Meet The Team

At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.

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Michelle Schexnider, RDH


Michelle was born and raised in the New Orleans area. She attended the University of New Orleans and graduated from LSU School of Dentistry, with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene in 1998. She has been a full time hygienist with Dr. Brahney since 2011. Besides her love of dental hygiene, Michelle is married and was blessed with four beautiful children.

Valerie Witt, RDH


Valerie is originally born in Mississippi, she been a resident of Mandeville since 1996. She attended Southeastern Louisiana University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene in 2001. Valerie has worked full-time and now part-time for Dr. Brahney since 2007. On a personal note Valerie is married with two wonderful children. 

Rhonda Jenkins

Patient and Insurance Coordinator

Rhonda was born in the New Orleans area, and spent several years in Arizona. She missed her hometown so much, she moved back in 2007. Rhonda started working in the dental field in 2011 and fell in love. She has been with Dr. Brahney since March of 2015. When she isn’t handling your dental appointment or insurance needs, Rhonda is at home with her husband and amazing sons. 

Melissa Peruit

Dental Assistiant

Melissa was born and raised in Marrero area. She started her career as a dental assistant in 2009. She loves the dental field so much, she decided to further her education and became an EDDA certified dental assistant in 2011. Melissa has been Dr. Brahney’s main assistant since August of 2016. When she isn’t here taking care of our wonderful patient, she is at home with her husband and three boys. 

Raquel Fassbender, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Raquel was born and raised in the New Orleans area. She graduated from Loyola University, furthered her studies at LSU School of Dentistry, and then graduated in 1999. She loves dental hygiene because she enjoys the interaction with the patients. Her goal as a Dental Hygienist is to help people take better care of themselves. When she is not providing wonderful care to her patients, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. 

Jennifer Harris, RDH


Jennifer is a New Orleans native, who graduated from LSU School of Dentistry in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. From 2005 to 2007 she practiced as a contract civilian hygienist at Camp Pendleton in California, treating marines and naval service men and women. She also worked as a clinical instructor at the University of  Florida's Department of Periodontology in Gainesville from 2007 to 2011. Jennifer is a wife and mom of two girls. In her free time, she likes to water ski, sail and spend time with family and friends.