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. Dr. Snyder’s favorite aspect of dentistry is working one-on-one with the patients. 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 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.
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. Fred Aledo was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and obtained his Bachelors Degree in General Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico in 1995. He continued to pursue his dream of becoming a Dentist studying at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine, graduating in the year 2000. He owned a practice on the northeastern mountainous region of the island serving the community for almost eight years before moving with his family to the Tampa Bay area, where he's been practicing dentistry since 2008. A member in good standing of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association and West Coast District Dental Association, Dr. Aledo has always been committed to educating his patients about their oral health so they can make educated decisions about their treatment needs. Dr. Aledo is a certified Invisalign provider and performs other procedures such as root canal treatments and surgical extractions, which in most cases eliminates the need to be referred to a specialist. His goal is to provide the best treatment possible in a friendly environment. He is fluent in English and Spanish. Dr. Aledo enjoys spending time together with his wife and children. He is an active member of his church where he is currently serving as a worship leader. He enjoys music, drawing, playing guitar and is a fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team.
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 an INVISALIGN and Six Month Smiles certified 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 Newyork 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. In her free time she likes to read, cook and spend time with her family.
Dr. Mupparaju believes in building life long 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 an Invisalign certified 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. Will O. Deliz attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine, further achieving his post doctorate degree in Advanced Education in General Dentistry, AEGD, at NOVA Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He has also completed courses in Functional Aesthetics at the Spear Education in Scottsdale, Arizona; as well as courses at the Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg, FL where he continues to train at the highest level.
Dr. Deliz is extremely passionate and dedicated to providing the highest level of care for his patients. Dedicated to improving the lives of patients, he strives to build long term relationships with his patients assuring them top quality dental care and allowing patients to gain and achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.
Dr. Deliz has made Tampa Bay his home since 2005. When not practicing dentistry, he enjoys spending time with his family. Deliz is an exercise enthusiast, enjoying sports, scuba diving, and traveling.
Dr. Deliz is committed to continuing education and advanced training, with the motto to be the best he can be. He is a proud member of the Smile Designs Team, and he looks forward to meeting you.
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."
“Treat every patient like you would like to be treated yourself” has been the mantra of Dr. Zafar’s patient focused practice for last 12 years. Dr. Zafar is valuable addition to our team and brings extensive experience in all aspects of general dentistry and oral surgery. Full mouth reconstruction with dental implants, wisdom teeth surgeries and related surgical procedures are his areas of expertise. He understands the fear of pain and stress the patient can anticipate before a dental appointment, so he takes his time to explain the procedure and address all patient concerns in addition to being gentle during the procedure, hence making every visit to his office a pleasant experience.
Dr. Zafar earned his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Lahore, Pakistan in 2004 and completed a one-year General Practice Residency. He further went on to complete a residency training program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery under College of Physicians and Surgeons affl. Royal College of Surgeons England in London, where he enjoyed teaching as Registrar for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department. During his surgical residency training, he honed his surgical skills and received high quality training from world renowned surgeons in the areas of dental implants and wisdom teeth surgeries. Dr. Zafar earned his DDS degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he was also awarded with the prestigious “Daniel M. Laskin Award for Excellence in Oral Surgery”.
To be able to deliver high quality care to his patients, Dr. Zafar is a strong believer of maintaining balance between work and personal life. In his spare time, he finds himself involved in adventurous outdoor activities. He is an American Fitness and Aerobic Association certified personal fitness trainer and licensed boxer. He gives back to the local community by supporting the local gym and boxing club.
Dr. Rishit Patel received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Gujarat University India in 2009. Subsequently he moved to Massachusetts where he completed his DMD degree from Boston University, and previously studied a Master in Healthcare Administration at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. He stays current with new techniques in dentistry and takes continuing education to remain up to date with new procedures. He has completed Dr. Arun Garg's Implant Continum and is proficient in placement and restoration of implants.
Dr. Patel strives to deliver quality service in a comfortable and friendly environment, he is a gentle and careful provider of a wide variety of dental procedures, and enjoys seeing a patient smile after visiting our office. He performs Implants, Veneers, Crown and Bridges, restorative and periodontal treatment, extractions, and dentures.
