University Dental Associates

Meet the Team at University Dental Associates

We are the premier dental office in Rochester, MI—serving patients in our historical “dental house” for more than forty years.

Our dentists and dental professionals come from all walks of life, but we come together here to serve the oral health needs of this community and countless surrounding and outlying locations. It is with an unwavering commitment to the community and patient care that inspires us each morning.

We also treat patients of all ages and are always happy to welcome new patients and families into our Rochester dental office. Additionally, we accept a variety of payment options and insurance plans to help everyone get the dental care they need and deserve.

Whether you’re looking for family dentistry, oral surgery, or advanced cosmetic options, we have you covered. We also believe in gentle dentistry, and we always make accommodations for anxiety—providing a relaxing atmosphere and varying levels of sedation to see you through.

You’ll find our dental office near scenic downtown Rochester—on the corner of University and Pine Street, just west of Main Street. Inside you’ll encounter dedicated dental professionals who share a patient-centered philosophy.

We invite you to read through the biographies below to learn more about our dental team, and we can’t wait to meet you.

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Dr. Chase Walby


Dr. Chase Walby has been with University Dental Associates since 2015.

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and completed his general practice residency at the Dental College of Georgia where he studied IV sedation, wisdom teeth removal, and dental implant surgery.

His achievements and memberships include:

  • The Michigan Dental Association
  • The American Dental Association
  • The Oakland County Dental Society
  • Fellowship from the International Congress of Implantology in 2015
  • The American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • IV Sedation certification from Dental College of Georgia

He enjoys providing a safe and comfortable environment for patients, helping individuals overcome their dental anxiety, exceeding expectations, and making patients want to seek regular dental care.

When Dr. Walby is not at work, he loves to golf, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

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Dr. Bruce Kennedy


Dr. Kennedy joined University Dental Associates in 1988.

He earned a degree from the University of Michigan in 1978 and graduated from the University of Detroit Dental School in 1982.

Associations and honors include:

  • Current Chair of Clinical Peer Review at the Oakland County Dental Society
  • Treasurer of South Oakland Study Club
  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • Oakland County Dental Society

He enjoys the great patients and super staff at University Dental Associates and has also enjoyed serving the community through the years and watching families grow and prosper. Dr. Kennedy loves dentistry and the smiles that come with it!

When he is not at work, Dr. Kennedy likes to spend time with his growing family, which includes his grandsons, golfing, hiking, cooking, and travel. He also enjoys volunteering for the Accounting Aid Society and St. John Fisher Chapel University Parish.

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Dr. Joseph Fanelli


Dr. Fanelli has been with our practice since 2020. He received his Bachelor of Science degree (with a focus on neuroscience) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from Midwestern University – Illinois. He is also the proud recipient of the Horace Wells Senior Student Award-given to a senior student who displays outstanding hard work, dedication, and commitment to patient-centered care.

The best part of his job is the ability to turn a fearful and troublesome experience into a positive one. Many patients expect a dental visit to cause significant discomfort, and his goal is to make each visit as painless and efficient as possible so every patient can leave happy.

When he is not seeing patients, Dr. Fanelli likes to travel with his wife Kirsten, spend time with his family, and golf with his friends.

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Dr. Brian Tyler


Dr. Brian Tyler had been with University Dental Associates since 1984. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society and the recipient of the Francis B. Vedder Society award for crown and bridge.

In May of 2021, after 40 years in Dentistry, Dr. Tyler decided to hang up his lab coat. He would like to thank those who have given him the opportunity to be your dentist. Your trust and confidence in him and the University Dental Associates (“UDA”) staff over the years has been professionally rewarding and personally humbling. Dentistry has been an inextricable part of his identity and I truly consider patients to have been more like family. Although this role has been one of the greatest privileges of his life, he has decided it is time to transition to the next chapter of Life.




Elysse joined UDA in 2020 but has been working in the field of dentistry since 2004.  She lives locally with her husband and 2 daughters and enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and outdoor activities all year round.  Her favorite part of her job is connecting with people and helping her patients to feel comfortable at all times in the dental chair.



Donna has been with our practice since 2020. She has been in the dental field for over 35 years starting out as a dental assistant and then a Dental Hygienist for the past 29 years. Donna is an Oakland Community College graduate . She has devoted her career to creating healthy smiles and building patient relationships. She loves educating her patients on their oral health.

When Donna is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her family includes her husband and two boys. She also enjoys traveling, bike riding, hiking, attending concerts and reading that includes participating in a book club.


Dental Hygienist

Diane has been with our dental office for over three decades, and she attended the University of Michigan.

She enjoys working with the wonderful patients at University Dental Associates and admires the incredible care our dentists provide.

When she is not at work, Diane likes to spend time in Northern Michigan with friends and extended family. She also enjoys outdoor activities.

Tammy Smith


Dental Hygienist

Tammy has been with our dental team since graduating with honors from Oakland Community College with a degree in applied science and dental hygiene. She is also certified in anesthesia and nitrous oxide.

She always looks forward to educating patients and helping them improve their oral hygiene and overall health.

When she is away from work, Tammy enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, having people over for home-cooked meals, playing card games, and sharing in the lives of her friends and family.

Dino Smith.


Dental Assistant

As of 2020, Michael is an undergrad at the University of Detroit Mercy and has been with University Dental Associates since 2019.

He loves coming to work each day, the willingness of everyone in the dental office to teach him new things about dentistry, and meeting and interacting with patients.

When Michael is not at work, he enjoys golfing, playing hockey, and spending time with friends and family.

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Dental Assistant

Darby has been a dental assistant with our dental practice since 2019.

She loves working together with her team to give patients the best care possible.

When Darby is not at work, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family and playing with her dog.

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Front Desk

Dian has been with University Dental Associates for over 40 years.

She loves her work family and helping patients get the great dental care they need to keep smiling!

When Dian is away from the practice, she likes being outside in the sun, walking, or working in her yard. She has a koi pond that is her happy place and very relaxing on lazy summer days.

Sarah H.

Sarah H.

Front Desk

Sarah H. has been with University Dental Associates since 2015.

She enjoys working with our patients and her team. Sarah loves to build relationships with our patients, in fact, and feels fortunate to work with people who truly care about her—just as she cares about them.

Conlin Smith.


Front Desk

Conlin has been with our dental team since 2018. She has a BA in education but has been working in the dental field for more than a decade.  

She enjoys the atmosphere created by the dentists, her coworkers, and the patients. She also likes to help people become happier and healthier through dentistry.  

When Conlin is not at work, she loves to spend time with family and friends, watching and participating in sports, cooking, and gardening.


Insurance Coordinator

Collette has been with our dental office since 2017.

She loves her coworkers, helping patients, and seeing happy smiles.

When Collette is away from the dental office, she likes to spend time with her husband, adult children, and friends. She also enjoys travel and decorating her home.


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