Denise joined Smile Naples’ team in 2019 as an appointment coordinator. She worked in dentistry for over 15 years, then went into the medical field where she worked in reception in radiology, endocrinology, gynecology, and family medicine. She always had a love for dentistry and was happy to get back into the field in 2019. Denise and her husband of almost 35 years have a terrific friendship. They enjoy traveling together, specifically, on cruises. They’ve been on over 20! A favorite destination so far was to Spain, and they are looking forward to going to Italy in the future. They have a boat of their own and are on it as much as possible. They have a daughter and two grandkids, who are their greatest joys!
Larissa is a Registered Dental Hygienist, and has been cleaning teeth for over 25 years, working in our office since 2018. She began her career as a dental assistant, therefore possessing additional clinical skills that are invaluable to our office. She attended hygiene school in Gainesville, all while working. As you would expect, she became a huge Gator fan. (As anyone in Gainesville would, in that spirited environment!) Larissa has a real love for helping others. She is super knowledgeable of the correlation between oral health and overall health and is a natural educator. Larissa is one of seven siblings, all out of town, and is pleased to work at Smile Naples as she feels she has found her chosen family in both her co-workers and her patients.
Cindy has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for almost 30 years, years, working in our office since 2015. She was a dental assistant for 10 years prior to that. She has experience working for an oral surgeon as well as a periodontist. Cindy is passionate about educating our patients about oral health, prevention, and improving home care. She often looks forward to seeing a patient at their re-care appointment and is driven by the improvement she sees in their oral health after taking her advice. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys gardening, watching baseball, and college football. Each year, Cindy participates in Our Cure PSP Awareness and Memorial Walk. She is dedicated to fundraising/raising awareness to fight Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
Diana is a Registered Dental Hygienist of over 26 years. Before that she was a dental assistant. She has a long history with the Smile Naples Family, as she originally worked for the previous dentist, Dr. MacDonald’s father, Dr. Robert MacDonald, as his dental assistant! She has filled in for our hygienists over the years when someone has been out. She loves connecting with our patients and getting to know people from all walks of life. Diana has 2 children, Carson and Olivia, and in her spare time enjoys going to the gym and cooking. Diana was published in the World Wide Leaders of Heath as “Top Dental Hygienist” in 2011.
Andie has been a dental assistant at Smile Naples since 2019, and is no stranger to dentistry! She has been working in the field for over 33 years. She has experience working in both the “front” (administrative) and the “back” (clinical) of the office. Andie and her husband, Charlie, have been married for almost 30 years. They have a very smart (and funny!) son with an associate’s degree from Florida SouthWestern State College. He did dual enrollment his senior year of high school and was able to accomplish his degree in one year! We treat generations of families at our office; Andie enjoys working with big families, as she is one of seven herself! Her outgoing and friendly personality will make you feel at ease when coming to your dental appointment.
Aime is the newest member of our dental family. She joined our practice in Dec 2021. Aime’s work ethic is incredible. Aime is the first to volunteer to do something if it will help someone out. She is always pushing herself to be better and is dedicated to doing things the right way. When she’s not working here, you may see her serving tables at Bravo. She loves traveling and is always saving up for that next trip. She recently traveled to New York City and has planned trips to Mexico and the Caribbean up ahead. Her dream is to one day visit Hawaii and see the volcanoes. Aime is very close with her family, especially her mother and sister. She is a proud aunt to her first niece, Hailey, now 4 months old. Amy is a terrific addition to the Smile Naples Team.
Christina is our hygiene assistant and Danielle’s (Smile Naples’ Practice Manager) younger sister. She began working with us in 2020. Christina helps our hygienists rotate rooms and does their periodontal charting. Our clinicians consider themselves spoiled since she sterilizes and restocks their instruments and is always there to help if they are in a pickle! Christina wears many hats in our office, from helping with x-rays/photos, to charting/treatment planning, restocking/inventory, and cleaning/organizing; she pretty much helps out wherever it is needed.
Danielle’s first job as a teenager in 1995 was for Smile Naples’ previous dentist, rotating rooms, sterilizing instruments, confirming appointments, and filing charts. She earned her dental assisting and x-ray certifications at the University of Florida during her senior year and was able to participate in the “co-op” program at school which allowed her to work full time, gain experience and get school credit for it. She left the office in 1999 for college, all while working in the dental field. She later joined her dental family once again in 2011. Danielle has over 25 years’ experience working in general dentistry, prosthodontics, oral surgery, periodontal surgery, and endodontics. She has been a floater, appointment coordinator, hygiene assistant, certified dental assistant, patient coordinator, and now practice manager. Working the many different positions has given her a full understanding of the duties and what can make things smoother. She is always working on growing herself, and has had extensive training in management, leadership, and is a certified life coach. Danielle now proudly manages the office, focusing on customer service, quality work, and doing things with compassion and integrity. She is committed to the triple win: The Doctor Wins, The Team Members Win, and The Patients Win!