Meet the Team
Janet – Office Manager
Janet has been a member of our practice since 2011, having spent 18 years so far in the dental field overall. She was born in Miami, FL and raised in Fairfax, VA. Having a dental assisting and administrative background, she is able to apply her education and experience on a daily basis, in countless ways. She has attended various schools including Rollins College in Winter Park and the Americare School of Nursing in Fern Park. She has her expanded functions and radiology certification for chairside dental assisting and has undergone extensive training in CDT Coding and Reimbursement and Management and Leadership Skills. She feels strongly about continuing her education and is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Organizational Behavior (Major) and Communications (Minor), with a graduation date of May, 2017. She loves getting to help people daily in a wide variety of ways, as well as strives for excellence along great patients, staff members, and Dr. Russo.
Janet is a proud wife, mother of three amazing sons, and a dog owner. When she is not working, she loves making memories with her loved ones and actively serves in her church.
Peggy – Dental Assistant
Peggy has been working in the dental field for an amazing 48 years, with the last 13 and a half spent as a part of our team. An Orlando native, she graduated from the United States Air Force Dental Assisting Course and also has her EFDA certification from Palm Beach State College, her radiography certification from the State of Florida, her nitrous oxide sedation certification from University of Florida College of Dentistry, and her CPR certification. Her favorite thing about her job is helping her patients through their procedures and getting to hear afterwards that it was easier than they thought it’d be.
Peggy’s daughters, son-in-law, grandchildren, dad, and siblings all live here in Orlando! Outside of work, she enjoys baking, doing home decorating projects, and being “Grandma.”
Ruth D. – Registered Dental Hygienist
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 C. – Registered Dental Hygienist
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.