Dr. Jason Snyder is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He received his Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Biophysics and then earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to pursuing a career in dentistry, Dr. Snyder was Vice-President of IT Operations for a global telecommunications company. After his work in the IT industry, Dr. Snyder completed a doctorate in dental medicine (DMD) from Nova Southeastern University. Providing the full range of family and cosmetic dentistry services, Dr. Snyder’s favorite aspect of dentistry is working one-on-one with the patients. He is a certified Invisalign® provider.During his free time, you can still find him working on computers, as well as working on cars, fishing and lounging in the pool.
Dr. Mili Patel achieved her Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville. Prior to that she earned her undergraduate degree at Tulane University where she received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Cell and Molecular Biology.
Dr. Patel's gentle and caring approach to dentistry is what her patients have come to appreciate and admire. Dr. Patel attends many lectures, hands-on workshops, and continuing education courses across the country. She not only stays current with the latest advances in dentistry, she also mentors her peers in this regard and serves as Chief Dental Officer of Smile Design Dentistry. Plus, she is a certified Invisalign® provider and able to certify other dentists in Invisalign orthodontics.
Dr. Patel is admired by her peers and patients alike. She takes pride in achieving the highest quality care for her patients, and they have come to greatly appreciate her gentle and caring approach.
Dr. Patel has been married since 2002 and has three beautiful children. She loves to spend her free time reading, watching movies, traveling—but most importantly, relaxing with her family.
Dr. Dorothy Theogene is a Board Certified Pediatric dentist who was born and raised in South Florida. She is a proud Florida gator, graduating with honors from the University of Florida as a double major in Zoology and Food Science Human nutrition. Dr. Theogene earned her dental degree from Howard University located in Washington, DC. She continued her training at Howard University two additional years to earn her specialty certificate in Pediatric dentistry.
Her practice philosophy is to provide comprehensive, compassionate, & gentle pediatric dental services that leads to a positive experience for both the parent(s) and patient.
She enjoys spending quality time with her family, participating in community outreach projects including international dental mission trips and traveling.
Dr. Gary Nanavati is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. Prior to that he did his undergraduate degree at the University of South Florida. Dr. Gary believes in providing comprehensive dental care for the patients. Over the past 8 years, Dr. Gary has taken over 500 hours of Continuing Education Credits ranging in specialties from Endodontics, Orthodontics, Cosmetic Dentistry, and Dental Implants. He is a certified Invisalign® provider.
Dr. Gary strongly believes that by being trained in different fields of dentistry he can make a better treatment decision for the patient and perform better and longer lasting dentistry.
Currently Dr. Gary lives in Lutz with his wife and three kids. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his kids, traveling and playing golf.
Dr. Jim Buckley is originally from Harrisburg, PA. He received a BSED in Biology from West Chester University in 1992, moved to FL in 1995, and graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Dr. Buckley's passion for dentistry includes all aspects of General Dentistry with an emphasis on the esthetic outcomes. Dr. Buckley believes that even "single tooth dentistry" should be beautiful and functional. Dr. Buckley is comfortable with all the latest aspects of adhesive dentistry that include, metal free crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays, as well as tooth colored fillings. Dr. Buckley is a certified Invisalign® provider and trained in the restoration of dental implants. His emphasis on total health and education results in healthy mouths with beautiful smiles that last a lifetime.
Dr. Ushakiran Mupparaju earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University College of Dentistry. She is very passionate and dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to her patients and provides a full range of dental services with emphasis on Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry, Crown and Bridge, and Oral Surgery. She is a certified Invisalign® provider. In her free time, she likes to read, cook and spend time with her family.
Dr. Mupparaju believes in building lifelong relationships with her patients and loves to create healthy beautiful smiles. She is excited to be part of our Smile Design Team and is looking forward to seeing you.
Dr. Liza Feliciano Hall earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, in 1997 and later, went to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2002. Following her training at Pitt Dental, she completed an Advanced General Dentistry Residency at the University of Florida, Hialeah Clinic. She graduated with Honors, making the Dean’s List at both universities.
Dr. Feliciano Hall owned and operated a private practice in Cosmetic and General Dentistry in Aventura, Florida before relocating back to her hometown of Oxford, Florida in 2013. She has a true passion for dentistry, and her expertise includes the latest technologies and aspects of General and Cosmetic Dentistry with an emphasis on outcomes that are both functional and beautiful. She has advanced, master certification in CEREC (same day porcelain crown, veneers, inlays, and onlays) and has extensive experience with all aspects of dentistry that include, all porcelain/Zirconia crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays, tooth colored fillings, root canals, partials and complete dentures and surgical extractions. Dr. Feliciano Hall is a certified Invisalign® provider and has also trained in the placement and restoration of dental implants.
