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 son who lives in San Diego and a daughter who lives in Washington. 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 will serve until 2026. Dr. Hough feels much honored that the citizens of our community support and trust him to this very important position.

  • Michelle Nemback-Fuentes
    Dental Hygienist (R.D.H.)

    Michelle Nemback-Fuentes has been a dental hygienist for over 17 years and earned her dental hygiene degree at San Joaquin Valley College in 2004. She previously worked for Dr. Steven Geduld in 29 Palms for 13 years until he retired in July of 2021. Michelle is married and has a loveable 7-year-old daughter. She loves engaging with and caring for her patient's dental hygiene needs. She strives to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible while being efficient and thorough with their treatments. She is very attentive and has been told that she has a gentle touch while cleaning teeth. Her personal goal is to make everyone feel comfortable during their dental cleanings and depart with an extremely positive experience. She is a very kind, caring and compassionate individual who takes pride in treating her patients to the best of her abilities.

  • 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.

  • 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 three children.

  • Jasymne Gates
    Dental Assistant (D.A.)

    Jasmyne Gates graduated in 2022. She took part in the Dental Assisting program her senior year of high school. We are happy to have her as part of our team. Her hobbies include traveling, thrifting, and photography.

  • Giselle Medina
    Dental Assistant (D.A.)

    Giselle recently graduated from Yucca Valley High School with her Dental Assistant Certificate. She is eager to work with patients and is always looking forward to having a friendly conversation. Giselle is currently working on getting her Associate degree in Science, and is determined to get into Loma Linda University School of Dentistry for Hygiene. When Giselle isn’t in the office, she loves to spend her free time reading books by Colleen Hoover, spending time in the gym, and absolutely loves spending time with family and friends. 

  • Marlene Diaz Lozano
    Dental Assistant (D.A.)

    Marlene joined our team this year. She's currently enrolled at Cooper Mountain College taking her prerequisites to get into Dental Hygiene school. She is a Mom of 3. She enjoys going to the beach with her children and visiting family.

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