Meet the Team


Dr. Tom Montfort

Dr. Montfort is a graduate of Flagstaff High School as well as a Northern Arizona University Alumnus. He graduated from NAU in 1976 with a degree in Chemistry. Dr. Montfort was accepted into the dental program at University of Southern California and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1981. He has had a private practice in Flagstaff since 1981 and brought in his first associate, Dr. Bettie Crane in 2005. It has always been the goal of Dr. Montfort to help start up a young dentist and mentor them so in 2008 Dr. Montfort and Dr. Crane brought in Dr. Robert Maurer. In 2015 the 3 doctors formed a group name of Flagstaff Dental Arts. Read More…


Dr. Robert Maurer

Dr. Maurer grew up in Tucson, Arizona and came to Flagstaff in 1998 to attend Northern Arizona University. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Microbiology in 2003 and moved on to the University of Southern California where he was accepted to dental school. Dr. Maurer was awarded several accolades for outstanding achievement in Chemistry throughout his academics. Upon graduating from USC in 2007, Dr. Maurer traveled through Australia before returning to Flagstaff in 2008 and joining Dr. Montfort’s team of providers. He has volunteered at The Poore Clinic and provides dental care to the inmates at the Coconino County jail weekly. Read More…


Dr. Bettie Crane

Dr. Crane grew up in both Taiwan and Southern California. She graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of California, Berkeley in Nutritional Science in 1987. She was accepted to the dental program and received her Bachelor of Dental Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery from The University of California, San Francisco in 1992. Since that time, Dr. Crane has practiced general dentistry in adult and pediatric offices. She moved to Flagstaff in 2000 and joined Dr. Montfort’s team of providers in 2005. Read More…


Marilee Sheber

Dental Hygienist

I grew up in Michigan and graduated from Ferris State College in 1974 with my RDH license.  I escaped the cold Michigan weather in 1975 and moved to Phoenix for 3 years.   Prior to joining Dr. Montfort’s team in 2000, I worked in offices both in Flagstaff and Prescott.  I have 2 sons and 3 grandsons and we are able to spend lots of time together.  In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and being outdoors with my 3 dogs.  I have a big heart for animals and have rescued several different kinds of animals over the years.


Patty Hooker

Dental Hygienist

I attended school at Pasadena City College and graduated in 1989 with my RDH license.  My husband and I have been in Flagstaff since 1997 and I have been with Dr. Montfort’s team since 2006.  I am a member of the Arizona Dental Hygienists Association and currently see patients 3 days a week.  My husband and I have 2 grown children and with an empty nest now, we really enjoy camping and fishing together.  I also enjoy being active and hiking often.   

Shelby Gonzalez

Dental Hygienist

My husband and I both have families native to Flagstaff.  So, I grew up here and graduated from Sinagua High School. I received my bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene from Northern Arizona University in 2013 and began working for Dr. Montfort that summer. The following year, I married my high school sweetheart and we now have a beautiful daughter and another on the way.  We are very involved with our family and enjoy spending time outdoors.

Lynette Brown

Office Manager/Assistant

I was born and raised in Pasadena, CA.  My high school sweetheart and I married, moved to Flagstaff in 1975 and raised 2 daughters here.  We celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2015 and now have 2 grandchildren and a grand-dog!  I have been in the dental field as an assistant as well as front office for many years and have been with Dr. Montfort since 1991.  I am fortunate to have my immediate family right here in Flagstaff and we enjoy lots of time together weekly.  I am a big supporter of local Flagstaff businesses and also enjoy gardening, reading and tending to our chickens!

Sarah Marsitto

Front Office

I am from Minnesota but grew up in Phoenix and attended NAU after high school.  My degree is in Interpreting for the Deaf which I acquired through Phoenix College in 1996.  I have been in Flagstaff permanently since in 1999, went into dentistry in 2001 and have been with Dr. Montfort since 2010.  I am blessed to be the mom of my 2 amazing daughters!  Together we enjoy a wide variety of activities and interests such as traveling, water sports, hiking, singing, dancing, volunteering and performing arts.

Zoë Strayer

Back Office Assistant

My name is Zoë and I was born and raised in Flagstaff.  Dr. Montfort’s office was my first job and I have been with him since 2012.  I graduated from High School in the Spring of 2015 and am enjoying my full time position here.  Outside of the office, I love to read, sketch, hunt and fish.  I am very involved with activities in my church and also play the violin.  I have enjoyed traveling internationally a little bit and also in the USA to places like New York!

Samantha Ariaga

Front Office/Assistant

I was born and raised in Flagstaff and graduated from Flagstaff High School. Before working here at Flagstaff Dental Arts I worked as a phlebotomist. I graduated from Coconino Community College in 2014 with an Associates Degree in Phlebotomy. I have been with my High School sweetheart since my freshman year and we have three beautiful children. Most of my time is spent here in Flagstaff with my family and taking care of my children. We love to live an active lifestyle and spend as much time as possible in the outdoors.

Selma Grace Marsitto

Sterilization Technician

My name is Selma Grace and I was among the 1st class at Flagstaff High School who graduated by parade during the pandemic of 2020! I started working at Flagstaff Dental Arts in January of this year and will continue part time around my college courses during my years at NAU. I plan to major in Marketing and aspire to have a career working with the development and marketing of skin care and cosmetic products. My focus is school right now but when I get a little free time I enjoy being a foodie, spending time with my best friend and playing the piano.

Gerald Shantz

Lab Technician

I grew up in British Columbia and moved to Flagstaff in 1975.  I have a background in science and technology which lead to a meeting with Dr. Montfort in 1991.  As a result, I came to work with Dr. Montfort as his Lab Technician.  Together, we attended Orognathic Bioesthetics courses and I became certified in OBI.  Presently, I supply dental lab work for up to 5 Flagstaff dentists at a time.  My wife and I have 3 children and in my spare time I enjoy exploring technology, traveling and time with my family.