Meet the Staff       

Bob Marra, Ph.D.,   Office Manager

 Bob received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  You may call him "Dr. Bob".  He and Dr. Marra have been married for more than 31 years.  He had a 20+ year career in US-Japan relations before stepping in to help Dr. Marra run Foothills Family Dental.  Bob goes the extra mile to make sure all patients' insurance and paperwork needs are well taken care of, and encourages patients to call at any time with questions.  He knows most patients personnally and he looks forward to meeting you.  If you provide Bob with your dental insurance information he will be happy to research it on your behalf.


Nancy Engstrom , B.S., R.D.H.   Dental Hygienist

Nancy was raised in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona from 1969-1972.  She graduated from Baylor School of Dentistry in 1974 with a B.S. in dental hygiene.  Nancy has worked for Foothills Family Dental for over 15 years and is an integral part of our team. She is certified to administer local anesthetic and nitrous oxide as well as take xrays, place sealants and perform root planing. She enjoys treating children as well as adults.  In her free time, Nancy enjoys traveling, reading and snowskiing in addition to spending time with her husband, Richard, and son, Eric. 

Sally Schwartz, R.D.A.,   Dental Assistant.  

Sally was trained as a certified dental assistant through a USAF sponsored dental program and continued her training in California to achieve the level of registered dental assistant. Sally has 30 years eperience as a dental assistant and has been working with Dr. Marra at Foothills Family Dental for 2 years.  Sally keeps current in her dental education to continue to provide outstanding care to our patients.  We are proud to have her as a member of our team.  In her free time, Sally pursues her passion for  photo journalism with her husband Dave.  Married for over 31 years they have raised two sons together.


Brittany Brown, B.A.,   Electronics Record Conversion

Brittany recived her bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 2012, after which she returned to Phoenix to teach Math, Psychology and coach cheer at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale. Brittany started working at Foothills Family Dental part time at the age of 13.  In the past 12 years she has done everything from processing xrays to filing charts to dental assisting.  For the past 2 years she has designed and implemented  the electronic conversion of all patient records.  Brittany can do almost anything we need done and can still be found chairside on occasion.  She is also currently pursuing her doctorate degree at Midwestern University in Glendale and planning her February 2016 wedding to fiance Robert Brown.




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