Convenient Locations Apache Junction 480-485-9580 & Mesa 480-401-5175 or 480-448-8951

Doctor

Candice Richins – Hygienist

Candice was born and raised in Claremont, California. She attended Cal State Long Beach for her undergraduate degree and then completed her hygiene degree here in Arizona at Mesa Community College. She wanted to be a hygienist because it would maximize her face-to-face interactions with patients, which is her favorite part of being in the dental field. She loves being able to help patients manage their dental anxiety and help them return to a state of oral health that they did not previously know was possible.

While in hygiene school, Candice served as the president of the Student American Dental Hygienist’s group, which drew upon her leadership, organizational, and philanthropic skills. She was the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a presidential recognition awarded under the Obama administration to celebrate “the impact made in bettering our communities.” She has also received the Colgate S.T.A.R award for “compassion in patient care, enthusiasm for community service, and dedication to and enjoyment of the profession of dental hygiene.”

Candice is certified in non-surgical periodontal therapy, local anesthesia, and both laser bacterial reduction and laser-assisted periodontal therapy. She loves learning and expanding her education to keep up with the latest innovations in the dental field so that she can better serve her patients.

Candice chose to practice in Arizona because she feels that it is extremely important to make a positive impact within the community in which she lives. To her, dentistry is all about getting to know her patients individually and building relationships with them. Once that relationship has been established, she is better able to educate and help them achieve their goals of having a healthy mouth. Her ultimate goal is that each patient will leave the office feeling better than when they first came in.

Candice and her husband do not yet have any children, but they do have several horses, chickens, and two dogs. She loves going to the beach and and spending time with her family. She also loves animals and anything service related because she loves helping others.

Dr. John Bigler

Dr. John A. Bigler is a native of Northeastern Arizona, and enjoys the outdoors. After completing a two-year church service mission to south Korea, he returned to Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University. His doctoral training was at the University of Colorado where he earned is Doctoral of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. He and his lovely wife Michelle, are the proud parents of six children and two grandchildren, which he views as his greatest achievements.

Dr. Bret Standage

Dr.  Standage is an Arizona native, born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Being from Arizona, the decision was easy for him to become a Sun Devil and attend Arizona State University to earn an undergraduate degree in Biology. Furthering his education to become a dentist, he attended Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona for dental school. Dr. Standage has an easy going personality which makes interacting with patients and getting to know them effortless. His sincere desire to provide excellent care and service is what made becoming a Dentist the most appealing. Dr. Standage thrives to make sure that all of his patients understand their needed treatment and ensuring that each patient gets the best possible care.

Dr. Eric Westergard

Dr. Eric Westergard obtained a Bachelor’s in Human Biology with minors in Physics and Chemistry from BYU-Idaho. He graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry, and joined the Air Force allowing him to serve our country as a dentist for 5 years. He completed a 1-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Eglin AFB, Florida, enabling him to do many advanced surgical and cosmetic dental procedures.

Dr. Jason C. Burns

Dr. Burns loves working with his hands and building smiles that not only function perfectly, but look amazing as well. His outgoing personality and sense of humor endear him to his patients and all who know him. He loves people and taking the time to understand each individual patient's needs and circumstances. He enjoys knowing his patients and ensures they understand all options available to them and how to care for their smile. This passion for his patients drives him to continue a lifelong pursuit of learning how to serve them. Dr. Burns looks forward to meeting you and helping you to achieve your ideal smile!