Meet Stunning Smiles Team
She and her husband have two children, their daughter Selena who is 18 and son Dayten who 9. They look forward to taking family vacations every summer. They enjoy camping, hiking, bike riding, swimming and any outdoor activity together. During football season they enjoy watching the Minnesota Viking win.
Chanda has always had a passion for dentistry. She began her career first as a dental assistant and transitioned to the front office in 2013. Chanda is an expert at dental insurance claims and excels at maximizing dental benefits for our patients. Chanda enjoys the customer service aspect of her role in our practice and is always ready to “go above and beyond” to serve our patients needs.
Chanda graduated from Milan Institute with a certificate in Dental Assisting in July 2012 with a 4.0 GPA. She completes numerous continuing education courses throughout the year on topics that include orthodontics, dental insurance, practice management, and mastering communication & customer service. She is certified in radiology, sterilization, OSHA infection control, CPR and first aid.
Jennifer was born in Minneapolis, MN and grew up in Staten Island, New York from the age of three. She studied journalism at The Ohio State University and then transferred to Hunter College in NYC to earn her B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing. She relocated to Las Vegas in 2012 with her husband and their son Luca was born shortly afterwards. They love living in Summerlin and enjoy the warmer months soaking up the sun at the pool. She enjoys taking spin class and Pilates, spending time with her family and friends and traveling whenever possible.
Professionally, Jennifer has used her creative writing degree to work in the field of digital marketing since 2008. She worked with 2 different digital marketing agencies in New York City writing ad copy and creating content for landing pages, blogs and email marketing campaigns. Jennifer implemented and managed digital marketing campaigns involving both Paid Search and Display ads for the dental, automotive, IT and educational industries with total monthly budgets of $500,000 per month.
In 2016, Jennifer officially joined the Stunning Smiles team as Director of Marketing. Prior to that, she worked with our practice as a free-lance marketing consultant and was responsible for managing all of our social media, website design and digital marketing. In her current role, she oversees all digital and print marketing efforts, the branding of our practice, and organizes any community outreach for the practice. Jennifer oversees business operations for Stunning Smiles and curates company culture as we strive to be the most remarkable dental practice in Las Vegas.
Jennifer is passionate about personal growth and often attends conferences and seminars to continue to learn new skills she can bring to our practice. She is a certified Google Adwords Professional for both Adwords Fundamentals and Search Advertising. Also, she has recently completed the Principles of Persuasion (POP) Workshop, under the direction of Dr. Robert Cialdini’s Influence at Work.
Tara is from Boise, Idaho and relocated to Las Vegas in 2008. She loves living in Las Vegas with her family – her husband, their two sons, Christian and Caleb along with their dogs, Lady and Buddy. They are frequent visitors to Disneyland and spend time watching The Angel’s play baseball. In her spare time she spends countless hours watching her son Christian play baseball for Lightspeed VT Force club team. They love to go camping during the summertime, dining out together and are always looking for an opportunity to visit family in Boise, Idaho.
Tara graduated with her dental assisting degree from College of Southern Nevada in 2009. After working in a private pediatric practice she went back to school for dental hygiene. First earning her associates degree in dental hygiene in 2014 from CSN and then her bachelors in 2015, which she graduated with high honors. While attending college she was one of only two students who were nominated to be a member and participated in the prestigious Sigma Phi Alpha dental hygiene honor society. She is currently the Vice President of Sigma Phi Alpha. She also received the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Field of Periodontics. She is a licensed Registered Dental Hygienist and licensed to give local anesthetic and nitrous oxide. She is certified to use Laser as a form of periodontal therapy and is CPR certified.
Tara truly loves what she does. “I love helping patients keep and maintain a clean oral environment which helps with overall health. Dentistry has given me the opportunity to help patients enjoy their smile and improve overall confidence and quality of life. I enjoy getting to know the patients at Stunning Smiles and deliver exceptional care to everyone.”
Rachel was born in Seattle, WA and moved to Las Vegas in 2014. She is a self-proclaimed introvert and spends most of her free time relaxing at home with her fiancé and pit bull Chloe, who they rescued from the animal foundation in 2016.
She enjoys going to the gym, taking Pilates and yoga classes and hiking. She likes hiking at Red Rock Canyon and Mt. Charleston, and trying out new restaurants in the city. She loves to travel and explore new places. Her top travel destinations to go to are the Philippines, Italy, Thailand and the Bahamas.
Rachel began her career in the dental field as a dental assistant for 4 years before becoming a hygienist. She is a graduate of College of Southern Nevada earning her Associates degree in Dental Hygiene and is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She is certified in Local Anesthesia, Nitrous Oxide Sedation, Laser Therapy and trained and certified in performing CPR. She is a current member of the Southern Nevada Dental Hygiene Association (SNDHA).
Casey was born and raised in Yadkinville, North Carolina just 30 minutes west of Winston-Salem. She and her husband, Alan relocated to Las Vegas in 2014 to be closer to his family. They have two furry children; Kota (a dog) and pita (a terror AKA a cat). Alan and Casey are both musicians and enjoy spending time jamming in their living room and rooting for the North Carolina Panthers.
Casey enjoys being able offer comfort and assurance to patients who may be apprehensive about their visit. She is a great asset to our practice as someone who provides words of encouragement to make each visit a pleasant one. “I love dentistry because it is a mixture of my two favorite things: science and art. Not only do healthy gums and teeth improve your appearance, but also your health and having a dentist, such as Dr. Racanelli, who can restore your smile to both look good and feel good can greatly improve your quality of life.”
Casey graduated from Carrington College in Las Vegas in 2015 where she was top of her class with a 4.0 GPA and received her certificate in Dental Assisting. She often attends continuing education courses to learn about the latest technology the dental field has to offer. She is an expert digital scanner, using our latest technology the iTero Element digital scanner to take a digital scan of our patients’ mouths for Invisalign and restorative dental work. She also works closely with Dr. Racanelli using our CEREC technology to create same day crowns in our office. She is certified for CPR, OSHA and is HIPPA compliant. She has been an active member of HOSA, Health Occupation Students of America, since high school.
Heather is from Spring, TX and moved to Las Vegas in 2016.
Heather is an outdoors person and likes to hike, garden and spend time with her daughter, Summer. She attends concerts when she can and enjoys reading, cooking and caring for her mom’s chickens. Summer is learning to garden and grow her own vegetables too – she only will eat vegetables if they are from her grandma’s garden and nowhere else!
She visits her family home in Pioche, NV often as possible as it is her peaceful get away. She loves that she can escape the desert heat and experience all four seasons within a short drive from Las Vegas.
Heather graduated from Houston Dental Assisting School in 2015. She loves to help patients by making them feel comfortable while in the dental chair. Many people come in feeling anxious, but Heather quickly puts them at ease. Seeing a patient’s smile transform after their treatment is complete and their confidence increase is very fulfilling for her. Heather is always striving to learn something new related to dental, she loves teeth and she loves to make people smile.
Luca is a native Las Vegan and enjoys reading, playing with dinosaurs and tennis. He attends Pre-K full time and is our part time dental intern. He loves coming to Stunning Smiles to learn about our patient care, hand out toothbrushes and makes sure our treasure chest is fully stocked for all the children who come in for their hygiene visits.
Luca has plans to become our youngest associate dentist when he graduates from dental school in 2039. If you’re lucky you can catch him hanging out in Dr. Racanelli’s office at your next dental wellness visit.