Meet Your Dentists
Dr. Lan Allen, DMD
Dr. Allen is a native of Southern Arizona and is the proud papa of eight children. He still finds time to enjoy the outdoors and is constantly striving for improving the patient’s experience at Aeris Family Dental.
After working in the Phoenix area for a large dental group, Dr. Allen decided to come back home to Tucson. What he learned from his time working for non-dentists has provided the foundation for Aeris Family Dental’s exceptional patient care. Aeris Family Dental is locally owned by dentists not CEO’s of a major corporation.
Dr. Allen attended the University of Arizona and received his Doctorate at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.
Dr. Allen has many affiliations with professional organizations and takes great pride in the amount of continuing education that he participates in each year. He will always take time to educate his patients.
Dr. Kevin Mortenson, DMD
Dr. Mortenson is also a native of Southern Arizona having grown up in the small farming town of Elfrida, Arizona. Dr. Mortenson attended The University of Arizona and is very proud to be a Wildcat! While at school, he dated and married his wife, Collette. He and Collette then ventured to Kentucky for dental school at the University of Louisville.
Although Dr. Mortenson will never catch up with Dr. Allen and Dr. Alston, he and Collette are the proud parents of four children, three girls and one boy. It is not unusual to bump into Dr. Mortenson and his family at U of A sporting events. They live in the Marana area and enjoy many outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.
Having previously worked for a large dental corporation and a public health clinic, Dr. Mortenson has seen two different extremes when it comes to dental practices. Through that experience he has become committed to the dentist-owned business model where treatment decisions can be made by a doctor and a patient without outside influences. Dr. Mortenson focuses on keeping his patients comfortable and enjoys helping patients understand the importance of their oral health.
Dr. Scott Sonico, DMD
Dr. Sonico was born and raised in the small town of Prunedale, California. Amidst all his long hours studying Biology at Utah Valley University, he was lucky enough to meet his beautiful wife Cassie. 10 wonderful years later, Dr. Sonico and Cassie have grown their family with one girl and two boys. The five of them are a very active family, and if you see them outside the office, they will probably be wearing workout clothes!
Dr. Sonico graduated cum laude from Utah Valley University and also earned his Doctorate from the prestigious University of Louisville School of Dentistry. There he excelled and was among the best in class in his clinical skills. Since graduating dental school, Dr. Sonico has spent many hours in continuing education courses and study clubs to ensure that he is offering his patients the best quality treatment. Like Dr. Allen and Dr. Mortenson, Dr. Sonico has spent time working for large dental corporations. Dr. Sonico feels very strongly about lifetime patient care that is overseen soley by doctors within the practice.
Dr. Sonico is very passionate about serving patients within his community and providing them with the most comfortable dental experience possible. He always takes time to answer questions, address concerns, and explain oral health on a level his patients can understand.
Dr. Benjamin Gardea, DMD
Dr. Gardea was born and raised in Southern Arizona, specifically the small farming and mining community of the Gila Valley. He met his wife, Camille, while attending Eastern Arizona College.
Dr. Gardea says he had to choose between his loyalty to the University of Arizona and his wife when deciding where to complete his undergraduate studies. Although, he hated attending ASU, he is fairly certain he made the right decision. He and his wife now have four wonderful children, three boys and one girl.
When he is not working or spending time with his family, you will probably find Dr. Gardea on the golf course somewhere working on his hopeless golf game. He also enjoys football, basketball and all types of music.
After attending Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, he returned home to practice. Dr. Gardea is dedicated to compassionate, patient centered, high quality dentistry. He has an unwavering commitment to doing the right thing for every patient, every time. He believes that, within the standard of care, a patient’s values and preferences should always take precedence over any other consideration.
Dr. Lanoy Alston, DMD
Dr. Alston is a native Arizonan, born in Morenci, Arizona and raised in Thatcher, Arizona. He attended Eastern Arizona College and played basketball for EAC. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Arizona and graduated from the University of Louisville with his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry.
Dr. Alston has been in private practice since 1977 in Southern Arizona and Tucson, Arizona and has a deep connection to the community. His patient centered focus is what has made him one of the most loved and respected dentists in Tucson.
As many of you have heard, Dr. Alston is no longer seeing patients. It has been difficult for us to keep up with this young guy and his adventures. It seems like he is busier now than the 38 years he spent seeing patients. Dr. Alston is the proud father of seven children and a growing family of grandchildren. He and his wife are enjoying spending time with their family and traveling.