Our Staff

Kylie Hoang
Registered Dental Hygienist

Birthplace: Vietnam

Education: 

Graduated from Pima Community College in 2001 for Dental Assisting
Graduated from Pima Community College in 2009 with an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

About Kylie’s family:

Kylie moved to Tucson in 1992.  She is the second youngest of 10 children!

What do you do for fun outside of work?

“When not working, I like to spend time with family, hanging out with my nieces and nephews.  I enjoy all types of physical recreation and outdoor activities like jogging, hiking, and practicing yoga.”

What do you like about your job?

“I’ve worked in the dental field for 17 years, and as a Registered Dental Hygienist for 9 years.  I love being a hygienist!  I am passionate about helping patients understand the importance of oral health, and providing the best treatments to prevent oral disease.  I’m so glad that our practice is based on honesty and treating the patients right, it takes away all the stress so that I can enjoy my work.”

*Note from Kacy:  Patients are always remarking, “That was the easiest cleaning ever!” Well I’m bound to agree; Kylie has a rare combination of thoroughness and gentleness that make cleanings super comfortable.

Stephanie Hamblen
Registered Dental Hygienist

Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ

Education: 

Graduated from Pima Community College in 2009 with Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene     

Graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2011 with Bachelor of  Science in Dental Hygiene 

Certified in 2016 for Diode Laser use, aiding in the treatment of moderate to severe periodontal disease 

About Stephanie's family:

Stephanie is married with two small children, Ellie and Ethan. Her family loves animals and their ever-growing collection includes their dog, desert tortoise, and chickens. 

What do you do for fun outside of work?

“We love to travel; whether it is a weekend get-away to the lake or mountains, or heading down to a beach in Mexico, we enjoy it all. When home we love to explore outside and take in all that Tucson has to offer.  My husband and I also enjoy concerts, music festivals, and going out dancing with friends.”

What do you like about your job?

“The dental field caught my interest from a young age. After four years of orthodontics as a teenager, I realized the importance of a healthy smile. Dentistry is not just about treating the mouth, but the whole body. Helping patients regain their oral health and confidence in their smile is what I love most about my job.  In 2014, I joined Presidio Dental and quickly realized I found an office that shares my philosophy of high-quality care for our patients. Now I have the opportunity to continue my education throughout my career and maintain a progressive view of treatment options for our patients.”

*Note from Kacy:  Stephanie's enthusiam is contagious, and I love hearing her laughter drift down the hallway. Her incredible knowledge base and expert cleaning techniques turn patients into raving fans in no time.

Carla Noriega
Dental Assistant

Birthplace: Mexico

Education:

Graduated from Pueblo High School in 2003
Graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2005 for Dental Assisting

About Carla’s family:

Carla is married and has two small children, Ulises and Angela.

What do you do for fun outside of work?

“We like to go to the movies, and also love traveling to Mexico.”

What do you like about your job?

“I’ve been a Dental Assistant for 13 years.  I love my job because I get to do many different things during my day.  The office is filled with the most updated technology that makes my job much easier and more fun.  Everyone here is so nice to work with, especially Dr. Engle. He’s a great dentist and a great person to work for.  I learn new things every day.”

*Note from Kacy:  Speaking of nice people, Carla is just about the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. Her excellent skills and calm demeanor can soothe even the most anxious patient.

Lindsey Shepherd
Dental Assistant / Insurance Coordinator

Birthplace: Eschenbach, Germany

Education: 

Graduated from Tucson Dental Assisting School in 2017 for Dental Assisting

About Lindsey’s family:

Lindsey is the youngest of 6 children. She recently moved from Kansas City to Tucson with her 6 year old son, Dante, so they could be closer to her parents who retired here. She is loving living in the desert so far!

What do you do for fun outside of work?

“The most important thing to me is to spend quality time with my son. We love doing anything outdoors. My most recent hobby is painting with acrylics; it's soothing and I feel so happy when it comes out the way I want it to!”

What do you like about your job?

“Working at Presidio Dental has been such a terrific experience, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from the best of the best. There is something very special and unique about Presidio; everyone gives their all, everyday. It's wonderful to be around people that care the way I do about giving each patient the best possible experience. Dentistry is exciting to me and I love the amazing transformations that I get to be a part of. We have the best patients in the world, and I'm blessed to be here!”

*Note from Kacy:  You may first meet Lindsey at the front desk, or in the back assisting Dr. Engle, but either way patients are put at ease right away by her friendly and outgoing personality. She's our newest addition, and an exceptionally quick learner that we're excited to have here.

Kacy Smith
Office Manager

Birthplace: San Diego, CA

Education:

University of Arizona in 2002 for Business and Communications
Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in 2006 for Massage Therapy

About Kacy’s family:

Kacy is a 5th generation Tucsonan and comes from a family of UofA Wildcats.  She and her partner have 2 teenagers (15 and 19 years old), and 2 cats and a dog who keep them busy!

What do you do for fun outside of work?

“I love the ocean and try to travel to the beach whenever possible. My favorites are being out in nature, hiking, listening to live music, and dancing.  If I can do those things with family and friends, then that’s even better!”

What do you like about your job?

“I love working here at Presidio because I know with complete certainty that all my patients whom I grow to care about are always getting the best possible treatment.  Dr. Engle is so gentle, and I think we have the absolute best patients too.  I’m so lucky to be able to come to work every day and be surrounded by truly good, positive people.  More than anything, I love watching our patients regain their self-confidence with their new smiles!”