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AboutTanque Verde Dental

Tanque Verde Dental is a Tucson based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Matthew Smith, Dr. Michael J. Killebrew, DDS, Dr. Justin L Rider and our team invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 520-833-5261 and experience why our patients think Tanque Verde Dental is the best dentist in Tucson.

Dr. Matthew Smith

Dr. Matthew Smith

Dr. Matt grew up in Central Arizona in a wonderful family, where he was number 7 of 10 kids. After serving a 2 year mission in Nebraska he graduated from Eastern Arizona College, and then received a bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the University of Arizona. He was then accepted to the University of Iowa's dental school.

Dr. Michael J. Killebrew

Dr. Michael J. Killebrew, DDS

Dr. Michael J. Killebrew, D.D.S. has been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years. He is a member and good standing with the American Dental Association and has treated thousands of patients in the Tucson area. Born in Douglas, Arizona and growing up in Tucson, he attended Palo Verde High School and graduated near the top of his class. He also participated in athletics at Palo Verde and still supports the University of Arizona sports programs today.

After graduating from the University of Arizona in 1972 with a Bachelor Degree in Biology, Dr. Killebrew moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend dental school. There, he completed an extensive internship at the Albert Einstein Hospital. He received his Doctorate in Dental Science from Temple University in 1977. After practicing in the Philadelphia area for a year, he moved back to Arizona to start his own dental practices. In 1982, Dr. Killebrew opened his first practice at Mission and Ajo, and in 1989, he started Tanque Verde Dental in East Tucson.

Over the years the businesses expanded throughout Southern Arizona, eventually growing to six successful offices. The experience Dr. Killebrew gained through the years makes him unique in his field, offering the best in quality work and cosmetic dentistry. He understands each element of patient care and pays close attention to the individual needs of each patient, that may range from dental treatment apprehension to financial concerns.

Dr. Killebrew attends seminars each year to stay updated on the latest in dental advancements and technology. He uses updated equipment and digital x-rays in his office to extend the latest advancements in quality dental care. He also has extensive knowledge in all aspects of dentistry, helping to complete treatments in-house and avoid referring outside of the office when possible. His experience includes: restorative treatment (crowns, fillings, bridges); endodontic (root canals); oral surgery (extractions, implants); prosthetics (dentures, partials); periodontic (controlling gum disease); and cosmetics (veneers, teeth whitening). He specializes in working with adults and families, harboring a reputation for being honest and personable.

Dr. Justin L Rider

Dr. Justin L. Rider obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale before receiving his dental degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Prior to entering private practice, he served an advanced education in general dentistry residency at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas and was also assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson for three years. In 2010, after completing an additional year of clinical and continuing education, Dr. Rider was recognized by the Air Force Specialty Code as an Advanced Clinical Dentist.

Dr. Rider’s postgraduate education provided him additional training in the areas of IV sedation, oral surgery, wisdom tooth extractions, dental implants, and orthodontics. This training allows him to provide his patients with more comprehensive treatment options in the comfort of their own dental office.

In his spare time, Dr. Rider is a volunteer and enjoys giving back to the community. He enjoys spending time outdoors while enjoying hiking, camping, swimming, and photography. Dr. Rider and his wife, Crystal, enjoy raising their young family in Tucson.

Esther

Front Desk

Carol Blythe

Dental Hygienist

Audrey Sutton, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Audrey grew up in Tucson and loves living here. As a Dental Hygienist what she loves most is building a relationship with her patients. She believes every patient is an individual and treatment should be adjusted accordingly. The most satisfying part of her job is helping patients take control of their oral health and seeing the improvements in not only their oral health but their overall health as well. In her free time Audrey enjoys exploring many activities such as gardening, crocheting and watching true crime documentaries. She is also an animal lover and has both cats and dogs.

Genesis

Dental Assistant

Jenny

Dental Assistant

Jennie is a Dental Assistant and has worked in the dental field almost 32 years. She graduated from Pima Community College in 1985. Prior to her dental career she studied social welfare. She has been working as a Dental Assistant for 26 years. The thing she loves the most about her job is not only helping and caring for people but the relationship she gets to build with her patients. She is very committed to making sure her patients feel as comfortable as possible. She enjoys working with Tanque Verde Dental and helping patients receive the highest quality dental care as well as enabling them to have an enjoyable experience at the office. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching movies, swimming, volleyball, the outdoors, cooking, growing plants, and being a grandmother.