Welcome
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Our primary goal at Gentle Touch Family Dentistry is to teach you and your family what causes oral problems and how to PREVENT them. Secondly, our dental team will carefully evaluate your needs and provide you with the most caring, gentle, thorough, painfree and long-lasting dentistry possible.
M,W,Th,F:8am-5pm; Tue: 8am-7pm
2nd & 3rd Sat: 8am-12pm
Lunch 12pm-1:10pm
Call (435) 882-3700 for an appointment
Our Team

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Our primary goal at Gentle Touch Family Dentistry is to teach you and your family what causes oral problems and how to PREVENT them. Secondly, our dental team will carefully evaluate your needs and provide you with the most caring , thorough, painfree and long-lasting dentistry possible.


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Clair R. Vernon, DMD
Dr. Clair Vernon was born and educated in Logan, Utah. He served an LDS, Spanish speaking mission in California from 1972-74. He married Jo Ann Ellgen in 1974. He graduated from Utah State University in 1977 then went to Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine, graduating in 1980. Clair was fortunate to participate in a one year general dental practice Army residency at Irwin Army Hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas. The Army then sent him to Dugway, Utah where he practiced for four years. In 1985 he began practicing in Tooele, and has been serving the people of the Tooele area since that time. Jo Ann and Clair are the parents of five daughters and one son.

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Pamela Wanlass - Receptionist
Pam has spent most of her life in Tooele County. She says Grantsville is the greatest place to live. She believes in love at first sight because she fell in love with her husband Ed the first time she saw him. Together they have three children: Racheal, Travis and Kaed. She thinks the best part of family is grandchildren. She has seven of them. She knows her job is to watch and cheer them on.

Pam enjoys spending her time camping at her family's property. She enjoys designing jewelry and has made it a side business that keeps her pretty busy. She also enjoys scrapbooking, photography, card making, embroidery, crocheting, traveling, and chocolate.

Pam has worked in the dental field for 33 years and has seen a lot of changes in dentistry. She loves the people she works with and has the greatest boss.

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Shawna Taylor - Dental Assistant and Receptionist
Shawna was born and raised in Riverton, Utah. She has lived in Tooele for 30 years. She is married and has three sons and one daughter. She has worked as a dental assistant/receptionist for eight years. She enjoys her job, co-workers, and patients. Her pastimes are sewing, crocheting, cross stitching, camping, hiking, horseback riding, four wheelin’, and other family activities.

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Sherie Symonds - Dental Assistant
Sherie was born and raised in Tooele. She has a wonderful husband with two sons and a daughter. Their four grandchildren are the light of their lives. She has been a dental assistant to the Best Dentist for seven and a half years. Her leisure activities include: outdoor activities, gardening, and sewing.

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Jo Ann Leonelli - Dental Assistant
Jo Ann was raised in Grantsville. She has been a dental assistant for 28 years. She is married and between her and her husband, they have six children and four wonderful grandchildren. She enjoys decorating, shopping, and being with her family.

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Tanya Butcher - Hygienist
Tanya grew up in American Fork, graduating with honors from American Fork High School. Spoke at seminary graduation. She graduated from Salt Lake College LDS Institute and served as Forum Director at Utah Valley Community College. Tanya received her dental hygiene degree from Weber State University. She is married with three children. Tanya serves as Bear Cub Scout Den Leader, enjoys the outdoors, sports, gardening, crocheting, crafts, and spending time with family.

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Monica Parks - Hygienist
Monica was born in Provo, Utah. While most of her childhood was spent here in Tooele, she did spend some time in Iran and South Korea. She graduated from Kalaheo High School in Hawaii and then came back to Utah to attend Weber State University. She graduated with her degree in Dental Hygiene in 1991, then received her B.S. degree shortly after. Monica has a wonderful husband and four fantastic children. She loves hiking, reading, running, and spending time with her family. She thinks dental hygiene is the “Best Job in the World” and enjoys it very much. Monica has been working for Dr. Vernon since 1998 and thinks he is a wonderful, caring dentist.

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Alejandra Monson
Alejandra is 17 years old and the middle child of two brothers. She enjoys exploring different fields of work, especially in the Health and Medical field. However, her artistic eye is beginning to lead her in the direction of Interior Design. She enjoys learning about new things and participating in adventurous activities such as rappelling, paintballing, skiing, horseback riding and river rafting. Her favorite thing to do is attend concerts and music festivals.

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Gentle Touch Family Dentistry
271 South Main Street
Tooele, UT 84074
Phone: 435-882-3700