Dr. Feliciano Hall’s goal is to have her patients say, “I want to go to see my dentist,” instead of, “I have to go to see my dentist.” Dr. Feliciano Hall has been married to Jason since 2009, and they have a beautiful daughter. When not working, Dr. Feliciano Hall enjoys spending time with her family, riding her motorcycles, mountain biking, boating, scuba diving, and running. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Noah B. Honig, D.M.D, was born and raised in New York State, approximately 50 miles north of New York City. He attended the University of Delaware, where he received a B.A. in Biological Sciences. Dr. Honig went on to complete his dental schooling at Temple University School of Dentistry. He has completed extensive continuing education in respect to today's innovative dental technology and is a certified Invisalign® provider. Dr. Honig is a member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the American Student Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Honig enjoys traveling abroad and exploring different restaurants and cuisines. Some of Dr. Honig’s travels abroad include Spain, Netherlands, Greece, Israel, Mexico and various Caribbean Islands. He is an avid golfer, and is versed in all sports, but in particular, football, baseball and basketball. Dr. Honig is also a dog lover, and his dog Rocky, an energetic male Boxer, is one of his best companions.
“My mission is to provide my patients with the best quality dental care, paying attention to their specific needs and helping them maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime,” says Dr. Honig. “Building long lasting relationships and trust amongst my patients is necessary for maintaining that beautiful smile."
Dr. Sherriff Ali, of Egyptian and American background, graduated with honors as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He also completed a master’s degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology from the University of Cairo, Egypt, where he spent many years teaching dental faculty students. Likewise, Dr. Ali practiced dentistry in private offices both in Thailand and Egypt, after which he moved back to the U.S. and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program with the University of Florida.
Due to his training in Oral Radiology, Dr. Ali has become an expert in diagnosis and comprehensive treatment planning. At the same time, he has gained extensive experience in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, as well as implant placement and restoration. He is a certified Invisalign® provider. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Florida Dental Association and the International Team for Implantology. He strives on constantly staying up to date with the newest developments to provide the best service and care to his patients.
Above all Dr. Ali enjoys diving, performing stand-up comedy, travelling, and experiencing different parts of the world, which is one of the main reasons he recently moved to Tampa.
Dr. Youssef Riad, of Egyptian and American background. He was British educated in Egypt and then completed his dental degree from one of the major universities in Cairo, Egypt. He then spent many years practicing in multiple private practices for more than eight years one of which is owned by his father who is also a dentist. He then moved to the United States and completed his DDS degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
During his years in the University of Minnesota he was awarded the Patient Care & professionalism continuing student scholarship and was Granted the IRWIN A. EPSTEIN AWARD FOR CLINICAL ENDODONTICS For having an outstanding level of Knowledge, skill and proficiency in clinical Endodontics.
Due to his double training in both Egypt and the United States in addition to the fourteen plus years of experience, Dr. Riad has become an expert in diagnosis and comprehensive treatment planning. At the same time, he has gained extensive experience in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, as well as implant restoration. He is a certified Invisalign® provider. Dr. Riad constantly stays up to date with the newest developments in dentistry to provide the best service and care to his patients. He wants to make sure his patients understand their needs well and communicates with them personally.
Above all Dr. Riad cherishes his family life and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys running, swimming, strength training classes like boot camps, traveling around the world, and music. He is an active member of his church.
Dr. Nishita Patel has earned a reputation in Mount Dora as “the gentle dentist with small hands.” Dr. Patel is a general dentist but exceptional in ways that are very important to today’s patients. (1) She spends time getting to know her patients and understanding their health histories and oral health concerns. (2) She spends time explaining why conditions of the mouth have developed and how comfort, health, function, and beauty can be restored. (3) When her patient fully understands the WHY of treatment, she collaborates with the patient to develop a personal treatment plan that takes into consideration the patient’s preferences. (4) As with all Smile Design Dentistry dentists, she strives to make oral health care affordable and will do everything she can to help you meet your smile objectives.
Dr. Patel is originally from Gujarat, India where she received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) After two years of clinical practice in India, she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) with honors from SUNY University at Buffalo, New York. After more than a decade of diagnosing and treating patients, her passion for dentistry and helping others has grown.
She is currently a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. She is also a post-doctoral student of the Dawson Academy. She is diligent in her pursuit to stay current in providing the profession’s leading dental care procedures while delivering the highest level of dental care in a gentle, comfortable and compassionate manner. Among her developed areas of expertise are crown and bridge work, dentures, and cosmetic dentistry, including Invisalign® treatment.
Dr. Patel is a firm believer in preventive and conservative dentistry and works closely with her patients to develop a dental care plan to increase the longevity of her patient’s teeth. She loves the attention to detail required in dentistry and its mix of aesthetics and function. Her goal is to get her patients out of pain and have a healthy smile. “Developing relationships with my patients and getting know them is important to me,” says Dr. Patel. “I care a great deal more about my patients than their teeth. I genuinely care about my patients as whole and unique individuals.”
In her spare time, Dr. Patel enjoys reading, music and traveling. She is an outdoors enthusiast who loves everything from camping, hiking to skydiving.
Born in Miami and raised in Orlando, Dr. Daniel Koren is a proud Gator. Graduating with honors at the University of Florida, with a B.S. Dr. Koren is also a graduate of the University of Florida School of Dentistry. To stay current with the latest advances in dentistry, Dr. Koren attends many lectures, hands-on workshops, and continuing education courses across the country. He takes pride in achieving excellence in his professional endeavors and is a certified Invisalign® provider. Dr. Koren excels in the latest advances of General Dentistry, providing the highest level of care for his patients. He strives to build long term relationships, assuring patients top quality and consistent dental care.
