Welcome To Desert Hills Dental

Come In & Join The Fun

Welcoming patients at the front desk

When you become our patient you also become part of our dental family. We strive to provide high-quality dental care and education in a warm, comfortable, and fun environment. We hope you will feel at ease and at home the moment you walk in as if you were a member of our family. We take great pleasure in assisting you in attaining and maintaining excellent oral health for the rest of your life. Throughout your treatment, our experts will educate and guide you. Our office is committed to providing our patients with comprehensive, compassionate, and lifelong care.

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Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Deborah Staten, DMD


Dr. Staten believes every patient is unique, so every treatment plan must be unique as well. One-size-fits-all dentistry has no place at Desert Hills Dental. Instead, she bases every treatment and procedure recommendation on a number of highly personalized factors.

Dr. Fatima Nepacena, DMD


Dr. Nepacena was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of San Francisco and her DMD at UNLV School of Dental Medicine.

Meet Our Team


Office Manager

Hi! I'm Teresa and I've been working front office in the dental field for 19 years. I love the relationships we develop with our patients. Helping patients improve their dental health and smile is so rewarding! I moved here in 2018 from Sonoma County with my husband Joel. I love the weather and endless supply of activities in Las Vegas but sure do miss the wineries! We have four grown kids between us, two grandsons and a granddaughter on the way! We love camping in our travel trailer and exploring new areas. It's always an adventure!


Practice Optimizer

Hi, I’m Amy! I have been a resident of Las Vegas for over 20+ years and even though I am originally from Southern California, this is “Home” to me. I have been in the dental field since 2008 and have been working for Desert Hills Dental since 2014. I enjoy working at Desert Hills Dental because of the response that patients have coming to our office. Going to the dentist is already a scary thing for people, but our patients, leave feeling like they just came from visiting, friends/family. Or they feel like they have just met a new group of friends and have changed their vision of going to the dentist. I work very hard at making sure everything runs smoothly at Desert Hills Dental and I am always ready to give a helping hand. I love seeing our patients leave our office with big smiles and hearing about their amazing experiences. When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my long-time boyfriend and children. I love to shop! Especially for shoes and purses. I also love trying new places to eat (especially seafood) and going to concerts. =)

John Staten

Business Manager "The Mayor"

Hi! I'm John, the one man in the office who single-handedly gets it all done around here. LOL! But seriously, I am Dr. Staten's husband and opened the practice with her in 2013. My roles have changed over the years, but I currently help run the front office by doing most of the typical jobs required to keep the front office moving along efficiently. The real stars in the front are Amy and Teresa. My nickname around here is the "mayor," as I love interacting with the patients and doing everything I can to ensure the best possibly patient experience. I enjoy working at DHD as it allows me to be of service to other people and it is very rewarding to educate patients on their oral hygiene and helping people get the best smile they deserve. Outside of the office, I love to golf and do anything that gets me around water. I love to jump on a plane with my amazing wife as she is a fantastic travel buddy, and I couldn't think of going places with anyone else. We have so much fun doing it. I have two amazing, kind, and compassionate children that enrich my life and I couldn’t be prouder of them.


Dental Hygienist

Marleny was born and raised in West Covina, California. She has been a hygienist since 2008. She relocated to Las Vegas with her family in 2011 and has been working at Desert Hills Dental for the past 9 years. Marleny is married and has 3 children. In her free time, she enjoys doing DIY projects, woodworking, or anything crafty.


Dental Hygienist

I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Southern California. While living there I served for eight years in the California Air National Guard. I received my bachelor’s degree in forensic science from UNLV in 2007. After spending nearly eight years working as a crime scene investigator/forensic scientist, I decided to change career fields. I became a registered dental hygienist in 2022. Dental hygiene allows me to help enhance people’s quality of life, one smile at a time. I am married with two fur babies. When not working, we love traveling, camping, and spending time outdoors.


Dental Hygienist

Hello! My name is Kendra. I started my dental career as an assistant in 2010. I was always passionate about helping people with dental anxiety feel more at ease in the chair, which inspired me to go to dental hygiene school. I graduated from my hygiene program in 2017 as valedictorian. After that, I furthered my education and graduated summa cum laude from a bachelor’s dental hygiene program. I am originally from New Mexico but moved to Las Vegas in 2020. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my three amazing “bonus” kids. I also enjoy any type of crafting or DIY projects.


Dental Assistant

Hi! I'm Bridon the newest assistant! I was raised in Pioche, Nevada. I have been an assistant for 4 years and went to dental assisting school in St. George, Utah! I just moved to Vegas in April of 2022 and waltzed into Desert Hills Dental to see if they would hire me! I have continued to take that opportunity and excel within the office.

Kay (Keneisha)

Dental Assistant

Hello, I’m Keneisha!

I am new to Las Vegas from sunny California but I was born and raised in Ohio. I am the newest dental assistant to the Desert Hills Dental team.
I’ve been in the dental field for about 7 years now. Interacting with patients, easing anxiety, keeping them comfortable throughout the procedure, and seeing them smile is a rewarding feeling. In my leisure time, I enjoy traveling, shopping, reading, going on spontaneous adventures, spending time with friends and family, and checking out new places to eat or grab a drink. I’m married with no kids yet, just a 5-year-old fur baby named Byon.

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Dental Assistant

Hello! My name is Michelle Yuro. I have been in dentistry for 46 years and LOVE my job! I enjoy giving our patients the best care possible and making the doctor's job as easy as possible. I have lived in Las Vegas since 1979 and have seen a lot of changes here and in dentistry. I am single and devote my spare time to crafting greeting cards, working in my vegetable garden and volunteering in the children's ministry at my church.


Dental Assistant

Hi, I am Paige! I started my career as a dental assistant in 2019 and love being a part of creating a fabulous smile. I am married with three children and a doggie. I love sushi! I love to travel, my favorite place to vacation is with my family to the happiest place on earth, Disneyworld!!!


Treatment Coordinator

Hi! I am Shannon. I have been in the dental field since 2008, starting as an assistant. I absolutely LOVE the relationships I have forged with patients and teammates. I find this profession to be very fulfilling. I have been married to an Englishman (accent and all) for 18 years, and I have two grown sons who I want to be like when I grow up. :) In my off time, I am currently in three bands as a vocalist and bassist. Music is my oxygen, my Zen, my happy place. I love the bond I share with my bandmates. Fun fact: I am an avid football lover. I played in the WFA, a pro women’s football team (yes, real NFL rules…pads and all), and coached peewee football. I am a huge Longhorns and 49ers fan!

Headshot of team member, Ian


Lab Technician

Hello, my name is Ian and I work as a dental technician here at Desert Hills Dental. I love designing and producing aesthetic crowns and bridges of the highest quality to help our patients have confidence in their smiles. We are able to provide our patients with ease of mind regarding any dental issues by utilizing the latest dental laboratory technology. My happiness comes from working closely with our doctors to give our patients a smile they love.

Headshot of team member, Bridgette


Social Media Content Creator

Hello! My name is Bridget, and I was born and raised here in Las Vegas. I am currently a student at UNLV. I have always had a passion for creativity and media. So, it's always such a fun time trying to brainstorm video ideas and making them come to life. I love Animal Crossing, music, and the fall weather. In my free time, I love to read and write poetry.

Connect With Us

Desert Hills Dental

6740 S. Fort Apache, STE. 100
Las Vegas, NV 89148
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Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



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