Meet Our Team

Carmela

Office Manager

I am the Office Manager of Tidy Smiles in Palatine IL, as well as English Rows Dental in Naperville IL. I have been in the Dental field for 6 years. I take pride in my role as an Office Manager with Bright Direction Dental. I have always wished to be in the position I am today and am extremely grateful for the office and staff I have. I am a wife of 16 years to an Active Duty Army Solider, and a mother to my daughters, 14 and 5 years old. We love having family time, playing with our dog Queenie, and enjoy making memories together.

Jennifer

Dental Assistant

I have been in the dental field for about 7 years now. I truly love what I do! I am passionate about helping others and educating them on their oral health. I also love meeting and connecting with my patients. I have a 9-year-old son who I enjoy spending time my free time with. One of my favorite hobbies is spending time outdoors; I love nature and all that it offers. You can find me outdoors with my son, the gym or at home with family.

Marina

Front Desk Coordinator

I am a front desk coordinator with over 10 years of experience in the dental field. I'm committed to helping patients reach their perfect smile by providing personalized care.

Dr. Shahad Elttayef

Dr. Elttayef is a highly skilled and compassionate dentist with over 10 years of experience in the field of dentistry. Dr. Elttayef is dedicated to providing exceptional dental care to patients of all ages in a professional, caring, and comfortable way. Known for her gentle approach and commitment to patient comfort.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
  • University of Tikrit, Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Certifications and Continuing Education
  • Certified in Invisalign and Clear Aligners
  • Certified in placing implants and bone grafts
  • Attends annual dental conferences and workshops to stay up to date with the latest advancements in dentistry
Professional Affiliations
  • Member of American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Member of Illinois State Dental Society
  • Member of Chicago Dental Society
  • Member of Chicago Dental Society
  • Member of Spear Education
  • Member of Clearly Aligned Educational Group
Personal Interests Outside of the dental office, Dr. Elttayef enjoys cooking, Sewing, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband and daughter. She is also passionate about advocating for oral health education and wellness in her community.