Dr. Carlos E. Alvarez Cuenod grew up in Venezuela and has many fond memories of the country’s beauty and his childhood years. After completing dental school in Venezuela in 2005, he practiced dentistry there for two years, then moved to San Diego, CA. Prior to becoming licensed to practice dentistry in Florida, he completed a GPR residency in Puerto Rico, which is a very demanding general dentistry program, including advanced procedures such as dental implants, periodontal surgery, IV sedation, pediatric dentistry, and treatment of medically compromised patients with very delicate and severe medical conditions. With over a decade of clinical experience and advanced expertise in special procedures, Dr. Alverez Cuenod is exceptionally well prepared to provide the full range of preventive and restorative dental procedures. He is a certified Invisalign® provider.
During his free time, Dr. Alvarez Cuenod enjoys spending time with his wife and children, the beach, music, and playing guitar.
“Dentistry is not only my vocation, it is also my passion. As a dentist, it is my responsibility to offer the best level of care with empathy and respect. Helping others is a privilege and earning the trust of patients is my goal. Patients count on me to be honest with them and inform them fully, so I take time with them, consider their personal goals and concerns, and involve them in discussion and decisions about their treatment options and plans. The Smile Design Dentistry office location on Orange Blossom Trail, in Orlando, FL gives residents and visitors to the Orlando area easy access to the oral health care they need and the high quality they deserve. Whether you need urgent care, ongoing preventive dentistry, or restorative and cosmetic dentistry, I look forward to meeting you, helping you understand your needs and options, and serving you.”
Dr. Nicholas Mickelson believes in treating patients like he would treat family, as well as treatment planning to achieve the most predictable results tailored to the patient’s specific needs. He grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota. He also attended LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, Florida, where he was a part of the inaugural class. He has practiced in both Tampa, Florida and Fargo, North Dakota.
To keep up with the latest technology and techniques in family and cosmetic dentistry, he takes classes from both Spear Education and The Dawson Academy. He is a certified Invisalign® provider.
Dr. Mickelson believes dentistry is an exciting field to create beautiful smiles and enjoys the relationships he develops with his patients while helping them maintain good oral health. In his spare time, Dr. Mickelson likes to fish, snowboard, and spend time with his wife Maisa and their son Antonio.
Dr. Hector Gonzalez Lay (Dr. Gonzalez) was born and raised in Panama City in the Republic of Panama. In 1982, Dr. Gonzalez graduated from the University of Panama as a high honors student and became part of the Sigma Lambda Circle of dentistry students in Panama. In 1990, he achieved his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree and was licensed by the National Board of Dentistry. In 1991, he was licensed by the Florida State Board of Dentistry.
Dr. Gonzalez practiced dentistry in panama for 22 years and also worked as a professor at the University of Panama and was in charge of the community service programs for two years. In January 2006, he moved to the United States and continued his education in a two-year dental program at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
To serve his patients to the best of his ability, he has continuously attended advanced dental education and pharmacology programs in the United States and Panama. In 2011, he became a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, which is an honorary degree earned prior to Mastership in General Dentistry.
Dr. Maggie G. Bressler has been practicing dentistry in the Tampa Bay Area for the past 12 years. Dr. Bressler went to high school locally at Clearwater Central Catholic High School and then matriculated to the University of Florida for her undergraduate and graduate studies. She currently lives in Clearwater, FL with her husband (Adam) and daughter (Hannah). They enjoy cooking, travel, and fishing together.
Dr. Bressler received her B.S. in Nutritional Science, as well as her M.S. in Food Science, at the University of Florida. She then continued on with her studies with the completion of her D.M.D. program, also at the University of Florida. Dr. Bressler then moved to New York City, NY where she finished her General Practice Residency (GPR) as a part of the Cornell-New York University Hospital Network.
Dr. Bressler's professional interests include both preventative and comprehensive oral care for her patients. She especially enjoys all phases of restorative care, ranging from removable to fixed prosthesis (dentures, crowns, bridge, fillings, and implant restoration). Cosmetic dentistry is her passion, as it can be so life-changing for people. She finds it very rewarding to make all of her patients as comfortable as possible when they are within her care. This may be accomplished by getting a patient out of acute pain, or by decreasing their anxiety regarding dental care. She looks forward to meeting you soon!
Dr. Mamsa is a 2002 graduate of the University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry, where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Dentistry and her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degrees. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois Chicago where she majored in Biology along with a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Mamsa encompasses all facets of general dentistry and focuses on cosmetic, restorative, and some endodontic treatment. Keeping current on continuing education classes allows Dr. Mamsa to incorporate all the latest technology into her practice.
Dr. Mamsa resides in Champions Gate where she is raising her 4-year old daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her cats, taking her daughter to Disney, traveling, painting, and drawing.
Dr. Thao Fajardo is a true Floridian, who has lived in Florida her entire life. She attended the University of Florida and earned a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and a B.A., in Zoology. She went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She returned to Central Florida, where she grew up, and enjoys practicing dentistry in the Davenport community. Dr. Fajardo is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Central Florida District Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry. She is committed to continuing and expanding her knowledge of dentistry through postdoctoral continuing education. Dr. Fajardo is married with two children. In her time away from the office, she likes to be with her family, cooking, reading, traveling and watching movies.
