Meet Our Team

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Michelle, Treatment Coordinator

Michelle’s upbeat personality is apparent when greeting patients and parents at Dental Buddies.  Her knowledge in dentistry spans more than 15 years supporting administrative and clinical teams.

Born and raised in Vero Beach, Michelle and her husband, who love adventures, traveled the world prior to having their son Carter. These days enjoying quality time with her family and friends outdoors at the beach or by the pool is where you will find her when not in the office.

Michelle is thrilled to be a part of the pediatric practice and looks forward to meeting you.

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Shirley, Business Manager

As our Business Manager, Shirley oversees the daily operations of the practice so our professional team can provide the best possible care and services for our patients.

With her dedication and caring personality, Shirley makes sure the team and all of our patients are well taken care of.  From the first call through the entire appointment, we work to create a great dental experience with every patient we see.

She is married with two fabulous children that keep her on the go.  In her spare time, Shirley enjoys being crafty and creative.  She loves to paint and create beautiful works of art. 

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Aly, Dental Hygienist

Aly, a skilled certified Registered Dental Hygienist, loves taking care of kids!  Aly enjoys educating her patients on dental care and encourages everyone to maintain healthy oral habits to maintain complete health.  Providing dental services at a young age molds children to be committed to good consistent oral care.  She makes patients feel comfortable during their appointment and interjects fun while performing her magical cleanings.

 When not in the office, you can find Aly with her fiancé, their growing boys, and dogs at a motor cross track competing on quads.  They all enjoy camping, traveling, and anything outdoors.  It’s always fun to hear about their adventures!

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Katrina, Dental Assistant

Katrina, our lead Expanded Function Dental Assistant, shares a passionate personality while helping patients maintain their healthy smiles. 

As one of our certified Healthystart™ team members, Katrina educates parents and children about the advantages of the Healthystart™ program and how it may enhance the long-term oral health of the child.

Katrina is also our technical specialist when it comes to our dental technology and team training, and keeps our offices stocked with dental materials and supplies.

During her days off, Katrina spends time traveling and enjoying the beautiful outdoors with family, friends, and her precious daughter Tatiyana.

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Samantha, Dental Assistant

Originally from Michigan Samantha has lived in beautiful Florida for more than 33 years.  As an expanded function dental assistant, Samantha is passionate about helping our patients of all ages overcome their dental fears and genuinely loves seeing them achieve their best smiles. Since 2014, she has assisted chairside. We are fortunate to have her on both of our teams; Dental Partners and Dental Buddies.

Samantha spends her free time with family and friends traveling throughout Florida hunting for fossilized shark teeth and other fossilized treasures that the waterways and land are hiding.  In addition, Samantha and her husband keep quite busy with their 2 beautiful children, Madison and Bryson.

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Leah, Director of Marketing

As the Director of Marketing, Leah supports both Dental Buddies and Dental Partners of Vero Beach with coordinating everything marketing: outreach, education programs, lectures, and public relations. Her professional career as a marketing strategist has spanned numerous years in the healthcare arena and various other industries.

A native of New York, Leah and her husband Jan moved to Vero in 2013 to be closer to their grown children and their 3 beautiful grandchildren. When not in the office, you can find her enjoying her family, friends, and their Havanese Layla relaxing and taking in all that Florida has to offer.