Outside his professional activities, Dr. Patel enjoys life together with his wife Marcela, playing the guitar, traveling, going to the beach, playing tennis, exercising, and is always trying to learn more Spanish.
Dr. Patel is looking forward to meeting you and taking care of your dental needs.
Smile Design Mount Dora is proud to have the services of Dr. Dhiren Agrawal, an exceptional dentist who earned his doctor of dental medicine (D.M.D.) from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at the University of Boston and has earned over 400 credit hours towards Fellowship in the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry. Among his post-doctorate educational achievements is completion of implant surgery training at the Center for Dental Implants in Miami, Florida. And, he is an active member of International Implant Association.
“We welcome new patients at Smile Design Mount Dora, and I am personally excited to meet residents living in the Mount Dora and Eustis area. Like me, many of you are new to this community, and stepping out to start new relationships with healthcare providers. Let me extend my hand of friendship and welcome you to drop by to see us, meet me, and explore becoming a patient in our practice. If you are experiencing dental pain, are due for a dental cleaning and check-up, or know you need dental treatment, we will be delighted to help. We offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations for dental implant treatment and extensive restorative dentistry. Don’t be afraid to reach out, give us a call, and find out what I can do for you. Warmly, Dr. Dhiren Agrawal”
Dr. Daryl Brito was born and raised in Wayne, New Jersey. After graduating from high school he went to Manipal, India to study dentistry for the first time at Manipal University. After 4 years he got his B.D.S. and came to Florida to obtain his D.M.D. at Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Brito works with patients of all ages and finds so much of dentistry to be rewarding. Above all, he is driven by how he can help change a person’s life- whether by improving their smile or reducing any pain. He continues to learn C.E. to stay on top of the new technologies and procedures that can help him be more efficient and effective so that patients can come and go with ease.
Dr. Brito finds pleasure in spending time with his close friends and family. He loves to travel and learn about the different cultures of the world. He appreciates what he has in his life and wants to spend every moment making the most of it.
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 has 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 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 strives on constantly staying up to date with the newest developments to provide the best service and care to his patients, his passion is to make sure his patients understands their needs well and to communicate with them personally. He also finds Root canal treatment fascinating and enjoys helping out patients in need.
Above all Dr. Riad has a wife and two children who he enjoys spending time with and cherish his family life. He also enjoys running, swimming, strength training classes like boot camps, traveling around the world, music, and is an active member of his church.
Dr. Nishita Patel has already earned a reputation in Mount Dora as “the gentle dentist with small hands.” Having recently practiced for Smile Design Dentistry in Orlando, she is excited to be practicing in Central Florida and collaborating with Dr. Dhiren Agrawal, on dental implant treatment for our Mount Dora area patients.
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 nine years 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.
Dr. Jean-Paul Taveras is originally from the Dominican Republic. He graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo and obtained his Doctor in Dental Surgery degree in 2013 and graduated with Cum Laude honors. He then moved to Chicago and received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D) degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2017. He is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association.
Having trained both in the Dominican Republic and in the U.S.A, Dr. Taveras has been providing dental care in both the local and international communities. His focus is to provide quality and comprehensive dental care for his patients. “Helping people is my goal and it’s what truly makes my career special.” - Dr. Taveras.
Dr. Taveras believes in life-long learning through continuing education and delivering evidence based treatment. During his time off, he enjoys traveling, sporting events, trying new restaurants and outdoor activities with family and friends.
Dr. Paola Donaire believes in providing the best quality dental care in a friendly, comfortable, compassionate, caring, and professional environment. She attended the University of New Orleans and graduated from Louisiana State University’s School of Dentistry in 1998. She continued her studies at Louisiana State University’s School of Dentistry and received a Certificate in Prosthodontics. Following that, she was accepted into a Fellowship program and received a certificate in Esthetic and Implant Restoration from Louisiana State University’s School of Dentistry. Through this training, Dr. Donaire became proficient in many aspects of dentistry including full mouth rehabilitation, extractions, root canals, crown, bridge, and implant restoration, cosmetic and restorative procedures, dentures and partials. For the last fifteen years, she practiced dentistry in Metaire, Louisiana while serving as part-time clinical faculty at Louisiana State University’s School of Dentistry. She is fluent in both Spanish and English to better serve patients’ needs.
