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Ann Arbor Smiles Dental Group was founded in 1981 and for 40 years has brought superior dental care to thousands of patients across southeast Michigan. With multiple doctors at two convenient locations, the practice provides nearly every dental service from routine care to specialized treatment plans. Ann Arbor Smiles continually invests in education, equipment, technology, and their team, to make sure patients have the best and most comprehensive dental care possible.

Meet our Doctors In Ann Arbor, Michigan

Serious About Smiles.

Dr. Daniel Kennedy, DDS is an Ann Arbor native who received his BA in History of Art Honors, and a minor in Zoology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Daniel Kennedy is also the Director of Dental Sleep Medicine at Apnea Alternatives. Dr. Kennedy is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). While working to complete a Masters degree in Physiology at Eastern Michigan University, he decided to follow his passion for helping people, aesthetics and science. Dr. Kennedy continued his studies at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, graduating in 1981. For thirty years his development of expertise in several specialties of dentistry including orthodontia, cosmetic dentistry, oral sleep medicine, endodontics, implants, computerized dentistry, conscious sedation and advanced restorative care has kept his excitement for dentistry and providing top patient care fresh. Dr. Kennedy and his wife, Nancy, support the work of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, love traveling to northern Michigan, and spending time with their four daughters. His many interests include working on intellectual and creative projects.

Serious About Smiles.Dr. Christopher Marzonie, DDS
is a Texas native who received his BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1976. Graduating from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1981, he has been a partner in this practice since 1983. An impressive ability to successfully execute complex and detailed dental procedures makes Dr. Marzonie an outstanding clinician. He specializes in a stimulating mixture of orthodontics, restorative care, prostheses, periodontal surgery, oral sedation, extractions, and implant services. He and his wife, Sheryl, enjoy international travel, mission work in underserved countries, a quiet life in the country, and working within the local parish of Christ the King. He enjoys spending time and traveling with his three adult children and grandchildren when possible! He is an accomplished musician and long distance runner. Dr. Marzonie has even performed at the University of Michigan’s 37 Bell Carillon at Burton Memorial Tower.

Serious About Smiles.

Dr. Steven Gray, DDS is a Sterling Heights native who received his BSE in chemical engineering in 1998 from the University of Michigan. Dr. Gray graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2002, becoming a partner at Ann Arbor Smiles in 2005. With his primary focus of restorative dentistry, he expanded his practice to include comprehensive cosmetic work, computerized dentistry, endondontics, conscious sedation, dentures, and sleep medicine. His passion for helping others improve oral health and function as conservatively as possible makes him a top clinician. Dr. Gray brings a strong clinical science background to the practice as the most rigorously trained biological scientist and is a past researcher with Parke Davis, Pfizer and Esperion. He looks at his practice as an extension of his faith to bring healing and compassion to his fellow humankind. He enjoys mission work in Latin America and leadership in New Life Church, playing and coaching soccer, working on his family’s new home, and vacationing with his wife, Emily, and their four adorable children.

Serious About Smiles.Dr. Emily Kennedy, DDS 
a native of Ann Arbor, graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with a concentration in the History of Art, and again in 2013 from the U of M School of Dentistry. Her dental interests include aligning teeth, prevention, education and empowerment with patients and the public, learning and sharing information about sleeping, airway patency, and nasal breathing–how that all connects to teeth and jaw development, and improving smiles and overall health. Her greatest professional joy is improving the lives of others by sharing all findings during an exam with patients so they feel supported, understood, and able to achieve their dental goals. She is a member of several professional organizations that encourage active learning and evidence-based-research to help her patients succeed. Spending time with her daughter, June (2), her husband (Dr. Alex Marlow–also a dentist here), and their two french bulldogs, Barry Sanders and Indiana Jones, is her favorite thing to do. Other interests include public health, civil rights, gardening, painting, cooking, and reading about food, art and flowers. Dr. Emily can’t wait to meet you; every person is welcome in her practice.

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Daniela Garcia received her dental degree in 2008 in her home town Caracas, Venezuela. She moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2009 to pursue further education in dental materials and advanced dental aesthetics. In 2012 Dr Garcia earned a postdoctoral training Master of Science from The University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and worked as a full time Clinical Assistant Professor from 2012 until 2018 at the department of Cariology Restorative Science and Endodontics with a clinical focus on both undergraduate and graduate students.

Having the opportunity to be a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan was an amazing experience, both in the didactic portion and at the faculty clinic. At the beginning of 2020, Dr. Garcia decided she wanted to join Ann Arbor Smiles to pursue her dream of making an impact in her community and on her patients’ lives. At the same time she’s an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor. She believes this way she can help more patients achieve their dental goals and to provide the adequate function and aesthetics they deserve combining the clinical and academic portion of dentistry.

