ABOUT US

Meet The Team


Karen Culp

Owner
Karen and Dr. Culp have been together since they were 17. Karen moved in 1984 from the west to the east and landed in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, her senior year of high school. She met Dr. Culp in the halls and they have been together ever since. Karen and Dr. Culp started Jungle Roots together and she continues to be an integral part of the team. She loves being a mom to her three boys and has focused most her attention to raising them and keeping family first. Now that they are getting older, she is able to spend more time being a part of Jungle Roots. She also teaches fitness classes at the Ahwatukee YMCA. Health and fitness is a passion of hers and she loves to be a part of encouraging people to embrace a healthy lifestyle. She loves cooking, traveling (especially the beach), reading, volunteering, entertaining, and mostly spending time with Dr. Culp, her boys, her parents, and her friends.

Missy

Director of Business Operations
Missy has been with the team at Jungle Roots since 2017 and started as dental assistant with Dr. Culp. She has been in dentistry since 2007 after graduating from Pima Medical Institute's dental assisting program. Prior to dentistry Missy has been in the customer service industry since 2001. Missy is married with one son and two dogs. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family exploring all Arizona has to offer. Missy also enjoys reading, watching scary movies, and trying new brunch spots around the valley with friends.

Tammy

Orthodontic Administrator
Tammy has been a part of our office 
since 2005 when she began as Dental Assistant. Over the years, she has held different positions in the office and is now our Operations Supervisor. Tammy uses most of her time away from the Jungle 
with her husband chasing their two 
young children. Tammy and her family 
enjoy camping, off-roading, and 
spending time with family and close 
friends.

Catherine

Insurance Coordinator
Catherine is originally from Scotland and moved to Arizona in 2000. She has been a part of our Jungle Roots family since 2003. Since joining our practice she has held several front office positions and is currently our Insurance Coordinator. Catherine is familiar with many of our existing families and looks forward to assisting our new families with their insurance needs. When she’s not working, Catherine enjoys spending time with her four children and three dogs.

Danica

Hygienist
Danica is a native Arizonan who graduated from Northern Arizona University. She has been working at Jungle Roots since 2011, and her favorite part of the job is hearing kids laugh! Danica is married, and when she isn't wrangling two small children she enjoys reading and do-it-yourself projects from Pinterest.

Kiley

Hygienist
Kiley loves not only cleaning teeth, but teaching the children at Jungle Roots how to take care of theirs! 
She graduated from NAU and has been a Registered Dental 
Hygienist for almost 10 years. 
When she’s not “digging for 
treasure” in patients’ mouths, she’s “digging for treasure” with her two young boys, playing peek-a-boo 
with her baby daughter, or swing dancing in the kitchen with her husband of 9 years.

Erin

Hygienist
Erin has been part of the Jungle Roots team since 2001. She began her career at Jungle Roots Children's Dentistry as a Dental Assistant and after a few years went back to school to become a hygienist. Erin graduated from Herzing College in Minnesota in 2006 and shortly after returned to Jungle Roots as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Erin loves what she does, and says that working with children is absolutely the best part of her job. In her spare time, Erin enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Tina

Hygienist
Tina graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2003 and has worked in 
both pediatric and general dental 
settings. She has a great love for whole 
body health and believes it begins with a healthy smile. She hopes to be part of a quality oral healthcare education for 
children and the start of a positive dental experience for a lifetime. When she is not shining smiles she enjoys teaching yoga 
and spending time with her husband and three children.

Jenna

Hygienist
Jenna graduated from dental 
hygiene school in 2019. She 
became a hygienist because she 
loved going to her pediatric 
hygienist growing up. Her goal is to
create that same experience for 
kids and help them have a positive 
dental visit. When she isn’t making 
smiles sparkly, she enjoys hiking 
and outdoor adventures with family 
and friends.


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