Meet Your Team

Meet Destin! Dental Comfort Dog
Meet Destin!, Dental Comfort Dog

Destin is not only a patient favorite, but has also become a well-known member of the Ann Arbor community.  He is a trained Emotional Support Animal and Therapy Dog who LOVES to help.  He can sense stress and anxiety and understands when to comfort a patient.

Many of our patients will request Destin at their side and prefer his company over sedative drugs.  He has a calming effect and provides a great distraction during dental care. After helping hundreds of patients, we often receive requests that he be present during certain appointments.

When Destin is not hanging out with our patients, he loves to go out snowboarding with Dr. Dobracki, help at children’s health centers, entertain at retirement communities, and chase squirrels.  He LOVES to chase.

His parents are both national champion show dogs and known for their intelligence and temperament.   He knows many tricks but some of his favorites are

“Go Blue”- His high 5.

“Whisper”-His indoor bark.

“All Done”- He can take a patient’s bib off and throw it away.

Fun Fact: His Real name is Destin “Kiss on The Beach” Dobracki

Jessica Dobracki Business Manager
Jessica Dobracki, Business Manager

Jessie is here to help our patients with any financial or insurance matters. She has received years of additional training specializing with medical and dental insurances. Her friendly personality and drive for excellence makes her a perfect fit in our office. Jessie is always going above and beyond to make sure our patients are well taken care of. She is new to Michigan by way of Georgia so Jessie is still figuring out life in the winter months. You can find Jessie at any Ann Arbor restaurant as she loves food or you can catch her in one of our many parks strolling after work. She has also become an avid GO BLUE fan!

Elaine Harper Dental Assistant
Elaine Harper, Dental Assistant

I started in the Dental field as an assistant in 1987; I have been in this office since 1997. I attended Washtenaw Community College and finished at the University of Michigan. I am very big on family, being a mom of two, now adults and nanna to three as shown in my picture. I also have one dog named Sheila who is a German Sheppard. This office is like my family after being here for 16 years. My experience makes it easy to get to know my patients on a personal basis. I love them all! My hobbies are of course being with family, especially my grand-babies, I also love to travel, golf, shoot pool, play softball. I am very involved in my church community. I have also been part of the VLCOG Dance Team for 14 years. My favorite vacation would be anywhere along the ocean by a nice beach.

Rachael Smith Dental Assistant
Rachael Smith, Dental Assistant

My name is Rachael and I am 20 years old! I chose dentistry because whenever I went to the dentist as a kid, I would be the one to ask a billion questions because I was always so curious. So when I started college, dentistry was always on my mind and i am so grateful i get to persue my dental career here at Ann Arbors Dentist! 

My two huskies Theo and Moose, and my fiance Tyler are what make me smile! I love coming home to my puppies because they shower me with tail wags, hugs and kisses! I am getting married in April of 2019 so I am excited for that! I like hanging out with my friends on the weekends and going to the movies! I also enjoy trying new restaurants on the weekends as well! 

Alice Ou Dental Assistant
Alice Ou, Dental Assistant

I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but have lived up and down the east coast. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2014 and we love it here! Currently, I am a senior in the University of Michigan Dental Hygiene program and have been working as a dental assistant since 2016. When I have the time, I love baking goodies for our family and friends, reading, and watching Netflix. We don’t have a dog YET but we do have a ridiculous cat (and his sister) who thinks he’s a dog. I’m looking forward to continuing my career in dentistry!

Amanda Gorski Dental Assistant
Amanda Gorski, Dental Assistant

I was born into a family with Wolverines on both sides, so it’s no surprise I wound up in Ann Arbor myself. I am currently pursuing my  Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan. I really love working with and developing relationships with my patients, which is such a crucial part of Dentistry. My biggest supporters are family. My older and younger sisters double as my best friends. I also have two dogs who I consider to be my kids. I love going on vacation to any place warm where I can just sit on the beach and relax :). 

Justin Samuleson Hygienist
Justin Samuleson, Hygienist

Justin has been a practicing dental hygienist since 2011 after graduating from the Dental Hygiene program at Wayne County Community College. Practicing modern dentistry techniques, Justin’s competence with a diverse patient population has allowed him to gain invaluable experience over the years. Justin is also licensed to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide and is skilled in providing gentle and comprehensive prophylaxis treatments. Charismatic and friendly, Justin is committed to patient education and provides the optimal patient experience. Customizing each visit with a focus in care and personalization, you’ll feel at ease and look forward to every cleaning. Originally from the Cadillac Michigan area, Ann Arbors blend of city and country life was big draw for him. “I like that you can drive downtown to get an amazing meal from one of Ann Arbors trendy restaurants, then drive for 5 minutes and find your self surrounded by fields and farms.” As a recreational runner, Ann Arbors many running trails held great appeal as well. Outside of work Justin moonlights as a Zumba instructor and enjoys reading, drawing, and watching UM hockey.

