Meet the Team
The entire Yuma Dentistry 4 Kids team is passionate about ensuring your child has a great trip to the dentist. Everyone from the doctors to the administrative team works hard to make sure you and your child leave with a great big smile.
Dr. Charles Lin, DMD
Dr. Charles Lin, DMD - Dentist
Dr. Charles Lin has traveled a long way to get to Yuma. He was born in Taiwan. He attended the University of San Diego in California where he received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. As if that wasn't enough, he also minored in Psychology.
After his undergrad, Dr. Lin spent some time working as a dental assistant. He loved the hands-on experience of working with patients, and realized dentistry was his passion. He decided to go become a dentist.
He went to dental school at Midwestern University in Arizona where he received his DMD in 2014. After practicing family dentistry for a few years, Dr. Lin realized he really enjoyed working with kids. He hasn't looked back since he joined the practice and is now the managing dentist for Yuma Dentistry 4 Kids.
He is an active member of the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Association.
Favorite Meal Dr. Lin loves Japanese cooking.
On the Tube Huge fan of Friends. Try stumping him with trivia.
Favorite AZ Destination Dr. Lin feels blessed that one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World is right here in Arizona - The Grand Canyon.
Dr. Samantha Crawford, DMD
Dr. Samantha Crawford, DMD - Dentist
Dr. Samantha Crawford knew she wanted to be a dentist when she broke her tooth at the age of 7. She was fascinated at how the dentist was able to restore her smile. She decided at that young age that she wanted to help keep people smiling.
She attended the University of Houston and earned her BS in Mathematics Magna Cum Laude. Then to complete her dream she entered Midwestern University and graduated with her DMD. She was now able to start helping people, one smile at a time.
Dr. Crawford chose to work with kids because she likes being able to start making a difference from the start of their dental health journey. Children have so much potential to have healthy teeth and gums when they are provided guidance from an early age.
Dr. Crawford is a member of the American Dental Association.
Pet Lover Dr. Crawford has two dogs, an Australian Shepherd/Gold Retriever and an English Black Lab. She also has a cat..
Boots Required Dr. Crawford is an avid hiker. She loves all the great hiking trails in Arizona.
Dr. Marilyn Tago, DDS
Dr. Marilyn Tago, DDS - Dentist
Dr. Marilyn Tago grew up in American Samoa in the South Pacific. She feels right at home being at a busy office like Yuma Dentistry 4 Kids having come from a family of 7 plus a ton of cousins.
Dr. Tago moved to the United States to attend college at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. She excelled there majoring in both Psychology and Biomedical Science. After graduation she worked as a social worker in Child Protective Services.
She knew she liked helping kids, but decided that being a kids dentist was her calling, She went on to earn her DDS at Loma Linda University in California.
Dr. Tago enjoys being a dentist at a practice that focuses on kids. "Kids bring me joy. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Fear of the dentist is learned and can easily be explained and calmed through compassion and communication." She enjoys being able to help parents teach their kids how to have a lifetime of great oral hygiene habits.
She is an active member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
2nd Generation Dentist Dr. Tago grew up watching her dad be a dentist.
Giving Back She has travelled to fun places like Fiji to provide dental care to the less fortunate and plans to do more mission trips in the future.
Favorite Quote Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Lincoln Pace, DDS
Lincoln Pace, DDS - Dentist
Dr. Lincoln Pace was born and raised in Arizona. He decided he wanted a change of pace from Arizona and headed to Hattiesburg, MS for college. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Dr. Pace knew he wanted to be a dentist and continued his education at the prestigious University of Southern California School of Dentistry, receiving his DDS.
After school he started doing general dentistry but quickly found he enjoyed working with kids best. He likes how kids are fun and usually excited for their dental appointments. And for those kids that are scared, he works hard to help ease their anxiety and turn it into a positive experience.
Dr. Pace is a member of the American Dental Association and Arizona Dental Association.
Favorite Dish Italian. Love all different Italian dishes. Especially pizza.
Home Zoo There are 3 dogs, 2 guinea pigs and two fish in the Pace household.
Rest & Relaxation When away from the office, Dr. Pace likes to play golf to relax. Though on some days the amount of relaxation is debatable.
Dr. Elizabeth Skotowski, DDS
Dr. Elizabeth Skotowski, DDS - Dentist
Dr. Elizabeth Skotowski was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Iowa. She attended Western Illinois University to receive her undergrad in B.S. in Exercise Science with a minor in Chemistry.
She knew she wanted to be a dentist and continued her education at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry, receiving her DDS.
Don't worry, you don't have to call her Dr. Skotowski! Dr. Liz works just fine.
