Meet the Team

We’ve assembled a group of outstanding professionals with the experience and credentials to provide excellent care.  We all work well as a team and always put patients first and build lasting relationships.  Our exceptional staff is our greatest asset and they are eager to answer any questions regarding your care.  We love what we do and it shows in our faces.  We look forward to meeting you.

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Melissa, BJ, Sandie, LouAnn, Tina


Melissa, C.D.A., Certified Dental Assistant

Melissa is a Certified Dental Assistant and works with the operative treatment of patients and as an insurance expert will make sure you get the best care from your insurance benefits.  Melissa grew up in Island Grove and has a deep connection with the Hawthorne community.  Her mother Margie is a well known employee at the Hawthorne Post Office.  Melissa has been an important member of the Gator Dental Associates team since 2001.

BJ, Scheduling and Patient Coordinator

BJ is a specialist in electronic record keeping and insurance.  She is responsible for providing real time patient data so the doctors and hygienists have the most updated health information to insure the best patient care.  BJ is a wealth of information about insurance plans and will work with you to coordinate your care as to maximize your benefits.  She has been doing excellent work for Gator Dental Associates since 2005.

Sandie, R.D.H., Registered Dental Hygienist 

Sandie is Florida Board Registered Dental Hygienist and is a professional instructor in the Health Sciences Dental Program at Santa Fe College.  She works closely with the doctors in making sure your health is a priority.  Her association with the College ensures patients always have the most advanced plan to treat periodontal diseases which can have a serious impact on preventing diabetes and heart disease.  Through her care and treatment our patient’s health has immensely improved.  The Hawthorne area is very fortunate to have a professional like Sandie.  She has been practicing with Gator Dental Associates since 1982.

LouAnn, C.D.A., Certified Dental Assistant and Laboratory Coordinator

LouAnn is a Certified Dental Assistant whose primary focus is patient care.  She works with the doctors in operative procedures and coordinates the complex laboratory work.  She is responsible for specialty supplies and oversees the repair of important equipment.  Patients and staff consider her a true and dear friend and the community is blessed she is here.  LouAnn has been a very valuable asset to Gator Dental Associates practice since 1987.  

Tina, R.D.H., Registered Dental Hygienist  

Tina is Florida Board Registered Dental Hygienist and has extensive clinical experience with digital radiographic imaging.  She focuses on keeping her patient’s teeth and gums in ultimate health and educates patients with the best therapeutic regimes and oral hygiene instructions.  She has been practicing in Alachua County for more than 20 years and feels it a privilege to be part of such an excellent team as Gator Dental.

Rena, C.R.D.H., Certified Registered Dental Hygienist 

Rena is a Florida Board Certified Registered Dental Hygienist having completed the certification in the administration of local anesthesia. She attended Santa Fe College first becoming a DANB certified dental assistant and then went on to earn her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. Rena loves educating patients on oral health and believes creating a healthy oral environment leads to overall better health. She works closely with the doctors in making sure your health is a priority with the treatment and prevention of oral disease as her main focus.