Meet Our Team

We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.

Lisa Lugo
Administrative/Clinical Assistant

I’m married to a wonderful husband, with two beautiful little girls and two furry babies.  They’re my pride and joy.  I enjoy the time spent with my family and cherish every moment.  
My dental career began in 2013.  Having seen what can be accomplished in dentistry, from my own personal experience; I was eager to take advantage of an opportunity to become a dental receptionist.  I’ve performed a variety of roles since then, clinical assisting, administration, and office management.
I joined the Aurora Bright Dental Family in February of 2018.  From the first day, I knew it was a perfect fit.  Doctor Kanani, is amazing!  She is very sincere and genuine.  I really enjoy being part of a team with such great chemistry; committed to providing exceptional service and care.  Everyone here is really like family.
Building relationships with our patients and assisting them with their needs fills me with great joy.  In my role as an Administrative/Clinical Assistant, I am able to apply all of my skills and experiences.  I’m responsible for coordinating our patients care and assisting Doctor Kanani with dental procedures.  I love the diversity of my position, because It allows me to be a part of our patient’s journey, from their first phone call through accomplishing ideal dental health.  
Oh yeah, I’m fluent in English and Spanish, and food is definitely the way to my heart!

Melissa Rodriguez R.D.H.
Registered Dental Hygienist

When I’m not educating my patients on proper oral health care, I’m co-parenting my extremely playful dog, Lola; with my sweet loving boyfriend!  My boyfriend loves cooking, and I love eating.  So we’re a perfect match.  I love to run, maintain my physical fitness, travel, and singing in the car on long drives.

I graduated in 2018, from Parkland College with a degree in Applied Sciences in Dental Hygiene and I am a Licensed Registered Dental Hygienist in the state of Illinois. I’m certified in local anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation, and laser assisted periodontal therapy.  I’m also fluent in English and Spanish.  My experience in dentistry goes back to 2015, when I began as an assistant after completing dental assisting school.  While in hygiene school, I was able to apply my acquired skills to treating underserved patients and small children.

I sincerely enjoy my work.  That joy comes from the gratification of helping people who are in need.  I am fortunate to significantly impact my patients lives, by providing empathetic care, and helping them to better their overall health through education and providing dental hygiene services.  Observing the positive changes in my patients’ is exciting and rewarding.

As a member of Aurora Bright Dental, I’m always learning, working cohesively with Doctor Kanani and our team.  Doctor Kanani is extremely educated, patient, and kind.   She inspires me to work hard and to never stop learning.  I’m excited to provide our patients with exceptional dental care.

I look forward to my next trip and meeting all of you!

Yesenia “Seni” Jimenez
Clinical Assistant

I enjoy spending time with family!  Helping the community and people in need is something we participate in every year.  We do clothing, food and toy drives.  After gathering these items we personally deliver them to people in Mexico.  I enjoy do-it-yourself projects and baking.  I’m a hardcore baseball fanatic and I enjoy traveling.  

I graduated from Kishwaukee Community College with a teaching degree.  I became a dental assistant in 2011 and I  joined the Aurora Bright Dental family in 2018.  I love working with Doctor Kanani and the rest of our team.  In my experience, I feel our dental family prioritizes patients more so than some dental practices.  We really strive to exceed our patients expectations and meet their needs.  I believe what makes our practice exceptional, is the environment.  We’re a team that works as a family!

As a Clinical Assistant, I am responsible for patient comfort and care.  I assist Doctor Kanani with dental procedures to provide comfortable, exceptional; dentistry. I setup and prepare for all dental procedures, including restorative fillings, dental implants, oral surgery, and so much more.  We perform all levels of dental services in our practice.  I am also certified in coronal polishing, and fluent in English and Spanish.  

The part I mostly enjoy about my career is being able to provide a service for the community. Making our patients feel comfortable and having them leave with a smile on their face.

I can’t wait to meet you!

Ameer Harvey
Practice Administrator

I’m originally from the East Coast.  I grew up in South East Virginia.  After spending some time in Minnesota and Pennsylvania, I came to Illinois in 1999.  Where my father retired back to his home of Chicago; from serving our country in the Navy. My family all reside here in Illinois, so this is home for me. I loved what Virginia offered. I had access to the ocean, the mountains, the forests and Washington D.C.  I really appreciate the outdoors, and being surrounded by nature.  I enjoy hiking, camping, and being on my motorcycle.  If the weather is right, you’ll certainly find me riding.

I graduated in Virginia and began my dental career in 1993.  I started as a Clinical Assistant and have performed various roles throughout my career.  I’ve also held positions in retail and property management.  I’ve always been most passionate about dentistry.  Throughout my dental career, I’ve continued to expand my knowledge and education in dental practice management, operating procedures, and team dynamics.  I am driven by advocating the importance of maintaining ideal oral health, developing an exceptional dental team, and facilitating superior dental care.

As the Practice Administrator, I am responsible for practice growth, operating procedures and team member development.  My number one priority is ensuring that our team exceeds patient expectations while providing dental care and customer service.  I’m dedicated to having a dental practice with a reputation for great service, phenomenal care, and exceptional dentistry.  I am confident that you will feel very welcomed when you visit our office. I am also very hands-on.  You won’t find me hiding in an office.  I am here to support each team member in fulfilling our mission to help others and improve our patients overall health and quality of life

My experiences have allowed me to work with a number of doctors and teams over the years. I was recruited by Doctor Kanani in January, 2016; to partner with her in achieving her visions for Aurora Bright Dental.   I highly respect Doctor Kanani’s passion for dentistry, her commitment to learning, and devotion to patients.  She has a truly unique character.  She genuinely loves what she does, her patients, and her team.  We’ve created a culture that supports every individual, values their contributions, allows people to succeed, and a sense of family in our practice.  

It is my sincerest pleasure to serve our patient family.  At Aurora Bright Dental, you couldn’t be in better hands! 

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