AboutLegacy Smiles of Southern Arizona

Legacy Smiles of Southern Arizona is a Green Valley based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Torres-Gomez and our team invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 520-686-5784 and experience why our patients think Legacy Smiles of Southern Arizona is the best dentist in Green Valley.

Dr. Torres

“The most important thing in the world is family and love.” —John Wooden

Our Story

My wife, Mia, is a military brat and calls Arizona home, where she served 10 years in the Air National Guard, as a Logistics Technician. We met by luck, we were both at the optometrist getting our eyes checked, I guess you can say that "love is blind"!

We have been married 10 years and have four amazing children. It is a busy family. I can honestly say there is never a dull moment in the Torres Gomez house.

We left Arizona in 2017 and currently reside in the freezing cold state of Nebraska. Having experience Arizona winters, I can tell you that the winters in Nebraska are not our thing. We are all excited at the opportunity of moving back to Arizona.

Education

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” —Albert Einstein

University Of Arizona
Bachelor of Science in Physiology- 2013

Midwestern University- College of Dental Medicine AZ
Doctor of Dental Medicine- 2017

Uniformed Services University-Postgraduate Dental College
Master of Science in Oral Biology- 2020

Career

Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona

Position: Dental Assistant
Active Duty: 2007-2011
Deployments:
Operation Enduring Freedom/ Deployment Al Udeid AFB, Qatar 2010-2011
Operation Iraqi Freedom/ Deployment Sather AFB, Iraq 2009

Air Force Reserves:
Position: Dental Assistant
Reserves: 2011-2014
943rd AMDS Davis Monthan AFB AZ, 2011-2014

JBSA Lackland AFB, Texas

Position: General Dentist
Active Duty: 2017-2018
General Dentistry, Air Force Post Graduate Dental School JBSA-Lackland, TX, 2017-2018

Position: AEGD Resident
Residency: 2018-2020
Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency
Resident, AEGD-2 Residency, JBSA-Lackland, TX, 2018-2020

Offutt AFB, Nebraska

Position: AEGD Deputy Program Director
Active Duty: 2020-Current
Resident Education & Training

Humanitarian Mission:
Position: Dental Site Officer In Charge
Mission Date: June 2021
Operation Healthy Delta, Innovative Readiness Training Mission, Missouri

Meet the Team

Terri

Dental Hygienist

Terri is our one-of-a-kind Dental Hygienist.
She has spent over 28 years in dentistry. She started working right out of high school as a dental assistant. She did that for 2 years and followed it by completing her Dental Hygiene degree in 1996 at Colorado Northwestern.

She has enjoyed every day of her dental profession. She loves the challenge in the discovery and treatment of disease from gingivitis, periodontitis, occlusion complications and decay. She’s had the pleasure of learning and working with the best dental professionals in general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry to periodontal and surgical dental practices. She has worked with specialists from Prescott Valley to Chicago and Surrounding suburbs, Yuma Arizona to here in the Tucson area.

Besides her career, her other passion is her husband of 25 years and her beautiful 3 daughters. She loves the adventure of going wherever the girls’ feet take them!

What she enjoys most is SMILES—
Saving Smiles, Creating Smiles and most importantly Making People Smile!!!

Jessie

Dental Assistant

Jessie is one of the Dental Assistants at Legacy Smiles. He is an Arizona native. He received his Dental Assistant Certificate from Pima Medical Institute in 2018. He lives with his mother, brother and 11 dogs. Ask him their names! He is a real animal lover. He also loves to listen to music, take his dogs to the park and try new foods.

He decided to go for a career in dentistry when he was in braces for 6 years. He wanted to make people feel how his orthodontist made him feel- more confident and happier in life.

He continues to grow in the field and he hopes to continue to pursue his education and one day become a dentist. With Jessie as your assistant you will have a knowledgeable team member who thrives for patients to have an excellent and FUN dental visit.

Reecie

Front Desk Coordinator

Reecie is the office manager here at Legacy Smiles. She is an Arizona native and loves where she lives. She graduated from University of Arizona with a degree in Elementary Education and taught kindergarten and 1st grade for 4 years. She lives in Green Valley with her husband Josue, her two kids-Jaxon and Nya, and her two schnoodles- Kloe and Milo. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and relaxing at home.

How she ended up in the dental field:
Ironically, she didn’t choose dentistry- the dental field chose her. Through a series of life events and opportunities she ended up at Legacy Smiles. She never imagined she would be immersed in the dental world and that she would love it as much as she does! She enjoys all the people she gets to meet and the team she gets to call family. Sometimes life take us to unexpected places and she’s happily enjoying the ride.

CJ

Dental Hygienist

CJ is one of our amazing hygienists. She is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and moved to Arizona in 2013. She graduated with her license from Pima Community College In 2019. She lives in Rancho Sahuarita with her husband Steve, Her daughter Kaylee, and her yellow lab Finley.
When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with family & friends, hiking, crafts, and trying new restaurants. She cheers on her hometown teams- The KC Chiefs and The Royals.

Why she loves what she does?
She always wanted a career where she can work with people and feel like she’s making a difference. Being a dental hygienist allows her to get to know her patients on a personal level and educate them on how to achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. She is passionate about dental hygiene and provides thorough and gentle care for our patients here at Legacy Smiles!

Leah

Patient Care Coordinator

Leah is our amazing patient care coordinator. She was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She moved to Arkansas on a whim and what should have been a one-year stay turned into 3 years. In the small town where she lived, the job options were limited so she decided to take a chance and apply for a job in a dental office. This is where her love for dentistry first started. She is very grateful to be back in Tucson and surrounded by family and friends. Leah is completing her bachelor's degree at NAU and will graduate in the fall of 2024.