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Adam R. Dalesandro Doctor of Medical Dentistry

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 (Jeffrey 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.”

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Benjamin Weege D.D.S

A native of Portland, Oregon, Dr. Weege enjoyed growing up in the Pacific Northwest but perhaps experienced one too many rainy days. Following graduation from Oregon State University and Indiana University School of Dentistry, Dr. Weege sought sunshine which led his family to eastern Washington where he practiced dentistry in a rural farming community for ten years. After selling his practice, the Weege's next phase of life included warmer winters which lead them to Tucson, and several family members followed suit, where they now enjoy the wonderful lifestyle southern Arizona has to offer.

Dr. Weege has contributed to the profession in numerous capacities. He has practiced in public health mobile dental units, previously served on the Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission (state dental board), and was adjunct faculty at Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health for seven years. Dr. Weege has also treated thousands of underprivileged patients while serving on staff at El Rio Health in Tucson, where his favorite part of the job was attending NYU Langone AEGD dental residents. Dr. Weege is currently an active member of the Western Regional Examining Board which tests competency of new colleagues entering the profession. He is also a volunteer with the Flying Samaritans Tucson chapter.

Excited to be back in private practice and work alongside Dr. Dalesandro and team; Dr. Weege treats patients with a basic mindset, 'my philosophy is simple - treat all patients as if they are a friend or member of the family'. In his spare time, Dr. Weege enjoys coaching youth sports, landscaping, hiking and golf. Dr. Weege and his wife Keeley now have two teenagers in the house and a rescued Newfoundland named Daisy.

Jeffrey C. Derickson
Doctor of Dental Surgery

Retired

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.

Jocelyn Salazar

Jocelyn Salazar

Julie Summerlin

Julie

 Cece Derickson Office Manager

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.

Jodi Maki
Front Office

Jodi has been in the dental field since 1995, she enjoys all aspects of dentistry from front office to complex dental surgeries.  

Always proud of her Arizona heritage, Jodi descends from the earliest homesteaders of the Arizona territory that settled the beautiful state we all enjoy.  

When Jodi isn’t in the office she is spending time with her amazing husband, friends and family.  Her favorite activities include fishing, throwing axes, and traveling to her favorite island,  Bermuda.  Charitable endeavors are a huge part of her life and she is the creator of, The Smile Program, that provides dental hygiene items to youth aging out of the foster care system. The majority of the recipients of the toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste and lip balm are kids with special needs with very limited income, these essential daily products help the kids stretch their dollars a little further. Jodi has a child with Cerebral Palsy so this endeavor is near and dear to her heart.

Alexandra (Ali) Domagalski

Born and raised in Tucson as the oldest of four children. She has a passion for dentistry and has worked in the field for two years. Ali is currently studying to become a dental hygienist and her favorite activities on her spare time are hiking, camping, being in the outdoors and going on vacations. Ali also is a dog mom of two Labradors.

Ylianna Moreno

 Debbie Dalesandro Office Manager/Hygienist

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.

Betsy Dental Hygienist

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
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.

Maria Assistant

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.”

Christine Bright
Front Office

Christine moved to Tucson in March of 2020 from Indiana. She moved to Tucson to enjoy the beautiful sunshine year round. Christine has an abundance of knowledge in the dental and insurance fields. She worked for a major, national medical/dental insurance company for 6 years. She then returned to her original passion of working with patients in the dental field as a Certified Dental Assistant and realized she could combine her experience with insurance and dentistry to fully help the patients in getting the best care. She loves being outdoors with her husband David and her fur babies Ellie and Stanley.

Linda Dental Hygienist

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
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. 

Angellina M. Wilkerson
Dental Hygienist

Angellina Marquee Wilkerson is a Tucson native. She has been a dental hygienist for eleven years. Angellina cares deeply for her patients and considers herself as part of their team advocating for oral health. She participates locally in Hope Fest, Job Path Inc. and is an allied member of the ADA. She had the opportunity to volunteer with Dr. Adam Dalesandro at St. Elizabeth’s health center. One of eight siblings, family is very important to her. She likes to spend her free time with her son Phineaus. She has a love for the outdoors, cooking and gardening which she shares with loved ones. She likes to hike, camp and go on vacations to the ocean where she spent many of her formative years. She loves learning about new products and emerging techniques and technologies. Angellina has a love for dentistry and is grateful to be a part of such an outstanding team.

Eileen
Dental Hygienist

Eileen was raised in an Air Force family in Alamogordo, New Mexico then moved to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in science of dental hygiene in 2007.  She then moved to Tucson, Arizona where she has been practicing as a hygienist in both the corporate and private dental office settings.  She is so grateful to be working alongside Dr. Dalesandro, Dr. Weege and their caring staff. Her goal each workday is to ease her patients’ dental anxiety and to have each patient leave happier than he or she had arrived.
   Eileen enjoys spending time with her husband, Jonas, their three kids, Carli, Bodhi, and Ari, and English Bulldog, Hercules.  Her hobbies include training jiu jitsu, hiking, painting, and taking trips to the beach.

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