In her off time, Dr. Donaire enjoys spending time with her husband of 19 years, Ronnie, her two children, Adrian and Mina, and her family and friends. Her son Adrian will begin working on his Visual Arts degree at the Kansas City Art Institute this fall. Her daughter Mina is starting sixth grade and is very excited about embarking on new adventures. During her leisure time, Dr. Donaire enjoys traveling, reading, and music. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to move to sunny Florida and intends to visit all the beaches in the area.
Dr. Donaire is looking forward to meeting you, taking care of your dental needs and forming long-lasting relationships.
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. 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. Koren is committed to continuing education and advanced training, striving to be the best he can be. He is a proud member of the Smile Design Dentistry team, and he looks forward to meeting you
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.
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, he takes classes from both Spear Education and The Dawson Academy. 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. Gonzalez is single and has no children. He loves dancing, laughing and spending time with his family.
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. Raymond Santa-Cruz is a native Floridian, born and raised in Miami Lakes. He received his undergraduate education at the United States Naval Academy, earning a BS in Systems Engineering. Upon graduation from Annapolis, Dr. Santa-Cruz completed flight school and earned his wings as a Naval Flight Officer. After almost a decade of honorable military service and several overseas deployments, he resigned his active duty commission and enrolled at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. In dental school, Dr. Santa-Cruz won several academic awards, was elected an Ethics Committee member by his peers, and served as president of a Student Dental Association. Upon graduation, he moved back to his home state and began his practice of General Dentistry in the Tampa area. Dr. Santa-Cruz continues to serve his nation as a Commander in the United States Naval Reserves Dental Corps, while continually seeking to improve himself by taking as much Continuing Dental Education as possible. He enjoys competing in triathlons, volunteering in the community, and spending time with his wife Christina and their son, Reeves.
Dr. Elena B. Alexiev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and moved to the United States with her family in 1996. After graduating from Florida State University with her B.S. in Biological Sciences, Dr. Alexiev earned a Doctor in Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University. She later furthered her education by attending a general practice residency at the University of Colorado where she excelled in her surgical practice.
Dr. Alexiev is devoted to continuing education, making the practice of dentistry her main focus. She is a member of the American Dental Association and Florida Dental Association. She attends annual meetings with hands-on training and workshops to accelerate and keep up with the newest techniques in general dentistry. Dr. Alexiev’s priority is to establish long-lasting relationships with her patients. She is compassionate and aims to create and maintain a healthy, functional, and beautiful smiles.
On her free time, Dr. Alexiev likes to travel, hike, snowboard, and practice yoga.
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.
Dr. Schaff is dedicated to staying up-to-date with advances in dentistry and is passionate about delivering each patient with the best care.
Dr. Schaff is a member of the American Dental Association and Florida Dental Association.
In her spare time, Dr. Schaff enjoys Pure Barre, running, playing and watching hockey, traveling and being an Aunt.
Dr. Schaff is extremely excited to join the Smile Design Gainesville team and provide high-quality comprehensive care and patient education to the greater Gainesville area.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and raised in New Jersey. Dr. Bandeira graduated from Universidad Latina in San Jose, Costa Rica and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) degree in 2011. After practicing dentistry in Costa Rica for a number of years, Dr. Bandeira moved to Chicago and received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D) degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2017. Dr. Bandeira has since been delivering excellent dental care to the Tampa Bay area, providing each patient with the time and attention they need and deserve.
Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Bandeira strives to build lasting relationships with his patients and holds as core value acting with utmost integrity. Staying current with the latest advances in dentistry, Dr. Bandeira is committed to patient education and providing quality comprehensive dental care.
When not practicing dentistry, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and the outdoors.
Dr. Carrillo was born in Lima, Peru and completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from National San Marcos University (UNMSM) in 2005. He has been continuously committed to learning new technologies and techniques and pursued postdoctoratal education in Endodontics in Lima, Peru and in Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry at the University of Maringa (UNINGA) Sao Paulo, Brazil. He completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the University of Florida. Currently, he is in a postdoctoral fellowship program in Implants at New York University.
