I love how, as a pediatric dentist, I’m able to help children and families who have felt helpless. Whether I’m caring for a special needs patient, a child with severe dental anxiety, or a little one who refuses to stop sucking a thumb, I make a difference!
Working with children, pre-teens, and teens as well as individuals with special needs means every day is filled with new experiences. Each patient deserves a unique care approach, and that requires us to be creative as we strive to keep everyone smiling while they’re here. I love the excitement on a child’s face as he or she learn ours is a fun, safe place to visit; and I love watching them grow into responsible adults who are enthusiastic about caring for their smile!
Our team is truly remarkable. We all value family and we all love kids. Although we take what we do seriously, we also believe in having fun while we work and keeping our environment upbeat and cheerful. In fact, you’ll often hear our team — include the doctors — singing along with the movies we have playing in the office!
Education and Continuing Education
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine – University of Florida College of Dentistry
- Pediatric dental residency – Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
I am committed to furthering my education constantly, strengthening my skills, and expanding the care I provide. I’ve completed postgraduate coursework in sedation dentistry, aesthetic crowns, and preventive dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is essential because not every child can put on a brave face during a visit. Sedation adds a little help in the bravery department and keeps them calm and comfortable. With aesthetic crowns, I’m able to create and place restorations that look virtually identical to original teeth, so the patient doesn’t feel self-conscious.
Of course, preventing problems from starting, and keeping little issues from becoming big ones, is essential. Through a range of preventive care, and educating patients and parents, I help prevent future problems.
Continuing education challenges and strengthens me, and ensures each patient receives the right care for their specific needs.
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Florida Dental Association
- Central Florida District Dental Association
- American Dental Association
Beyond the Practice
Born in New York, I was raised in South Florida and now live in Orlando. My husband Reggie and I have three children: Samaya, Avery, and Anderson. The kids are involved in many local sports, including gymnastics, football, baseball, and tennis. Yes, we’re kept busy getting them to practices and games!
I love playing tennis myself, and am often found at USTA in Lake Nona. I also enjoy volunteering with elementary and middle schools in the community. Our schools always need people to support the educators and students. I love seeing and interacting with my patients outside of the office. These interactions foster a sense of togetherness, since the children and parents see me as more than their dentist; I’m also a parent, a volunteer, and yes, part of our community.