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Meet the Team

Janet – Office Manager

office manager, janetJanet has been a member of our practice since 2011, and joined us having over 18 years of experience in the dental field. She was born in Miami, FL and raised in Fairfax, VA. Having both a dental assisting and an administrative background, she is able to apply her education and experience on a daily basis, in countless ways.  She has an extensive educational background including a bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership and Communications from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. 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. 

Kaitlyn – Patient & Social Media Coordinator

kaitlynWith a decade of dental experience under her belt, Kaitlyn joined our team in 2018, and she loves having the opportunity to get to know patients. For your safety, Kaitlyn maintains her certification in CPR.

Kaitlyn grew up in Sterling Heights, Michigan with her father, two brothers, and sister who all still live in Michigan. New to the area, Kaitlyn enjoys going on “mini adventures” in Florida. In addition to her work in the dental field, Kaitlyn studied cosmetology at Paul Mitchell The School of Michigan, and she is a certified Zumba instructor and a licensed Zumba choreographer. She teaches Zumba four nights a week and travels around the country and world teaching Zumba choreography workshops.

Erica Wright – Dental Assistant & Treatment Plan Coordinator

EricaErica has worked in dentistry since 2011, and she joined our team in 2018. She loves helping people, and she is dedicated to giving patients a reason to smile. Erica is passionate about helping patients understand the ways that dentistry can enhance their quality of life. She is an expanded functions dental assistant who maintains x-ray and OSHA certifications. She completed her education at Valencia and through the Concorde Career Institute.

A native of Lecanto, FL, Erica is married to Nathan, and the couple have two sons, Landon and Wyatt, and numerous pets. She loves spending her free time with family, especially in the outdoors. Erica is an animal lover, and she has been since her childhood growing up on a farm.

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.

Shelley – Dental Assistant

ShelleyShelley has more than three decades of dentistry experience, and she brought her years of expertise to our team in 2018. She loves seeing the beautiful results possible with dental care and working with patients to achieve their oral health care goals. Her daily objective is to work hard to bring a smile to the faces of everyone she meets. Shelley is an expanded duties dental assistant, and she maintains certifications in CPR and radiology.

Originally from Alexandria, VA, Shelley is married to Tom, and her family includes three daughters, two step children, a granddaughter, two cats, and a dog! Outside the office, Shelley enjoys boating, fishing, cooking, and interior decorating.