Our Team

Our wish is for you to maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Our team consists of dedicated individuals who are kind, friendly and caring. They are happy when you are happy, so please feel free to address any concerns with our front office. Our energetic and experienced staff will ensure a pleasant experience from the moment you walk through the door to the end of your appointment.

  • Dr Gina Elrod
    Dr. Gina M. Elrod

    Dr. Gina Elrod is a graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry Class of 2001. Dr. Elrod received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She practiced dentistry in Indiana until moving to Arizona in 2010 with her husband Ryan and their two sons, Vincent and Jack. Dr. Elrod has a passion for helping her patients and educating them on the importance of oral health in relation to their overall health. She believes every patient should have a positive dental experience and helps them feel comfortable with her gentle and caring nature.

    Dr. Elrod is very excited to be practicing in Arizona at Paradise Valley Family Dental. She is highly trained in Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign and Laser Dentistry. She also enjoys all aspects of general dentistry. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association (AzDA) , Central Arizona Dental Society and various study clubs.

    Outside the office, Dr. Elrod loves spending time with her husband, Ryan, their two sons and their yellow Lab Caesar. She enjoys watching her sons play sports, traveling and enjoying the beauty and active lifestyle that Arizona has to offer.

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  • Dr. Gwen Huynh

    Doctor Gwen Huynh was born in Saigon, Vietnam and then moved with her family to United States. At first, she resided in Hawaii but then she moved to California to complete research and her bachelor degree at UCLA. She then went on to attend Dental School at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon graduating dental school, she completed residency at St. Vincent Charity Hospital also in Cleveland, Ohio. She finally moved to Arizona and decided to settle here. Dr. Huynh has served as the senior managing doctor for a large dental practice and collaborated with several private practices. She currently lives in Peoria, AZ with her husband Baron and two dogs Akela (Basenji/Collie mix) and Nali (Miniature Schnauzer).

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  • Susana Aldana
    Susana Aldana
    Office Manager

    I have been in the dental field since 1996. At Paradise Valley Family Dental my goal is to work with our patients and help them fully understand their overall oral health. I love to educate patients about dentistry and it’s my mission for every patient to be happy and ‘smiling’ when leaving our office.
    In my spare time, I enjoy eating at restaurants and spending time with my husband and kids.

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  • Khristina Wilcox
    Patient Care Coordinator

    After living seven years in Maui I moved back to Arizona in 2016 to be closer to my family. I have enjoyed growing in the dental field and am very excited to learn more each day. At some point, I plan to attend college to become a dental hygienist. I enjoy and look forward to helping all of our patients achieve their smile goals.

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  • Zahra Irannejad, RDH.MS
    Dental Hygienist

    I was raised in Europe (Austria). I completed my Master of Science degree in Dental Hygiene at Canadian National Institute of Health from Ottawa, Canada. I moved to Arizona in 2012. I truly love my work in dentistry and have a heart for every patient that I treat. I especially feel accomplished when I can make people with previous negative memories of dentistry comfortable and happy to receive excellent care.
    My husband and I have a 6 year old son together. We enjoy traveling around the world and going on family adventures.

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  • Carolyn Lhotsky Hygienist
    Carolyn Lhotsky, RDH
    Dental Hygienist

    I was born and raised in New Jersey. I graduated from Keystone College, PA for Nutrition and Food Science as well as Bergen Community College, NJ for Dental Hygiene. Arizona has been my home for 25 years and I have been practicing dental hygiene for 27.

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  • Dorina Taranu
    Lead Dental Assistant

    I am originally from Romania and moved to the United States in 1993. Since then, I have been working in the dental field. I graduated from Dental School in California and moved to Arizona in 2005. When I am not working I like to spend time with my family and friends, cook, make floral arrangements and travel to new places.

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