Dr. John Culp graduated from Temple University with his Doctor of Medicine in 1992. His love and care for children led him to pursue a specialist degree in Pediatric Dentistry which he received from Baylor University College of Dentistry in 1994. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. As Ahwatukee’s first pediatric dentist, Dr. Culp has been serving the community by providing the highest comprehensive dental care to his patients for over eighteen years. He has a sincere interest in providing the highest quality care with special attention paid to maintaining comfort and providing the education necessary for families to make healthy dental choices. 


Dr. Culp’s strong desire for knowledge sets him apart as a lifelong learner who continuously strives to improve himself for the benefit of his patients. Through conference attendance as well as the reading of dental journals and other dental publications he continues to educate himself with the newest advancements in the dental field.


Dr. Culp maintains his membership in the following professional organizations:


American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Dental Association

Arizona Dental Association

Arizona Academy of Pediatric Dentistry


Life away from the Jungle is shared with his family which includes his wife, Karen and their three sons. He actively supports his children’s recreational activities and enjoys ice hockey and cycling in his free time.


Dr. Scott Peterson grew up in North Ogden, Utah, but decided snow is overrated and migrated to sunny Arizona to start his career. It only took one winter to convince him to stay forever! Before escaping the cold he graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a bachelor’s degree in biology.


He then attended Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, where he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society and received multiple other scholarships. He continued his studies at Loma Linda University, where he specialized in orthodontics and received his master’s degree in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.


A lover of learning and believer in using the latest advancements in orthodontics, Dr. Peterson is an active member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists. He regularly attends conferences and reads academic journals to stay up-to-date on the most recent orthodontic trends.


Dr. Peterson loves spending time with his wife and three kids. He enjoys all sports, and still plays basketball and Ultimate Frisbee weekly. His favorite place to be is on the Lake, especially at Lake Powell. He can also be found racing in triathlons, Spartan races, and even a half Iron Man!


Dr. Peterson is thrilled to be part of the amazing Jungle Roots team and can’t wait to get started on your smile!


Jason Brady, DMD (Dentist Anesthesiologist) started his career as a civil engineer designing subdivisions and site plans for commercial buildings. He completed his undergraduate dental degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2010.  During dental school, he created and implemented an electronic materials request form, quality assurance program and database, and programs to track correspondence between clinical disciplines. He completed a 26-month hospital and private practice based residency in Anesthesia at the University of California Los Angeles in 2012.  He is a member of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and a Diplomate of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is also a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is also involved with education and holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Southern California and teaches continuing education courses at Oregon Health & Science University. He is often called to give lectures at various organizations throughout the United States and Canada. He practices dental anesthesia in Arizona and Southern California. Dr. Brady lives in Gilbert with his wife and their four sons. 

Jungle Roots Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics

Meet The Team

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.  

Executive Support Specialist

Mary has been with Dr. Culp as the Executive Support Specialist since 2014, and prior to that from 1998-2007. With nearly 20 years of experience in the dental industry, Mary brings a wealth of knowledge and support to Dr. Culp and the team. Mary is married with three adult children and three grandchildren and enjoys spending time volunteering at church, gardening (especially roses!) and spending time with her husband and dog.  

Orthodontic Director

Amy has been in dentistry since 1988. She has been with Jungle Roots since 2019, but has been a part of and serving in the Ahwatukee community since 1995. Her extensive background and training includes general dentistry, orthodontics and pediatric dentistry. As the Orthodontic Director at Jungle Roots, she is thrilled to provide the highest level of service and care to the Jungle Roots’ team, the patients and the parents. Amy is a newlywed as well as a proud mom to an adult daughter and teenage son.


Operations Supervisor

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.  



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.



Kelsey graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS in dental hygiene and minor in biology. Her passion is working with kids. Kelsey and her husband Nick, have a handsome little boy named Nixon. In her spare time she likes to hang out with family and friends, watch movies, catch up on her favorite TV shows, play games and swim!



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.  


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.


Marketing Coordinator

As the Marketing Coordinator, Deborah is responsible for the community outreach program which is intended to educate children about how to properly care for their smiles!  With ten years of experience in the dental field and four with Jungle Roots, Deborah has a wealth of information to share.  Deborah enjoys baking and spending time with her husband and two children in her free time.



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