About Your Team
Our Alaskan Girl
Carla was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved to Las Vegas just 5 years ago. She returns every summer to visit family and hunt and fish. She’s been in the dental field for 19 years, and left dentistry for a short, and foolish jaunt into another industry, but quickly realized the error of her ways and now she is right back where she belongs. She loves helping patients and treatment planning their cases. She has the most delightful personality and contagious laugh and will instantly make you feel welcome and right at home. She loves to travel with her husband and daughter who occasionally gets a break from college.
Astonishing Wealth of Experience
Monica is a native of Las Vegas - and proud of it! She loves the desert and life in our beautiful southwestern city. Monica has been with our office as Treatment Coordinator since 1984 - she celebrated her 35th anniversary with our office this year!! Her level of skill and knowledge is hard to come by in the world of dentistry today. We are so fortunate to have her in our office. Monica loves animals and enjoys hiking, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Our Southern Belle
Tina has served in the dental field since 1998. She joined Dr. Gates' team as a Treatment Coordinator in May of 2007. Tina is a gifted treatment coordinator with lots of personality, and will make you feel extremely comfortable. Tina moved to the Las Vegas area in 2003. She and her husband have one child. They enjoy spending lots of family time together. They also enjoy traveling back to Alabama to spend time with her family.
Stephanie was born and raised in California but moved to Las Vegas just 4 years ago. She has been in the dental field for 15 years. She is passionate about those beautiful smiles we’re creating in the back. She has lived in Argentina, Paraguay, and the Dominican Republic. Stephanie has 2 children. She loves the outdoors, hiking, camping, music and getting down and dirty while working on cars.
Gita (pronounced with a hard G as in Go, not a soft G like in George) is a welcome addition to our world class team. And speaking of world class, Gita relocated from Columbia, MD, but is originally from Latvia. She is a graduate from Harrisburg Area Community College Dental Hygiene program in PA. She worked in Pennsylvania before moving to Las Vegas. Gita enjoys traveling, working around the house, and spending time with her family and friends. Gita hopes to advance her professional career with continued training and ongoing patient interaction. She is a perfect fit for our office.
The Queen of Multi-Tasking
Originally from Arizona, Kim made Las Vegas her permanent home in 1995. She has had 30 years of experience in the dental field - there probably isn't a dental question you could ask that she won't know the answer to. She is a nationally recognized expert on Care Credit and Invisalign and has personally trained dozens of offices. Kim joined Dr. Gates' staff in 1995 and will most likely be the friendly face you see when we treatment plan your cosmetic or reconstructive case. She and her husband enjoy golf, exercising and spending time with their two beautiful daughters and two granddaughters.
Elite Personal Service
Michele grew up in Vermont and Ohio and later lived in Hawaii, but joined Dr. Gates' dental team in 1999 when she moved to Las Vegas. After 15 years as a chair-side assistant, she has taken over the front desk portion in our office. Michele's in-depth knowledge of dentistry makes it possible for her to answer nearly all dentistry-related questions when you call in. She's seen it all! Michele and her husband enjoy camping, traveling, hiking and cooking.
Afton is our very own Ms. Congeniality, bringing a warm and caring spirit to our office and team. She takes a personal interest in all her patients, and giving them the best care is her priority. Afton graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at College of Southern Nevada in 2007 here in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is also the proud mother of two Pomeranian/Yorkie mix fur babies – Marshall and Teddy. Afton is known for her love of all types of food, traveling internationally, and spending time with her amazing friends and family.