Dr. Garcia has called Michigan home for the last 10 years where she enjoys spending time and having a healthy lifestyle with her family; husband Juan, son Santiago (4 y/o), daughter Anabella (2 y/o) and dog Gala. She loves to swim, practice yoga, run and spend time outside doing fun things with her family.

Dr. Garcia is a member of the ADA (American Dental Association), MDA (Michigan Dental Association) and Washtenaw Dental Society

Our Newest Dentist Dr. Alex Marlow!Dr. Alexander Marlow is an Iowa native who is excited to join Ann Arbor Smiles and practice alongside his wife, Dr. Emily Kennedy Marlow, and father in law, Dr. Dan Kennedy. Dr. Marlow graduated in 2009 with his bachelor of Science in Cell and Developmental Biology and Minors in Chemistry and Sociology from the University of Iowa. In May 2013, he graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio and has been practicing in Southeast Michigan ever since. Dr. Marlow’s areas of expertise include CERECs, Endodontics, Extractions, Implants, Bone Grafting, and Veneers. He volunteers with Dentistry from the Heart and is a member of the American Dental Association. In his free time, Dr. Marlow is an avid Iowa Hawkeye football fan. He loves woodworking, as well as spending time with his lovely wife and his two dogs, Barry Sanders and Indiana Jones. 

Dr. Liane Racelis Dr. Liane Racelis, DDS , is an Ann Arbor native who completed her undergraduate studies in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan before achieving her doctorate from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. With a background in portrait photography, our patients describe her as being in the “business of smiles.” Combining artistry, attention to detail, and fine motor skills, Dr. Racelis works with each patient to achieve their dental esthetic and functional goals while ensuring they feel comfortable in her care. Continually focused on fostering open communication, she’s earned a reputation for committing herself to helping patients of all ages and oral health conditions feel understood and empowered throughout their dental journey.
Actively engaged in community service through the Ann Arbor Rotary Club, Dr. Racelis prioritizes “service above self” in all she does. When she’s not caring for smiles, she enjoys quality time with her family, dog, chickens, and goats on her farm.

Dr. Justin Distelrath, DDS is a St. Clair, Michigan native who received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Siena Heights University in 2013 and master’s degree in biomedical science from Barry University in 2014. Dr. Distelrath has been practicing in the Ann Arbor area following graduation from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2019. Dr. Distelrath enjoys getting to know his patients and is excited to be their oral health advocate. He strives to make each appointment a stress-free experience and takes time answering questions ensuring his patient’s voices are heard. Dr. Distelrath is an active member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association and Washtenaw District Dental Society. He enjoys going to U of M football games, playing basketball, golf and spending time with his wife, Rachel and daughter Marjorie.

Dr. Robert Ault, DDS, grew up in Lansing and earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, but his dental journey began long before dental school. His experiences in orthodontics and in treatment for genetic tooth abnormalities fascinated Dr. Ault. He felt so much joy going through the process that made him happy with his smile. Dr. Ault loves the meticulous nature of dentistry and the pure art form of teeth.

While attending dental school, Dr. Ault fell in love with our community. He considers it a privilege to be part of the comradery, overall helpfulness, and support everyone has for each other. This love of our community and even his love of dentistry itself is ultimately because of the people. Dr. Ault finds that the ability to interact with his family of patients is the best part of his day. Helping you not only see, but also feel the benefits of a healthy, functional smile brings him great joy, but witnessing how happy it makes you feel is his greatest reward. Dr. Ault knows that most people don’t enjoy going to the dentist and his aim is to change that. He hopes to develop trusting relationships where you enjoy your visits and even look forward to them because you know how important they are to your overall health and the beauty of your smile.

In his free time Dr. Ault enjoys spending time with his wife Janet, who is also a dentist and is working towards her specialty certification in periodontics. Dr. Ault loves to spend time outdoors. Landscaping, mowing the lawn, fishing, and being outside helps him keep life in perspective. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, trail riding, or four wheeling.

Our Newest Dentist Dr. Stevon Sykes!Dr. Stevon Sykes, DDS is originally from Algonac, MI, and graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2013 and from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2017. Before coming to Smiles, Dr. Sykes spent 4 years working in the Army Dental Corp as well as 2 years in private practice with a focus on treating sleep apnea patients. His specialties include obstructive sleep apnea and airway dentistry. Dr. Sykes lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, Zahra, who is a physician at CS Mott Children’s Hospital, and their daughter. When not taking care of patients, he enjoys golf, skiing, being on the water, and attending U-M football games.

