Your Confidence Restored

Whatever your situation, Total Freedom is about setting you free and giving you new confidence to enjoy, laugh and lead the happy life you deserve. Why Total Freedom?

Your Team

Dr. Thomas Sims DDS

TFDweb_0001_Background copy 3Dr. Sims is many things. Husband. Father. Gracious Community volunteer. Compassionate cosmetic and restorative dentist.

For Dr. Sims, the dental experience is personal. His 20+ years as a DDS, combined with ongoing education and improvement, ensure you receive comfortable, top quality care. Dr. Sims insists on keeping up with all technological advances, and demands the latest equipment at Total Freedom.

A third-generation Arizonan, Thomas Sims is a graduate of Saguaro High and Arizona State. After two years work in South Africa, he attended California’s famed Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.

Today, Dr. Sims calls the Valley Of The Sun his home. He’s pleased to work with an amazing team including a periodontal, dental implant and dental alveolar surgeon who is among the best in the business and has over 20 years of experience.

Outside the dental office, Dr. Sims enjoys spending time with his daughter, son and wife. From building sets for the youth theater group, “Greasepaint,” to being a Boy Scouts leader, Dr. Sims loves being involved. He also volunteers his time to the community, providing free dental work for underprivileged children. In what spare time remains, Dr. Sims can occasionally be found relaxing aboard a boat on the lakes around the valley.


Dr. Gerald L Kaiser DDS

TFDweb_0010_Background copyDr. Kaiser is a residency trained, board eligible periodontist.  He is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  He attended college in his home town, graduating from Southeast Missouri State University.  He received his dental and periodontal specialty training from the University of Missouri, and subsequently moved to Scottsdale in 1978. Dr. Kaiser is married to Shawn, and they have a daughter, Lauren, and two granddaughters Sienna and Nyla.

Dr. Kaiser holds memberships in several professional organizations including The American Academy of Periodontology, The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, The Arizona Society of Periodontists, and both the American and Arizona Dental Associations.

Dr. Kaiser began his specialty practice limited to periodontics and surgical implant dentistry in 1978.  He placed his first dental implant in 1978 and has placed several thousand since.  Dr. Kaiser is particularly proud of the fact that while his daily practice, for over 30 years, has included periodontal, dental implant, and dental alveolar surgery he has never had a single complaint filed with the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners.

Dr. Kaiser’s leisure time is based around athletics.  He is a former triathlete with several victories on both the national and state level.  Also, Dr. Kaiser was a competitive cyclist winning both state and national age group championships.  He continues to train daily, and has begun to focus on Olympic-style weight lifting.


Mark Nelson

Dr. Mark NelsonMark began his dental career in 1992 in a management capacity for the Portland based Artisan Dental Lab, a 90+ person commercial lab. While at Artisan he teamed with dental instructors from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in performing chairside evaluations and treatment planning. Mark was also actively involved in product development and participated in leading instructional seminars. He received an Associates of Arts Degree from Portland Community College before being selected by Clear Choice Dental Implant Center to be their National Implant Scanning Manager. While at Clear Choice he personally designed over 2,500 titanium bars while assisting in developing the protocols used by the company. Titanium bars are the most technique sensitive part of the popular “All on 4” or “Teeth in a Day” procedure. Without an accurate bar the procedure fails.

To provide his family with a climate better suited to their lifestyle, Mark accepted employment in Scottsdale, with the well-known and highly respected Wiand Dental Lab directing and coordinating laboratory operations.

However, involvement with volume focused commercial labs did not allow Mark the freedom to work with individual patients from start to finish. At Total Freedom Dental Mark believes his dream has now come true. He now has the opportunity to work with a small group of skilled and motivated Doctors and assistants on one patient at a time, start to finish, delivering what he believes to be the highest quality of care available anywhere.


Rick Durkee, CDT

A 1976 graduate of the Dental Technology Institute, Rick first began working as a Certified Dental Technician. He quickly honed his considerable skills, and has been running his own lab for over 20 years. He’s been fortunate to continue his education, studying on a personal level with world renowned dental technicians–most notably the famed Klaus Mutertheis of Germany. Rick is presently a member of the AACD and National Board for Certification and has been lecturing across the country since 1981.

From the first person you speak to on the phone, to the last person who shakes your hand as you leave the office happy, excited and ready to face the world, the Total Freedom team is here for you.

When any of our professionals are interacting with you, you are the most important person in the room. They’re here at Total Freedom because they love what they do. And why not? Restoring peoples’ confidence and helping them have new freedom is a great way to spend the day.


Joe Abadsantos

Joe Abadsantos moved from Connecticut to join the TFD team as the Chief of Technology for the CADCAM department. Joe has been in the dental industry for 19 years. He has received advanced training in digital dentistry from prestigious institutions in the US, Amsterdam and Germany.

Joe’s expertise has been acknowledged by his selection as a beta tester for various well know digital design and software companies. He is a popular and regular presenter at various symposia and trade shows.

Joe’s values and is dedicated to his vocation. This dedication is proven daily by the quality and efficiency of his work.