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Meet the Team

Erica W. – Dental Assistant & Treatment Plan Coordinator

EricaErica may be relatively new to our office, but her career in the dental field spans over seven years so far! She completed her education at Valencia College and Concorde Career Institute. Today, she is an EFDA with certifications in X-rays, 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 Lecanto area, Erica is married to Nathan and has two sons named Landon and Wyatt, as well as LOTS of pets. When she isn’t busy at work, her top priorities are spending quality time with family, being outdoors, and doing pretty much anything related to her pets and animals in general.

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.

Kate C. – Practice Administrator

practice administrator, Kate C.Kate first got started in the dental field in 1992 and joined Dr. Russo’s team in July of 2019. She attended the Sharon Doran Academy of Science & Hair Design and also 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, Kate 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