Meet our Hygienists


Christine graduated from Mott Community College in 1986, with an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene. She moved to Ann Arbor in 1987, and began her journey with Ann Arbor Smiles in 1988. She will be going on her 34th year this coming 2022. Her greatest joys of being a part of the practice, are: getting to know all of the families in the practice through the years, now enjoying third generation grandchildren attending the practice. Christine has enjoyed working with children in the practice, and also finds great accomplishment in healing patients with various dental issues. Learning new technology and techniques have also been a large part her journey that she has welcomed. Christine has two daughters (Averie and Alexis) Two dogs (Bear and Bella) and three cats (Meka, Luna and Kitty). All of which make up the Hauser household. Christine enjoys painting, art, landscape, sports ( softball, baseball, golf, basketball, cycling, hiking) travel and photography.


Cameron at Ann Arbor Smiles Dental Group

Amanda has been with Ann Arbor Smiles since 2018. She received her dental hygiene degree from Youngstown State University in 2006. She has practiced in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan! She enjoys providing her patients with a happy and healthy smile. Amanda has a long time belief that dental appointments should be enjoyable, educational, and motivating in a comfortable environment. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys traveling, attending live music concerts, cooking, and spending time with her family.


Cameron at Ann Arbor Smiles Dental Group

Originally from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Brittany moved to Michigan at a young age. Brittany graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Brittany is certified in nitrous oxide sedation, administering local anesthetics, and CPR/AED. Brittany is an active member of ADHA and is a strong believer in continuing education courses. Her purpose is to assist every patient in achieving a lifetime of optimum dental health. Brittany enjoys cooking, watching basketball, reading, and spending time with her husband and daughter.


Cameron at Ann Arbor Smiles Dental Group

Caitlin graduated with a BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan in 2005. She’s been with Ann Arbor Smiles since 2016 and became a Hygiene Team Lead in 2018. Her favorite part of her job is providing patients with a calming and positive experience while helping them learn ways to improve their oral health. When she’s not cleaning teeth, she and her husband Brian stay busy with their two sons and dogs in Ypsilanti. She also enjoys golfing, visiting local restaurants and breweries, and cheering on U-M Football (Go Blue!).


Cameron at Ann Arbor Smiles Dental Group

Originally from Minnesota, Faye moved to Flint, MI, in 1970 and to the Ann Arbor area in 1982. She and her husband bought a farm in Dexter where they raised hogs and produced crops and eggs from 250 chickens. Faye spends much of her free time doing farm chores, keeping up with her grown children’s lives, and adoring hergrandchild. She enjoys walks in the woods, riding horses, and playing piano for her church.

With an associate degree in Applied Science, Faye focuses on gentle dental hygiene care and tips for keeping a healthy mouth. She enjoys connecting with all her patients and takes the time to help you relax and feel comfortable so you can look forward to your next dental visit. Her dental health philosophy includes helping you understand your oral health and how it connects to your overall health. She is committed to working with you so you can take whatever steps are needed to ensure your mouth is as healthy as the rest of your body.


Cameron at Ann Arbor Smiles Dental Group

Shreya graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She is originally from India but moved to Michigan with her family in 2016. Shreya enjoys helping her patients prevent oral disease and treating them like family. Outside of Smiles, Shreya spends time with her family and volunteers at her local Hindu temple.


Cameron at Ann Arbor Smiles Dental Group

Bio Coming Soon.


Cameron at Ann Arbor Smiles Dental Group

Bio Coming Soon.


Cameron at Ann Arbor Smiles Dental Group

Originally from North Macedonia, Bashkime came to the United States when she was 10 years old. Bashkime is committed to educating and taking care of her patients, doing so by connecting with them on a personal level. Bashkime hopes to see as much of the world as she can and loves spending time biking, walking, and kayaking.


Cameron at Ann Arbor Smiles Dental Group

Rachel was born and raised in Manchester, MI. She graduated from Kellogg Community College with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She loves helping both her patients and her co-workers and loves the feeling of being a part of a great team. Rachel is active in her community through her two kids’ sports teams and loves to watch their games. Her favorites are baseball, softball, and volleyball.

Insurance Options

Smiles Dental Savings Plan
Care Credit

Delta Dental and Most Major Dental Insurances Are Accepted

Flexible Hours

Monday: 7 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM – 8 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM – 8 PM
Thursday: 8 AM – 5 PM
Friday: 7 AM – 2 PM
Saturday: 8 – 12 PM

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