Meet Dodie, Office Manager
Dodie oversees office operations and helps set the tone of welcoming, comforting, positivity that our patients have come to expect. Prior to becoming Office Manager, Dodie spent years working at Dr. Polanco’s side as his Dental Assistant. Her clinical experience gives her a deep understanding of the many facets of efficient practice management.
Before entering the dental field in 2012, Dodie worked in Cosmetology. A Licensed Esthetician, Dodie has played a key role in helping establish Community Dental’s Facial Aesthetics practice. Dodie made the transition into dentistry because she was fascinated by the field and its impact on overall health and wellness. The most gratifying thing about her job is giving people a reason to smile. With her understanding, compassionate, calming personality, that is something that happens several times a day!
Dodie was born and raised in Fort Myers. Dodie has two beautiful daughters, one of whom is following in her mother’s footsteps by studying to enter the dental field as a Hygienist. Dodie enjoys long weekends at the beach or traveling with family and friends. Her charitable work includes volunteering at free dentistry days and causes focused on helping the homeless
Meet Tina, Assistant Office Manager
Tina has been part of the Community Dental Care Team for many years. She was a Patient Care Coordinator prior to being promoted to Assistant Office Manager. Her warm, friendly attitude helps set patients at ease from the moment they walk through the door. Patients and team members alike appreciate Tina’s unfailing positivity, quiet efficiency, and willingness to pitch in to help wherever she can.
Tina enjoys watching the transformation of patient smiles and seeing their joy as they leave the office with their new, bright smiles.
Tina is a Florida native who has lived in our area her whole live. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and brand new grandbaby. Tina gives back to the community by participating in free dentistry events and contributing to the practice’s various giving activities.
Meet Alejandra, Patient Care Coordinator
Ali’s is one of the friendly faces that welcomes patients to our practice. She joined our Front Desk Team in 2021. She has been in the dental field since 2011, working first as a Certified Dental Assistant before transitioning to her current role as Patient Care Coordinator. Having worked in both the front and back offices, Ali brings a comprehensive understanding of the patient experience that enables her to go above and beyond to ensure each visit begins and ends on a positive note.
Dentistry called to Ali because she loves helping others and recognizes good oral health as an important part of a healthy life. Ali treats every patient with compassion and understanding. She excels at helping patients who are apprehensive about treatment relax knowing they are in caring hands they can trust. Especially rewarding is seeing how happy patients are when their treatment is complete, especially in those smile restoration cases which are life changing for the patient.
Ali is a Fort Myers native. She lives here with her husband and son. She enjoys crafting and spending time with her family. Ali is bilingual so she is able to communicate with our Spanish speaking patients in Spanish if they prefer.
Meet Angela, Registered Dental Hygienist
Angela brings over 35 years of experience in dentistry to the practice. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist who earned her AAS in Dental Hygiene from Middlesex County College (NJ). Angela chose dentistry early in life; she completed a Dental Assistant Vocational Program while in high school. After high school Angela served as a medic in the US Army followed by ten years as a Dental Assistant before completing her Dental Hygiene training. In addition to her Dental credentials, Angela is a licensed American Red Cross instructor who teaches CPR, First Aid, and Babysitting.
Angela believes education is the key to empowering her patients to make informed choices about their oral health. This is not a one-way process, she believes in asking questions and listening to patient concerns in order to gain a true understanding of their needs. She approaches anxious patients with compassion, assuring them they are not alone and helping calm them by explaining each step of the process so they know exactly what will happen next. She finds it very rewarding when those patients leave their appointments happy that it was not as bad as they anticipated. Angela is committed to helping her patients are getting the dental care they need and deserve.
A native of New Jersey, Angela raised her family here in Florida. She is married and has three young adult sons. Angela and her husband have musical talent in common and enjoy playing together with her on bass and him on guitar. Angela enjoys kayaking and is a devoted yoga practitioner.
Angela serves the community as a member of the Cape Coral Emergency Response Team Member through activities such as teaching CPR and assisting with hurricane preparedness and response.
Meet Gabriela, Registered Dental Hygienist
Gaby has worked in dentistry since 2015, building a comprehensive understanding of practice operations by working in a number of roles. She worked as a Patient Care Coordinator and Insurance Coordinator in other dental practices. In those positions, she observed the Dental Hygienist’s role, saw the great impact dental care has on peoples’ lives, and recognized her own professional calling. Following her passion, she earned her AS in Dental Hygiene from Florida Southwestern State College and joined our team after becoming a Certified Registered Dental Hygienist.
