Meet The Doctors
Dr. Thomas E. Bell D.M.D - Owner
Dr. Bell was born in Frankfort, Germany on the US Army base where both of his parents were in the Army. He went to the University of Kentucky for his undergraduate and continued on to the University of Louisville for Dental school in which he graduated in 2005. Dr. Bell and his family have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 2015. His wife Julie is an Anesthesiologist and they have 2 children, Johnathan and Christina. Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, working with his children’s sporting events, playing with his three Great Danes and enjoys traveling with his family.
Dr. Bell is a member of ADA (American Dental Association) and a proud sponsor of Tucson Purple Heart Program.
Dr. Dan Hornsby D.D.S
Dr. Hornsby is a native of Wyoming, Is an alumnus of Creighton University School of Dentistry (1989). His expertise includes Implant, Restorations, Bridges, Crowns, Veneers, Dentures/Partials, Endodontics, Extractions, Bonded Fillings, and Laser therapy. Dr. Hornsby is committed to providing patients with the best dentistry available today using state of the art equipment. He ensures a comfortable environment and personalized care to achieve excellent function, value, and appearances for your smile. Dr. Hornsby gives back to the Tucson community through generous charitable donations and active participation. Dr. Hornsby loves to play golf when he is not caring for patients.
Dr. Paul V. Spaeth D.D.S
- American Dental Association
- Arizona State Dental Association
- Council on Continuing Education
- State Meeting Planning Committee
- Southern Arizona Dental Association
- Peer Review Committee
- Southern Arizona Dental Study Club, past President
- Lions Club (Leones de los Montanes), past President
- Young Arizonans Charting a Healthier Tomorrow (YACHT), past President
- Volunteering since 1980 at St. Elizabeths’ of Hungary Dental Clinic
- Donated Dental Services
Dr. Roger Biede D.D.S
Dr. Biede is a native of Chicago, He moved to Tucson in 1972 with the Air Force/Davis Monthan. He has been practicing for over 40 years. He graduated from the University of Illinois. Dr. Biede is an active board member at the Square and Compass Clinic at T.M.C. and the Children’s Clinic at T.M.C. He joined the Shriners and continues in the Clown unit and Motorcycle unit at the Sabbar Shrine. Dr. Biede practices a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry ranging from the restoration of Implants, Crowns, Bridges, Dentures and Partials, and can correct a wide variety of so called permanent cosmetic dental problems. Dr. Biede can literally redesign your smile. His hobbies include water skiing, woodworking, motorcycling, bicycling, and working on antique cars.
Dr. Satish Hiremath D.D.S
Dr. Hiremath was born in Easton, PA but grew up in Kalamazoo, MI. From an early age, he knew that he wanted to have a career in the medical field because of his father, who was a surgeon for over 33 years.
Dr. Hiremath attended the University of Michigan where he played varsity tennis for the Wolverines. He then went on to dental school in Washington, D.C. at Howard University.
On a trip to Oro Valley, visiting his former tennis coach in 1989, Dr. Hiremath fell in love with the community and moved there in 1990 after graduating dental school.
Since 1990, Dr. Hiremath has been involved with the community which included being the title sponsor for events such as the Fourth of July, the Oro Valley Holiday Parade and even donating the Children’s wing of the Oro Valley Public Library.
Dr. Hiremath’s community involvement also included him being elected President of the Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance, as well as being elected the Mayor of Oro Valley from 2010-2018.
Dr. Hiremath was also named the Community Leader of the Year in 2017.
While exceptional dentistry has always been the foundation, the primary focus of this practice is on treating people with kindness, compassion and respect.
While all dental practices may seem the same, they are not. See why Dr.Hiremath has been in practice for over 28 years and why patients view him and his team as more than just a dentist. Come experience the difference at Dental Excellence.
Dr. Sarah Liu D.M.D
Dr. Liu joined our practice in May of 2021. She is from Southern California. She graduated from dental school in 2018 from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. She is a proud member of the American Dental Association (ADA) and Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).
Her boyfriend Thanh and her met in dental school. When she is out of the office, she enjoys exploring new restaurants, gardening, baking or spending time with her dog Benji.
