Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Dr. Tram Lyna Vu

General Dentist

Dr. Lyna grew up in Phoenix and decided to move back home in 2013 after living in California for some time. A summa cum laude graduate from Arizona State University, Dr. Lyna pursued her career goal as a dentist at the University of California, San Francisco.  Upon graduation, she was selected to be a member of the OKU National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Lyna also did an additional year of training at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System. Her passion for dentistry is apparent through her active involvement in the dental community.  Dr. Lyna has spent time volunteering at various community events providing free dental care for those in need, including mission trips to Honduras and Guatemala. She has been selected by her peers to be a delegate for the Central Arizona Dental Society and board member of the Arizona Dental Foundation.  Dr. Lyna loves to travel and is a huge food enthusiast! In her free time, she loves to spend time with family, friends and her Mini Schnauzer “Kobe!” She enjoys hiking and exploring nature.

 

Dr. Lyna is a member of the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Central Arizona Dental Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honors Society, Tucker Gold Study Club, Spear Study Club, and sits on the committee of  the Arizona Dental Foundation.

Dr. Jelena "DJ" Djurdjic

General Dentist

Dr. DJ grew up near Milwaukee, WI, where she completed her undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin.  She went on to earn her doctorate at Marquette University with honors.  Dr. DJ moved to Arizona, seeking sunshine and beautiful weather, and she certainly doesn’t miss the freezing weather!

Dr. DJ began her dental career in the East Valley, where she honed her skills and developed her passion for putting her patients’ needs first.  Dr. DJ believes that it is crucial to make every patient feel comfortable in her chair as each patient deserves her full attention and care.  She believes in treating every patient as they are her own family and building long-term relationships.  In her spare time, Dr. DJ loves to travel, play golf, read, and hang out with her Fiancé, Robert, and their cat, Walter. In fact, this summer, she had her first hole-in-one!

Dr. DJ is a member of the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and a member of Ascend Study Club.

Dr. Ernie Nehrer

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Ernie is a California native, he grew up in Santa Cruz, a small beach town in Northern California.  After graduating highschool, Ernie went on to UC Davis for his undergraduate degree and then onto UC San Francisco for Dental School.  He found a passion for working with children during an externship and then decided to continue his training at the University of Southern California for his residency in Pediatric Dentistry.  Ever since moving to Arizona, Ernie has been an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and is currently the President of the Arizona Chapter.

Dr. Ernie’s main goals as a pediatric dentist are to create a positive environment for his patients and to educate parents about the importance of hygiene habits and a healthy diet.  On the weekends, Ernie enjoys cooking and doing anything active: playing basketball, hiking, and working out!

Sheilagh Murray

Hygienist

Sheilagh Murray was born and raised in The San Francisco Bay Area, but for the past twenty-five years she and her family have made Phoenix home.  Sheilagh has been involved in dentistry from a young age.  Her first high school job was as a dental assistant.  Her dental assisting career followed her through college at Brigham Young University.   As her children left home she realized how much she missed dentistry, science and learning.  In 2010, she went back to college and earned a degree in Applied Science and completed her licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist.  Sheilagh finds great fulfillment in the relationships she builds with her wonderful patients.  Sheilagh and Scott enjoy traveling internationally, hiking, photography, studying art and European history.  Their favorite activity is spending as much time as they can with their grown children, and nine beautiful grandchildren.  Life is very busy and incredibly fulfilling!

Katie Morgan

Patient Liaison

Katie joined our team in 2012 and assists both Dr. Vu and the hygienists as their lead dental assistant. Katie is a quick study as she is a trained medical assistant and became a cream of the crop dental assistant overnight!  She enjoys working at an office that feels just like family. By consistently striving to treat patients how she would like to be treated, Katie helps to make every visit here relaxing and comfortable. When she is not at the office, you can find Katie spending time with her husband Aaron, relaxing at home, camping, traveling, trying new foods, or spending time with her two nieces and 3 nephews and family.

Bobbie Haaven

Hygienist

Bobbie Haaven was born in Pennsylvania, coming from a military family, she had the opportunity to travel around the world.  In her senior year of high-school, she moved to Arizona and was part of the first graduation class of Chaparral.  She attended Bryman Dental Assistant School and went onto work as an assistant and front office team member for twenty five years.  During that time, she wanted to further her education and attended Phoenix College to earn her degree in Applied Sciences and completed her licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist.  Bobbie also has experience working in the medical field!  On the weekends, she works as a home health care provider.  When Bobbie is not in the office, you can find her on a hike on one of Phoenix’s great trails or cooking at home.  She loves her four pets, including two dogs and two cats.

Cierra Ahumada

Back Office Assistant

Cierra is the newest member to our team! Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, she studied at Carrington College and graduated as a Dental Assistant.   She now assists Dr. Vu and our lovely hygienists.  Cierra plans on continuing her education to become a Registered Dental Hygienist and advance with the Uptown Smiles Dentistry family!  Cierra enjoys being part of a team that helps our patients feel more confident and healthier about their smile.  When she is not at the office, she enjoys time spent with her son Sebastian.  She also enjoys camping, off-roading and spending time with her big family.

Kelly Chaides

Insurance Coordinator

Kelly joined the practice in 2005 working as a dental assistant and eventually working herself up to Office Manager.  In 2018, she took a brief hiatus to have her third child and has now rejoined the team part-time.  She is thrilled to see all the familiar faces and to meet the new ones that have joined the practice since she left! She loves working with patients to make sure they feel comfortable at the office. She is here to help answer any questions or concerns any patient may have. To her, this office is family and she treats every patient as if they were a loved one. When she is not in the office, she is busy taking care of her three young children and spends most of her days with extended family and friends.