“I've always had a passion for working with my hands and helping people. Dentistry is a unique field in which I can do both,” says Dr. Fajardo.
Dr. Whitney K. Schaff was born and raised in Minnesota where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College. She then continued her education to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. She is a member of the American Dental Association and Florida Dental Association. She is dedicated to staying up-to-date with advances in dentistry and is passionate about delivering each patient with the best care. With expertise in family and cosmetic dentistry, she is also a certified Invisalign® provider. In her spare time, Dr. Schaff enjoys Pure Barre, running, playing and watching hockey, traveling and being an Aunt.
Dr. Andrew Minias was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2011. He went on to pursue a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated with honors in 2015. He furthered his education in dentistry by completing a General Practice Residency in Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in 2016.
Dr. Minias is an energetic and motivated dentist that is experienced in all facets of dentistry including restorative and cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and Invisalign® clear aligner treatment. He enjoys getting to know his patients and treating them with the utmost care. He understands dentistry can be uncomfortable and stressful for patients, which is why he does everything he can to make every patient experience as pleasant as possible.
Dr. Minias is always refining his skills in dentistry through continuing education and keeping up with the latest dental technologies and research. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Minias enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, watching and playing sports, and trying new restaurants.
Dr. Michael Jergins earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree at the University of Florida, one of the nation’s top 10 dental schools. He is known for his gentleness and putting the needs of patients first. Through continuous participation in postdoctoral education, he has advanced his expertise in general family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, Invisalign orthodontic treatment, and facial aesthetic treatments (BOTOX and dermal fillers). And, he has become an examiner for the American Board of Dental Examiners and the Florida Board of Dentistry. He is a certified Invisalign® provider.
Dr. Jergins is active in many dental organizations, including the:
- International Dental Implant Association
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- West Coast District Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- Pierre Fauchard Academy
Dr. Jergins enjoys painting, playing the classical guitar and the baroque lute, attending Bible studies, and baking what some say is the best chocolate ganache cake ever. Dr. Jergins is married to a former news anchor and is father to a son and a daughter who give him reason to visit ballparks and amusement parks across Florida.
“Dentistry is a fascinating field, but the best part of being a dentist is meeting our wonderful patients and serving their needs. They are kind, interesting, and make my job a pleasure. Patients enjoy being involved in the process of restoring their oral health and transforming their smiles. I strive to involve them in this process. They appreciate the respect I give them. It helps that I have been drawn to artistic pursuits throughout my life. For example, I apply my training and experience in painting and drawing to transforming my patients’ smiles to ideal natural beauty. I look forward to serving my community every day. Gentleness, kindness, personalized attention to detail, and comfort measures are my goals for every patient, every visit.”
Dr. Carlos H. de la Torre graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2013 as a Doctor in Dental Surgery from the Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE in the Dominican Republic. He then completed a general dentistry residency at Northside Medical Center in Youngstown Ohio and served the Mahoning Valley Community for two years. Dr. de la Torre has a reputation for outstanding care and a passion for providing the highest quality family and cosmetic dentistry in a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere. He is fluent in both Spanish and English, and he is a certified Invisalign® provider. Outside the office, he enjoys traveling and playing soccer.
Dr. Esfandiari was born in London, United Kingdom, but spent most of his life in Tampa, FL. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience at the University of Miami and went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Dr. Esfandiari is passionate about giving his patients comprehensive and fair dental care. His particular interests include a wide array of cosmetic dental procedures, endodontics, and prosthodontics. He is an Invisalign® Gold Provider.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Esfandiari is active in fitness. He trains clients online in personal fitness and provides nutrition counseling. He is an avid musician and has been playing the guitar recreationally for over 12 years. Dr. Esfandiari loves to travel to Europe, participate in sports, and spend time with his friends and family.
Dr. Caroline Inaba earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree in 2001 from Paulista University in São Paulo, Brazil. While in Brazil, Dr. Inaba went through an Implant postgraduate program at Camilo Castelo Branco University. After practicing in Brazil for eight years, she moved to the U.S.A and completed a two-years Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency(AEGD ) at the University of Rochester in New York. There she was awarded the 2015 New York State Dental Foundation Student Recognition Award for outstanding academic performance and commitment to enhancing and improving the oral health of underserved populations. She also completed a one-year General Practice Residency (GPR) at New York Medical College and was chosen to receive a scholarship and earned a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in Health Policy and Management from the New York Medical College in Valhala, NY.
Dr. Inaba is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast District Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry. At the Academy of General Dentistry, she is considered a pre-Fellow keeping up to date with continuum education courses. Dr. Inaba is licensed in both the states of New York and Florida. She is fluent in English and Portuguese. She is a certified Invisalign® provider.
Outside of caring for patients and pursuing advanced continuing dental education, Dr. Inaba enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, travelling and going to the beach.
Dr. Voltarel’s patients describe him as genuine, kind, and understanding. They’ve also said that he has a gentle and caring touch. He is very passionate about providing every person with high-quality dental care and credits his strong team for their support in helping everyone feel comfortable and right at home during their treatment.
