About

The Staff

Adam R. Dalesandro
Doctor of Medical Dentistry

A native of Tucson, Dr. Dalesandro grew up in swimming pools and playing soccer all over Arizona.  He attended Salpointe Catholic High School where he was a scholar-athlete.  He shared homeroom with his future wife, Debbie Derickson Dalesandro (Jeff Derickson’s oldest daughter).  The couple attended prom together their senior year as well as participated in many activities.  They were married in 2006 and have two children, Lincoln and Kason.

Adam is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Real Estate Finance and Development.  After returning to Tucson, Adam worked for different developers and brokers and was one of the top 1% of Realtors in Southern Arizona.  He decided to go back to the University of Arizona and earn a minor in chemistry in route to his first passion, Dentistry.

Adam is a graduate of Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, AZ.  During his education, he received awards in academics as well as, “The Periodontal Therapy Award”, “The Helping Hands Award”, Certificate of Achievement Award, and the “Certificate of Appreciation Award.”

Jeffery C. Derickson
Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dr. Derickson was born in Tucson, Arizona.  He attended Tucson High School, the University of Arizona, and received his Dental Degree from the University of Southern California where he graduated in the top 2% of his class.  Dr. Derickson has received numerous honors including ‘Who’s Who in Arizona’, Who’s Who in the West’, ‘Who’s Who in America’, Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals’, America’s Top Dentists, and Top Dentists in Tucson (as voted by his peers).  He is also a member of the Fiji Hall of Fame!  He belongs to the Catalina Rotary Club and is a Past President.  His hobbies include hunting, fishing, skiing, knife making, photography, and tennis.  His father was an orthopedic surgeon in Tucson and has 2 brothers and 2 sisters.  Dr. Derickson is married and has three daughters and seven grandchildren.  A life-long member of the Southern Arizona Dental Society and the American Dental Association, he is constantly attending continuing education classes to achieve an even higher level of knowledge and expertise.  He is a Laureate of the American Academy of Dental Sciences and Fellow of the American College of Dental Sciences.

Debbie Dalesandro
Office Manager/Hygienist

Debbie is Dr. Adam Dalesandro’s wife.  They met in homeroom at Salpointe Catholic High School in 1993 and swam on the Varsity swim team together where they participated in State all 4 years.  They even went to Prom together!  They married in 2006 and have been working together since 2012.

Debbie attended Northern Arizona University and received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree in 2002.  She has been practicing hygiene since then and loves her patients and enjoys meeting new people and their families.  She is also taking over her mother’s position as Office Manager.

Debbie enjoys traveling, socializing with her friends, and anything and everything Disney.  Her current favorite thing to do is raising her two boys, Lincoln and Kason.  She is a full-time soccer mom and their biggest cheerleader on the sidelines.

Cece Derickson
Office Manager

Cece was raised in Mesa, Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Elementary Ed.  She and Dr. Derickson met their sophomore year in college and were married in 1973.  She has three daughters and seven grandchildren.  Cece is an active community volunteer and takes time for tennis and pickleball.  Cece enjoys competing in Pickleball tournaments all over Arizona and even placed at Nationals in women’s doubles,  She and Dr. Derickson love to travel, especially experiencing other cultures.  They are also avid hikers and have hiked many miles in places like Peru, New Zealand, Switzerland and England.

Rhonda
Dental Hygienist

Rhonda was born in Chokio, Minnesota.  She lived on a farm until age 7 and then her family moved to Tucson.  She worked for 27 years as a Respiratory Therapist and now as a Dental Hygienist since 2000.  She is married with 3 children and one grandson.  She loves family gatherings, gardening, and scrapbooking.  Rhonda’s favorite flower is the Petunia.  Staff says: “She is extremely dedicated to her work and her patients.  A great example as a clinician!  A warm-hearted and caring lady.  Sweet, sweet, sweet!”

Betsy
Dental Hygienist

Betsy grew up in Tucson, one of 8 children.  She completed her Bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene in 1989.  She is married with 3 children: two boys and one girl.  Her husband is a military veteran and a stay at home dad.  Betsy’s outside activities include family time and church, as well as school functions.  Betsy joined Dalesandro/Derickson team in 2014 and enjoys being part of the team.

Cindy
Dental Hygienist

Cindy was raised in Huber Heights, Ohio, which was known for having the largest brick home community in America.  She moved to Tucson in 1989.  Cindy has an Associates degree in Science from McHenry County College.  She earned an Associates degree in Applied Science/Dental Hygiene at Pima a Community College, graduating with honors.  She decided to study dental hygiene because her dentist encouraged her to go into that field.  She has been a hygienist since 2005.  She loves being a dental hygienist because of the diverse group of patients that she has the pleasure of seeing each day.

Linda
Dental Hygienist

Linda has enjoyed living in the southwest for over 45 years.  She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and Pima College-RDH Program.  She has been practicing hygiene since 1999.  She has been married to husband, Clayton, for over 47 years (Clayton makes a killer eggnog!)  They have one daughter, Emiley, and a beautiful granddaughter, Abigail.  Linda loves gardening and is a great storyteller.  She has a wicked sense of humor.  Linda receives birthday cards from the best plastic surgeons in town…The staff says she is the life of the party! 

Mary
Front Office

Mary has two children.  She loves hiking and biking with her husband.  She adores her two tortoises and her new German Shephard puppy. 

Diane
Front Office/Assistant

Diane moved to Tucson from Sierra Vista in 1996 to join the Air Force.  During her time at Davis-Monthan AFB she was a member of the Elite Honor Guard.  Of Thai heritage, she has been married since 1999 to John.  She was an amateur boxer for a few years.  Diane has two daughters, Aveleena and Jessica and a “fur baby” Doberman Pinscher, Kona.

Diane loves horror and comedy movies and a nice glass of wine.  The staff says: “We are lucky she’s part of the team?  Diane has a great attitude and is a sweet gal with a great giggle.”

Andrea
Front Office

Andrea could not enjoy more working with Dr. Derickson and Dr. Dalesandro and the incredible team they have built.  She has a kind heart and willingness to always take the extra step for patients.  Andrea is detailed and caring and on top of her administrative position.

Andrea is a Tucson native and totally enjoys living in the southwest.  Her hobbies include making jewelry, going to the beach, hiking, and crafts.  Her greatest enjoyment in life is her son, Jacob. 

Maria
Assistant

Originally from Cactus, Texas, Maria has been in Tucson since 1998.  She has been a dental assistant since 2000 and is a graduate of Pima Medical Institute. 

Maria has three children, Alan, Iridian and Kevin.  She enjoys cooking Mexican food and listening to music.  The staff says: “ Maria is a sweet girl with a sweet tooth!!!  She is a great addition to our team.”

Alva
Assistant

Alva was born and raised in Nogales, Arizona.  She is bi-lingual in both English and Spanish.  Alva has been assisting for over 30 years and loves it.  She believes there is a positive for everything.

Judy
Assistant

Judy has been assisting since 2009.  She grew up in Tucson, graduating from Pueblo High School in 2000.  She enjoys spending time with her children, going to the gym, crafts and playing sports with her children.  The staff says she is always willing to help and has a proactive attitude and a contagious smile.

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