Our friendly and professional team looks forward to helping you meet your goals for your health and smile. Take a minute to get to know us by reading about us below. We look forward to welcoming you to our New Orleans dental office!
Dr. Russell Schafer is happy and proud to call New Orleans his home. He was born in New Orleans, raised in Pearl River, and attended Jesuit High School and graduated in 2003. He went to Rice University in Houston where he graduated with a bachelors and masters in mechanical engineering degree. While at Rice, Dr. Schafer was a a cheerleader for all four year, active in Rice Catholic Student Association as well as student government, and tutored fellow students as well. Before attending dental school, Dr. Schafer spent time working for oil companies and both in the oil fields in Mexico as well as the refineries. Before he graduated though, he met his wife Alison who is also an engineer.
In the summer of 2009, they got married in Houston and moved to New Orleans so that Dr. Schafer could attend LSU Dental School. While in dental school, Dr. Schafer developed a love of learning, but he realized that dental school would not give him the knowledge he needed. While in school, he focused on learning modern dental techniques through attending courses given by the Louisiana Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. In the past decade, dental technology has grown faster than any point in the past century. Dr. Schafer spends many hours researching and studying new materials and techniques so that he can help his patients get the best care possible. Dr. Schafer takes four to five times more continuing education hours than the state mandates dentists take in order to keep up with the ever-changing world of medicine and dentistry.
Dr. Schafer decided to focus on dentures because he believes that there is a need in New Orleans for well-made dentures. One key to well-made dentures is listening to the patient to understand the expectations and the type of smile wanted. Dr. Schafer understands that each of his patients has unique needs and focuses on having a personal relationship so that the treatment options fit the goals and budget of each person. He works hard to ensure his patients get great care at a price that doesn't break the bank.
Outside of the office
When Dr. Schafer isn't in his dental practice, he is often found in the kitchen. He cooks all types of food but loves to grill. His mom taught his brother and him how to cook from a young age, and it's a hobby that they both practice to this day. The love of food and cooking is a big reason why he loves dentistry. It's hard to enjoy a poboy or a snowball without good teeth, and it's hard to enjoy New Orleans if you can't enjoy the food.
Ms. Tracey Kornbrust
Tracey was born and raised in Chillicothe, Illinois. She graduated from Illinois Central Colege in May 1990 with and Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene and was licensed to practice in Illinois. Her husband's job for the the rail road brought them both to Gretna, La in 1992. She attained her dental hygiene license through LSU to practice dental hygiene in the state of Louisiana in 1992.
She and her husband currently reside in Lafitte, Louisiana while their daughter, son-in-law, and 3 grandsons reside in Illinois.
She started working part-time in 2 different dental offices until one of the jobs led to full time where she worked for 18 years until the dentist retired. She has been a member of our team and working with Dr. Schafer since we opened in February 2016.
She enjoys fishing with her husband, camping at the Talladega Motor Speedway in October, arts and crafts, and being in her kitchen. They have a 3 year old dog (half weenie half poodle) named Dega.
Ms. Jeseka Hill-Ross
Front Office Coordinator
Jeskea was born and raised in Bastrop, LA. She graduated from Career Technical College in May 2015 with an Associates Degree in Radiology. She started working in dentistry right after graduation as a dental assistant in Monroe, LA before relocating to New Orleans in 2016 to work with Dr. Schafer.
At our office, Jeseka takes care of scheduling patients, working with dental insurance, and helping ensure that our patients get the best care possible.
Jeseka and her husband curently reside in Terrytown, LA. She enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring New Orleans. They also have a 4 year old son named Jaden.
Ms. Angela Thomas
Back Office Coordinator
Angela was born in Monroe, Louisiana but spent her childhood and teen years traveling and living abroad. She is a proud Air Force brat that calls Bastrop, La home. Angela graduated from Peachtree Dental Assisting School in 2009. She received her Expanded Duty Dental Assisting certification from Univeristy of Louisiana in Monroe in 2010.
Angela worked 2 years in private practice and 5 years as a Clinical Manager in a corporate dental office. During her time in the corporate office, she worked with Dr. Schafer. Their exceptional teamwork inspired Angela to relocated to Gretna to further her career with Dr. Schafer.
Angela has two children and a grandson. in her spare time, Angela love reading, festivals, cooking and traveling.