice. Since 2005, Dr. Call has been in private practice focusing on implant therapy and treatment of patients in conjunction with IV sedation.
Dr. Brent Call lives in the Phoenix area, along with his wife, Angie and his two daughters. He enjoys hiking, wakeboarding, and snow skiing.
Roy E. HowardDDS, Associate Dentist
About Roy E. Howard
Dr. Roy Howard graduated from dental school at the University of Washington in 1975, where he received the “Top Oral Pathology Award”. Dr. Howard trained extensively with anesthesia residents at the University of Washington Medical School. He was then offered a residency to go into anesthesia, but decided to continue in general practice residency with the U.S. Public Health Service where he received extensive training, focusing on oral surgery, endodontics and periodontology. He was awarded “Resident of the Year”.
Dr. Howard was chosen to be the Chief Dental Officer of a USPHS Clinic in San Pedro, California. During this two year period while being in charge of the USPHS Clinic he taught IV Sedation at UCLA for the Pedodontic Department, training students how to use IV Sedation to treat handicap kids in dentistry. Dr. Howard also engaged as an Associate in a Private Practice in Huntington Beach, California.
In the spring of 1978, he bought a dental practice near Monterey, California. He practiced all aspects of dentistry for 29 years at the same location. He had a large practice, working with 12 employees and 4 hygienists. Dr. Howard excelled in the area of endodontics (root canal therapy) and cosmetic dentistry, while incorporating impacted wisdom teeth and periodontal surgeries in his practice.
Dr. Howard uses the renowned “Thermafill” endodontic system, which allows him to perform root canal treatment efficiently, achieving comfort and shorter treatment times for patients.
Dr. Howard sold his practice in 2007 and moved to Scottsdale Arizona in 2009, where he currently resides. He has been married to his wife, Lynne for 18 years. They have 4 children between them and just had their 9th grandchild. Dr. Howard plays tennis, racquetball and enjoys spin classes.
Tracy TarverDental Assistant
About Tracy Tarver
Tracy grew up in a Northwest suburb of Chicago. She attended school at Illinois State University. She started her dental assisting career in the Chicago area. She moved to Phoenix in 1993, where she started her family. She has twin girls, Catherine and Taylor. She lives in Anthem. Tracy has many years of dental office experience, with many hours of full mouth aesthetics experience. She works as Dr. Bigos expanded functions dental assistant and has been here since the office opened in 2004. When she is not working, she is busy enjoying nature, off roading, camping trips, hiking and bike riding. She enjoys reading and her animals.
Christina W.Dental Assistant
Christina is a native Arizonian, born and raised here. She graduated from Altrain Dental Assisting Academy in 2009 and has been practicing in dentistry ever since. Christina takes great pride in treating patients with a fun and caring demeanor. Christina is trained in “Cerec” Technology (computer assisted crown designing) and she is an expert in assisting Dr. Erica in designing, milling, baking, staining and glazing beautiful same day custom porcelain crowns. She lives in Glendale with her fur baby, Lulu. She loves having fun and making people laugh.
Brenda is from California and has lived in Arizona for 3 years now, and has worked in the dental field for over 10 years since she was very young. She grew up working in and being a part of three dental offices her mother owns in California, and has evolved with dentistry and its technology. She works closely with the doctor to educate patients on their dental health and treatment options. She has excellent knowledge in all aspects of insurance and helps patients utilize the most of their benefits. Her passion for helping people combined with her love for dentistry enables patients to look forward to a healthy and beautiful smile in this ever-evolving field! She enjoys spending time with her fiance’ and family and is a very loving, caring and loyal individual with a loud personality. She loves bringing fun and light heartedness into the dental office, making it a fun and positive experience like it should be. She found her heart and long term home with the girls and team here at NVFD, and loves feeling like she is growing and learning every day to fully achieve her dream of a long term career in the dental field.