Meet The Hygienists
I have been a practicing dental hygienist in Tucson, Arizona since 1995. After attending Arizona State University, I received my Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Dental Hygiene from Pima Community College. The field of dental hygiene is rapidly evolving. To keep current and continue advancing my clinical skills, I attend numerous continuing education courses in all fields of dentistry as well as read professional publications. I am also a member of the Arizona Dental Association. Most recently, I have become State Certified in Soft Tissue Laser Therapy. Since 1996, I had worked in the same dental practice. For the past 20 years I have worked in the same dental practice. As of January 2017, I transitioned to Dr. Bell’s practice. Here, I have been afforded the opportunity to treat our patients with the tools and technology of dental hygiene above the standard of care. I am pleased to continue working with all my long-term patients and look forward to establishing new ones. I enjoy treating and maintaining my patient’s periodontal health and smiles at this practice. I am married and have two amazing children. My wife is a practicing dental hygienist as well. Outside of work, I enjoy family, exercise, sports (especially U o A), and numerous outdoor activities.
I am a Tucson native and a Mother of 2. I have been in dentistry since 2002 and still love it! I am blessed to be able to help and educate people everyday. I love what I do. Wife of an Air Force guy, we love the outdoors. My family and I enjoy camping, lake trips and fun weekends in the sand dunes. We also have 2 fur babies, Gabby and Kane.
My name is Donna Howard. I grew up in Oracle, AZ. I have this passion to help and educate people. I received three degrees in search of figuring out what I wanted to do for a living. I found Dental Hygiene to be the best way for me to take care of people for the past 17 years. When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking our Arizona trails with my son, spending time in our cabin in the White Mountains with my dog and best man, and reading books.
My name is Kaya. I am a native Arizonan and grew up right here in Northwest Tucson. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in merchandising. I decided to go back to school for dental hygiene and graduated from Pima Community College as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1997. I began working with Dr. Dan Hornsby in January of 1998. While the majority of my experience has been in general and cosmetic dentistry, I have also worked in a periodontal practice specializing in the treatment of gum disease and implant care. I truly enjoy my coworkers and my patients, and am proud to help them achieve optimal oral health and a great smile. I have been married to my husband, Matthew, for over 20 years. He is an officer with the Tucson Police Department canine unit. We have two amazing boys, Nathan and Kellan, who are my absolute pride and joy. I love traveling, especially to explore our National parks. I enjoy camping, hiking, photography, Bible study and spending time with my family.
Hi, I’m Lisa! I have been one of Dr. Hiremath’s Dental Hygienists since 2004, and honored to work with him. I have been married to my awesome husband Rene since 1998 and we have three wonderful children, Victoria, Jaden and Rachel. Hobbies I enjoy are triathlons, watching my kids play sports and playing with my Corgi.
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Meet The Front Desk Administrators
Staci was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio (GO BUCKEYES!) and moved to Tucson in 1995. She is a Mom to 4 wonderful kids. She has been in the dental field since 2000 and before that she worked in the medical/insurance field. She loves working with and getting to know her patients. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with her kids.
Hello! I am Wendy. I was born and raised in Southern California. I moved my family to Tucson in 1997 at which time I started my career as a dental assistant. Over the years, I have become an expert in all aspects of the dental office and an insurance “guru”. I love insuring that patients have the best dental experience possible. I look forward to greeting you with a warm smile! When I am not at work, you can find me at one of the many lakes in Arizona fishing with my husband or watching sports! I have two sons and a grandson that has stolen my heart!
Hello, my name is Vanessa. I have been working with Dr. Hiremath since September of 2016. The second I walked into Hiremath Family Dentistry, I knew I wanted to be a part of their team. I love what I do and enjoy being part of a professional dental team that provides exceptional dental care to our patients. I have been in the dental field for over 20 years and started out as a dental assistant. I have experience in almost every aspect of dentistry and love expanding and using that knowledge in any way I can. My passion for patient advocacy, building personal relationships, working through treatment and insurance concerns and creating financial plans lead me to the front aspect of the dental office. To calm fears, answer questions and help make treatment possible, especially in a soothing environment is rewarding to me. Another passion of mine is my family! I love spending time with my three amazing children Alyssa, Andrew and Marcus. We enjoy random adventures and spoiling our puppy Rosie.
