Meet the Team

The strength of our dental practice is our office team. Without them, we would not be half the practice we are. They are all caring individuals who truly put the needs of you first. Take a moment to read about them below.

Sonya Brar, Office Manager for Brar Dentistry
Sonia Brar Office Manager

Sonia has been associated with Brar Dentistry, at various levels, for the past 20 years. Because of her passion for the patients and her personal interaction that puts all their concerns at ease, lots of patients become her personal friends. Sonia takes great pride working for Brar Dentistry, and the job satisfaction that she gets every day is priceless.

For example, making someone happy by giving them the personalized, comfortable service they have been looking for is very rewarding. Sonia works diligently and wears multiple hats around the office. Her main hat is supervising the smooth flow of business and patient satisfaction at the clinical and non-clinical level.

Sophie Brar of Brar Dentistry in South Elgin, IL
Sophie Brar Office Manager and Financial Treatment Coordinator

Sophie has worked at Brar Dentistry since 2006. In this time, she has enjoyed every aspect of learning and growing with the practice as well as establishing close relationships with her patients. Her goals for each patient is to provide as much education and information as possible so that they can make an informed decision about how to best maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.

Outside of dentistry, Sophie is pursuing her undergraduate degree in business at DePaul University. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and friends. She is an avid runner, a traveler, and a daughter.

Renata Fejkiel South Elgin, IL | Brar Dentistry
Renata Fejkiel Office Manager and Financial Treatment Coordinator

Renata was born and raised in Krosno, Poland. She moved to the United States in 2009 and has been working in the dental field since her arrival. She began her career here in the United States as a dental assistant and soon after became a head surgical assistant for an office in Chicago. Moving to the west suburbs enabled her to start a new trajectory in her career as office manager. She has now joined Brar Dentistry and couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of our team.

In her spare time, Renata enjoys spending time with her kids and family, being outdoors, attending concerts, traveling, and studying for her master’s degree!

Erann Cantu South Elgin, IL | Brar Dentistry
Erann Cantu Dental Hygienist

Erann earned an associate’s degree in both science and dental hygiene from Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL. Erann went on to Northern Illinois University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in public health. She has worked for Brar Dentistry since 2003 and enjoys educating patients about oral health and how it affects their overall general health.

In Erann’s spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family.

Erica Swensen South Elgin, IL | Brar Dentistry
Erica Swensen Staff

Erica Swensen is a receptionist at Brar Dentistry. She has been with the company for five months, and has been in the dental field for 5 years. She is currently working on an associate’s degree in biology with the goal of becoming a dental hygienist. The practice is most enjoyable to her because of the friendly patients and staff members. Away from the office she enjoys spending time with her dog, doing outdoor activities, and playing videogames with friends and family.

Eva Deryabina South Elgin, IL | Brar Dentistry
Eva Deryabina Clinical Operational Manager

Eva moved from Russia to the United States when she was only 19 years old. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, but Eva has also learned the trade of dental assisting. She quickly advanced her knowledge of assisting and has now earned the position of Clinical Operational Manager. Her excellent skill set and ability to adapt to any task enables her to do her job very well. She loves this profession so much that she is willing to go above and beyond to make sure patients leave the office with a smile.

Kaye Thompson South Elgin, IL | Brar Dentistry
Kaye Thompson Front Desk

Kaye was raised in the quaint town of Burlington, IL. She attended Central High School. After graduation, Kaye attended Elgin Community College, where she earned an associate’s degree. She greatly enjoys working with Dr. Brar and meeting patients as they come to the office for their appointments. When she is away from the office, Kaye enjoys reading intriguing mystery books.

Melanie McCombs South Elgin, IL | Brar Dentistry
Melanie McCombs Dental Assistant

Melanie has been in dentistry since 1989 but has been on our team at Brar Dentistry since 1999. She considers the staff to be more of a family than co-workers and employers! The staff is very friendly and patient-oriented. Melanie especially loves working with our patients and considers them to be the top priority.

Melanie is an avid fisherman, history buff, and sci-fi lover. She has lived in South Elgin for 35 years and considers it her home, especially when she is at work with the people who support her the most.

Misque Shy South Elgin, IL | Brar Dentistry
Mique Shy Dental Assistant

Mique is originally from Arizona, but she moved to Texas to serve in the military for nine years. She then changed careers to become a certified dental assistant. She enjoys watching Dr. Brar change how people feel about their smiles, which affects how they feel about themselves.

When she is away from the office, Mique loves to spend as much time as possible with her son.

Nancy Williams South Elgin, IL | Brar Dentistry
Nancy Williams Clinical Dental Assistant

Nancy grew up in Wathena, KS and is proud to have served in the U.S. Army. She enjoys working at Brar Dentistry because we can help everyone have a great smile with the wide variety of procedures we provide. Nancy enjoys spending summer weekends on her boat in Chain O’Lakes.

Vlora Malaj South Elgin, IL | Brar Dentistry
Vlora Malaj Dental Hygienist

Vlora’s passion has always been to help people in some way in order to make their life better. This is one reason why it is very gratifying for Vlora to give the best possible care to her patients. Her top priority is always their comfort and well-being. Vlora graduated from William Rainey Harper College with an associate’s degree in dental hygiene.

Vlora is blessed to be married to her husband and to have two boys who brighten her days. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and being outdoors.

Syndi Diller South Elgin, IL | Brar Dentistry
Syndi Diller Registered Dental Hygienist

Syndi graduated from Harper College in 2006 with a degree in dental hygiene science. She has been working at Brar Dentistry since 2011. Her favorite part of her job is interacting with patients and building relationships with them. It gives Syndi great satisfaction to be able to treat and educate our patients with the most modern techniques and contemporary hygiene products on the market so that they can achieve optimal oral health.

Outside of the office, Syndi is a full-time wife and mom to two very energetic boys, Jake and Ethan. These boys are her world. She enjoys being outside, playing ball, or riding bikes with her children. She especially loves watching her oldest play hockey and baseball as well as watching her youngest try to make his own way in the world.