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.

  • Daniel Schurman

    Daniel was born in Phoenix, AZ. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Indiana. In the process of completing his program,  he met his wife and returned to Arizona with their 2 dogs (Fang and Gilly) and cat (Jade). In his free time he likes to play hockey, hike and travel.

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  • 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. Kristina Stefan
    D.M.D, M.S.

    Dr. Stefan was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of six. She attended the University of California Los Angeles where she received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She also attended Barry University in Miami, Florida and earned her Master of Science in Biomedical Science. She then attended A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health and earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine.

    Dr. Stefan is committed to providing the highest quality patient care with whole body health in mind. Her ultimate goal is to educate and empower patients to take control of their dental and overall health. Dr. Stefan believes everyone deserves a beautiful and healthy smile and is excited to help you achieve yours!

    Dr. Stefan is engaged to Dr. Parsa Owtad, who she met in dental school. In her free time, Dr. Stefan loves staying active, trying new restaurants, and watching the latest movies and shows. She is passionate about travel, healthy living, and her two kitties, Nala and Leo!

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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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  • Dr. Donald Provenzale, Jr.

    Dr. Donald Provenzale, Jr. graduated Loyola University School of Dentistry, Maywood, IL in 1988 at the top of his class, and subsequently entered residency training in Anesthesiology at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL. At the time, he was given the opportunity to pursue an M.D. degree and continue training toward becoming a board-certified Anesthesiologist. Due to his love for Dentistry, however, he declined the offer.
    He then enrolled in the Medical College of Georgia dental implant training program, ultimately leading to being awarded the highest distinction within the discipline of Implant Dentistry—— Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry. He is recognized as a leader in the field of Oral Implantology and has lectured extensively on the subject. He currently serves as the President of the Central District of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and as a faculty member of the AAID’s Chicago dental implant training program.
    Dr. Provenzale strongly believes that treating patients with compassion and honesty, combined with the highest level of competence is the only way to practice Dentistry. Building a foundation of trust by treating his patients as special individuals is the very essence of his practice.


    Board-certified Oral Implantologist
    Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry
    President, American Academy of Implant Dentistry—Central District
    Fellow, American Academy of Implant Dentistry
    Fellow, International Congress of Oral Implantologists
    Certificate, Medical College of Georgia Dental Implant Training Program
    Faculty, American Academy of Implant Dentistry Chicago Maxicourse™ Dental Implant training program
    Diplomate, National Dental Board of Anesthesiology
    Fellow, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
    Certificate, Medical Residency training in Anesthesiology
    Certificate, Advanced Cardiac Life Support

    Hobbies: Music (trumpet), Ice hockey

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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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