At Davis & Engert our dedicated and motivated team has one primary goal: your utmost comfort. Our team is eager to answer any questions regarding your dental care so that you fully understand the treatment you’ll be receiving and you can relax during your visit. Please feel free to share your needs and concerns with us.
Dr. Julie Davis grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014. She had special honors training in Implant Dentistry, Endodontics, and Pediatrics. Dr. Julie is a member of the national dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. She received special recognition for exceptional commitment in the care of patients and for interest in teaching dentistry. Dr. Julie is a member of ADA, ISDS, CDS and AGD.
Dr. Arlene M. Engert is originally from the Wrigleyville area of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Loyola University. She then completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1983. Dr. Engert is an active member of the North Suburban Branch of the Chicago Dental Society and she also is a member of the UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors. She frequently attends advanced dentistry classes to improve the many clinical services she provides. Her passion is to create beautiful smiles which improve the quality of life. Dr. Engert is a member of ADA, ISDS, CDS and AGD.
Dr. Allison Mele grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended the University of Missouri – Columbia where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She returned to Omaha and completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton University in 2012. Dr. Mele believes in the importance of continuing education to further her career. She completed an intensive one year General Practice Residency at Illinois Masonic in Chicago, regularly attends advanced training and is an active member in Spear Study Clubs. Dr. Mele enjoys treating patients comprehensively to provide a stable, functional, and beautiful smile unique to each individual.
Dr. Russell P. “Rusty” Fitton IV grew up in Palatine and attended William Fremd High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at Indiana University. He then completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. Dr. Fitton believes continuing education is one of the most enjoyable aspects of his career. In 2012, he completed the extensive Medical College of Georgia/MAXI mini-residency in Dental Implants and is an Associate Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has continued as a member of the Advanced Dental Implant Studies group, an international group that discusses the latest technologies and techniques in dental implant therapy. Dr. Fitton enjoys practicing all aspects of dentistry, and treating patients of all ages. Dr. Fitton is a member of the ADA, CDS, AGD, ICOA, and AAID.
Amy Bronfeld, RDH has been a member of the Davis & Engert team since 2001. She worked as an assistant until she completed her Dental Hygiene education at Kennedy-King College in 2004. Our patients appreciate the long-term relationship they have with Amy. Her smile and laugh are infectious. In her spare time, Amy enjoys travel, camping, karaoke, and petting animals. She is a proud self-proclaimed Bears fanatic. DA BEARS!
Lynn Cook, RDH completed her hygiene training at Harper College in 1988. She joined our practice in 1989. She is our other full-time dental hygienist and will provide you with the highest level of treatment available in a caring and comfortable environment. Lynn prides herself in being thorough with a focus on patient education in a “down-to-earth” manner that creates a more relaxed and fun experience for her patients, including those with dental fear.
Niki Schaefer, RDH graduated from College of Lake County with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene and has been practicing since 2013. Niki joined the Davis & Engert team in 2017 and since then she has continued with her education primarily focusing in laser therapy and myofunctional therapy. Niki’s goal is to help patients get to their optimal overall health. Niki enjoys hanging with her dog Frank and her friends in her free time.
Joanna, D.L.T, has been in the dental field since 1997. She completed her Associate Degree in Dental Laboratory Technology at Triton College in 2000. She joined our practice in 2001 as a dental assistant. Joanna is passionate about her job and loves working in the dental field. She strives to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education. She is certified in Coronal Polishing and Pit/Fissure Sealants as well as Nitrous Oxide Monitoring. In her free time, you can see Joanna biking around Arlington Heights where she lives with her family.
Lisania “Lisi” is a certified dental assistant with 8 years of experience. Lisi joined the Davis & Engert team in January of 2021. Lisi has certifications in Coronal Polishing and Pit/Fissure Sealants as well as Nitrous Oxide Monitoring. Lisi is happily married to her high-school sweetheart and has a daughter named Luna. You can find Lisi spending her free time with family and friends.
Darinca has been in the dental field for 8 years, working both clinically and administratively in various specialities including general, cosmetic, orthodontic, and endodontic dentistry. She started at Davis & Engert in the summer of 2020. Darinca has a Coronal Polishing certification from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When Darinca isn’t working you can find her working out at the gym or hanging with her dog Dali.
Emelly graduated from Illinois School of Health Careers and has been a dental assistant since 2013 and is certified in Coronal Polishing. She joined the Davis & Engert team in January of 2021. Emelly enjoys the level of patient care and the teamwork that exists with her coworkers. Working alongside the doctors makes Emelly proud to see patients showing off their healthy smiles. When she isn’t working Emelly enjoys new adventures, DIY crafts, cooking, and spending time with her family and her German shepherd Bacci.
Samantha, our office manager, has worked in the dental field since 2007 and started managing our office in 2014. With 15 years of experience, Samantha has knowledge of both clinical and clerical aspects of the dental field. Samantha is responsible for daily business operations with insurance as her specialty. She is passionate about fostering the best patient care.
Helen joined our office in January of 2016 as a member of our administrative staff. She has been in the dental field for 13 years and feels that she is part of a family here at Davis & Engert Dentistry. Helen likes the lasting relations that she has formed with our patients and looks forward to serving their dental needs for years to come. She earned a degree in art and enjoys painting and photography in her spare time.
Cassi is proud to say that her career in the dental field began right here at Davis & Engert Dentistry. She feels extremely fortunate to be a part of such an amazing team. Her main priority is to create a warm, positive experience for our patients, making certain they receive the very best care and support. When not at work, Cassi’s three daughters keep her and her husband (very!) busy and laughing. If it’s a call, treatment coordinating, helping you navigate and maximize your insurance or even just for a friendly smile, you can count on Cassi.