Dr. Thomas Durisek, DDS

Dr. Thomas Durisek made Phoenix his home in 1997 immediately after graduating from dental school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was attracted to the warm, sunny weather and big open skies of Arizona that allow ample opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities such as running, hiking, camping, and exploring 4X4 trails. Dr. Thomas Durisek also has a passion for automobiles and enjoys travel and reading.  Dr. Thomas Durisek founded Open Wide Dental in 2001 and is proud of the current high-tech facility that opened in 2007. He likes the challenges of dentistry and providing his patients with the highest level of general and cosmetic dental care using the most modern equipment and techniques. He maintains his membership in the ADA, AzDA, and Academy of General Dentistry by attending continuing education classes and participates in a Spear Education Dental Study Club based at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry. He is excited to be an Invisalign Premier Provider offering a clear alternative to braces. He looks forward to seeing you at Open Wide Dental soon!


Dr. Hugh Jernigan, DMD

Dr. Jernigan grew up in North Carolina. Among his credentials, he holds a degree in Spanish Linguistics from High Point University and has traveled the world, teaching and interacting with people of different cultures. Prior to a career in dentistry, he was an International Flight Attendant and Interpreter for Delta Airlines for 11 years. This experience taught him to put people at ease in situations that make them nervous. He attended the Health Sciences Program at Arizona State University, then dental school at University of Kentucky in Lexington, graduating with the degree Doctor of Dental Medicine. He is proud to call himself a Phoenician again and a member of the team at Open Wide Dental! Dr. Jernigan loves every aspect of general dentistry, he especially enjoys working with people who may have previously avoided the dentist due to fear.

Sherry-optimizedSherry Connelly
Office Manager

Sherry has been in the dental industry for over 18 years and in March 2015, will celebrate her first anniversary with Open Wide Dental. She entered the dental field with a long-term goal in mind. “I was thinking long term. I wanted a career in which I could grow.” Sherry’s love of animals has connected her with places like “Out of Africa” where she volunteers on occasion. When she is not out walking her dogs, she enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with friends.

Summer-optimizedSummer Monahan
Patient Coordinator

Summer joined the dental community over 2 years ago, and is trained in both administrative and clinical aspects of the dental field. She is x-ray, CPR and, coronal polish certified and also has certifications in Dental Sleep Medicine at OSA University. One of her favorite things about her role at Open Wide is that she gets to interact with patients. She will celebrate one year with Open Wide in September 2015. In her free time, Summer likes to spend time tanning, going to the gym and shopping!

Nita-2-optimizedNita Shumway
Dental Assistant

As one of the original members of Dr. Durisek’s team, she has been helping Open Wide’s patients since 1999! Her interest in teeth began in 10th-grade Biology class with Mr. Jonson at Socorro High School. “I was fascinated with the structure of the head and mouth. Just like the personalities of the owners of the teeth, every set is unique.” Her absolute favorite thing at Open Wide Dental is the interaction with the fabulous people who come to spend a part of their day with us. Nita volunteers through her church and participates in community events with other members.