Our Dedicated Staff
Jackie Brennan Registered Dental Hygienist
After working as a dental assistant for four years, Jackie decided she wanted to have more of an impact on her patients. That’s when she enrolled to become a registered dental hygienist at Kennedy King College, an affiliate of the University of Illinois Chicago College Of Dentistry. When this very bright and talented student graduated, she walked down the aisle with more than just her degree. She also carried with her a handful of prestigious awards and honors including the exclusive Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award, an academic excellence award, and election into the professional honor dental society Sigma Phi Alpha. Jackie looks forward to helping you too.
“The more I get to know each one of my patients, the more they see my passion and the more they trust me. And when they trust me, the more I am really able to help them.”
Christi Elder Dental Hygienist
Christi has been practicing hygiene for over 13 years. Christi shares “I love helping people! There’s no better feeling than someone truly appreciating their dental care.” She has been working for Lincoln Park Smiles for over a year. In her free time she loves to read, travel, and play with her new puppy Watson.
Deena Meldgin Practice Manager
Deena has eight years of dental experience, 4 years in management. Deena implements and maintains our office systems, and procedures, while providing training for our staff. Deena is proficient at simplifying and explaining treatment and allowing our patients to complete their dentistry at a pace that is comfortable for them. Deena shares “Working with Dr. Jack and Dr. Mell has been amazing. They are extremely enjoyable to work with; I couldn’t see myself anywhere else.” She and her husband share a passion racing cars and a love for animals. They currently own a Chinese Sharpei “Peanut” and an English Bulldog “Sumo”.
Vanessa Navarrete Dental Assistant
Vanessa has been working as a dental assistant for 6 years. Vanessa shares “My experience in the dental field has been great! Having worked with other offices, Lincoln Park Smiles stands out from the rest. It is more than just a job; we are friends and enjoy working toward a common goal of excellent patient care. Vanessa graduated in 2008 from Illinois School of Health Careers and has worked with our office since 2014. Vanessa was born and raised in Chicago and loves sports.
Hannah Bolt Dental Assistant
Hannah has been dental assisting for 3 years, and 1 year at Lincoln Park Smiles. She shares ” I love our patients! I have also made some great friends working here.” Hannah became certified at Everest Institute and is finishing up her BA at Western Michigan University. She enjoys running, exploring Chicago, and spending time with her family.
What makes you smile?
We love hearing about the other special things in our patient’s lives that makes them smile…
Old crowns on Ashley’s lateral incisors had outlived their usefulness and were no longer… Read Ashley’s Story
Fred’s four front teeth were found to be hopeless and had to be removed. In addition to his… Read Fred’s Story