Dental Staff

Our Yucca Valley, CA Dentist Staff

  • Sheldon Hough,

    Dr. Hough is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He served as a U. S. Navy Corpsman from 1969 to 1973 attached to the Marine Corps. He married his high school sweetheart, Tara, in 1970. They have two adult children, a daughter that lives in Colorado and a son along with his family that lives in San Diego. Dr. Hough has lived and practiced dentistry since 1981.

    Dr. Hough spends many hours involved in furthering his dental education by constantly attending seminars on how to bring the best technology, care, patient comfort, and anxiety management to his patients.

    Although family time is an important part of their lives, the Hough's have found time to spend many hours giving back to our community. In 1986, the Hough's helped start the Fourth of July Fireworks celebration which had now become a staple in Yucca Valley.

    The Hough's took over the Miss Yucca Valley Pageant in 1998 and have organized it since that time along with the help of the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley. It is now noted as a premier event for the young women in high school. The Doctor has been in the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley since 1986 and has been its President twice. Yucca valley sits in the middle of the High Desert, as such water is a major concern. Dr. Hough was elected to the High Desert Water District Board of directors in 2005 and re-elected twice. Dr. Hough feels much honored that the citizens of our community support and trust him to this very important position.

  • Chanette McDonald,

    Dr. McDonald is an associate dentist serving the Morongo Basin since moving back to Yucca Valley, California in 2016. As of this year, she is the newest addition to the office of Dr. Sheldon Hough, a pillar of Yucca Valley since 1981. Dr. McDonald is dedicated to serving the unique oral health needs of the Morongo Basin, where she grew up. 

    Her goal is to provide exceptional dental care with compassion and understanding. She takes pride in making every patient’s visit a comfortable and caring experience knowing that most find dental appointments to be stressful and anxiety-inducing. As a product of Yucca Valley, Dr. McDonald has been active in the community since childhood exhibited by her two-year reign as Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of the Hi Desert. Outside of work she enjoys traveling with her daughter and spending time with her family. 

    Upon graduating from Yucca Valley High School in 2002, Dr. McDonald earned a highly coveted spot in Howard University’s Pre-freshman Health Careers Enrichment Program the summer before officially starting college. From there Dr. McDonald earned her B.S. in Biology from Howard University in Washington, DC. She continued to earn her D.D.S. from Howard University’s College of Dentistry before completing a General Practice Residency at St. Elisabeth’s Hospital, the first federally funded psychiatric hospital in the United States, located in Southeast Washington, DC.

  • Ashleigh Wu

    Dr. Wu is an associate dentist serving Yucca Valley. Prior to working alongside Dr. Hough in private practice, Dr. Wu proudly served three years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Twentynine Palms and was grateful for the honor of providing care to service members and their families. Dr. Wu strives to provide exceptional care to her patients while being compassionate and gentle.

    Dr. Wu was born and raised in California, having lived in San Diego, the Bay Area, and now the Morongo Basin. Upon graduating from Leland High School in 2010, Dr. Wu was accepted into the Pre-dental program at the University of the Pacific where she graduated with high honors and received her degrees in Music: Piano and Biology. Dr. Wu was selected to receive a nationally competitive Naval Health Professions Scholarship for her attendance at the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry and received her D.D.S. in 2017.

    Dr. Wu’s hobbies include practicing and performing classical piano and voice, sewing, and spending quality time with her husband and family.

  • Gabriela Hernandez
    Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

    Gabriela was born and raised in the Coachella Valley. She earned her dental hygiene degree from Loma Linda University. She is dedicated to her profession, building great relationships with her patients and prioritizes her patients comfort. As her patient you can expect a gentle, yet thorough professional cleaning. Gabriela is engaged and soon to be married. She has 2 rescued dogs who she adores.

  • Lori Tuttle
    Office Manager / Registered Dental Assistant (R.D.A.)

    She has been with Dr. Hough for many years. She is passionate about Dentistry, Patient Care, Education and the overall experience for our patients. Lori Strives to give each patient individualized and immediate attention. With Lori's vast experience, she continues to stay ahead of the ever-changing Dental technologies by attending dental conventions, seminars and webinars and by enrolling in continuing education classes specific to the dental field of practice. Lori is married her hobbies include sailing, horseback riding and traveling.

  • Jessica Gray
    Front Office Dental Assistant (D.A.)

    Jessica is a Yucca Valley native who discovered her love for dentistry almost ten years ago. She is attending College of the Desert to obtain a Business Management Degree and eventually transfer into a university for dental hygiene. She loves to spend time with her family and friends and loves traveling and being outdoors.

  • Vanessa Altamirano
    Registered Dental Assistant (R.D.A.)

    Graduated in 2006. Vanessa went on to receive a Liberal Arts Associated Degree from College of the Desert. She attended Kaplan College in 2010 and did her internship with Dr. Hough. Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She and her husband, Gorgonio, have a young son named Adrian.

  • Tonya Yazzie
    Dental Assistant (R.D.A.)

    Tonya, completed her schooling at UEI-San Diego Campus as a Dental Assistant in 2006. Her assisting background varies from general dentistry to surgical periodondics. She loves to make patients feel comfortable and is sincere in educating them in proper dental care. She is a prior soldier who served in US Army. Married to a US Marine for 19 years, Love’s to read, binge watch tv series and especially Loves spending time with her 2 children.

  • Taylor Spitz
    Dental Assistant (D.A.)

    My name is Taylor Spitz and I am a DA. I graduated from Brightwood College, and I am now attending CMC for my associates degree in liberal arts math and science. I want to continue my education at Loma Linda for my hygienist. While I am not at school or work, I like to travel and adventure out with my family.

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