Meet Our Dental Team

Making your family part of our dental family.

Smiles Associates

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Vanessa, FAADOM

Office Manager

Vanessa grew up in Central Florida and graduated from Cypress Creek HS in 2004. She then attended Florida State University and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in International Affairs w/ a Minor in Business Administration in 2009.

Vanessa started with Winter Garden Smiles since pre-opening in December 2011. Vanessa is responsible for overseeing the finance, operations, and marketing of the Winter Garden Smiles & Winter Garden Pediatric Smiles. Her goal is to provide the highest level of customer service to her patients.

She enjoys having an active role in her community. She has participated in organizations such as Lambda Theta Alpha, Central/North Florida Alzheimers Association, Leadership West Orange C/O 2013-2014, Voci Del Coure in 2017, Garden Community Choir, and her neighborhood social committee. She is currently the Founding President of the Central Florida Chapter of  AADOM… Click to go to the AADOM home page … (American Association of Dental Office Management) and was most recently inducted as FAADOM class of 2021. FAADOM is a nationally recognized fellowship for top dental office managers in the nation.  

During her time off Vanessa enjoys spending time with her husband Ricardo and her kids. She has two dogs Princess and Balto. She also enjoys singing, traveling, trying out new restaurants, and indoor cycle.

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Assistant Office Manager

Kelly is a native New Yorker who moved to Florida with her family to escape the cold winters and snow. She’s been managing dental practices for over 10 years and enjoys helping patients understand many aspects of their treatment and insurance.

Outside of the office, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, baking, DIY crafting, and traveling.

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Marketing Coordinator

Samantha grew up in the Winter Garden area and worked as a dental assistant after graduating from Lincoln Technical Institute. For several years, she worked as the lead dental assistant/pediatric dental assistant at our practice. Then, her role transitioned into a marketing coordinator.

Outside of the office, Samantha enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, spending time outdoors or at the beach, and being with family and friends.

Chenelle showing off her smile

Treatment Coordinator

Chenelle has been in the dentistry field for over 14 years. She loves meeting patients and making a positive impact in people’s lives, starting with a smile. Chanelle is also involved in the local community and volunteers.

Outside of the office, she enjoys supporting her kids during their extracurricular activities, taking family trips, and indulging in adventurous activities with her husband.

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Smiles Associate

Carli has been in the dental field since 2012 and is passionate about helping people achieve their dream smiles. She knows the happiness that a healthy, beautiful smile brings to her patients.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and going to the beach.

Dental Hygienists

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Lead Dental Hygienist

Jorel was born in Toronto, Canada, and received his bachelor of science in health and science and dental hygiene. He attended the School of Dentistry’s Dental Hygiene Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he served as class president and helped lead the Mission of Mercy projects.

In his free time, Jorel enjoys spending time with his wife, working out at the gym, playing baseball, or taking in rays at the beach.

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Karel grew up in West Palm Beach, FL, and graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After college, she pursued a dental hygiene career and loves every minute of it.

Outside of the office, Karel enjoys traveling with friends and trying new restaurants.

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Abbie was born and raised in southwest Michigan and graduated with her associate of applied science degree in dental hygiene from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 2013. She practiced dental hygiene for six years in Michigan and moved to central Florida in 2019.

Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two golden doodles. They love to go to the beach whenever they can.

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Paola was born and raised In Venezuela and graduated from dentistry school in her country in 2014. She moved to New York in 2016 and worked as a dental assistant for several years before moving to Florida for the warmer weather. Shortly after, she earned her dental hygiene license.

In her free time, Paola enjoys having fun with her family and baby, partaking in outdoor activities, riding her bike, hiking, going to the beach, and exploring new places.

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Sarah graduated with her associate degree in dental hygiene from Valencia College in 2017 and is certified in administering local anesthesia. She loves educating patients about oral health and believes the best remedy is prevention.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, going to the beach, traveling, watching movies, and cooking.

Dental Assistants

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Clinical Manager

Jazmin was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and completed her dental assistant degree at Everest College in Skokie, IL, in 2009. She’s been a dental assistant for twelve years and is now the clinical manager at Winter Garden Smiles.

In her free time, she enjoys walks on the beach, meeting new people, helping family, and spending time with her two daughters.

Brittney smiling in her dental uniform

Lead General Dental Assistant

Brittney is local to Winter Garden, FL, and graduated from Central Florida Institute with her dental assistant degree in 2013. She is also a phlebotomist as of 2019, and maintains her certifications with continuing education courses.

Outside of the office, Brittney enjoys spending time with her family and loves the great outdoors.

Georgette smiling as she stand in the office

Lead Pediatric Dental Assistant

Georgette was born and raised in Venezuela and graduated from the Dental Assistant Pioneers Academy in 2020. While dental assisting wasn’t a career she considered initially, when the opportunity came along, she tried it and absolutely loved it.
Outside of the office, Georgette enjoys watching tv, shopping, traveling with her husband, and spending time with her family.
Janide one of our pediatric dental assistant smiling

Pediatric Dental Assistant

Janide has been a dental assistant for a few years and absolutely loves working with children. She received her dental assistant degree at Lincoln Technical Institute in Fern Park, FL, in 2015.

In her free time, Janide enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids., mentoring kids and young adults, and volunteering at her church’s food pantry.

Jose one of our dental assistants smiling

Dental Assistant

Jose is from Venezuela. One of his biggest goals is to graduate from college with a dentistry degree and help his family as much as he can while enjoying his job at Winter Garden Smiles.
In his free time, Jose loves soccer, spending time with loved ones, and playing video games. Soccer is one of his biggest passions.
Claridad smiling in her uniform

Pediatric Dental Assistant

Caridad graduated from Florida Career College. During her studies, she interned with Dr. Vidal Family & Cosmetics Dentistry, and after graduation, joined Winter Garden Smiles.
Outside of the office, Caridad enjoys shopping, trying new foods, and spending quality time with her family.
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My visit to Winter Garden Smiles was excellent. The staff most of all are very attentive. They are very well organized and trained. The new building location and layout is welcoming and the practice is using all the latest dental and medical equipment.

- Randy B.

What to Expect

Here is what our exceptional team provides when you visit.

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You Are the Priority

When you’re in the dental chair, we put you first and help you maintain or create your beautiful smile.

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Patient Education

Our team helps you and your family build a lifetime of healthy smiles by teaching and guiding you from day one.

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Build Relationships

Each patient receives the best personalized dental care because you’re part of the family when you’re here.

Schedule Your Visit

Offering exceptional family dentistry to our wonderful community.

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1317 Winter Garden Vineland Road Suite 110
Winter Garden, FL 34787

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1291 Winter Garden Vineland Road Suite 140
Winter Garden, FL 34787