About Us

Dentist Paradise Valley

Meet Dr. Jernigan

Dr. Hugh Jernigan is a general and cosmetic dentist with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about building relationships with patients and creating beautiful smiles. He earned a BA in Spanish Linguistics from High Point University and a BS in Health Sciences from Arizona State University. After graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 2012, he completed his AEGD residency at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Arizona Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the SPEAR Study Club.

As a judgment-free practice, Dr. Jernigan works with patients to develop a plan that addresses all concerns and keeps them on track for exceptional long-term oral health. Having extensive experience with nervous patients, he is able to put them at ease during their dental treatment. “It is such an honor to be a part of this wonderful practice!” says Dr. Jernigan. “We have a fantastic team of professionals and are proud to continue the tradition of individualized care in a beautiful and welcoming environment.”

Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Jernigan has been living in Arizona since 2002. During his free time, he enjoys swimming, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. In addition to having two Golden Retrievers, he has studied classical piano performance for more than twenty years.


Meet Mary Ann

Business Manager

Mary Ann is our business manager at Kierland Dental Studio and has 20 years of experience in the dental field. Upon graduation from Phoenix College, Mary Ann completed training at Luke Air Force Base as well as the Red Cross dental assisting and OSHA programs. Over the course of her 20 years in the dental industry, she has completed various training and management courses. Mary Ann enjoys developing relationships with patients and assisting them in maximizing their insurance benefits. Her greatest pleasure is helping patients achieve their dental health goals.

According to Mary Ann, “we value all of our patients and will provide them with nothing less than excellence.””We have an amazing team at Kierland Dental Studio, and I enjoy working with professionals who are very passionate and talented at what they do.”

Mary Ann is the proud wife of a Marine who has served in the Marine Corps for more than 20 years. Together they share three beautiful children: a son in the Air Force for the past six years; a daughter who just graduated from medical aesthetic school; and the youngest, an honor roll student in high school.


Meet Cathie

Clinical Coordinator, EF Dental Assistant

As a clinical coordinator and EF dental assistant, Cathie has over 27 years of experience in both general and oral surgery dentistry. She feels fortunate that she has worked with some of the most talented dentists, including Dr. Jernigan. She holds an Associate of Science degree from Keiser University in Florida and EFDA certification from IRSC in Florida, as well as membership in the ADAA (American Dental Assistants Association). She values the relationships she develops with her patients and remains committed to providing them with the best possible oral healthcare experience. It is rewarding for her to be able to make someone happy by treating them with respect and compassion.

“I enjoy helping people smile and ensuring their comfort during their dental visits as we build trust in our relationships. We ensure they have confidence that our team will work towards their best dental health,” says Cathie. “Our team at Kierland Dental Studio is outstanding and provides the highest quality of care to all of our patients. Together, we assist our patients in understanding their dental health care needs and guide them toward optimal dental health.”

Originally from Florida, Cathie moved to Phoenix almost two years ago and is delighted to have made it her new home! She is looking forward to exploring all the beauty of the Arizona outdoors. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, reading, and spending time with her family. She is the proud mother of two sons, two grandchildren, and four “grand-fur-babies” (three dogs and one cat).


Meet Candice

Dental Assistant

Candice is a dental assistant with more than 15 years of experience who earned her degree from The Bryman School of Dental Assisting. She enjoys developing relationships with patients and listening to their stories and experiences. In her opinion, lighthearted conversation can sometimes enable everyone to enjoy their day a little bit more.

“I fully understand that visiting the dentist is not everyone’s favorite activity, but I believe that I am able to offer a calm voice that allows my patients to feel comfortable and have a positive experience,” shares Candice. “It is a pleasure for me to work for Kierland Dental Studio because of the warm and welcoming feeling you get when you walk into the office. As dental professionals, we love what we do and like to have fun while doing it.”

In her spare time, Candice enjoys going to the movies with friends, spending time by the pool, and watching a good Netflix series.


Dentist Paradise Valley Serena

Meet Serena

Registered Dental Hygienist

Serena has been working in the dental field since 2015. She graduated from Phoenix College and then went on to Northern Arizona University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene.  

She enjoys working at Kierland Dental Studio because she has the opportunity to connect with patients to help them achieve happy smiles and optimal oral health while working with a team. By ensuring cleanings are enjoyable, informative, and efficient, patients look forward to their visits with her.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two kids, traveling, and enjoying the Arizona outdoors.


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