Meet the Team at Peak Family Dental Care




Hi, I’m Amanda! I’m excited to welcome you and your family to the practice. I have been working in dentistry as an assistant for more than 13 years and now also serve as our financial coordinator. I was first inspired to work in dentistry by a friend whose enthusiasm for the profession was extremely contagious. I truly enjoy working in dentistry, especially being able to help others improve their health. Over the years, I’ve built many meaningful relationships with my patients, and I always look forward to seeing my patients during office visits.

I have lived in Flagstaff my whole life, and I now live here with my husband Chad, and son Hunter. Living in this area is great, especially because when I’m not at the practice, I enjoy hunting, camping, archery, and shooting. However, one of my favorite things is being a mom to my wonderful son!




Hello, my name is Lori and I am the scheduling coordinator for Peak Family Dental Care. I started working in the dental field at a pediatric dental office in Flagstaff over 15 years ago. I truly enjoy getting to know our patients and making them feel at home in our office.

When I’m away from work I enjoy spending time with my growing family. My favorite past times are playing tennis and vacationing at Disneyland.




Hello, my name is Jennifer. I started working in the dental field 15 years ago as a dental assistant and office manager. I received my radiographic certification at NAU in 2003. I must say out of the two, dental assisting is what thrills me the most. I enjoy hands-on chair side assisting directly, with the doctor giving quality treatment to our family of patients. Getting to know our patients and ensuring that their visit is stress-free and as comfortable as possible is my goal. Since I joined the team at Dr. Shanahan’s, I feel I have gained an extended family. Working in a practice where we all care for one another and our patients is priceless!




Hello! My name is Marilyn, and I am Dr. Shanahan’s full-time registered dental hygienist. I began my dental career as an assistant, and I loved the dental field so much that I was inspired to continue my education and become a hygienist. My favorite aspect of dental hygiene is helping our patients pursue a lifetime of good oral health. Every day, I look forward to being at this practice and working with our patients. Just being around them makes me want to better myself both professionally and personally.

I am pleased to serve on the Board of Dental Examiners. This is an appointed position by the Governor and it is an honor to represent the community of Northern Arizona. I also am a Dental Hygiene Examiner for Western Regional Examination Board and CDCA. I serve the entire Eastern & Western regions of the United States testing new hygienist for licensing. I help to assure that they are competent & safe to practice.

I moved to Flagstaff from Phoenix in 1988 to attend NAU and have been here ever since. This is a great place to spend time with my family. I stay involved with my younger boys in travel soccer, and new adventures of high school for Luke and driving for Bryce.




A cherished part of my career is getting to know our patients and their families. It is incredibly rewarding to help make a difference in their overall health and know I’m playing a positive role in their lives. One of my favorite parts of working with Dr. Shanahan is how we influence our patients as a team with care and education to better their oral health, while providing the best dental hygiene advantages we can. I have been in dentistry since 2010 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from Northern Arizona University.

Originally from Georgia, I moved to Flagstaff in 2004 and plan on never leaving. My husband Walker and I are in with love with the Flagstaff community and all the outdoor activities “our little mountain town” has to offer. I’m grateful for the inspiration from the late Dr. Sid Davis to become a dental hygienist; it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love caring for so many people, and having my daily obligations dedicated to making our patients’ oral health the best it can be.




Hi my name is Amber! I am a Dental Hygienist here at Peak Family Dental Care. It is my passion to educate and be actively involved in our patient’s oral health. My goal is to make their dental experience with us as pleasant and stress free as possible.

Flagstaff is my forever home; I was born and raised here in the beautiful mountains. I love spending my time outside of work with my family.




Hi. I’m Mindy and I grew up on a farm in South Dakota. I moved to Flagstaff in 2002 to continue my education at Northern Arizona University. I love being able to help care for our patients and working with the staff we have. Creating a comfortable and enjoyable environment is important for patients and staff. I love working in the dental field.

My husband and I married in 2009. We share the love for our multiple dogs and two cats. I really enjoy silver smithing, painting, photography and traveling with my husband.




Hello my name is Lakyn! It is my pleasure to welcome you to Peak Family Dental Care. I’m currently a dental assistant for Dr. Shananahan and in the process of furthering my education at Northern Arizona University in Dental Hygiene. My career in dentistry started while working as a front office assistant. I have always put my best efforts into helping and caring for others.

When I am not in the dental office, I put my time into spending time with my family, camping fishing and always going on a new adventure. I grew up raising livestock in the 4H community here in Coconino County. When I get the time, I love to help kids here in Flagstaff with their livestock animals and preparing them for their livestock shows. Helping others is my best quality, and through this practice, I get to continue doing what I love.




My name is Crystal and I am the receptionist at Peak Family Dental Care.I have been in dentistry since 2008. I pride myself on getting to know my patients on a personal level. I want each patient to feel comfortable and like family when they come in. It is very rewarding for me to assist each patient in coordinating their continued dental care.




Hello, my name is Gail. As a full time dental hygienist, I partner together with our patients to help them achieve optimum oral health. Having spent nearly 30 years in dentistry, I recognize there is a strong connection between oral health, systemic health and quality of life. Each patient has specific needs and desire outcomes and I believe they should be able to obtain them.

As a local Verde Valley resident, I grew up in Camp Verde and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene in 2010. I started in dentistry in 1990 and have worked as dental assistant, front desk personnel and an office manager.

When I am not in the dental office I seek to be outdoors. Some of my favorite things to do are ultra-marathons, triathlons, gardening or expanding my knowledge with a good book.



Dental Assistant

My name is Misty. I grew up in Flagstaff and started dental assisting 26 years ago. Cottonwood became home to our family 20 years ago. I enjoy working with our staff. We are like family to each other. I want to make my patients comfortable and feel a part of our family.

I am married and have three grown children and two grandchildren. I enjoy my family time and look forward to many more grandchildren



Dental Assistant

My name is Doug. I started dental assisting 9 years ago. I previously worked in the grocery field for 20 years. I enjoy the technology that is offered to our patients. I have two adult children, and on my days off I enjoy fishing and online gaming.



Dental Assistant

Hello my name is Tawny. It is my goal to comfort and provide patients with the best quality care they all deserve. I am a recent graduate of dental assisting school and am eager to gain experience.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my husband off roading or hiking with our dog.

dental assistant Jolanta Samoska


Dental Assistant

Jolanta is a highly skilled expert dental assistant, who has been assisting patients for over 20 years.

She recently relocated to Sedona from Chicago in March 2019, to work for Peak Family Dental Care.

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