Dr. Voltarel chose dentistry because he has always had a strong desire to work with his hands. His meticulous attention to detail is unmistakable and exactly what makes his dental care such a value to his patients. For Dr. Voltarel, it is a bonus and an honor that he is able to spend his entire day forming personal relationships with patients and helping others. Over 25 years later, he has not looked back!
Dr. Voltarel originally attended Palm Beach Atlantic College, where he completed his Bachelor of Science with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry, graduating Cum Laude in 1987. He then pursued his Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, earning his license to practice dentistry in Florida in 1991. In addition to his expertise in family and cosmetic dentistry, he is a certified Invsialign® provider.
When he isn’t busy at work, Dr. Voltarel enjoys spending lots of time with his wife/best friend Dawn! They’re very passionate about the outdoors and can usually be found bicycling, kayaking, camping, and hiking. He is also the father of four wonderful young adults and enjoys being around them as much as possible. He regularly volunteers his time at the Good Samaritan Clinic as well, providing free oral healthcare for children and adults in need.
Dr. David Dempsey is a native of Portsmouth VA. He and his family moved to Maryland early in his life, as both of his parents were civilians working for the U.S. Government. He received his undergraduate degree at University of MD College Park and his Doctorate from University of MD, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, the first dental school founded in the United States. He spent three years in the U.S. Public Health Services with the rank of Lieutenant Commander and was the Chief Dental Officer at the U.S. Public Health clinic in Miami, FL from 1974-1976. From 1978 until 2019, he enjoyed providing patients in the New Port Richey and Trinity area of Florida with excellent dental care.
Dr. Dempsey provides the full range of general dental services—checkups and cleanings, crowns and bridges, dentures, fillings, extractions, and more. With kindness and respect for every patient, he helps patients eliminate discomfort, improve oral health, and restore their smiles.
He and his wife Becky have much in common with our patients. They enjoy travel, cooking, golf and their four beautiful grandchildren.
Dr. Jessica Du was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary in 2011. She completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from New York University College of Dentistry in New York City in 2016. Prior to moving to Florida, she practiced family dentistry for three years in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, just east of Pittsburgh. She is accomplished in a broad range of preventive and restorative dental services and is a certified Invisalign® provider. Not only does she love caring for patients, she enjoys working with the latest dental technology. She speaks not only English but also Cantonese. She was a competitive athlete for many years, enjoys playing volleyball and basketball, traveling to new places and trying new foods.
Dr. Ashraf Bessada achieved his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1994. He was a resident in Prosthodontics at the University of Pittsburgh until 1996, where he also earned a Masters of Dental Science (M.D.S.) degree and trained in dental implant treatment, implant prosthodontics, and whole mouth restoration. For over 20 years, he has practiced comprehensive general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and whole mouth restoration, many of these years in the Tampa Bay area. No dental case is too complex for Dr. Bessada, who strives to make dentistry comfortable and affordable.
Dr. Dany Jose completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree at Boston University in 2013, after completing a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) degree from the MGR Medical University in 2002 and doing a post doctoral clinical research associate education at York College, Toronto in 2013. He was awarded the prestigious fellowship status with the International implant association in 2017. He has completed over 100 hours of implant training under the guidance of the world renowned Dr. Arun Garg. Prior to moving to Florida in 2019, he practiced dentistry in Columbus, Ohio for 6 years. Dr. Jose enjoys learning about new advances in dentistry so he can provide dentistry of the utmost quality and in the most comfortable way for patients. He continues to be actively engaged in ongoing advanced dental education, with a primary focus on implant and cosmetic dentistry. Known for his compassion, honesty and clear communication, he strives to treat every patient like he would his mother. In his spare time, he is an avid bird watcher and photographer, and enjoys doing volunteer work in his church and giving back to the community. He is passionate about cooking, hiking and traveling with his wife Sabina.
Dr. John Westres is a locally homegrown dentist who grew up in Altamonte Springs, Florida. He achieved his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. After pursuing higher education at the Boston University School of Medicine and earning his Masters of Arts degree in Medical Science in 2011, he decided to enroll at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He graduated in 2015 achieving Magna Cum Laude for his exceptional GPA.
Dr. Westres has a true passion for dentistry, and he enjoys the latest technologies and aspects of General and Cosmetic Dentistry. He does do all facets of dentistry which include but are not limited to restorations, crowns, dentures, Invisalign® clear aligner treatment, surgical extractions, bone grafting, root canals, implant placement and implant restorations. Dr. Westres is also an Invisalign certified provider and has also trained in the placement and restoration of dental implants.
"I am very blessed to have an excellent team by my side to assist in attaining our goal of providing you with personalized care that exceeds your expectations. Our team is committed to providing high quality dentistry to help keep our patients smiling for a lifetime. Our goal is to continually work to do whatever we can to make you feel right at home in our office." -Dr. Westres
Dr. Westres does enjoy his free time and enjoys physical activity. He does jog occasionally at Lake Eola and weightlifts consistently. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Dr. William K. Gibson attended the University at Miami in Oxford Ohio and graduated with honors earning a B.A. degree in Chemistry in 1976. He then earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in Kentucky in 1982. He has practiced dentistry in the State of Florida since 1986. Dr. Gibson is a lifetime learner and has become highly proficient in the areas that he is most passionate about--cosmetic dentistry (including Invisalign® treatment), implant treatment and full mouth reconstruction. On a personal note Dr. Gibson enjoys spending time with his family and his new surroundings on beautiful Lake Jackson in Sebring.
