Ashlee Syme, RDH

Ashlee has been a registered dental hygienist since 2009. She graduated valedictorian of her class from the Dixie State University dental hygiene program in 2009. She then received her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene (BSDH) in 2010. She has worked consistently for 14 years in Salt Lake County. Currently, she is employed at Salt Lake Family Dental and works with Dr. Zurcher, who is also a team member of Journey Dental.

Ashlee is most proud of the relationships and friendships she has formed with her patients over the years. Forming a trusting relationship with her patients is extremely important to her. This trust allows patients to feel safe and genuinely cared for. Open and honest communication is one of her many strengths. It is very important that all her patients know she cares for them as people and that they are comfortable.

Ashlee lives in West Jordan with her husband, daughter and dog. They enjoy staying physically active, traveling and going camping. She is so excited to provide high quality and convenient dental hygiene services for those in need.

Jacob Zurcher, DDS

Dr. Jacob Zurcher grew up in Vacaville, California, until age 11, when his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. His father is an orthodontist, so Dr. Zurcher became interested in dentistry by watching and working with him. It is extremely satisfying for him to help a patient who has dental needs to gain a functional and beautiful smile. In orthodontics, he saw many children and teenagers whose self-confidence greatly increased when their treatment was completed. This gave him the desire to pursue dentistry as a career.

After graduating from Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, he attended Brigham Young University and then the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Although he originally planned to become an orthodontist like his father, he grew to love the variety of general dentistry during school, so he decided not to specialize. However, he still loves orthodontics too, and he has worked and trained with his father for several years in addition to completing extensive orthodontic continuing education courses.

Dr. Zurcher has been married since 2009, and he and his wife have two energetic and fun daughters. During his free time, he loves working on creative projects. While attending dental school, he helped create a card and dice game called “Luck O’ the Dice.” He also enjoys writing, running, biking, gardening and 3D printing. One of his favorite parts of dentistry is getting to know his patients. He looks forward to helping you with your dental needs!

Dr. Shelli

Dr. Shelli came to the U.S.A. with her family as a child and studied dentistry in Michigan. An additional year of advanced residency with the New York Lutheran program took her to Hawaii, and it was there that she opened her own private practice. When she was invited to join a group of University of Michigan peers to donate dental care, she traveled to Ecuador for two weeks to provide free care for rural villagers. This experience lit up her mind to the possibility of doing mobile dentistry back home in the U.S.

When some of her aging patients from her practice could no longer drive, she brought the dental office on wheels to care for them in the comfort of their home, and has continued to do mobile care over the past 10 years. Dr. Shelli continues to look for creative solutions to help care for homebound patients. She provides basic emergency visits to remove dental decay and reduce oral pain, as well as providing dental fillings and cleanings, performing root canals and making dentures.

When Dr. Shelli moved to the Rockies with her husband, she came to love the beauty in our beautiful state and continues bringing house call care to the local community.