Dental Staff

All professionals at Nykiel Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

  • Dawn Beneteau
    RDA, CDA
    Office Manager

    Dawn has worked with Dr. Nykiel for over 30 years, beginning as a co-op student in high school. She became a certified and licensed Dental Assistant, obtaining her credentials through Washtenaw Community College and the Dental Assisting National Board. In 2003, she transitioned into practice management and accounting, and now oversees the daily operation of the practice as well as providing patient care. Dawn’s priority is to interact with the patients, to build relationships and trust, so they will feel comfortable during their visits and look forward to coming back! In her spare time, Dawn enjoys traveling, boating, motorcycling, snowmobiling, exercising and most importantly, spending time with family and friends.

  • Rachel Zammit
    Front Desk receptionist

    Rachel is our Patient/Schedule Coordinator and is one of the first smiling faces our patients see when they walk in to our office. She started in the dental field in 2001 as a high school co-op student. Realizing that she really enjoyed dentistry, she continued her studies and became a full time Dental Assistant. After 14 years of chairside assisting, Rachel decided she wanted to expand her dental knowledge and experience even further. In October of 2015, she moved to the administrative side of dentistry and joined our team. Her mild manor, compassion and kindness always make our patients feel welcome and comfortable at our office. Between raising two children and working full time, Rachel enjoys bike riding, traveling and spending as much time as possible with her family and friends.

  • Michelle Cucinella

    Michelle is a Registered Dental Hygienist who joined our team in the summer of 2009. She earned her Associate Degree in Science from Wayne County Community College in 1995. She has been working in the dental field for over twenty years, starting out as a co-op student in high school. What Michelle likes most about being a dental hygienist is interacting with the patients and their families, while sharing her knowledge and expertise in oral health. Michelle is married and has two children. In between parenting and working, she enjoys weight training, boating and spending time with family and friends

  • Andrea Dabbs
    Dental Hygienist

    Andrea graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelors degree in dental hygiene in 2003 and loves being a dental hygienist. Getting to know her patients and their families is one of the best aspects of her job. She has been a Trenton resident all of her life and currently resides there with her husband, 2 children, a dog and 2 cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, vacationing and just being together. Andrea also has a love for animals and volunteers at the Brownstown Animal Shelter a few times a week

  • Sherri Lorenz

    Sherri attended dental hygiene school at the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 1990. She began practicing with Dr. Nykiel in 2006, but left in 2009 when she was given the opportunity to move to Germany for three years with her husband and two daughters. She has now returned and resumed her position as our dental hygienist and we are grateful to have her back! While in Europe she was able to travel extensively, learn German and enjoy different cultures while meeting new friends from around the world. Sherri is passionate about all areas of dentistry and loves to further her knowledge through continuing education. The part of the job she enjoys most is getting to know her patients as people and helping them to improve their oral health. Outside of the office she enjoys baking, Michigan football games, travel, jazz, wine and adding to her ever expanding shoe collection.

  • Nicole Smith
    RDA, CDA

    Nicole is a certified and registered dental assistant who just jointed our team in March 2015. After graduating high school, she entered the Wayne County Community College Dental Assisting Program, where she earned her certification and licensure for dental assisting. Nicole is very passionate about dentistry. In the near future, she hopes to go back to school to obtain her bachelor degree so that she can eventually become an instructor for a dental assisting program. By having an upbeat personality, compassion and kindness, Nicole provides a positive and calming experience for our patients. Having been anxious and fearful herself, Nicole has made it a goal to make our patients feel at ease and comfortable in the dental chair. Nicole grew up Downriver, spending most of her time with her grandparents. In her free time she enjoys bike riding, crafts, cooking, gardening and exercise. She also has a cat named Princess Peach and a dog named Zelda, whom she loves to pamper and spoil!

  • Lisa Janiec
    Patient Coordinator/Insurance Specialist

    Lisa is the newest member of our team and we are so happy to have her! Having worked in the dental field for over 19 years, she has acquired extensive knowledge in dental insurance as well as patient care. Lisa's goal is to make the patient's transition from the reception room to the dental chair as smooth as possible. Lisa has lived and worked in the downriver area for all of her life. She is married and has one beautiful daughter. She likes to spend time gardening, bike riding, reading and just going for walks.

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