Our Dedicated Staff
Lauren Mell, DDS
Dr. Lauren Mell Pearce was born in Chicago where a majority of her family still resides. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from The Ohio State University and then continued her education by attending OSU’s College of Dentistry where she earned multiple scholarships and participated in research. After graduating from dental school cum laude with a DDS degree, Dr. Mell moved back to Chicago and furthered her education through the prestigious dental residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The residency afforded her the opportunity to expand her skills in all facets of dentistry including dentistry in medically compromised patients. During her one year residency, she traveled to Guatemala on a medical mission trip as the team dentist and hopes to continue mission work in the future. Currently, Dr. Mell is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society. She places emphasis on continuing education and regularly attends courses and study clubs. Dr. Mell enjoys spending time outdoors. When she isn’t working she enjoys running or biking on Lakeshore Drive, camping with her husband , and spending time with family.
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.”
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.
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