Each dental hygienist, dental assistant, and front desk associate who is a member of our skilled and friendly team has been hand-selected by Dr. Russo himself. Each of them is passionate about providing patients with top-notch care and delivering exceptional customer service and dental care. To learn more about some of the welcoming faces that you’ll see around our office when you visit us next, just read below.
Katie first got her start in dentistry in 1992, which means her career spans 30+ years so far! She joined Dr. Russo’s team in July of 2019. In addition to her administrative expertise, she has spent several years working as an assistant. What she enjoys most about her role here is being able to partner with a great team of people who all truly care about patients! Everyone agrees to go the extra mile for people in need, and that creates a wonderfully positive atmosphere.
Away from work, Katie and her husband Jim have a blended family of seven grown children and five grandchildren. Her personal hobbies include running, biking, yoga, spending long days at the beach, cooking, baking, and reading good books. Wherever she and Jim are, you can bet there will be music playing in the background!
Erica joined the dental field right out of high school and became a member of our team in 2018. A dental assistant by trade, she has her EFDA certification. Today, as our dedicated patient coordinator, she derives great joy in helping patients by not only enhancing their health but also creating smiles that boost their confidence and self-esteem. Every day, she works hard to improve someone’s quality of life!
Erica is married to Nathan (a boat captain), and they have three sons named Wyatt, Landon, and Carson. The family has several pets too, including Titan (a Pomeranian), Lucky (a Golden Retriever), Kyro (a Goldendoodle), and Memphis (a cat). She grew up on a farm and is a big lifelong animal lover! As for hobbies, she spends her free time hanging out with loved ones, fishing, camping, riding motorcycles, and doing pretty much anything in the great outdoors.
Ruth is a native Floridian with plenty of impressive experience under her belt – she has 36 years of experience as a registered dental hygienist and five as an orthodontic assistant! For over 25 years now, she’s been happy to call our practice her home. She received her dental education from El Paso Community College. She enjoys being able to educate patients on how to achieve and maintain great oral health; it’s also a lot of fun to see multiple generations of families when she’s on the job.
Ruth has been married 36 years and has three children. Outside of work, she enjoys going to church, helping out at the South Lake Animal League, traveling, fine dining, and supporting the Gators at college football games. She’s also an avid reader and loves cats.
Ruth has 35 wonderful years of dental experience, with 18 spent here at our Orlando practice. She graduated from the dental hygiene department at Valencia Community College. Her favorite thing about her job is the patients!
A native of Orlando, Ruth is happy to have a loving and supportive family. In her free time, she loves going bird-watching and enjoying sports games. In fact, she keeps a pair of binoculars in the car so she can check on birds in the area.
Yajaira has been working in dentistry for well over a decade now. Originally from the Dominican Republic, she studied at the Lincoln Technical Institute. As an EFDA, she can genuinely say that she loves what she does with all her heart! Helping others is a true passion for her.
Yajaira has a happy family of three at home. When she isn’t busy at the office, her favorite hobbies include shopping, cooking, eating, and playing together with her loved ones.
Monay has been a part of the dental world for nearly two full decades so far. After attending Quinsigamond Community College, she studied dental assisting at Mount Wachusett Community College. Today, what she loves most about her position is getting to meet new faces daily while also serving her community!
Away from work, Monay is the proud mother of five. Spending quality time with loved ones is always her top priority. She’s also a BIG lover of animals.