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Meet the Team

Erica W. – Dental Assistant & Treatment Plan Coordinator

EricaErica joined the dental field right out of high school and graduated from dental assisting school in 2010. She completed her education at Valencia College and Concorde Career Institute. She joined our team in 2018. Today, she is an EFDA with certifications in dental radiology, OSHA, and CPR. Her favorite part of this position is having the ability to help others every day! Not only can she do this by giving them new reasons to smile, but by enhancing their quality of life too.

Originally from the small town of Lecanto, FL, Erica is married to Nathan and has three sons named Carson, Landon, and Wyatt, as well as a Golden Retriever named Lucy, a Pomeranian named Titian, and a cat named Memphis. When she isn’t busy at work, her top priorities are spending quality time with family and being outdoors.

Ruth D. – Registered Dental Hygienist

dental hygienist, Ruth D.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

dental hygienist, Ruth C.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.

Katie C. – Practice Administrator

practice administrator, Kate C.Katie first got started in the dental field in 1992 and joined Dr. Russo’s team in July of 2019. She began as a dental assistant in 1992 and grew into her administrative role. She has extensive training in dental software, advanced healthcare management, and CPR. Today, what she enjoys most about her job is ensuring each patient has a positive experience in the office by helping the entire team operate effectively!

Originally from West Branch, IA, Katie and her husband Jim share two families that include seven children and five grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys long-distance running, biking with her husband, practicing yoga, and regularly hanging out at the beach. She’s always up for doing anything outdoors

Yajaira – Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

practice administrator, Kate C. 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 – Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

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.