Aquila Dental Team
Dr. Rich Higgs is originally from northwest Indiana. In 1989 he earned his degree at Indiana University and graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1993.
Dr. Higgs is a graduate of the prestigious Pacific Aesthetic Continuum, one of the foremost hands-on cosmetic dentistry teaching institutions in the world.
He has completed extensive work with porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and dental implants.
Dr. Higgs’ is committed to friendly, caring dentistry. What sets him apart from many other dentists is his passion for the art of cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry, demonstrated by his achievements and dedication. You can count on him for thorough, unhurried appointments designed to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. He knows that he’s doing more than just creating beautiful, healthy smiles; he’s also building a trusting relationship.
Dr. Higgs moved to the Valley in 1996. When not in the office he enjoys swimming, running, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Sandra Leedy is truly living her passion. With a tender, artistic touch and a relentless pursuit for clinical excellence, Dr. Leedy loves giving her patients an exceptional dental experience.
Dr. Leedy grew up in a loving family with seven siblings and extremely hard working parents. During her childhood, dentistry was a luxury and she didn’t have her first dental appointment until she was 18. Dr. Leedy’s first dental visit was an emergency appointment because she was in excruciating pain. When her dentist helped get her out of pain and back to positive dental health, she knew she wanted a career doing the same. For Dr. Leedy, one of the most important parts of her job is compassion and understanding for patients in pain.
Dr. Leedy completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Midwestern University, in Glendale, AZ. At Aquila Dental, Dr. Leedy treats every patient as if it was herself sitting in the chair. She understands that dentistry requires open ears to understand where the patient is coming from, and where they want to go, and she will always work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that works best for you.
When Dr. Leedy isn’t at the office, she enjoys camping, mountain biking, and being with her son, Carbon.
Sandy HinojosaDirector of Operations
Enjoys playing the cello and piano, and gardening.
Collects all items related to Frida Kahlo.
Has been with Aquila Dental since March 2005, when the practice opened.
Rita Neubauer Receptionist
Attended Apollo College
Enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and reading
Is a Starbucksoholic
Brittany BurginDental Hygienist
Attended Northern Arizona University and earned Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene
Enjoys spending time with boyfriend and dogs. Also enjoys hiking, traveling, and cooking
Loves to dance and do Zumba once a week
Jann Sweeney Dental Assistant
Attended Apollo College
Enjoys watching sports. Loves the Detroit Lions and is a Kasey Kahne fan
Is the “crazy dog mom”, no 2-legged kids, just furry 4-legged ones
Patty ValenzuelaDental Assistant
Attended Chairside Dental Academy
Enjoys spending time with husband, 2 wonderful boys, and soon baby girl, as well as crafting
Likes to try new foods and is an Arizona native
Kim LammesDental Assistant
Attended The Bryman School
Enjoys interior design such as painting and remodeling
Is open-minded to trying different things and is adventurous
Donna Financial Coordinator