For more than 13 years, Dr. Carillo has practiced dentistry in private offices in multiple countries. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Due to his extensive training and experience, Dr. Carrillo has become an expert in diagnosis and comprehensive treatment planning, digital smile design, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, and implant placement. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Florida Dental Association.
Outside of practicing dentistry, Dr. Carrillo enjoys spending time with his close friends and family, especially with his adorable kids Matias and Nicole. He loves Peruvian food, going to the beach, playing soccer, traveling, and knowing the different cultures of the world. He is thankful for the blessings in his life and strives to give back the best of himself to the community and his patients.
Dr. Bergquist grew up in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. As an engineer for Land-O-Lakes, he helped in making the cheese that covers Doritos. He received his Doctorate in Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree in 2002 from Nova Southeastern University. Ever since, he has been passionate about helping each and every patient achieve their oral health needs. Due to his many years of experience, Dr. Bergquist is able to guide each patient through many possible options of care, and let the patient decide what is best for themselves.
Dr. Bergquist loves spending time with his wife, three children and dog. He is a leader in his son's scouting troop where the highlight is occasional camping trips. He is also a lifetime Minnesota Vikings fan still waiting for that first super bowl championship.
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 dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and orthodontics. 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.
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. 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 Bachelors 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.
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. Georges Raffoul was raised in Tampa, Florida, and attended the University of South Florida for his undergraduate degree. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where he earned his doctor of dental medicine (D.M.D.) degree and graduated with honors in 2016. In addition to doing externships with the VA and in Thailand, Dr. Raffoul has given back to the community by volunteering in geriatric health clinics, providing health education programs in local schools, and giving a guest lecture to the Pre-Dental Society of the University of Tampa. He is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and dedicated to continuously advancing his knowledge and skills in advanced dentistry.
Dr. Raffoul has been a featured guest twice on the Weekly Checkup (America’s Leading Healthcare Talk Radio Show) on Tampa 102.5 The Bone. He has published in a full mouth restoration case in the implant magazine Open Implant.
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.
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. Mohammad Bawany grew up in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida and then earned a Masters of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He continued his education in South Jordan, Utah at Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree.
During his time as a dental student, Dr. Bawany served as the President of the American Student Dental Association and Class President of the Utah Dental Association, as well as a student delegate. Dr. Bawany was recognized as an outstanding dental student in implant dentistry from the American Academy of Osseointegration and was honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award, the Advocacy for the Dental Profession Award, and the Award of Excellence from the American Student Dental Association. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, American Academy of General Dentists, and the American Academy of Osseointegration.
Dr. Bawany believes that everyone deserves to have a great smile and has a passion for implant and cosmetic dentistry. He strongly believes in patient education and strives for all his patients to understand the treatments they receive and how to help prevent dental issues in the future. “The more you know about what goes on in your mouth the more likely you are to understand how to prevent it,” says Dr. Bawany. “My goal is to have all patients understand how to keep their teeth beautiful and healthy for as long as possible.”
When he is not working, Dr. Bawany enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching movies, playing basketball, running on the beach, and spending time in the gym.
Dr. Mahyar Lotfi was born in Iran and moved to California at age of 17. He graduated from the University of California - San Diego with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and cell biology before moving to Florida for his dental education. He achieved his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree at Nova Southeastern University in 2015. Dr. Lotfi is a compassionate and gentle dentist, who is passionate about learning new techniques and skills in general dentistry. He attends many hours of advanced continuing education every year. In his free time, Dr. Lotfi likes road biking, hiking, and going to gym. He also loves exploring new cuisine and cultures.
“My goals are to help people have healthy and beautiful smiles, and I spend time with them educating them about their oral health and the importance of oral hygiene,” says Dr. Lotfi.
Dr. William J. Holth earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and he has been serving the Sebring and Highlands County areas for more than 30 years. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and Highlands County Dental Association. His knowledgeable and helpful staff look forward to guiding you through your dental visit and serving you.
