OUR TEAM

Our experienced and knowledgeable team serves patients of all ages. The family theme is at the heart of our philosophy and that’s how you will be treated while In the office…Like Family! We invite you to learn more about our team below.

Ashley-Colwell---Dental-Assistant

KATHLEEN NORIEGA

Practice and Finance Manager

I have been in the dental field for 30 years and have had the privilege of working with some amazing dentists throughout my career. I feel honored to work with Dr. Gore and our team. Where the office has and always will exemplify our ethics, quality and take a compassionate conservative approach to cosmetic and family dentistry. Throughout the entire team, our core philosophy is that we will only recommend treatment that we would suggest for our own family and friends and never compromise the integrity of our patient/ Doctor relationship. Our purpose is to develop trust with you and help you reach your dental goals and help you find the solutions you are seeking. I have managed and developed other practices in the past and I can honestly say I am blessed to be working with such amazing talented people. I personally welcome you to our office and reach out to me with any of your questions or concerns!

I relocated in summer of 1991 from California looking for a fresh start and space for my then 2 children and adding my youngest in 1991. I began my dental career as a dental assistant and worked up to Management roles for both Corporate and Private practices as well as developed and consulted different businesses on growth and management. I love what I do and am glad my first passion of being a lawyer has not come true yet.

I met my boyfriend James in April of 2014 and between the 2 of us we have 9 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 fur baby named Cujo. James and I love food, socializing, learning new technology and traveling with Cujo and watching him play. When I am not here at the office, I love to curl up to a good book or movie, hang out with friends and family or travel Arizona. I am still in search of the wild mustangs to get photos. So, if you see them let me know where they are!

Ashley-Colwell---Dental-Assistant

LISA SHOEMAKER

Patient Advocate/Treatment Coordinator

I have been in dentistry for 13 years and love my job! Born in Denver, Colorado, and raised from the age of four in the greater Seattle area, I attended Bellevue College and Shoreline College where I graduated with honors and went into the medical field for 16 years. I then attended The Jan Rogers Dental Front Office Training School in Bothell, Washington, and have been in dental ever since. I moved to Arizona in January 2017 and began working with Dr. Gore in January 2018. I am blessed to work with Dr. Gore and staff, the best dental office in Arizona! I’m here to help you understand your overall dental needs, treatment plan estimates, and finance options. Our patients are considered an extension of our office family.

In my spare time I enjoy golfing, hiking, swimming, concerts (preferably outdoors), wine tasting, and travel and am a Huge Seattle Seahawks fan.

Ashley-Colwell---Dental-Assistant

SHAWNA AGUIRRE

Registered Dental Hygienist

In the early 1990s, I was a college student in California, working three jobs. One of them was as a dental assistant, in my home town of Palm Springs. After moving to Arizona in 1998, I continued with my dental career. In 2001, I graduated and passed the Board exams to become a Registered Dental Hygienist.

I have worked and studied alongside some outstanding dentists, who are at top of their field in dentistry. I have had the good fortune to be a part of Dr. Rod Gore’s practice since 2007. He encourages his team to learn and share our knowledge and skills with our patients every day. Dr. Gore provides the most up to date equipment and diagnostics to help treat and educate our patients. It is so fulfilling to work with our patients to create healthy, beautiful smiles. I have been with Dr. Gore long enough, that some of the kids I used to help into the dental chair, are now all grown up and taller than me!

When I am not at the office, I enjoy being outside. Working and focusing on small spaces inside the mouth gives me an appreciation for fresh air and big views on my time off. We live in a perfect place to get outdoors and hike. My husband and our yellow Labrador Retriever, Olivia, enjoy exploring the red rocks of Sedona and mountain trails of Colorado.

Travel is not just a hobby for me, it is an education about the world. I try to leave the country at least once a year. Some of the favorite places I have been are Iceland, Bali, Andalusia (Spain) and Marrakesh (Morocco). My patients have given me some of the best travel tips over the years.

Ashley-Colwell---Dental-Assistant

JEFF GRIGG

Registered Dental Hygienist

I was born in Santa Cruz, California and I grew up in Northern California. When I first came to Arizona, I was in the 10th grade and I graduated from Saguaro High School. I went to Paradise Valley Community College for prerequisites and I went to Pacific University in Hillsboro, Oregon for my dental hygiene degree and graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in dental health. I enjoy working as a dental hygienist because it allows me to get to interact with such a wide variety of people from diverse backgrounds, age groups, and occupations. Also, I enjoy seeing people improve over time with their dental health by helping them understand how taking care of our dental health can affect, not just our mouth, but our whole body. In my free time, I enjoy golfing, hiking, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Ashley-Colwell---Dental-Assistant

CLAUDIA RIVERA

Lead Dental Assistant

Originally from Mexico, Claudia moved to Arizona at the age of 12. Graduated as a dental assistant back in 2005 from The Bryman School in Phoenix, AZ. Moved to Colorado for a few years, where she started in cosmetic dentistry. She traveled to Barrow, Alaska to help at their dental clinic for a few months. Always striving to help patients with their overall oral health. Moved back to Arizona in 2016. Started working with Dr. Gore in 2018, and enjoys taking care of patients and educating them. Claudia is happily married, with 3 dogs and a cat to keep her busy. She enjoys working out, trying new restaurants and traveling.

Ashley-Colwell---Dental-Assistant

ASHLEY COLWELL

Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Ashley and I was born and raised in Nebraska. I have been a Dental Assistant for 10 years and got my Dental Assisting Degree in 2010. I am fairly new to Arizona and enjoy being a part of Dr. Gore’s team. I love helping patients maintain and achieve beautiful and healthy smiles. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, exploring what Arizona has to offer, outdoor activities, and spending time with friends, family and my dog Mya.

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Rod W. Gore DDS
8535 E. Hartford Drive #208,
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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Dr. Rod Gore Main Office

8535 E. Hartford Drive #208,
Scottsdale, AZ 85255