Meet Dr. Jafari & Staff
Reza Jafari, DMD
Dr. Jafari was raised in the Valley of the Sun where he did his undergraduate studies at Arizona State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry in 1996. He then went on to graduate with Honors from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine receiving his DMD degree in 2003. During his dental studies he was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, an honorary dental society for superior achievement in dentistry. Upon graduation he received an award from the American Academy of Endodontists for excellence in Endodontics. Having become a proficient clinician as a dental student, he was asked to stay on as a clinical instructor in the dental school, which he did for a year. In 2005, he left Massachusetts and moved with his family back to the Phoenix area.
In 2005, Dr. Jafari established his private dental practice in the East Valley where he continues to provide excellent service to the community. Over the years he has honed his skills in providing lifelike cosmetic restorations to improve his patient’s smiles. The confidence, experience and friendliness of Dr. Jafari and his staff enables them to provide gentle dentistry utilizing state of the art equipment and the latest techniques available today in a relaxed, comfortable and modern environment. He uses sedation along with music or TV with stereo headphones, which allows him to help patients who shy away from the dentist due to anxiety.
Professionally Dr. Jafari is active in the American Dental Association, the Arizona Dental Association and the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Jafari is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry and volunteers his time and expertise teaching dental students and treating patients at the CASS homeless clinic in Central Phoenix. In his free time he enjoys golfing, outdoor activities and traveling.
Corie Connelly, RDH
I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2002 with a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene and passed the Western Regional Exam & Anesthesia Certification. I have also been Laser certified since 2008 and use it in the treatment of periodontal disease. I have been working with Dr Jafari since 2005 and have taken continuing education classes on a regular basis in all areas of dentistry. I really enjoy working in dentistry and making my patients more educated about oral health. There is truly nothing better than watching my patients leave with clean teeth and smiles on their faces.
In my personal time I love having fun with my husband, daughter, & son. We love traveling,going on Disney vacations, & spending time as a family.
Amy Dillehay, CDA
From a very early age, dentistry has always had a strong impact on me, both in terms of being mentally challenging and also as a “hands-on” profession. I have always enjoyed helping and caring for others in my 15 plus years in the dental field. This wonderful opportunity has truly helped me to realize the great satisfaction that could be achieved while working within the profession. I believe it takes a special person to not only listen to patients concerns and needs, but to be able to hear them and understand them. My hobbies include writing poetry and playing racquetball.
Working with Dr. Jafari and his AMAZING team, has been a dream come true. I look forward to meeting and greeting ALL patients and assisting with your dental needs.
Beth Kornacki, Front Desk
I began working with Dr. Jafari in 2013, and have not been this confident in quality of care since moving to the Valley in 1992. I grew up in a dental environment as my father and uncle were dentists. My experience in the dental field spans 35 years, and I’ve been extensively educated and trained in dental administration. I am a member of the Dentrix Advisory Committee to aid in updating and implementing dental software systems. My love for dentistry is second only to my husband, Larry, and my two children, Jordyn and Christopher. Away from work, I love to garden, read books (Harry Potter is my favorite!) and swim. My greatest pleasures come from making our patients smile and ensuring their dental happiness!
Melinda Canteloupe BS, CDA
Melinda has been a part of our dental family since 2008. A Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), she has enjoyed working with patients and staff obtaining friendships and building her skills. Melinda's ongoing passion for patient care and concerns has been always accepted. Her interests outside of the practice are spending time with family and obtaining a healthy lifestyle with powerful dance fitnesses Zumba and Mixxedfit. Melinda's most passionate about helping out the community by collecting items for homeless children and delivering them to shelters and some homes around the valley.
I joined Dr. Jafari’s team in 2016 and am the newest member of our dental family. Armed with front office and back office skills, my role in our office is to maximize our efficiency throughout the day. I enjoy getting to know our patients and ensuring that all of their dental experiences are pleasant. I attend Arizona State University where I will obtain my Bachelors Degree in Business Management in Spring, 2018. In my spare time I enjoy hiking with my dog Ivy, going to the movies, and spending time with my family.