Attention All Southwest Patients, Our Valencia Location Has Now Moved To Our New Location At The Tucson Marketplace

Meet Our Team

The goal of our practice is to provide excellent, affordable dental & orthodontic treatment to all people in Southern Arizona. We are committed to treating every patient as if they were our own family

Dr. Kurt Kacer

My philosophy is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, caring and fun environment. Being an orthodontist is the best job in the world! The office provides a valuable service in an upbeat setting that makes people feel better about themselves and allows them to enjoy better dental health. Providing the positive change a great smile creates is very satisfying.

The hands-on training that I received in my years of school has enabled me to provide effective and accurate treatment to my patients. At the completion of my orthodontic training, I was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award. In addition, I furthered my knowledge by attending continuing education courses to keep up on the latest advancements in my field.

  • Bachelor of Science – Biology, Western Washington University
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, Case Western Reserve University
  • Master of Science – Orthodontics, Case Western Reserve University
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Arizona Dental Association
  • Southern Arizona Dental Association
I enjoy traveling, golfing, football, basketball, and many other outdoor activities. I love working with young children and I am committed to the development of children through sports.

Dr. Caroline Kacer

I was raised in Tucson, Arizona most of my life. I attended the University of Arizona and received my Bachelors in Science in the area of Physiology with a minor in chemistry. My pursuit to follow in my father’s footsteps as an oral surgeon led me to continue my career by attending dental school at Case Western Reserve University where I met my husband and bought my first real winter coat and boots. I had a passion of helping people and being part of a community that helps people smile. After finishing my DMD I attended Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY to complete my residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. It was here that I gained my knowledge in facial trauma and specialty in wisdom teeth extraction and implants. During all the long hours in school I was still able to squeeze in some yoga classes and some amazing Broadway shows.

  • Bachelor of Science – Physiology, University of Arizona
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine – Case Western Reserve University
  • Residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – Montefiore Medical Center
I am a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, participate in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), and the Western Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. I participate in TuNidito and I am creating a nonprofit program, “DEED4DEED”, that focuses on a pay-it-forward concept to help people receive dental needs by giving back to others.
Now that I am back in Tucson I continue to develop my practice as a yogi. I play in the garden with my daughter, Grace, and my husband, Kurt. I love to cook and enjoy an occasional volleyball game. I enjoy my work and love the interactions and new relationships I make with my patients daily. If I am not on the ice taking care of one of our Tucson Roadrunners Hockey players I am at the University taking in a football game.

Dr. Michael Santasiere

After helping hundreds of different patients over the years, I have seen how tooth and gum problems can affect people’s lives in so many ways. It can affect our sense of well-being and our overall health. It can also affect our confidence and how we interact with others. In my career as a dentist, I have advanced my skill set through continued education to allow myself to provide my patients with the best in comprehensive care. It is my goal to provide each patient with an enjoyable and comfortable experience to help them in any way. I strive to understand what my patients’ goals are and to work with them to find the best solution.
  • Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology – University of Arizona
  • Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences – Midwestern University
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine – Midwestern University
  • American Dental Association
  • Arizona Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
I take pride in giving back to others especially in underserved areas. As a past member of the International Student Volunteer and Global Brigade groups, I have helped provide free dental care to many underserved areas such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras and Samoa. I have also helped with the communities here in Arizona through events such as Give Kids a Smile, Super Sealant Saturday and Hopefest. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors whether it’s hiking or golfing with my friends and family.
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Dr. Sarah Picard

I was born and raised in the great state of Minnesota. My love for dentistry began at a very young age. In preparation to achieve my lifelong goal of becoming a dentist I received my undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (Go Badgers!) in biomedical sciences. I strongly believe in treating all my patients like family. I am committed to providing the best possible treatment options for each of my patients and strive to embody compassion, honesty, and conservatism. You will be able to find comfort in my sense of humor, positive attitude, and my ability to make patients feel relaxed and less anxious or fearful. 

I have always been passionate about community involvement and service work. I have been involved in Give Kids a Smile, Mission of Mercy programs, Special Olympics, TeamSmile, and Vida Volunteer. I look forward to serving the Tucson community in future outreach events.