Dr. Liz grew up receiving various dental procedures after breaking her tooth when she was younger. She was truly inspired by how helpful and great her dentist was. She would love to do the same for her patients, providing them with the skills and knowledge to maintain a healthy smile.
She loves the enthusiasm and upbeat energy kids have. Dr. Liz is committed to creating a fun and positive experience by helping kids establish healthy habits that can last them a lifetime!
Dr. Liz is a member of the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Fun Fact She played NCAA Division I college basketball.
Hobby She enjoys grabbing her clubs and golfing on her free time.
Unique Talent Dr. Liz can juggle! She is an expert in juggling 3 basketballs all at once!
Cinthia Sanchez - Register Dental Hygienist
Cinthia Sanchez was born in Oceanside, CA but grew up in San Luis, Mexico. She has been in Yuma since 2017.
She started her career in dentistry as a Dental Assistant. She realized how much she loved dentistry and decided to enroll at Mojave Community College where she earned her Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree.
She enjoys working at Yuma Dentistry for kids because of the fun, positive energy of the office and, of course, the kids. She enjoys being able to focus on preventing dental problems by teaching good, healthy oral habits to kids.
Favorite Read The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde.
Favorite Flick Never Been Kissed. Equal parts funny and romance.
On the Tube The Office. Cinthia is glad Dr. Lin is funny, but not Michael Scott.
Isabel Guzman - Registered Dental Hygienist
Isabel Guzman is a native of Yuma. She feels very strongly about the community and helping kids and families of Yuma. Isabel attended Mojave Community College where she completed her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene.
Isabel feels that being a mom helps her relate to both the parents and the child. This allows her to help make the kiddo feel more comfortable as well as answer any questions the parents have. Her goal is to teach good oral hygiene habits to kids when they are young to help avoid having dental issues when they are older. All her patients can count on her to remind them to brush and floss every day!
Favorite Movie Hocus Pocus. But she is a fan of all kid movies and enjoys we always have them playing in the office.
Resident Foodie Isabel loves food. Good food. Especially seafood.
Volunteer She is very involved in Mission of Mercy and helping the community of Yuma.
Deisy Hernandez - Office Manager
Deisy Hernandez has lived in Yuma her whole life. After graduating from Kofa High School (Go Kings!), Deisy decided she wanted to get into dentistry. She attended Bryman School of Arizona to become a certified Dental Assistant.
After graduation she joined Yuma Dentistry 4 Kids and what started out as a job became a passion. Deisy has advanced to become the Office Manager. She loves her job since she can make going to the dentist enjoyable for not only the kiddos, but the parents as well.
Favorite Flick Matilda. It is no wonder she loves working in a kids dental office.
Fun Fact Deisy has an obsession with collecting mugs. She has over 35 and is still going.
Favorite TV Show Grey's Anatomy. She loves the show but doesn't mind our office doesn't have all the drama.
Vanessa Quema - Back Office Manager
Vanessa Quema grew up in Phoenix. She decided she wanted to be a Dental Assistant and attended Bryman School of Arizona to get her certification. She loves helping people and being a Dental Assistant was the perfect career for her to make people smile. Literally.
Vanessa has been with the practice since she graduated. While she didn't intentionally set out to work with kids, she feels blessed that she landed at a kids practice. She feels kids are a blast to work with and have fun personalities and are always laughing.
As a new mom herself, Vanessa understands how overwhelming everything can be for parents of little kids. She is dedicated to helping parents and kids learn how to make health oral hygiene habits fun and lasting.
The Great Outdoors She loves hiking as well as camping and off-roading. As long as it is outdoors.
The Explorer Vanessa loves Northern Arizona. There is so much amazing scenery and hiking trails.
Favorite TV Show How I Met Your Mother. Though she may need to find a new show.
Ashley Cerna - Community Relations Specialist
Ashley Cerna is a native to Arizona, born and raised in Phoenix. She received her Associate’s Business Degree from Phoenix College and graduated as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa.
Ashley went on to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with a minor in Organizational Leadership, from the W. P. Carey School of Business - Arizona State University.
She’s been in the marketing field for over 4 years with additional experience in the non-profit sector. Ashley is bilingual both Spanish and English.
Ashley helps provide awareness and education on the importance of good oral hygiene in the community, at schools, daycare centers and other organizations.
If you are interested in learning more about how Yuma Dentistry 4 Kids can help your community or organization please contact Ashley.
Dog Lover Ashley has an adorable Maltipoo named Tarzan.
Home Cooking Her mother’s authentic Mexican cooking, especially the chicken rolled tacos with sour cream, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, homemade green salsa and avocado complimented with a side of rice.
Adventurer Ashley likes taking road trips to explore Arizona. So far, Sedona is her favorite spot.