Amber has always had a deep passion for healthcare, whether it be with humans or animals, working as a vet technician for 8 years before getting her start in dentistry. Her journey started in pediatric dentistry where she learned just how rewarding it could be. She vividly remembers working with a young patient, who had a few teeth that never formed correctly. After assisting with a procedure that would restore the little one’s teeth, the reaction from the patient is something that she will never forget. In that moment, she saw her gain her smile back, as her eyes became sparkly and she beamed with confidence she hadn’t had walking into the office. It was at that moment that she knew she was in the right place!
Amber works hard at helping people feel better about themselves and their health through dentistry, providing a judgment free and caring environment for every patient she sees. After 6 years at a pediatric office, she took a leap of faith into general dentistry wanting to learn and build upon her skills. Having over nine years of dental assisting under her belt, she brings a substantial collection of knowledge and experience.
She makes it her purpose to cultivate an environment where our patients feel supported, comfortable, informed and empowered about their oral health. She started working as Dr. Dobracki’s main chair assistant in ‘22, providing a variety of holistic treatments and services. Amber said she felt at home in our office from day one, genuinely enjoying the ability to help and care for our patients while working with one of the best teams in the city.
Outside of work, Amber has been committed to her own holistic health care journey. Taking time to enjoy cooking different whole foods to experiment with their vast benefits. She also loves to make her own natural body products. Being an earth sign, you can often find her enjoying anything that puts her in nature. If it is summer, you can put money on the fact that she will be on a beach enjoying our beautiful lakes. Amber’s caring soul doesn’t stop at work, spilling over to her four rescued fur children, three cats ranging in age from 9 to an impressive 17, and her puppy Money Man Jones, who is just over a year old.
Jess graduated from Washtenaw County Community College dental program in 2012, while also earning her associates degree in applied sciences. After entering the dental world, she made it her mission to help patients become comfortable working through their dental anxiety in a calm gentle manner. She leads with her warm and welcoming demeanor, focusing on compassionate and understanding patient care, making her a wonderful fit for our office. She helps to meet every patient where they are on their dental health journey without judgment.
Jess has just moved past the ten year mark of dental care, joining our team in early 2021. We could not be more proud of watching her learn and grow with us, learning about holistic and biological dentistry, using a hands on approach and embracing the family feel of our office. Not only is she kind and gentle, she is knowledgeable in her craft, making her the best of both worlds.
Jessica and her husband Carlos recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl in March of ‘23 after being in love for over a decade. Family is one of the most important things in Jessica’s world, building a love of exploring restaurants and movies with her husband, something she is excited to share with their daughter, who although too young to try all the new foods, did already make it to her first movie at just 6 days old. She may have slept through her first movie, but we have no doubt she will grow to love them just as much as mom.
We love that, even behind her mask, we can see Jess’s smile coming through her eyes and living through her voice. She puts her heart into everything that she does. Whether that is time with her family, or taking care of you and your family.
Jenny is currently studying for her Masters in Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan, while seeing patients at our office, having moved into the graduate program after she previously received her BS from the University of Michigan. She is also studying Holistic Dentistry, taking her time to learn as much as she can from both school and her work here with our doctors. We are grateful to have such a dedicated and hardworking teammate with us.
She is a loving mother to two daughters, both in high school, who still finds the time to help them with their education, and create beautiful memories. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active with yoga, biking and spending time outdoors, or relaxing while she lets her creativity flow through painting.
Jenny joined our team after working with us for a while as a temp. Our atmosphere was one she truly enjoyed and could see herself being part of. She finds her teammates to be both friendly and easy to work with, all coming to help each other when needed and always in support of our patients. Her beliefs and studies aligned well with the practices of the office, finding her a natural home here.
Chantel is one of our hygienists. She brings an impressive 30+ years of experience to the Ann Arbor’s Dentist team, going all the way back to graduating on the Dean’s list from Mott’s back in the 1990’s.
She strives to make every patient feel comfortable, while providing excellent oral health care. Chantel has thrived here, growing to love the holistic and family atmosphere that we work so hard to achieve. This has given her a dental home, something she has longed for her entire career.
Chantel has a thirst for knowledge and is quickly learning about what makes us stand apart, taking every bit of information she learns on a daily basis about how our bodies impact our oral health and vice versa. She has plans in the near future to shift her continued educational focus onto the more holistic side of dentistry.