Dr. Koshy Thomas graduated obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from the University of Maryland in 2012. He then completed a general practice residency from the University of Pittsburgh. This residency helped provide advanced training in all the specialties of dentistry including oral surgery, anesthesia, and emergency treatment of patients. After working a few years in Syracuse, New York, he relocated to Brooklyn where he has been practicing since 2015.
Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Dental Association and Florida Dental Association. He strives to interact with every patient of any age with the utmost care and compassion. He enjoys providing the full range of dental procedures including exams, cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, dentures, and cosmetic smile makeovers. He is a certified Invisalign® provider.
Dr. Thomas is an avid sports and movie fan. He was raised in the Washington, D.C. area and supports those teams, but is a big fan of the local ones especially the Lightning and the Rays. He and his wife, Amy, have a one-year-old boy who is enjoying the space and warm weather in Florida.
Dr. Janal Hanna was born and raised in sunny Sarasota, Florida before moving to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Leadership studies. She achieved her Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. She continued her training by completing a general practice residency at a rigorous level 1 trauma hospital, NYU Langone in Brooklyn, a program that heavily focuses on oral surgery. Dr. Hanna moved back to her hometown where she practices comprehensive and lifetime care for her patients. She is a member of the American Dental Association and the Florida Dental Association and is committed to continuing education. In her free time, Dr. Hanna enjoys traveling, especially to New York, spending time with her family and friends, and is an active member at her local Coptic Orthodox Church.
Dr. Yukti Gulati earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. There she was the valedictorian of her dental school class and recipient of the Herbert Yee Award for Academic Excellence. Dr. Gulati was an inductee of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honor Society, and the Tau Kappa Omega Honor Society. Prior to that, Dr. Gulati earned her Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) from DAV Dental College with Distinctions in Human Anatomy, Oral Pathology, and Dental Bio-Materials. Dr. Gulati is committed to continuing education and takes numerous advanced courses each year to enhance her skills to better serve her community. In addition to pursuing postdoctoral training in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Laser Dentistry, and Orthodontics, she is regularly involved in humanitarian outreach programs and was a part of the core team of dentists providing dental services in the Fiji Islands. She is a certified Invisalign® provider. In her free time, Dr. Gulati enjoys reading, traveling to new places, yoga, cooking and fitness workouts.
Dr. Abhishek Navanit is a dentist practicing in the fields of Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Implant, and General Dentistry. Dr. Navanit received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from New York University College of Dentistry, with honors in Endodontics. He earned his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) degree from SDM College of Dental Sciences. He has served in various roles, including most recently as the Managing Clinical Director of a group in the Columbus, Ohio area where he was awarded “Office of the Year” in his first year of leading his dental office. Delighted to be practicing in New Port Richey, Florida, he is a lifetime student and participates as a Fellow of the International Dental Implant Association. He is an active member of the American Dental Association and Florida Dental Association. Dr. Navanit is a certified Invisalign® provider who is passionate about creating beautiful smiles. He enjoys home projects, kayaking, yoga, traveling, and humanitarian outreach.
Dr. Mark Goldberg is originally from Coral Springs, Florida and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. After dental school, Dr. Goldberg completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency, which is where he fell in love with Endodontics. After practicing as a general dentist in New York City, he followed his passion for Endodontics and went back to school where he completed his Endodontic residency at Nova Southeastern University in South Florida. He is trained using the surgical microscope for root canal treatment. Dr. Goldberg truly enjoys what he does and loves talking to his patients and making them feel as comfortable as possible. In his free time, Dr. Goldberg enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids. They love to travel, cook, watch movies, and spend time on the local lakes. Dr. Goldberg is also a huge sports fan and loves to cheer on our local Orlando Magic team.
Dr. Tina Jose received her Doctoral of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. She also received a Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery degree from India and practiced dentistry until she moved to the United States in 2014. Dr. Jose was practicing in Chicago, Illinois until recently when she decided to look for sunshine and warmth and made the move to Florida. Her practice philosophy is to provide quality care in a warm, comfortable environment, maintaining the highest standards of practice and striving for perfection in all aspects of dentistry. She is known by her patients for having a gentle touch and a pleasant demeanor. She is committed to building a long-term, trusting relationship with her patients. Dr. Jose loves helping people make positive changes in their lives by giving them the healthy, beautiful smile they deserve. She is a certified Invisalign® provider, and she is an active member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Jose enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, son, and friends. She is a huge music enthusiast.
Dr. Hayder Abdulameer, known to his patients as “Dr. Hayder,” earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Indiana University School of Dentistry. He was the class representative at Indiana University, received multiple scholarships at the dental school, and was recognized as Top Clinical Student. Dr. Abdulameer also received the James W. Huckleberry Scholarship for his leadership at the dental school.
