Meet The Team
dr. amelia m. ellingson DMD
Welcome to Swiss Biologic Dentistry! If you’re new here, I look forward to getting to know you; and, I’m sure you want to get to know me better too. And if you’re a regular, you can also get to know me better! I grew up in Tucson, where I ended up attending the University of Arizona (Bear down!). After college, I received my doctorate in dentistry in 2011 from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution and top 10 dental school in the world (go Quakers!). A decade in dentistry; where did the time go!
While I was taught traditional dentistry from some of the best in the country, I felt something was missing from the bigger picture of oral health. And thankfully six years ago, I was offered the associate job at Integrative Dental Associates, one of Phoenix’s best biological dental practices. It was here that the final pieces fell into place and the light bulb went off: True oral health requires looking at the body as a whole!
To more thoroughly understand whole body dental health, I am constantly expanding my knowledge and skill-set through continuing education courses and clinics. I’ve worked at the SDS clinics in Switzerland and Costa Rica, and other top clinics in Mexico, New Orleans, Miami, Chicago, to name just a few. I will go anywhere in the world that helps me help you because the learning journey never ends!
When I can get away from the office, I like to travel to places afar. I’ve been lucky enough to travel from the Galapagos Islands to the Arctic Circle, and even to my family’s ancestral hometown of Neuchatel, Switzerland. In my free time at home, I enjoy hiking, yoga, oil painting, and taking care of my son Raphael and my three dogs.
Lead Registered Dental Hygienist
Hello! My name is Katie and I was born and raised in South Dakota. I graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Following dental hygiene school my husband and I decided to move to Scottsdale, AZ to pursue career opportunities. Although we miss our families back home, we absolutely love the valley and exploring the diverse scenery around it! I love the field of dentistry and all it has to offer as well as serving my community through outreach, presenting vital information in free clinics across the valley. I have had the honor of teaching didactic and clinical courses in dental hygiene. I love to constantly learn about and grow in my profession, which is why I am so grateful to be a part of Swiss Biologic Dentistry! Other passions of mine include travel, music, sports, snow skiing, and my huge family!
Lead Registered Dental Assistant
Hi! My name is Kate and I have been a dental assistant for over 5 years. I was born and raised in Oregon and just recently moved to Arizona. I developed an interest in Biological dentistry after working in traditional dentistry and am blessed to now be a part of the Swiss Biologic Dentistry team. In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, cooking, and spending time with my husband and family.
Registered Dental Assistant
Hey there! My name is Yanitza (Yani for short), and I was born in Glendale, Arizona but was raised in Mexico and Denver. I have been assisting in dental offices for over 3 years. I moved on from corporate to join Swiss Biological Dentistry so I could learn a new way of dentistry which solves the root cause of problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. It is a very exciting and interesting journey and I’m looking forward to this new adventure! When I am not at work, I am at home spending time with my baby and family, I also enjoy traveling, being outdoors, watching movies and having family game nights! So far, I’m undefeated against the baby; we’ll see how long that lasts.
Treatment Plan Coordinator
I was born and raised in central Phoenix and attended Saint Simon and Jude grade school and Saint Mary's HS. I joined the US Coast Guard at age 19 and spent 2-1/2 years on the icebreaker Polar Sea. I have sailed the seven seas and have visited 6 continents. Several years ago I started a business as a general contractor here in the valley and gave it up to come work at Integrative Dental Associates, now Swiss Biologic Dentistry. I am very pleased with my decision. My wife and I recently celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and are currently trying to figure out how to raise our teenager.
I moved to Arizona from Boise, Idaho a few years ago where I worked as a dental assistant for over 15 years. After visiting Phoenix for a weekend one cold winter, I decided to move here. I fell in love with the sun and palm trees. I am so lucky to have landed here at Swiss Biologic Dentistry and I look forward to learning everything about the biological and holistic dental world. Being the front desk communications coordinator gives me the pleasure of being the first to greet you as you check in for your appointment. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my 2 dogs, Gipsy and Bentley, a 65-pound pitbull and a buff cocker spaniel. I also love to travel and hope to get back to Barcelona soon as that has been my favorite place to visit, so far!
I have been in Management for 35 years and happened to take a job in the dental field and never looked back. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Amelia years ago and when the opportunity presented itself to work with her again, I jumped at it. So, blessed to be surrounded by such professional, dedicated and caring individuals. When not at work, I enjoy time with my Partner, Sue and our 4 dogs (Harper, Jasper, Izzy and Pebble). D-backs, Cardinals and my pool….
Chief Financial Officer / Chief Executive Officer
I was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, raised in Kansas, went to college in Chicago, and finally moved to Arizona for law school and grad school. I have been an attorney for fifteen years and have enjoyed what practicing law has brought me, but the opportunity to help Dr. Amelia run her own practice was an opportunity I could not pass up. I am excited to work on Dr. Amelia's mission to bring the best biologic dentistry to the Valley and to help as many people as we can. Better Health Through Better Dentistry means something to us and we can't wait to show you.
Vice President Therapy Dog
Starting out in the therapy dog business was a difficult choice for me. I had a pretty good life of chasing balls, chasing the same balls again, and taking lots of naps. But, while that life would be rewarding for most dogs, I needed more. I asked Mike if it would be possible to accompany him to work. He reluctantly agreed to give me a chance. It worked out pretty well. I did have a pretty big snafu when someone tried to type in the alarm code, and it still gets me from time to time, but I've learned to center myself and focus on maximizing the patient experience. I feel like it has really worked out since I know all about anxiety. I have learned to deal with my alarm panel anxieties and I have been passing it along to everyone for the past three years. If you see me, feel free to pet me, I've been told I'm a 'good girl', so I've got that going for me!