My name is Lorena but most people know me as “Rena”. I started my dental career as a dental assistant for Dr. Satish Hiremath in the year 2000. In 2018, my role changed to Vice President of Operations for Bell Dental Arts where I am managing the day to day operations of Dr. Thomas Bell’s dental offices. I am the mother of two children and have a wonderful husband who supports me in everything I do. I also own my own Website Design Business. I am blessed to be part of such a great team of exceptional doctors and staff. They are all like family.
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Meet The Assistants
Letty heartily believes your smile is priceless. She has been assisting for Dr. Hornsby since 1991. Time flies when you are passionate about your profession and truly desire the best outcomes for all of your patients. A Tucson native, she’s a Sunnyside and Pima Medical Institute graduate. Impressed by “The Innovation and Technologies we are leveraging these days.” Adding, “We have come so far in providing beautiful and bonded fillings,enduring smiles for all.” Away from the office, Letty enjoys time with her husband Ed, and her dogs Bailey and Ranger here in the Oro Valley parks. She is also a big fan of collegiate level sports.
Hello! My name is Anahi. I am an Expanded Function Dental Assistant. I obtained my Dental Assistant certification at Pima Medical Institute over 10 years ago, and more recently I earned my Expanded Function Certification through Rio Salado Community College. I strive to provide exceptional quality of care and communication to all of our patients in order to build trust, and have our patients feel at ease every time they come in for their dental visits. Outside of work, I enjoy baking and cooking with my husband, and going on adventures with our incredibly spoiled Siberian Husky Rhaegar.
I have been in the beautiful Tucson community for over 33 years. I obtained my dental assistant certification from Pima Medical Institute along with an Associate’s Degree from Pima Community College. I have been a dental assistant for over 20 years. I absolutely enjoy my profession. When I am not working, I spend my free time in the gym working out. I have one daughter who keeps me busy with softball and marching band. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Hi! I’m Stephanie, I’ve been a Dental Assistant for over 5 years, I earned my Dental Assistant certification at Pima Medical Institute. I joined the Dental Excellence team March of 2021, and I absolutely love it! It is very rewarding to be able to help people achieve their dental health goals, and feel confident about their smile. During my free time, I enjoy going on trips with my boyfriend and spending time with my fur baby Maltipoo Milo.
Ally was born in New Jersey and raised here in Tucson, Arizona. She is a mother of one boy and enjoys sightseeing, nature and crafts. She graduated from Pima Community College in 2020. She fell in love with Dentistry while in school and quickly realized she had a passion for bringing people joy through their smile. She looks forward to assisting Dr. Hornsby while getting to know all of you.
My name is Bri and I have been a dental assistant since 2009. I love to help patients have a successful experience in the dental office. I have been happily married since March of 2014 and I love spending time with family and friends and am a huge U of A fan. My hobbies include doing Sudoku puzzles and listening to country music.
We have retired!
Retired as of April 2, 2021
After many years of working in the dental field, I made the decision to retire on April 2, 2021. The decision was difficult to make because I have truly enjoyed working with every single one of the dental practice’s (Dr. Bell’s) patients. I hope I made you feel welcomed and part of our dental office family. I poured my heart and hard work into making sure things were resolved however, in November 2020 our family was blessed with a beautiful grandson. The more I held him, my heart was stolen. I decided to take care of him full time. I can assure you that the office will continue to take care of you as well.
Retired as of June 1, 2021
Dear Patients and Friends,
After practicing for 30 years, and after much deliberation and hesitation, it is honestly with mixed emotions that I intend to retire from Dental Hygiene and Dr. Bell’s magnificent new practice (Dental Excellence) on May 31, 2021. I feel like many of you have become part of my family and I will truly miss our frequent visits. I am immensely humbled and touched by your confidence and loyalty throughout all these years; it means more to me than you will ever know. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for the privilege of having been your Dental Hygienist and Friend.
I will be leaving you in extremely capable hands of my fellow hygienists whom I have tremendous confidence in.
Retired as of June 1, 2021
It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from the most amazing dental practice in town!! I have truly enjoyed and appreciated working with our inspirational and compassionate team, and having the opportunity to build relationships with our wonderful patients over the last 7 years. I am convinced that my embodiment of optimism, compassion, and hard work will continue to radiate in our daily operations, and the level of care received will remain second to none!
It doesn’t end here…. we still remain a family!