 

 

Amy Ravenga Hygienist
Amy Ravenga, Hygienist

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, and lucky enough to be attending the University of Michigan for my Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene. After studying human resources at MSU, I left to travel for three years around Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. I had the experience of working as a dental assistant for two years in New Zealand before returning home and deciding to further my career in dentistry, and begin a family of my own. I was married in New Zealand and I am now the proud mother of an energetic toddler, who I get to spend all my free time with adventuring outside, doing art projects, and cooking with. My growing family is my support team and inspiration!

Shayna Swartz Hygienist
Shayna Swartz, Hygienist

Hi my name is Shaynna, I am a hygienist here at Ann Arbors dentist. I started my journey in the dental profession in high school at Penta career center in Rossford Ohio for dental assisting. I never had much of an interest in school until I started the program and had a real interest in what I was learning for once. I did not grow up going to the dentist regularly due to my family having a high fear of dentistry. I think this is what drove my curiosity. Due to this experience I relate to patients that are nervous and really have an understanding for their concerns.  After my assisting education I knew I wanted to further my education and decided to go to Owens Community College right down the road from my high school. I love helping others and being a hygienist allows me to do this everyday. In my spare time I love to hang out with friends and family every chance I get, playing board games, soccer, and even video games. I am an avid animal lover, I have four cats that are basically treated as children. I hope this introduction helps you feel more welcome, my goal as a hygienist is to help you with your dental goals and your overall health.

Tiffany Johnson Hygienist
Tiffany Johnson, Hygienist

I was born and raised in the upper peninsula of Michigan. I have wanted to be a dental hygienist since I was a young girl. I graduated from Ferris state University with a degree in dental hygiene. I recently went on a dental mission trip to Guyana South America and my love and passion for dentistry and helping others grew. I married my junior high sweetheart who has supported me every step of the way. He inspires me to be a better person and I’d be lost without him. I enjoy yoga, meditation , reading, hiking , traveling the world and just being in nature.

Kim Alexander Front Office
Kim Alexander, Front Office

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan along with 3 other siblings. Kim moved away in her mid twenties, to attend college in California. After 10 years and two sons later, she moved back to Ann Arbor and has not left. She has worked in both the hotel and banking industries. Kim has been at the front desk here at the dental office for the past 8 years. She always looks forward to meeting new patients as well as catching up with our current patients. She is the guru of dental insurance and our patients appreciate the complimentary benefit checks she performs on a daily basis. Kim loves to spend time with her family and has a beautiful daughter who will begin middle school. She loves to travel and enjoy new experiences.

Marian Xiong Front Office
Marian Xiong, Front Office

Marian was born in California, raise in Wisconsin, and lived in Georgia. She now resides in Ann Arbor hoping to attend the University of Michigan. She is a graduate of Georgia State University and a graduate of Atlanta Dental Assistant School. She has worked in the beauty industry for over eight years and continued her education in dentistry and business. “Dentistry has been in my family for a long time and it is something I have always wanted to further my career in…” Marian loves to play sports and sing for fun. She played volleyball, tennis, and bowling. “The simple things in life, are what makes me happy”. 

Yvonne Zakalowski Insurance Concierge
Yvonne Zakalowski, Insurance Concierge

I am a proud grandma!  My granddaughter is a wonderful next step in my life from my beautiful daughter. Life has been great since I married my high school sweetheart. In my spare time, you will see me in my flower gardens or riding my bike with my dog Laya who is a Pomeranian. Layla loves to sit in the basket as we ride around. We love cruises and our favorite has been Alaska, we have been back three times, it just beautiful and unspoiled.
I started in dentistry as a step to find my career just out of high school. Who knew I would still be in the dental field today. My area I love the most is dental insurance. I love paper work!  I have worked in several different areas of dentistry, there are general dentistry, implantology and periodontal offices. I have been an assistant, front desk receptionist, business assistant and was head of several insurance departments. I will be glad to help you in any way with questions you may have on your dental coverage.