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. 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. 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. 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.” 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. 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. 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. 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. 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, 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. Amel Hassan completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the New York University College of Dentistry in 2014, ranking 5th in her graduating class. At New York University (NYU), she was awarded the prestigious “Dr. Bernard E. Rudner” Memorial Award for superior performance. Prior to attending NYU, she earned a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) degree. Dr. Hassan is certified by The American Board of General Dentistry, a master of The American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics (AAIP), a fellow of The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)), and a member of The Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society.
While practicing dentistry in Illinois and Florida since 2014, Dr. Hassan has provided the full range of dental services with emphasis on restorative and cosmetic dentistry. She has expertise in dental implants, prosthetic and cosmetic procedures, including crown and bridge restoration, veneers, and replacement of missing teeth with implant retained, implant supported removable, and traditional removable dentures. She has expertise in implant treatment to replace an entire arch of missing teeth with an implant retained hybrid overdenture – today’s highest standard of care. She enjoys informing patients about their treatment options, answering their questions, and helping them make the decision that is best for them. She is passionate about improving her patients’ quality of life and enjoys making them happy through dentistry that restores their oral health, comfort, chewing function and smile.
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, 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. Ayman Atallah completed his doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.) degree from Dalhousie University of Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2013. He then practiced dentistry in Canada and Jacksonville, Florida before joining Smile Design Dentistry in San Carlos, Florida in 2019. Dr. Atallah not only provides the full range of general dentistry services, but he also has advanced training and experience in root canal procedures, dental implant procedures, and the surgical extraction of teeth, including impacted wisdom teeth. Dr. Attalah is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic dentistry, a fellow of the International Congress of Implantologists, and a fellow of the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontists. In addition to enjoying every aspect of dentistry, he enjoys fishing, swimming and spending time with his family.
Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Dr. McCaskey chose to stay close to home for his undergraduate studies and graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in microbiology. It was during this time he began to develop an appreciation for both dentistry and surgery. He went on to obtain his doctorate of dental surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
Following dental school, Dr. McCaskey enrolled in a 6-year oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program at the University of Florida-Jacksonville. Dr. McCaskey earned his doctor of medicine (MD) degree from the University of Florida and then went on to complete his comprehensive training in all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery with special interest in the areas of dentoalveolar surgery, implant rehabilitation, bone grafting, delivery of anesthesia, trauma, corrective jaw surgery, pathology and facial reconstruction.
In his spare time, Dr. McCaskey likes to stay active by working out or running, being outside and working in the yard, traveling with his wife and spending time with his family and friends. When not fueling his passion of oral and maxillofacial surgery through continuing education courses on the weekends, you may find him on the beach or around town trying out the many different culinary flavors that the Tampa area has to offer.
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, 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. Jennifer Kucko was born and raised in Binghamton, New York, and worked as a dental assistant and receptionist for her father who has been in private practice for over 40 years. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Binghamton University, she completed a Master of Science degree in biomedicine at Barry University in North Miami Shores. In 2017, she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree at the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine where she minored in esthetic dentistry. She then completed a one-year General Practice Residency (G.P.R.) program at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, NY, where she gained experience in emergency and restorative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, implants, oral surgery, endodontics and periodontics.
Dr. Kucko is passionate about building an environment of trust whereby patients choose higher health, participate in the outcome of their own dental health and are provided with comprehensive dental care. She is dedicated to lifelong learning and is a member of the American Dental Association, American Dental Political Action Committee and Ignite DDS. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and being outdoors with her dogs, trying new foods, playing tennis and snowboarding.
Dr. David Lindow earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan and completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree at the University of Detroit School of Dentistry in 1980. Throughout his career as a general dentist, most recently, in the states of Georgia and Florida, Dr. Lindow has pursued extensive postdoctoral education at prestigious learning institutions, including the Christensen Continuum, Dawson Academy, University of Missouri, International Congress of Oral Implants, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and American Equilibration Society. He has completed mini residencies in orthodontics and oral surgery. His expertise includes restorative and cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics, endodontics and implant dentistry. As a leader in the profession, he has been a consultant to over 200 dentists and authored multiple magazine articles and the book POWERFUL PRACTICES PART 2.
Dr. Dima Ghandour DMD chose dentistry because it combines two things that she loves: science and art. She grew up in South Florida and received her Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Miami. She went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2005. She then decided to further her dental education by completing a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program at Nova Southeastern University. Since 2007, Dr. Dima Ghandour has been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry and restoring the health and smiles of her patients with the utmost care, gentleness, patience, and attention to detail. She takes great pride in making people smile, not only because they are proud of their teeth but because they are genuinely happy. In her free time, Dr. Ghandour likes to spend her time with her family and friends.
Dr. Gary N. Steen has been dedicated to providing quality dental care to the Tampa community for many years. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biology, attended the University of Tennessee Medical School for two years, then went to the University of Louisville Dental School, achieving his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree there in 1984. He completed a General Practice Residency at USAF Andrews AFB in Washington, DC. And, he went on to earn his Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry (M.A.G.D.), taking over 1,100 hours of continuing dental education in 16 disciplines of dentistry, thus reaching a level of achievement that only 1% of all general dentists attain.
As a lifetime learner, Dr. Steen continually stays abreast of the latest dental innovations through yearly participation in continuing education that offers the latest procedures and technological advances. He is dedicated to his profession and actively participating in a number of organizations, including the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, the West Coast Dental Association and the Florida Dental Association. In his free time, Dr. Steen enjoys ballroom dancing and physical fitness activities.
“My mission is to increase my patient’s self-esteem and self-confidence through oral health and a beautiful smile.”
Dr. Victor Chou completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Chou has completed a variety of continuing education courses in order to stay current in the dynamic field of dentistry. He is certified in Invisalign orthodontics and the use of nitrous oxide. He also has received advanced training in cosmetic dentistry and enjoys treating his patients with the respect and care they deserve. Dr. Chou loves participating in community involvement organizations including Give Kids A Smile, Mission of Mercy, and Special Needs Olympics. Dr. Chou also enjoys cooking, traveling, playing tennis and spending quality time with his wife.
“My number one goal is patient satisfaction. I am committed to provide quality lifetime care to patients in the community I serve. I emphasize lifetime care because dental care is not just fixing problems now but also preventing problems in the future. I challenge myself and my team each day to provide our patients a pleasant and enjoyable experience. With great attention to details, friendly atmosphere and quality care, I hope to provide patients with the best dental experience possible and build a great relationship with the community.”
Meet Dr. Sonia Nguyen-Ring. A Florida native and UCF alumni, Dr. Ring has seen the City Beautiful grow to what it is today. In 2012, she obtained her doctorate of Dental Medicine and went on to complete an extensive residency at the Orlando Veterans Hospital. After 4 years in Fort Bragg, NC, Dr. Nguyen returned to Orlando where she remains active in the military community. She is a life-long advocate for Vietnam veterans and a proud supporter for wounded war heroes.
Her philosophy: "Your health takes precedence above all; it’s not just 32 teeth in the mouth. Our oral health is the portal to our overall well-being and state of mind. It is amazing how a simple change in caring for yourself can drastically boost your health and transform your day, your perspective, and your life. I take great pride in my workmanship as a dentist, but above all, I always seek to ensure that my patient’s needs are met and that they are cared for in my hands."
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. Dr. Thomas is also 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.
"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."