When she is not here in the office, you can find her, like most of our employees, enjoying nature. Whether this is camping, hiking, or just spending time with her adorable puppy, Pumpkin, you can often find her smiling face grounding herself outside.
Allyssa joined our office coming from a background in customer services from both retail and banking perspectives. She always wanted to work in a field that allowed her to help make a difference in peoples’ lives. One of her personal goals is to make at least one person’s day better every day, especially understanding that sometimes a smile or simple but true compliment can make a world of difference. She is our new patient liaison, taking the time to get to know new patients’ needs and provide them with the best start to their dental journeys. She knows that the first step is usually the hardest and she provides support and knowledge to help all our patients.
Allyssa loves to spend time with her two young children, playing video games, or working with plants. She is teaching her children to respect the earth and provide care and nurture to both nature and people.
When asked what her favorite thing about the office was, we got this in response: “I love that we make a difference in people’s lives, that we look beyond just fixing the problem to preventing it from recurring in the future. Giving people more control of their oral health without passing judgment on their pasts.”
Mary works hard to keep up with the team’s needs. She is our organization and chart file master. She is one of the kindest humans we know and she loves to put a smile on others’ faces. She loves being our office grandma.
Miss Mary has a large family that she loves to spend time with, having raised two sets of twins and two other children. This led to 15 grand kids and 5 great grandchildren who she spoils with love whenever possible. When not spending time with her lovely family, she can be found cooking food, sewing, crocheting, or just about any other crafts. She has been known to save many staff members from a lost button or zipper.
Mary’s favorite part of the office is that she feels like she is working with family. Loving everyone she works with and what they bring to the table for our little family practice that cares for everyone like family.
What we love about Mary, we love that she puts thought and care into everything she does with everyone’s best interest in mind.
Jess S. has thrown her heart into making sure she provides patients and staff with the things they need, always being ready to help. She has years of experience as a dental professional.
She is in the process of becoming a Certified Business professional through the Michigan Dental Association. After joining our team, Jess quickly adapted to our family atmosphere.
Jess loves spending quality time with her family, whether that is done through family movie and game nights, or fun crafting projects. Jess has a creative side and loves to get lost in magical worlds that create an escape into fantasy.
When asked what her favorite part of the office was we were told it was the way the office makes you feel. She deeply appreciated that we strive to make you feel welcome from the moment you walk through our doors. Each member of our team treats everyone like family, doing our best to make every person who comes through our doors feel relaxed and comfortable.
What we love about Jess: She always has a smile on her face, and if you need help she is willing to come running. She has felt like part of the team since day one.
Melody has been a dental professional for over ten years, making her a knowledgeable team member who loves to help patients solve any insurance issues that may arise. She has been a driving force behind streamlining processes to make life easier for patients. She has been a valued member of the team ever since starting with us.
With a deep love of the outdoors, Melody enjoys spending as much of her free time as possible camping with her beautiful family. She is also an avid reader and enjoys snuggling up with a good book whenever possible.
When asked what her favorite thing is about Ann Arbor’s Dentist, she replied: “That we all work as a team. This ensures we can provide the best care and comfort to our patients while encouraging each other to learn and be true to our unique selves. By doing this, our office has a true family feeling, where both staff and patients are treated as individuals.”
What we love about Melody is the way she fights for our patients’ best interest with the insurance companies. She is a strong realist who often keeps us grounded.
Jessie is our office manager, having been involved in every step of the process of growing Ann Arbor’s Dentist. Her friendly personality and drive for excellence is a perfect fit for helping to curate a team of individuals who put the patients first. She had years of training specializing in medical and dental insurance, as well as helping to train other dental offices to run smoother.
Jessie is always going above and beyond to make sure that our patients are well taken care of, and that her staff will hold those same values close to their heart. Empowering her staff to keep the patient’s best interests in mind through each step of their dental health journey. She is one who often wears many hats, running things from behind the scenes to keep the office flowing.
Although Jessie is a born and raised southern belle she has embraced living in Michigan becoming an avid University of Michigan Fan, GO Blue! She can be seen often exploring the world, and herself through connecting to nature and self reflection.