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. Brian Tyler


Dr. Brian Tyler has 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.

He says the best part of his job is interacting with patients.

When Dr. Tyler is not at work, he likes to ski, bike, golf, swim, and play music.

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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. 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. 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.



Dental Hygienist

Jennifer has been a member of our dental team since 2018. She is a graduate of Ferris State University and the proud recipient of the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award.

She loves educating patients about the links between oral health and overall wellness. Jennifer also likes to calm anxious patients.

When she is not at work, Jennifer likes to spend time with friends and family, scrapbook, play with her daughter, and get outdoors.

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Sarah N.

Dental Hygienist

Sarah N. has been with our dental office since 2014. She graduated with honors from Ferris State University.

Sarah likes educating patients on the importance of oral hygiene, helping them feel at ease, and developing trusting relationships with them.   

When she is not at work, she loves to be outdoors with family—walking, bike riding, and going to the park. She also enjoys gardening, skiing, and snowshoeing.


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.



Dental Hygienist

Diana has been with our dental practice since 2018. She is a graduate of Oakland Community College.

She loves working with the dental team and helping patients enjoy a more comfortable and positive dental experience. Diana also likes to keep up with the latest advances in dental technology to better educate her patients and help them feel good about their teeth and enjoy smiling.

When Diana is not at work, she likes to travel with her husband, loves having family time with their five boys, taking nature walks, practicing yoga, and reading.

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.

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Dental Hygienist

Denise has been with University Dental Associates since 2015. She trained at earned her degree from Baker College.

She enjoys rolling out the red carpet and giving patients the great service they deserve!

When Denise is not at work, she loves raising her daughters, connecting with family and friends, preparing healthy foods, health and wellness coaching, reading, research, and yoga.

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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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Dental Assistant

Emma has been with our team since 2015, and she attended Oakland Community College.

She enjoys interacting with a variety of people and the dental procedures that fill her day. Emma also likes to help nervous patients feel at ease, so they leave our office smiling.

When she is not working, Emma loves painting and drawing.

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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.


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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A Letter From Dr. Tyler

Dear Valued Patients,
As I celebrate nearly 40 years of dentistry, I want to thank those who have given me the opportunity to be your dentist. Your trust and confidence in me and our University Dental Associates (“UDA”) staff over the years has been professionally rewarding and personally humbling. Dentistry has been an inextricable part of my identity and I truly consider patients to have been more like family. Although this role has been one of the greatest privileges of my life, I have decided it is time to transition to the next chapter and retire (or at least give it a try).
Many of you are aware that two years ago Dr. Kennedy and I sold UDA to Dr. Walby. This transition has been gradual and ensured that the UDA staff and patients are left in capable and caring hands. Dr. Walby will continue to lead the UDA staff in our commitment to the community and I could not be more pleased with his leadership efforts. Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Fanelli, who joined UDA in 2020, will continue to practice at UDA as Associate Dentists. Furthermore, our staff will remain diligent in nurturing the relationships we have worked hard to establish over the years.
My last day with UDA will be on Thursday, May 27, 2021. I will still be residing in Rochester and look forward to seeing many of you around town. If you have questions or would like to stay connected please do not hesitate to reach out via email: .
Wishing you all the best in life and dental health.

Brian G. Tyler, D.D.S.