Dr. Abdulameer is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Spear Education Study Club, West Coast District Dental Association and International Dental Implant Association. Dr. Abdulameer has taken over 400 hours of Continuing Education in Dental Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry specialties. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, surgical extractions, bone regeneration, and endodontics. He is a certified Invisalign® provider.
Dr. Abdulameer lives in Wesley Chapel with his wife and daughter. He enjoys spending his free time with his family, travelling and being on the beach. Dr. Abdulameer moved from Michigan, and he loves being in Florida.
“I like to engage my patients to accept the ultimate dental treatment and experience that they deserve. I am committed to providing an organized and pleasant environment for my patients. I customize treatment plans that suit their individual needs. My goal is to continue to create a professional and safe environment to serve my patients while also enriching the community with my strengths, values, and positivity.”
"Seemingly small things have the power to make a large difference in the world."
Dr. Behazin Torkian received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Portland State University. Continuing her education in Oregon, she graduated with her Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Torkian is professionally involved and active with the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the Oregon Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
"Growing up I wanted to be many things: a pharmacist, a musician, an engineer, but once I decided to become a dentist, everything else fell into place. I have the ability to combine the art of playing musical instruments with the artistic side of dentistry. I am passionate about creating healthy and beautiful smiles that will last a lifetime. From the moment you walk through the door, I want to make sure you enjoy your time, and I will provide you with the best quality of care."
When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Torkian loves to read books, watch movies, and play her guitar. She enjoys traveling and planning activities so she can spend time with her beloved family and friends.
Dr. James Cannon grew up in Gainesville, Florida and received his Bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Florida. He then completed a two-year General Practice Residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has completed advanced training with The Dawson Center, The L.D. Pankey Institute, Implant Educators and Dental Sleep Solutions. He is married with three beautiful daughters and enjoys swimming, fishing, playing golf and Siesta Key Beach.
Dr. Houman Dehdashti grew up in Roswell, Georgia and is a graduate of Chattahoochee High School. He completed his pre-dental requirements with a focus on advanced biological sciences at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from Nova Southeastern University, School of Dental Medicine in June 2006. Dr. Dehdashti is well known for his very polite and thorough manner, as well as his tireless commitment to providing and upholding the highest standards of dentistry. He has spent years keeping his technical excellence as sharp as it can be through his dedication to yearly continuing education and practice. His philosophy and approach to dentistry is based on Modern Minimally Invasive Dentistry (MMID). This is an evidence-based, conservative, and modern approach that makes optimal use of current technology and the latest, superior dental materials that have been demonstrated to deliver the best results for patients.
Dr. Anastasia Talalenko grew up in South Florida and went on to attended Nova Southeastern University for her undergraduate studies. Discovering her passion for dentistry at a young age, ignited a fire in her to work hard to achieve her goals of becoming a dentist. Her biggest influence in the profession comes from her family; both her mother and sister are general dentists as well. She pursued her bachelor’s degree in biology and was selected to be part of the 3+4 dual admissions program. In school, she participated in many dental clubs such as, The American Student Dental Association, Dental Missions Club and was even apart of the PSI Omega Dental Fraternity.
Dr. Talalenko graduated Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine where she excelled in her studies and was selected to join a few honors programs. She is currently part of the Florida Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontics. Outside of the office she volunteers at Give Kids a Smile and attends many different Dental conferences to network with different companies to expand on her already vast knowledge in the field.
Dr. Brian van Aelst moved to Florida in 1991, where he attended the University of Florida College of Dentistry and achieved many awards, such as, the Student Award from the Academy of Periodontology. After graduating with his Doctorate in Dental Medicine, he then entered a Periodontics program at Shands hospital in Gainesville, Florida. There he completed training in all levels of sedation and was awarded a Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Choosing to go above and beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty of Periodontics, Dr. van Aelst earned the title of Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology on May 8, 2008. Additionally, Dr. van Aelst has been performing periodontal and dental implant surgery since 2004. His research on bone grafting in preparation for dental implant surgery was chosen for sponsorship by the largest dental implant company in the world, the Straumann dental implant system.
Dr. van Aelst’s accomplishments have a single common focus: his patients. Dr. van Aelst provides his patients with the highest level of patient care available using the newest technologies if they are a beneficial addition to the foundation of his specialty’s proven treatment protocols. Outside of the office, Dr. van Aelst enjoys spending time with his family most of all. He and his family enjoy playing with their labrador retrievers, Scout and Callie. Dr. van Aelst enjoys golfing and, of course, cheering for the local Tampa Bay sports teams.
Dr. Douglas Tribble was born in Maryland and later moved with his family to Southwest Florida. He attended the University of Florida, earning a BS in Biochemistry. Then continuing his education at Nova Southeastern University, he earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, and finally at the University of California San Francisco, he earned a Certificate in Prosthodontics. Dr. Tribble is a prosthodontist, a trained specialist in prosthetic and restorative dentistry including implants, crowns, veneers, full mouth/arch teeth replacement, and dentures. He provides dental treatment in a compassionate and caring manner, while providing you with an honest assessment of your dental needs and options. Dr. Tribble previously served as an officer in the US Navy providing dental treatment to our nation’s finest and has practiced dentistry in the San Francisco Bay and South Florida areas. With over 10 years of experience, Dr. Tribble stays up to date with the latest advances in dentistry and is a member of numerous organizations, including the American College of Prosthodontists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and American Dental Association, to name a few.
