Meet the Team

“My team is the key to our great practice. I invest heavily in their training and they perform their best work every single day. They share my vision for helping people and giving back to the community. I have hand-selected the best of the best to be on my team, and they each have a true passion for what they do. They are caring and exceptional individuals. They take time to make sure that the patients are treated like family and that all their dental health goals are exceeded.” – Dr. Anish Patel

Kamini Practice Leader

I am Kamini and I am very proud to be a part of Panama City Smiles, P.A.I have been working with Panama City Smiles from the time Dr. Patel took over the practice in 2011. I have been in the dental field since 2006 and I graduated from Georgia State University with Bachelors in Business Administration and Accounting degree. I am the Practice Leader and my job is to streamline the practice process to ensure utmost efficiency, and effectiveness in serving our patients. I am dedicated to ensure our patients receive the highest quality care and experience. My favorite part of my job is to bring new ideas and techniques to better serve our patients and to provide opportunities for our team to grow both personally and professionally. I love working with Dr. Patel because he has a passion for dentistry and he stays on the cutting edge of dental knowledge to ensure his patients receive only the best. I love our team because each one of them has unique talents and truly cares about our patients and their well-being. I love to read and learn how to increase my mental focus and physical energy. The favorite part of my day is when I play with my two beautiful daughters; they are truly blessings in our life. I enjoy shopping, going to the beach, talking long walks, as well as spending time with my husband, family and friends. I look forward to meeting you and thank you in advance for choosing Panama City Smiles. Please feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] should have any questions, comments, or concerns. I would be more than happy to assist you.

Heather Front Desk Receptionist

Need an appointment? Have a question about our advanced treatment? Heather can help you schedule your appointments with the expert dental team at Panama City Smiles. 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 from Atlanta and loves spending time at the beach or going on adventures with her Siberian Husky.

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 the patients are receiving 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.”

Samantha Call Center

Do you have questions about your oral care? Need to schedule an appointment? Want to know more about the dental services at Panama City Smiles? Just contact us and speak with Samantha.
Samantha joined the 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 also donates her time to Relay For Life and Horses for Heroes, which
provides therapeutic horseback rides to veterans.

Sarah Treatment Coordinator

The treatment process at Panama City Smiles begins with Sarah. She’s our expert patient advocate who has worked chairside and deskside to help give patients the beautiful, healthy smiles they deserve. Sarah started in dentistry in 2008 and joined Panama City Smiles in 2017. She holds an associate’s degree in dental assisting and has experience as a dental assistant and orthodontic assistant. Before finding her calling for dentistry, Sarah served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, and her husband is still in active duty. The two have four children and a puppy. Family time often means watching movies, keeping active active with youth sports, or enjoying leisurely
activities like fishing. Originally from Minnesota, Sarah adores the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota wilderness.

Aimee Dental Hygienist

Aimee has more than two decades of experience helping patients achieve and maintain healthier smiles. She has seen just about every dental condition, and she is trained in the latest preventive care techniques and examines patients for any oral disease or abnormalities.
Aimee has been working in the dental field since 1996. She worked as a dental assistant for nearly 10 years before becoming a registered dental hygienist, a certification she earned from Tallahassee Community College. She spends her time away from work with family, her dogs,
painting, visiting the beach, and traveling.

Ann Dental Hygienist

Cleaning and polishing teeth are just one small part of Ann’s role with patients. She’s an expert in helping patients set up dental care routines that work for them. She loves working one-on-one with patients to give them the individual care and attention they need.
Ann has worked in dentistry since 1997 and joined Panama City Smiles in 2011. She holds both a dental assisting certification and dental hygiene certification from Gulf Coast State College. Ann loves working with a dental team that values high-quality dentistry and community
Ann has many hobbies outside of the office and loves learning new things. She’s a craft lover — arts and crafts, painting, drawing, and sewing. She’s also an avid motorcycle rider. You might find her riding around town on her Harley.

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 dental office is because of the annual Dentistry From The Heart, a program in which the office 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.

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.
Jodie 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.

Lynn Certified Dental Assistant

“Attentive” and “caring” are two words that describe Lynn. With more than 25 years of dental experience, she is an expert at providing great oral care and education to every patient who sits in her chair. Lynn began working in dentistry in 1992 and joined Panama City Smiles in 2017. She went back to school in 2005 to achieve her dental assisting certification and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Each day she uses gentle techniques and works with her patients to help them improve their oral health. While away from the office, Lynn enjoys spending time with her friends and family or going to the beach. She has two sons and a maltese poodle

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.

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 long-time 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 in November 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 practice hygiene three days at
Panama City Smiles.

Thomas Certified Dental Assistant and 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.
Thomas 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.

Catty Podolske

Before I came to Panama City Smiles I had very poor teeth and was super insecure about my smile. With my new crowns I feel confident and happy with my new smile. The before and after pictures are an absolute transformation. thank you Panama City Smiles for doing a great job on my teeth and also ...

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