Our Panama City, FL Team Treats You With Special Care

Dr. Patel - Our Professional Staff at Panama City Smiles, FL

Our Panama City Smiles team is the key to our great practice. Our team members perform their best work every single day and share our vision for helping people and giving back to the community. They always take the time to make sure you are treated like family and that they exceed all your dental health goals.

Thomas Certified Dental Assistant & Lab Technician

Taking on two roles with Panama City Smiles, Thomas is dedicated to providing gentle care and creating custom smiles for every patient. Thomas has worked in the dental field since 1996 and loves having the opportunity to make a difference in a patient’s self-esteem and overall quality of life. He is proud to work at a dental office with such a caring team. Thomas has more than two decades of patient experience and building his technical skills. He graduated from the Albuquerque Dental Academy in 1996 and then continued his education at

Gulf Coast State College, graduating in 2004. He also works to stay on the cutting edge with continuing education courses.

He stays active with mountain bike racing, golfing, chasing around his toy poodles, and spending time with his grandson. He’s also the father of four grown children.

Tabitha Dental Hygienist

Keeping you comfortable while providing state-of-the-art care – those are Tabitha’s two goals whenever you sit in her dental chair. Tabitha is a longtime dental hygienist trained in advanced procedures that will keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come. She assists in

periodontal therapy and is certified to administer local anesthetics. Tabitha joined the dental team here in 2016 but has worked in the dental field since 2005. She has her associate’s degree in dental hygiene and a bachelor’s degree in health administration.

Her favorite part of the job is playing a role in restoring a patient’s oral health. When she’s not in the office, Tabitha is spending time with her three girls and exercising. She also teaches at Gulf Coast State College two days a week while practicing hygiene three days at Panama City Smiles.

Stephanie Certified Dental Assistant

Stephanie has a knack for providing gentle care to each patient she sees at Panama City Smiles. She graduated from Gulf Coast State College in 2017 and began working at Panama City Smiles in July 2017. One of her favorite parts of the job is helping patients feel better and more confident about their smile. Stephanie spends her free time with her fiance, their daughters, and their two cats. The family loves swimming and watching movies together. Stephanie and her fiance are also known for their pool skills and are members of the American Poolplayers Association.

Samantha Call Center

If you have questions about your oral care, need to schedule an appointment, or want to know more about the dental services at Panama City Smiles, Samantha is happy to help.She joined our team in 2017, following in the footsteps of her father, a skilled dental lab technician. She literally grew up around dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. She understands the treatments inside and out and, more importantly, knows what patients expect from their dental care.

In her spare time, Samantha spends time reading, swimming, and dabbling in arts and crafts. She serves in the Florida Air National Guard and stays active in the community with volunteerism. She donates her time to Relay For Life and Horses for Heroes, which

provides therapeutic horseback rides to veterans.

Pam Account Manager

Pam is here to help you with your insurance questions and payment options. As the account manager, she helps build a relationship between the patients and doctors to ensure our patients receive the best possible care. Pam has been working in the dental field since 2015 and joined Panama City Smiles in 2016. She has lived in Panama City for her entire life. She is happily married with three children and two granddaughters. Being a lifelong Florida resident, Pam is well-acquainted with the state’s beautiful beaches and loves spending time at Disney World. Like van Gogh, she feels “there is nothing more truly artistic than loving people.”

Kamini Practice Leader

Kamini graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. She has been in the dental field since 2006 and has worked with Dr. Patel since 2011. As our practice leader, her job is to streamline our processes to ensure the utmost efficiency and effectiveness in serving our patients. Her favorite part of the job is introducing new ideas and techniques to better serve our patients and to provide opportunities for our team to grow, both personally and professionally.

Away from the office, she loves to read and learn how to increase her mental focus and physical energy. Her favorite part of each day is playing with her two beautiful daughters. She also enjoys shopping, going to the beach, and taking long walks, as well as spending time with her husband, family, and friends. You can email her at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Jodie Dental Hygienist

The path toward healthy teeth and gums starts with a visit to Jodie on the Panama City Smiles hygiene team. Jodie started with the team in 2017 and takes pride in helping patients take care of their pearly whites and establish a healthy at-home dental routine. She holds her associate’s degree in dental hygiene and has been in the dental field since 2007. She stays on the cutting edge of dentistry and enjoys working with the caring, professional team at Panama City Smiles. When she’s not in the office, Jodie is spending time with her husband or nephews, watching superhero movies, or attending concerts.

Jennifer Certified Dental Assistant

Jennifer takes pride in her work and goes the extra mile to ensure that each patient is comfortable during their dental visit. As a certified dental assistant with expanded functions, Jennifer works alongside the Panama City Smiles doctors to prepare patients for general, restorative, and cosmetic dental care and provides safe digital X-rays. Jennifer joined the Panama City Smiles team in 2017. Part of her reason for joining the office is because of the annual Dentistry From The Heart, a program in which Panama City Smiles provides free dental care to local residents in need.

When she’s not working with patients, Jennifer is spending time with her daughter, Aizlynn, and

her dog, Penelope. She enjoys baking on the weekends or spending time on the beach or in a boat!

Jeniece Certified Dental Assistant

Jeniece has always wanted to work in the dental field for as long as she can remember, so she is proud to have accomplished this life goal. Jeniece graduated from Kaplan College in Indiana with high honors in 2011 and feels blessed to do what she loves every day. She became part of the team at Panama City Smiles in 2014 as a certified dental assistant. Her job is working alongside Dr. Patel to provide excellent care and treatment for her patients. Before joining the Panama City Smiles team, Jeniece worked with an orthodontist.

In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband, Tony, and her two amazing children: her daughter, Trinity, and son, Justyce. Her family enjoys singing and dancing and providing sack lunches to the homeless on the weekends.

Heather Front Desk Receptionist

If you need an appointment or have a question about our advanced treatment, Heather can help! Heather began with Panama City Smiles after having worked in the medical field as a surgical technician, so she understands what a patient expects in their health care. Heather loves greeting patients and helping them get the care they need to achieve better smiles. Most importantly, she loves seeing smiles on the faces of patients when they enter and leave the office. Heather came to Panama City, FL from Atlanta and loves spending time at the beach or going on adventures with her Siberian husky.

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