  • Undergraduate degree – Biomedical Sciences, University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse 
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine – Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry

I enjoy exploring new areas of Arizona, spending time with my adorable Corgi, improving my golf game and baking – I have a very big, sweet tooth!

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Dr. Katie Kucharyszyn

I was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois and recently moved to Tucson, Arizona. I have faced the coldest of winters and now will be experiencing the hottest of summers. Bring on the heat!

I am committed to my patients and strive to offer the best treatment options. I believe in conservativeness, comfort, and showing compassion when working alongside individuals. I strive to understand my patients so that together we can work on the best treatment options and solutions that meet their needs and overall goals.

  • Undergraduate studies – Neuroscience, Psychology and Small Business Management – Indiana University
  • Master’s in Biomedical Science, Degree in Dentistry – Midwestern University, graduating as one of the top three students
When I am not practicing dentistry, I enjoy traveling, hiking, trying new restaurants, have a newfound love of playing pickleball, and of course spending time with my friends, family, and puppy dog Tula. I look forward to meeting you at DentalPros to take care of all your dental needs!



Born and raised in Western Washington, my family moved to Tucson in 2000. Shortly after moving to Arizona, I attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Still, I found myself back in Tucson after receiving my bachelor’s degree. At the time, I was bent on living in cold places and moved to Minnesota to get my degree in dental hygiene. I survived two Minnesota winters and came back to Tucson in 2010 with a new appreciation for the desert and ready to take the dental world by storm. 

My dental hygiene experience includes periodontics and general dentistry. My favorite aspect of dentistry is the variety of people I meet. I enjoy spending time with friends and family in my downtime and trying local restaurants. I am looking forward to meeting you at DentalPros!

Twila Garcia

Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi, my name is Twila Garcia and I have been in the dental field since 1998. I started off as a dental assistant through the Red Cross Program. I graduated from Dental Hygiene School in 2003 and then again in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. I have a deep passion for my career, and educating my patients is always my top priority.

I am married and have three incredible children. My husband’s job has taken us to a number of exotic locations. We have lived in Japan, Panama, Nigeria, Texas, Kansas and now Arizona. He is a Lt. Colonel in The United States Air Force and has proudly served for 29 years.

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I was raised in Tucson most of my life. I graduated from Pima Community College’s dental hygiene program in 2009. I worked as a dental assistant for 10 years prior to my hygiene career. With over 23 years of dental experience, I take great pride in educating my patients about oral hygiene. You can expect a thorough cleaning and gentle touch during your visit with me.

In my spare time, I enjoy working out, traveling, cooking, and trying new restaurants. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I recently got engaged and will be getting married in February 2023. Combined, my fiancé and I share three sons. 

I look forward to seeing you in our office!



I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. I joined the United States Air Force (USAF) Reserves in 2003 to broaden my horizons, but before joining the USAF I was a dental assistant for a total of 11 years. After joining the military, I moved to Northern California, then crossed over to the California National Guard in Southern California in 2014 where I continue to serve my country. With retirement around the corner, I decided to return to school and start my new adventure. In 2021, I graduated from West Coast University, Anaheim, California with a Bachelor of Science from the dental hygiene program. 

The best part of my job as a dental hygienist is building a rapport with my patients, and the ability to help them maintain good oral health and educate them. In my spare time, I enjoy a good walk, hiking, and exercise – but most of all spending time with family and friends, especially my son.

Yesenia Islas

I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. I completed my Dental Hygiene degree in 2012 at Pima Community College. I truly enjoy my work in dentistry and getting to meet and treat a variety of patients. I feel accomplished when I can make people with negative memories of dentistry comfortable and happy to be receiving dental care. Also, I love spending time educating and encouraging patients to maintain good periodontal health. My husband and I are parents to three wonderful girls; I enjoy spending family time together, hiking, running and cooking.

Elizabeth Cohen

I was born in Hermosillo, Mexico, and I’ve been in Tucson for 25 years. I received my degree in Dental Hygiene from Pima Community College in 2012. I love being a part of the excellent team at DentalPros. I particularly enjoy providing dental care to entire families, getting to know each one of them, and seeing their progress. My primary goal is for the patient to have the best possible and stress-free experience. I’m still trying to convince myself that I enjoy hiking. I am married and have three handsome boys.
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