Meet The Team

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Endodontists

Dr. Cody D. Heslington, D.M.D.

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Dr. Cody D. Heslington, D.M.D.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine, DMD

University of Iowa College of Dentistry – Endodontic Certificate

Favorite Part of the Job: If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know how miserable it can be. I love being able to help people get out of pain and feeling better again. I’ve always enjoyed solving problems and being able to use my hands to fix things. Endodontics encompasses both of those things and helps save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.

Interests: I love the outdoors — Hobbies include: Fishing, golf, hiking, boating, snowboarding, playing sports and traveling.

Dr. Trent Lally, D.D.S., M.S.D.

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Dr. Trent Lally, D.D.S., M.S.D.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, Detroit, MI, D.D.S.

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA – Certificate of Endodontics

Favorite Part of the Job: Having the opportunity to help the patient through a procedure they perceive as difficult and in the end, realize it was a breeze.

Interests: Loves martial arts and is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, also loves to golf on his off time.

Dr. Hussam Ahmed, D.M.D., M.S.

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Dr. Hussam Ahmed, D.M.D., M.S.

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine (D.M.D)

Veterans Affairs Maryland Healthcare System – General Practice Residency

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry (Masters of Science, Certificate of Endodontics)

Favorite Part of the Job: I love being an Endodontist because it gives me the opportunity to get my patients out of pain and improve their quality of life. Having a toothache can be very debilitating and is often a very difficult experience. I am a strong believer in providing patients with the best, most comfortable, and most relaxing patient care experience.

Interests: Hiking, biking, traveling, spending time with family and friends.

Languages: English and Arabic

Dr. Daniel R. Gano, D.D.S., M.S.D.

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Dr. Daniel R. Gano, D.D.S., M.S.D.

University of Tennessee, Memphis, D.D.S.

Louisiana State University, Endodontic certification

Favorite Part of the Job: I enjoy endodontics because it combines challenging work with the opportunity to really help people who are in pain. Many patients who come to see me are nervous or scared and need someone who can alleviate the pain and talk them through their anxiety. When you are worried and in pain, you want someone who can confidently guide you back to dental health.

Interests: Spending time with my wife and son, Golf, Hiking with my two dogs and family, Tennessee College Football.

Dr. Mohammed Elseed, D.M.D., M.S.

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Dr. Mohammed Elseed, D.M.D., M.S.

Tufts University Dental School

Favorite Part of the Job: Passionate about helping those in need. I regularly volunteer with the Arizona Mission of Mercy to provide free endodontic care to the public.

Interests: Avid soccer player, plays outdoor soccer in a men’s league, loves swimming in this beautiful Arizona climate.

Dr. Stephen Chan, D.D.S.

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Dr. Stephen Chan, D.D.S.

University of California, San Francisco, D.D.S.

Veterans Affairs Long Beach, Long Beach, CA – Endodontic Residency

Favorite Part of the Job: My favorite part of the job is being able to help people. Whether it’s getting someone out of pain or saving their tooth or just giving them a second opinion. Plus, I really like my staff. The people I work with are great.

Interests: Hiking, watching movies, tennis.

Dr. James Sather, D.D.S.

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Dr. James Sather, D.D.S.

University of Nebraska, D.D.S.

UNMC-COD — Endodontic Residency

Favorite Part of the Job: The best part about being an Endodontist is being able to alleviate your tooth pain, all the while saving your tooth and surpassing your expectations. I understand that having tooth pain can be very traumatic. My treatment goal is to promptly remove your discomfort and assist you to return to your normal, daily routines.

Interests: Family, and extracurricular activities including Karate

Oral Surgeons

Dr. Amogh Velangi, D.D.S.

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Dr. Amogh Velangi, D.D.S.

College of Dentistry — New York University, D.D.S.

New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center — Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

Favorite Part of the Job: Providing immediate pain relief along with long term reconstruction to our patients. Also, to make them feel as comfortable as possible and giving them a great experience.

