Our dental hygienists and assistants alike make up one big group of individuals passionate about dentistry and patient care. You’ll be hard pressed to find anything other than a warm smile and friendly attitude when interacting with members of the Excel Dental team.
Meet Our Team
Ashley is an Ann Arbor native and recent graduate of Ross Medical Education Center. Prior to her career change, she worked in food service management but her passion for helping people led her to the dental field. She has been assisting Excel for her externship and joined the team in July 2020.
She is thrilled about all the new skills she has developed on the job as well as all the amazing patients she has met in the office.
While assisting satisfies her urge to modify the oral health and wellness of patients, she would eventually like to become an office manager.
When she is not at work, she enjoys going out with her daughters, shopping or simply lounging while binge watching her favorite shows.
In 2016, Sarah received her certificate in Medical Billing and Coding. In 2017, she began her dental career as front office biller and coder while learning dental procedures.
After 3 years, Sarah became a dental assistant. Sarah loves to engage in a conversation with all of her patients and try to put them at ease while in her chair.
When Sarah is not tending to patients in the chair, she loves spending time with her husband, 4 kids and 2 dogs.
She also enjoys visiting family in Florida and spending time at the beach.
In 2014, Shelby began school at Ross Medical Education Center to pursue her dream of becoming a dental assistant. After graduating with honors, she fulfilled her externship at Excel Dental and was hired the day after she completed.
After 6 years with Excel Dental, her hard work and dedication moved her up into the position of front office administrator.
She enjoys greeting all of our beloved patients with a BIG smile and helping them out in any way she can.
When she is not in the office she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, daughter & her two cats. They enjoy visiting cabins in upper Michigan and tubing down the rivers.
Dalana started her career as a dental assistant in 1995 while finishing high school. After 2 years, she decided to move to the front office. She learned valuable skills of insurance, coding, and billing before joining the Excel Dental team in 2018.
She has grown to become the insurance and financial coordinator of the office. She is always happy to help a patient understand their dental insurance.
When Dalana is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family and dog. She also enjoys reading, road trips, and relaxation.
Megan is an Ann Arbor resident that graduated in 2015 from the dental hygiene program at Ferris State University. Her inspiration for dentistry started as a teenager, when she realized how beautiful a smile can be.
Megan is very passionate about her craft of keeping smiles bright all while working with children and adults to educate them on good oral hygiene. It would be Megan’s dream to have the opportunity to work in an office that specializes in special needs one day.
Trust is an important factor in dentistry and she finds it critical to communicate with her patients to build trust that will hold relationships for years to come.
In Megan’s spare time, she enjoys staying active and spending time with her nephews as well as kayaking, skating, and long walks. Traveling is always on her to-do list as she searches for the ultimate food spots and new sneakers to add to her collection.
Neelege is a registered dental hygienist who grew up in Detroit, MI, and moved west to attend the University of Michigan hygiene program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and has been practicing in the dental profession for the past 4 years.
Prior to becoming a dental hygienist, she worked at Excel Dental as a dental assistant for 2 years. Neelege has always dreamed of pursuing a career in the dental field since she was a small child.
She is currently continuing her education to expand her knowledge and skills so she can become a dentist.
The combination of her passion to help and educate others, her interest in art, and her ability to work well with her hands, is what made her choose the path of dentistry.
In Neelege’s spare time she enjoys learning to cook new meals, modeling, and being a social media influencer. She is also keeping her eye out for the perfect puppy to make her home more awesome!
Kaci has been a dental assistant since August 2020 and has loved every minute of it. In the future, she plans to go back to school to further her knowledge of the dental industry.
In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her family in Ohio, fishing with her boyfriend and spending time with others. Kaci also loves to help patients and make them feel comfortable while in the dental office.