Meet The Unique Dental Team
Karl Baker, Smilemaker
Dr. Karl Baker brings a whole new approach to the field of dentistry. A graduate of University of the Pacific Dental School in 2000, he actually began his academic career with a major in drawing. His ability to see structures for what they really are and understand the angles of the human body worked in his favor once dentistry became his career of choice, and he now focuses his artistic talents on creating the perfect smile.
An LVI graduate (through the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies for cosmetic dentistry), Dr. Karl Baker now specializes in cosmetic dentistry and root canal therapy, a field in which he received extensive training and now excels.
Dr. Karl Baker has always been a part of the West Coast landscape. Born in California and raised in Snowflake, Arizona, he now enjoys living in the Phoenix area with his family. An Arizona State University fan and avid golfer, Dr. Karl Baker brings love of his dentistry, art, and life with him to work every day.
Thomas Cipriano, DDS, MS – Endodontist
Dr. Thomas J. Cipriano is originally from New York where he graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology, cum laude. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Iowa State University before entering dental school at the University of Iowa – College of Dentistry. Dr. Cipriano completed both his Hospital Residency and Endodontic training at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.
The Unique Dental Team
Jessica started off in the dental field 7 years ago and has fallen completely in love with it. She feels a great sense of accomplishment when she is able to help our patients get the dental care they need and want.
When Jessica isn’t making the LONG commute to our office, she enjoys traveling, especially going home to southern California to visit her family and friends. She also enjoys trying new restaurants, taking the boat out on the lake, and attending country concerts with her fiancé.
Her favorite thing about working for Unique Dental care is that all of our patients truly enjoy our staff. “Our team makes coming into work on a Monday not so bad.”
Registered Dental Hygienist
Danae is a proud native of Arizona and Alumni of Northern Arizona University, graduated in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. With 20 + years of experience, she continues to show gentle techniques and kindness to all our patients.
When she is not cleaning teeth, Denae enjoys camping with her family and going to her sons sporting events.
Denae loves the quaint, family focused atmosphere of Unique Dental Care and the comfort her patients feel knowing they are valued.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Lannie started out with Dr. Baker in 1998 as a dental assistant. In 2006, she achieved a lifelong goal and graduated Rio Salado as a Dental Hygienist. With over 20 years of dental experience, Lannie brings a sense of comfort and knowledge to our team. She teaches our patients that dental care is all about prevention, a proven life style approach to better dental health.
When Lannie is not at the office, she enjoys spending time with friends, watching comedies, and barbecuing.
Her favorite thing about working at Unique Dental Care is the friendships cultivated with her co-workers.
Erika has been working for Dr. Baker for 15 years! She always knew she wanted to do something medical oriented because she loves to take care of people. When a dental opportunity presented itself, she jumped at the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.
Born and raised in Peru, Erika grew up loving the outdoors. Hiking and camping is something she still enjoys doing today. When it’s too hot outside, Erika likes to read books, watch movies, and spend time with her husband, foster children, and her beloved doggies, Max & Bella.
Erika’s favorite part of working at Unique Dental Care is her co workers! “Everyone is amazing at what they do and so very kind. You’ll never find a better team”.
Ryan was born and raised in Mesa AZ, and is new to the Unique Dental Care team. She has been in dental for 8 months, recent graduate of Westwood High School and also received her dental assisting certificate from Evit.
As a child she enjoyed going to the dentist, so much so that she knew she wanted to help people with their smiles one day. She aspires to be a Dental Hygienist in her near future. When she is not at work she loves spending time with her family and friends playing card games. On the weekends you can find her at the theatre catching the next best movie! She is also a very proud ASU fan!
Ryan enjoys the positive environment at the office, “everyone is so sweet, they make coming to work fun”! We are happy to have her as part of our team!
Julia was born and raised in Morgan Hill California and moved to Arizona in 1995 to attend ASU. She has always enjoyed working with people and helping them better themselves, which is why she decided to get into the dental field. Julia has been growing with the dental community for 2 years now. She has always believed that dental health is extremely important.
When she is not at work she likes hiking, swimming, and going to her sons little league games. Julia is also a big fan of the Oakland Athletics… GO A’s!!! Her favorite part about working at Unique Dental Care is how passionate her team members are about our patients and their well being.