Interests: Spending time with family, love to travel, watch movies, exercise, and enjoy hockey.

Dr. Travis Sorensen, D.D.S.

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Dr. Travis Sorensen, D.D.S.

University of Oklahoma, D.D.S.

University of Mississippi — Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

Favorite Part of the Job: I love being able to take care of a patient that is either scared or in pain and be able to treat them in a way that alleviates both their fear and pain. Many people have a fear of dentists and an Oral Surgeon is even scarier. I love treating a patient and having them say. “wow, that was easy!”

Interests: Golfing, College Football, Model Airplanes, Drones, Camping, fishing, hiking, Skiing.

Languages: Spanish

Dr. Andrew Ray, D.D.S. MD

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Dr. Andrew Ray, D.D.S. MD

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, D.D.S.

The University of Kentucky, MD

Favorite Part of the Job: Helping people and working with a great staff.

Interests: motorcycles, hiking/camping, piano, and swimming.

Languages: Spanish and Portuguese

Dr. Jacob Carroll, DMD

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Dr. Jacob Carroll, DMD

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine

Banner University Medical Center Phoenix — Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

Favorite Part of the Job: I am grateful for the opportunity to help patients as they put their trust in me for their surgical needs. I look to help alleviate the anxiety that people have while improving their quality of life.

Interests: Family, Church service, Sports of all kinds, Camping and outdoors activities.

Languages: Russian

Dr. Stuart S Sanders, D.D.S.

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Dr. Stuart S Sanders, D.D.S.

University of Illinois College of Dentistry, Chicago IL

Loyola University College of Dentistry, Maywood IL – Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Favorite Part of the Job: The favorite part of my job has been all the people I have helped for 35 years in my practice in Illinois and then in the last 10 years practicing in Arizona.

Interests: Family, Fitness, Hiking, Reading.

Dr. Michael H. Grousd, D.D.S.

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Dr. Michael H. Grousd, D.D.S.

University of Illinois College of Dentistry, Chicago IL

Loyola University College of Dentistry, Chicago IL – Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Favorite Part of the Job: “I have always experienced great satisfaction in helping people. This profession has given me the opportunity to do that on a daily basis”.

Interests: Golf and Hiking, but spent years of Alpine climbing too.

Dr. Alex Nguyen, D.D.S.

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Dr. Alex Nguyen, D.D.S.

University of Southern California

Dr. Nguyen was born and raised in Southern California. At the young age of 17, he obtained his California Dental Radiology Assisting license. While attending the University of California, San Diego, he worked as a dental assistant while obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. With a career in dentistry in mind, he then attended the University of Southern California for dental school, where he found his love for surgery. There, Dr. Nguyen received multiple awards, including one for his research and one from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. After receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at USC, he left sunny California to attend a rigorous four-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

His training there included: full facial reconstruction from traumatic injuries, head and neck cancer ablation with reconstruction using local and free flaps, benign tumor and cyst management of the head and neck, cleft lip and palate repair, craniofacial surgeries on children and neonates with facial abnormalities, open tracheostomies for the Intensive Care Unit, corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery, dentoalveolar and dental implant surgery with bone grafting, and delivering safe anesthesia to pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Nguyen maintains these professional interests. Along with being in the office, he has full hospital privileging at Honor Health in Scottsdale and Dignity Health in Chandler, which are both Level 1 Trauma Centers. Dr. Nguyen also participates in multiple free dental days as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, including the Arizona Mission of Mercy, to help the underserved community in the Valley. He is certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Basic Life Support. He is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Fellow of the American Society of Dental Anesthetists, and Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Carlton Taylor D.M.D.

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Dr. Carlton Taylor D.M.D.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Banner University Medical Center Phoenix Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

Favorite Part of the Job: I love the satisfaction of helping people get out of pain. Many people come in with not only pain, but fear and anxiety for the treatment. I love when we get the comment, “We are already done?”

Interests: Spending time with family, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Cycling, Tennis

Languages: Canadian