MEET OUR TEAM

Christopher J. Manduzzi, D.D.S.

Dr. Manduzzi loves being a dentist!  His goal is to provide first-class, comprehensive, affordable dental care in a comfortable and relaxed setting.  Dr. Manduzzi is extremely passionate about his work and takes great pride in improving his patients’ smiles, oral health, and quality of life.  He enjoys getting to know his patients and prides himself on the family atmosphere of his practice.

Dr. Manduzzi is a native of the Detroit area and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Oakland University.  

Dr. Manduzzi is passionate about learning and routinely attends conferences and seminars all over the country to keep up-to-date with all the newest technological advances in dentistry, as well as the “latest and greatest” techniques available for dental procedures.  He has taken an extensive array of continuing education courses, focusing on everything from advanced bone grafting and dental implants to cosmetic dentistry to updates on oral cancers and other forms of oral pathology, among countless other topics.   

One of his main areas of study in continuing education is Implant Dentistry.  After completing literally hundreds of hours of continuing education in implant dentistry and many successful dental implant cases, Dr. Manduzzi received his Fellowship in the prestigious International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).  

Dr. Manduzzi has also completed a continuum in Advanced Restorative Dentistry with the world-renowned Dr. Gordon J. Christensen at Practical Clinical Courses, and has completed many additional high-level courses in advanced cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry with various organizations, including the aforementioned ICOI, the Bioclear Learning Center, the Versah Osseodensification Academy, the International Academy of Mini Dental Implants, Russo Seminars, Implant Direct, AIC Education, Ascend Dental Academy, and Arrowhead Dental Laboratory.  

Additionally, Dr. Manduzzi is very proud to have achieved a distinction amongst his colleagues in the dental field by being awarded a Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy (PFA).  The PFA is a dental honor society whose Fellows are “ethical dentists who have made outstanding contributions to the art and science of dentistry or to society.“  

Dr. Manduzzi has been honored to be named a “Top Dentist” numerous times by Hour Detroit Magazine, receiving this distinction in 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.  

He is a proud member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Michigan Dental Association (MDA), Macomb Dental Society (MDS) , and Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA), and has served on multiple committees for both the MDA and MDS during his career.  

In 2021, Dr. Manduzzi was honored to be named the President of the Macomb Dental Society by a vote of his peers, representing more than 450 fellow dentists in Macomb County.  

Dr. Manduzzi grew up in Troy, and currently resides in Shelby Township with his wife Jackie and their son.  His favorite pastimes include spending time with his family and friends, attending church services, traveling, trying new restaurants, learning (about everything!), reading, movies, attending concerts, and listening to music.

Orthodontist

Dr. Kathy Elias - Orthodontist

Kathy Elias, DMD, PhD, M.S.

Dr. Elias is an orthodontic specialist who remembers wanting to be a dentist long before she really understood what went into a dental career! During her teenage years, she learned how valuable a beautiful smile was and how it could effect one’s self-esteem, self-confidence, and overall quality of life.

Dr. Elias’ academic career and training is diverse. She completed an undergraduate and graduate degree in Materials Science & Engineering at The Ohio State University. Motivated by an interest in research and dentistry, she went on to earn a Doctor of Dental Medicine and a Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Connecticut. Her training gives her a unique understanding of the materials, mechanics, and bone biology invaluable to orthodontic tooth movement.

After dental school, Dr. Elias completed her postgraduate training and earned a M.S. and Certificate in Orthodontics from The Ohio State University. The training she received was comprehensive and involved collaborate work with the oral surgeons to treat orthognathic surgical cases, craniofacial teams to treat patients with cleft palate, and restorative dental specialists to give people the smile of their dreams. After her formal training, she worked in private practice treating children, teenagers, and adults and also served as a part-time faculty at the UT Health School of Dentistry. Dr. Elias relocated to Michigan in 2018 and is privileged to offer orthodontic care to the Macomb community. In practice, she utilizes many techniques and appliances including expanders, mini-implants, traditional braces, esthetic ceramic braces, lingual braces, among others.

She is active within the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, and local dental organizations. Through participation with these organizations, she consistently exceeds state mandated continuing education requirements with the goal of providing the best care and experience for you and your family.

Business Team

Rachell works the front desk of our Utica / Shelby Township dental office.

Rachell

Rachell has worked in the dental field both clinically and as a business administrator for over a decade. She became a passionate advocate for patients after seeing how many people suffer from dental anxiety which oftentimes prevents them from taking care of their dental needs. Also, throughout her career, Rachell has learned that a kind and compassionate team can lead an anxious patient into one who loves coming to the dentist! She considers this her favorite thing about her job. She is a quiet but strong leader in the office and handles many of the day-to-day operations.

