Meet Our Team

Sunshine Dentistry AZ Team

Pretty Smiling Girl With Great Teeth

Our Hygienists


Teresa is one of our two great hygienists. She has been a part-time employee here for two and a half years and is excited to be on board full time. Teresa is a registered dental hygienist. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Southern California and has been in the field of dentistry for nearly 40 year...and still enjoys going to work.

She has two adult children and is the grandmom of two teenage granddaughters.  Teresa comes by way of Sonoita and enjoys her horses, gardening and anything that involves the outdoors.


Patty, an RDH received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Northern Arizona Univesity. Patty's been the anchor for my hygiene Department since 1987, a gentle and caring person, she treats her patients accordingly.

A native of Nogales, she practiced 10 years in San Diego before returning home. A mother of three, Patty's passions are Jazzercise, yoga, skiing and hiking. In her “free time” she dabbles in interior decorating and refinishing antique furniture.

Our Dental Assitants


Lily was born in Nogales, Sonora, grew up here and graduated from Apollo College having studied Dental Assisting.  After 5 years in Tucson, Lily and her family, including 3 children, moved back home to Nogales to be near family.

Lily loves spending time with her kids and husband of 10 years.  She enjoys dancing, music and watching kids movies  and playing games with her little ones on "family nights".  Lily has an entrepreneurial streak and likes selling products like shoes and home goods through her personal business.


Janet Soto was born and raised in Nogales, Arizona. She graduated as a dental assistant in 2007 from Pima Medical Institute in Tucson. Janet worked as a dental assistant for over 6 years in Tucson and moved to Nogales in 2015, joining the Sunshine Dentistry AZ team. Janet makes patient comfort in the dental chair and in the office her priority. In her free time she loves spending time with her husband and young son.

Our Office Manager

Kim: Practice Manager

Kim as has been with Dr. Ardito since 1991. She is the de facto office manager and someone in whom Dr. Ardito has total confidence. Over the years she has become familiar with all aspects of the dental practice including the technical aspects of dentistry, (and according to Dr. Ardito, "my own idiosyncrasies as well"). She treats the practice like it's hers.

Kim is a native to Southern Arizona. She spends her spare time with her husband and three children. Dr. Ardito considers Kim the "ultimate greeter...a great smile,  tough and compassionate, relates to young and old, the 'Face' of our practice."