Dr. Tribble’s passions are not limited to dentistry. Outside the office, he enjoys playing golf in sunny Southwest Florida, spending time at the beach, traveling, playing guitar, and making art. Dr. Tribble lives with his wife and their small border terrier in Fort Myers, FL. He looks forward to getting to know you and hopes you have a comfortable and pleasant experience.
Dr. Sura Dabbagh received her dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She is passionate about her patients and treats each of them like family. Dr. Dabbagh provides thorough dental exams, emergency same day treatments, extractions, bone grafting, fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers, root canals, oral cancer screenings, implant restorations, partial and complete dentures. Dr. Dabbagh is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association and West Coast District Dental Association. When she is not busy creating beautiful smiles, Dr. Dabbagh enjoys spending her time with her family, cooking and hand crafting
Dr. Malissa Vacharakiat completed her undergraduate education in Gainesville, FL where she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida. Dr.Vacharakiat attended Nova Southeastern University in Ft Lauderdale where she received her Doctor of Medical Dentistry Degree, Endodontic Fellowship Certificate, and Post-Graduate Endodontic Certificate. Dr. Vacharakiat maintains her membership in the American Association of Endodontics. Keeping updated with the latest clinical techniques and knowledge is important to Dr. Vacharakiat as she regularly attends continuing education classes.
She is known for having a warm personality and an exquisite background. In relationships, Malissa is direct and articulate. You and your patients will find her to be especially approachable and a good listener. She remains committed to providing patients the personable, careful attention and quality endodontic care you have come to expect from our practice.
Dr. William Keyes was raised here in Florida but discovered his passion for dentistry while serving our country in the United States Navy. He then went on to attend Nova Southeastern University, a top dental school located in South Florida. Today, Dr. Keyes is truly proud to be back in his hometown, providing exceptional care to his beloved community. As a trained medical professional, his dedication to maintaining a safe environment through expert level patient care and top-notch training in his field. Dr. Keyes continues to stay up to date with the most recent trends in dentistry to insure he is able to provide the best patient care available.
Outside the office, he enjoys spending time with his family and pets. Dr. Keyes is an avid outdoorsman and is very passionate about wildlife conservation.
Dr. Kinnar Shah was born and raised in India where he attended dental school. Then he came to United Stated to pursue his dream of attending the Advanced Standing D.M.D. Program at Boston University. He graduated with High Honors and on the Dean's List in 2012. He was also the Class President and has performed several leadership roles in his professional and personal life. Dr. Shah spends a significant amount of time staying up to date with his profession. He places implants and has mastered most dental procedures. He takes pride in providing his patients unparallel experience for their dental visits.
Besides being a full-time dentist, Dr. Shah also serves in the US Army Reserves as a dentist. He is in the process of getting promoted and obtaining the Captain Rank.
Dr. Shah recently moved to Florida from Massachusetts to enjoy warm weather and sunshine. He also enjoys working out, practicing healthy eating habits, traveling, biking, and exploring restaurants in his free time.
A native of Tampa, Florida, Dr. Nicholas Letteri studied at Florida Atlantic University, where he graduated with a degree in Biology with a minor in Political Science. He then pursued his dental degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL. The final year of clinicals was spent at the main campus in Erie, PA. After that very cold winter, Dr. Letteri moved back home to sunny Tampa for good. Dr. Letteri is active in the dental community as a member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, and the Hillsborough County Dental Association. Dr. Letteri is dedicated to continuing education and attends monthly Spear Study Club meetings, discussing comprehensive care and treatment planning for the patient.
Dr. Letteri strives to make our patients comfortable and at ease throughout their dental visits. He places great emphasis on listening to his patients and providing them with the highest quality of personalized care. His focus is on cosmetics, implants, and perfecting the natural smile. Additionally, he is also certified in Invisalign and to administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
Dr. Amir Naffi is a Miami, FL native who completed his master’s degree at the University of South Florida in Biomedical Sciences. He went on to get his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Louisville, and his General Practice Residency at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Naffi is passionate about comprehensive dentistry with specific interests in implants, extractions of impacted teeth, IV moderate sedation, and Botox and Dermal fillers. Dr. Naffi provides his patients with the highest level of patient care available using the newest technologies and diligent care.
Dr. Naffi also enjoys the outdoors and exercising daily. In his free time, he is an assistant basketball coach for the Universal Academy of Florida and volunteering his dental knowledge to local elementary schools.
"First time visit today and had the most wonderful experience. The staff and the dentist had got were warm and friendly. This was my first visit to a dentist since 2015 and they took me in as soon as possible because I had a crack tooth. I look forward to my next visit."
"Staff is Always nice and helpful, making sure I understand everything about my procedures.... including the cost and what my insurance covers!"
"This place is AMAZING!!!! I had to find a new dentist for my children and I called so many places and they were not friendly or didn't return your calls. The minute I called this place they treated me so wonderfully. They are so nice and will do anything to help you. They even took my number to follow up with me."