Rachell has four children, two dogs, and a husband who all keep her pretty busy when outside of the office. She loves to bake, do anything outdoors, is a voracious reader, and holiday enthusiast. She also loves throwing elaborate parties and finding creative outlets for her artistic abilities.

Pam our front office dental receptionist!

Pam

Pam has been in the dental field for more than 30 years and throughout those years has been involved in many areas of the dental office, from chair side assisting to front desk reception and insurance billing. She specializes in helping our patients understand their dental insurance benefits and the financial aspect of their treatment. She is passionate about making optimal dental care affordable for our patients and will work to come up with a variety of payment plans to best suit your needs.

When not at work, Pam loves cooking, exercising, spending time with her husband Ray and her two children, and taking walks with her dogs Buddy and Jax. She also enjoys going to the movies with her family and is a huge fan of the Harry Potter and Marvel movies.

Dental Hygienists

Camille a fantastic dental hygienist!

Camille

Camille has been practicing dental hygiene for 36 years, with the last 16 years as part of our practice. Camille’s level of experience is evident as soon as you meet her. She has a warm smile and a wonderful chairside manner, and genuinely loves getting to know our patients and hearing what’s new in their lives when they come in for their routine 6 month cleanings.

Camille comes from a “dental family” – her father and sister are both dentists! Camille and K.C. have two daughters and three grandchildren, whom she loves babysitting and spending time with. She also enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors.

Kristyn is another one of our amazing dental hygienists!

Kristyn

Kristyn graduated from Baker College in 2011 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. While growing up, she always found going to the dentist exciting and fun. She has a passion for patient education and helping patients obtain a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.

Kristyn was born and raised right here in Utica, Michigan. She is a member at Peace Lutheran Church, where she helps with the children’s ministry. Kristyn loves spending time with her family and friends. During the summer, she spends most of her time up north, where she enjoys boating and sitting by the bonfire.

Samantha is such a fun person to be around as well as a top notch dental hygienist!

Samantha

Samantha graduated from Ferris State University with a degree in dental hygiene. Prior to becoming a hygienist, she worked as a dental assistant for 5 years. Samantha focuses on building personal relationships with patients and understanding their needs.

In her free time, Samantha enjoys camping with her family. They usually like to go to different parks around Michigan, but they have camped as far as Florida. She also enjoys shopping, being outdoors, and spending time with her dogs. 

Jackie Manduzzi wears a lot of hats in the office while also being one of our most experienced dental hygienist.

Jackie

Jackie joined our team as a dental hygienist in 2013, although she is no rookie when it comes to dentistry. Before starting up her own dental staffing company, she worked as a receptionist in a dental office and then went on to the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) for her dental hygiene degree, which she has been using for the past 14 years.

Outside the office, you might find Jackie jogging, watching HGTV, or attempting home improvement projects. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves volunteering for numerous wonderful causes.

Her dental words of wisdom: “Your oral health is 99% what you do at home and 1% what we do here. Only brush and floss the ones you want to keep!”

Dental Assistant

Sam has been with us for years and is such a wonderful asset to our team as our dental assistant.

Sam

Sam graduated from Ross Medical Education’s dental assisting program, after completing an externship in our office. As Dr. Manduzzi’s full-time assistant, Sam quickly became a patient favorite with her warm smile and sense of humor.

Her passion is providing a relaxed, calming atmosphere for patients undergoing treatment. Sam’s favorite part of being a dental assistant is interacting with all different types of people. She loves seeing the transformation that occurs from start to finish as her patients’ oral health improves and their smiles become more beautiful each visit.

In her free time, Sam enjoys spending time with her family and friends in her hometown of Armada. Her adorable son, Mason, is her pride and joy. She is also a camping and video game enthusiast, loves catching up on her favorite shows on Netflix, and is a self-proclaimed superfan of the musical groups One Direction and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Jennifer is always so wonderful when working with staff and patients! She is a fabulous Dental assistant and a prized member of our dental team!

Jennifer

Jennifer graduated at the top of her dental assisting class from Ross Medical Education.  She completed her externship in our office and became a team member shortly after. Jennifer wanted to be in the dental field since she was just a young child! After her first dental visit, it was apparent that this field was for her. She loves talking to patients and making sure they are comfortable. Jennifer strives to build a connection with each and every patient she encounters and always has a positive attitude!

In Jennifer’s free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends and loves going up north to her cabin! Some other things you may catch her doing in the summer time would be four wheeling, canoeing, fishing, and enjoying the smell from a campfire.