Trisha AntellDental Assistant
About Trisha Antell
Trish was raised in Petaluma, California. She graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Santa Rosa College in 1995, and has been a dental assistant ever since. She is very skilled in her work and loves what she does. Trisha is trained in “Cerec” Technology (computer assisted crown designing) and she is an expert in assisting Dr. Erica in designing, milling, baking, staining and glazing beautiful same day custom porcelain crowns. She lives in Desert Hills with her two boys, Brandon and Russell, and her many animals. She strives to help people achieve a healthy and beautiful smile while providing them as much comfort as possible. Trisha is an avid snow skier and she loves to take trips to Mexico as well.
CJPatient Care Coordinator
Born in South Dakota but raised in many different cities throughout the U.S., this cattle rancher’s daughter chose the warm climate to settle in Arizona. She attended University of Arizona while continuing her education and skill riding and training horses in high level equine facilities. Her desire to help others and her childhood dental experiences motivated her to land a career in the dental industry. She is dedicated to maintaining high quality for patients. She’s able to assist patients with their individual needs due to her advanced knowledge in all aspects of dental administration and technology. Caring for others extends beyond people. She enjoys caring for and rescuing all types of animals and wildlife. Her background with horses became a passion. When she’s not tending to dental patients, you’ll find her in stables throughout the valley working on horses as a Certified Equine Sports Therapist. She and her husband live in Cave Creek, Arizona and share a love of motorcycles, hiking, working out and all that Phoenix has to offer. CJ continues performing on horseback in rodeos, parades and mounted shooting.
Christie S.Registered Dental Hygienist
About Christie S.
Christie has been in the dental field since 1995. She began as a dental assistant and treatment consultant. She furthered her education at Phoenix College and got her associates degree and obtained her license as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Her goal is to educate every patient on achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. She takes pride in providing quality, gentle care while creating a relationship built on communication and trust. Christie has 3 children and lives here in Anthem. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her friends and family.
JesseRegistered Dental Hygienist
Jesse was raised in NW New Mexico where he enjoyed everything the outdoors could offer. After graduating in 2010 with a degree in Dental Hygiene he worked for a few years in New Mexico, then he and his wife moved to Austin, Texas where he practiced for 3 years. During his time in Texas, he helped start a mobile dentistry group that traveled to nursing facilities. This was very rewarding and since that time he has been very passionate about patient education and exploring the mouth to body connection. He is now truly thankful to live in Anthem and to be a part of Dr. E’s team! In his free time he enjoys going to the gym and being active. He also likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, enjoying new restaurants and finding new favorite places in Arizona.
DanaRegistered Dental Hygienist
Dana grew up in Highland, Indiana and has been in dentistry since 2007. She was practicing as a Registered Dental Hygienist in Chicago for 7 years before getting married and moving to Arizona in 2014. She received her associate degree in Dental Hygiene and bachelor degree in General Studies from Indiana University Northwest. Dana takes great pride in the quality of her work and takes every step to provide the best patient experience possible specific to the individual needs of each person. She regularly participates in continuing education courses to keep up with the latest technology and treatment options available for her patients. She lives in North Phoenix with her husband Ben and two children, Avery and Kaleb. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, stay active outdoors and has a passion for health and nutrition.
Sarah StetsonInsurance Coordinator
About Sarah Stetson
Sarah is from New York and she has been in Dentistry since 1998. Sarah works remotely and lives in North Carolina, with her daughter Shelby and son Landen. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, reading on her Kindle and watching football. Sarah is a speed reader and she also has a photographic memory when it comes to numbers. We are always amazed by her abilities and truly enjoy her passion for dentistry and insurance.
They truly have the most efficient staff I have encountered in a dental office, I feel like a welcomed visitor rather than ‘just another patient’. Gwen Zimmerman
We just found Dr. Bigos and had a great first visit. The hygienists did an awesome job on our cleanings. Our kids loved it too! Joe Darnell
The folks at North Valley Dentistry are great. They always strive to make sure I’m comfortable and the quality of work is excellent.Richard Leopard
North valley family dentistry has the most amazing customer service, they are all so friendly and actually care about your teeth! I would recommend anyone to them.Anissa Armenta
The staff and dr were amazing. I will never fear the dentist again! They even helped me set up a payment plan when they found out I didn’t have Insurance!Anthony Hamelin