Gaby’s friendly, energetic style and her gentle approach to hygiene procedures make visits pleasant for her patients. She is committed to educating her patients on how to maintain their best oral health and enjoys seeing them recognize the benefits of good home care over time. Gaby takes great satisfaction in helping her patients achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.
Gaby was born in Cuba and, along with her family, moved to Lehigh Acres at age 15. She is fluent in Spanish and English. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. Gaby is an avid cook; her specialty is Cuban food. Other favorite activities include camping, going to the beach, and spending time with her pleasantly plump cat, Cato.
Devoted to giving back to the community, Gaby has volunteered with Dentistry from the Heart, Give Kids a Smile Day, and Project Dentist Care. Outside of dentistry, Gaby has volunteered with the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the Salvation Army.
Meet Brandy, Lead Dental Assistant
Brandy brings expanded knowledge of dental assisting to her role, with specializations in radiology, oral surgery, and orthodontics. Her cheerful demeanor and unfailing optimism put her patients at ease. Brandy assists the dentist in helping her patients smile and makes sure they understand each step of their treatment. She helps the dentist stay on schedule so patient wait time is minimized. Brandy takes great satisfaction in educating patients so they gain a new perspective on dental care and in watching how their outlooks improve along with their smiles.
Brandy was born and raised in North Fort Myers. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her daughter. Her hobbies include kayaking, swimming, and photography. She gives back to the community by donating her skills as a photographer to a local cancer foundation and volunteering at free dentistry events.
Meet Lorie, Dental Assistant
Lorie chose Dental Assisting because she wanted to use her fun, upbeat personality to help people and fabricating temporaries gives her an opportunity to create with her hands. With over 30 years in the field, she brings the expertise only experience can provide. In addition to her dental credentials, Lorie is a Certified Medical Assistant and is CT and Radiology Certified. Lorie approaches her patients with kindness, compassion, and an upbeat attitude. She is at her best when a patient arrives feeling fearful and like their situation is hopeless. Lorie’s warmth and humor quickly win them over as she works to gain their trust. For Lorie, witnessing the progression of increased confidence as these patients’ smiles transform over treatment makes it all worthwhile.
Lorie was born in New York and travelled all over during her 12 years of service in the US Air Force before finally settling in Florida. Lorie and her significant other are animal lovers and share their home with a dog and five cats. In her leisure time she likes to play guitar, fish, sketch, and spend time with her significant other. She is also an amateur photographer whose favorite subject is dolphins. While living in St. Petersburg, she volunteered her skills to Give Kids a Smile. Here in the North Fort Myers area, she volunteers with free dentistry events.
Meet Danaisy, Dental Assistant
Dana joined our team in 2021 bringing many years of dental experience. She spent five years as a practicing dentist in her native Cuba before relocating to the US and starting her career as a Dental Assistant in 2013. An Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, Dana ensures a patient safety with her certifications in dental radiology and CPR.
Patients appreciate Dana’s friendly, compassionate approach. Because she is so knowledgeable about dentistry, she acts as a trusted guide through the treatment process. She focuses on empowering her patients by educating them on what to expect during treatment and how to have their best oral health moving forward. Dana is especially good with anxious patients, helping to assuage their fears and creating a trusting, comforting environment where they feel safe and relaxed. Her ability to speak Spanish helps her work effectively with our Spanish-speaking patients.
A Cape Coral resident, Dana is devoted to her family, especially her young son. She has donated her time to free dental events targeted to educating children about proper home oral care. Volunteers her time to the community free dental events including targeted at educating children about oral home care.
Meet Keila, Dental Assistant
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Keila has been in dentistry since 2019 and joined our team in 2021. Keila was inspired to pursue a career in dentistry by a family member who works in the field. Passionate about dentistry, Keila attends college part-time and hopes to become a Dental Hygienist or Dentist in the future.
Well-organized and efficient, Keila helps the dentists stay on schedule so patient wait times are kept to a minimum. She approaches her patients with compassion and focuses on educating them so the treatment process is transparent and they leave with an understanding of how to achieve their oral health goals. Keila understands dental anxiety and helps fearful patients feel safe so they can relax. Sharing in a patient’s joy when they achieve their dream smile is always a high point for Keila.
When she’s not busy here or at school, Keila enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, studying, and enjoying Italian food. She is fluent in Spanish and English. She donates her time to community-based dental causes such as providing school children with dental supplies.