Dr. Mark McClendon is a native of Florida who has resided in Arcadia since 1989. He is a Cum Laude graduate of Georgetown School of Dentistry in Washington, DC, where he achieved his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and Florida Dental Association. Dr. McClendon and his staff pursue continuing education courses to stay on the cutting edge of dentistry. With years of experience, compassion, and professionalism, Dr. McClendon provides the full range of dental services you and your family may need. From cosmetic dentistry to painless extractions, the result is big-city, state-of-the-art dental treatment – with a comforting, small-town flair!
Dr. Voltarel’s patients would 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 plans.
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. He has also undergone additional training in ClearCorrect.
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. Fun fact - Baltimore College of Dental Surgery is the FIRST Dental School in the United States!
Dr. Dempsey spent three years in the US Public Health Services with the rank of lieutenant commander. He was the Chief Dental Officer at the U.U. Public Health clinic in Miami, FL from 1974 - 1976.
Dr. Dempsey has enjoyed providing his “Patient Family” in the New Port Richey and Trinity area with excellent dental care since 1978. He takes the time to listen to a patient’s needs and desires to help them achieve the smile of their dreams! He and his wife Becky, live in the Trinity area and enjoy travel, cooking, golf and their four beautiful grandchildren!
Dr. Vanesa Vaquer was born in Argentina and raised in Miami, FL. She earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biological sciences with a minor in Psychology at Florida International University and her Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville. Dr. Vaquer provides general preventive and restorative dental services and is certified in Invisalign treatment, laser dentistry, and the use of nitrous oxide. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and West Coast District Dental Association.
Dr. Vaquer is fluent in English and Spanish. She considers all patients to be VIPs and treats them like family. When she has free time, she enjoys dancing, fitness classes, playing piano, going out with family and friends, and traveling.
Dr. Harvey Kansol has been in practice in Lake Mary for over 25 years, and he has been on the staff of Florida Hospital since 1989. A graduate of the University of Florida, Dr. Kansol received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1976. Since that time, he has continued to enhance his skills through courses at some of the country’s most prestigious dental education programs, including The Pankey Institute and the Dental Implant Maxi Course at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Kansol has achieved recognition in several dental organizations to which he belongs. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and a Sustaining Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the Central Florida District Dental Association, and the Greater Orlando Dental Society.
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. Desai received her Bachelor of Dental surgery (BDS) from one of the most reputed Government Dental Schools in Gujarat, India. After two years of clinical practice in India, she attended the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and earned her DDS degree. Dr. Desai graduated Magna Cum Laude and was selected for OKU membership and inducted into the National Dental Honor Society. She then completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency at SUNY-Buffalo During this time, she gathered advanced knowledge and experience in various aspects of General Dentistry including, CAD-CAM and Laser Techniques, Esthetics and Implant Dentistry. She also became a Certified Invisalign
Provider. Additionally, she was honored to have been part of the teaching faculty at SUNY Buffalo. Excellence through continual learning is important to Dr. Desai, who always strives to provide the highest quality of care. For over a decade, she has contributed to research, training, and clinical outreach programs in the U.S. and around the world. Having worked in practices in southern Florida prior to earning her DDS degree, she eagerly returns to Florida to provide compassionate, gentle care to the residents of St. Pete. Outside the dental practice, Dr. Desai enjoys reading, traveling, music, dancing, and outdoor activities and spend time with friends and family.
Dr. Samira Jamil was born in Denmark and raised in the Middle East and Pakistan. She completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) degree in Pakistan in 2002. After practicing dentistry for several years, she moved to the USA and completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2016.
Dr. Jamil is passionate about achieving the best oral health outcomes and has taken extensive post-doctorate training in the various aspects of dentistry so her patients can have the full range of dental procedures they need in the comfort of her office. She has expertise in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, surgical removal of teeth including impacted teeth, and the placement and restoration of dental implants. She has dedicated her career in the service of her patients and ensures the highest level of care whether they need a simple checkup and cleaning, restoration of a tooth with a crown, root canal treatment, replacement of missing teeth with crown and bridge or implant treatment, or a full mouth restoration involving multiple procedures. In her years of practice, she has managed to build long lasting relationships with patients due to their trust in her judgment as a clinician and as a person.
Dr. Jamil is married and the mother of two children. In addition to serving her patients, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, antiquing, reading and art. She has traveled extensively and continues to do so whenever she has the opportunity to experience different cultures and cuisines.
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