Meet The Dentists

Dr. Mario Polanco

A native of Guatemala, Dr. Mario Polanco earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University Francisco Marroquin.  After graduating in 2000, he completed three post-graduate programs at the University of Connecticut; an Implant Fellowship, an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency, and an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Fellowship.  Dr. Polanco has also undergone advanced training in facial aesthetics and is certified to administer Botox and dermal fillers.

With nearly 20 years in practice, Dr. Polanco remains passionate about bringing the latest techniques and materials to his patients.  He stays up-to-date with the latest developments and expands services offerings through his commitment to continuing education. For example, in 2020 he completed the PRP/PRF Implant seminar at the International Implant Center in Miami, FL. This training focused on using phlebotomy techniques to improve the efficacy and healing of bone graft procedures in implant placement. In  January 2021, he completed 30 hours of advanced, hands-on clinical training in complex implant procedures with a concentration on sinus lifting and augmentation, again through the International Dental Implant Association.

Dr. Polanco approaches his patients with the highest level of skill, integrity and a strong commitment to helping them achieve their dental goals. He is well-known for his compassion, ability to calm anxious patients, and his willingness to customize treatment plans based on his patient's goals and budgets.

Since leaving the Connecticut chill for Florida’s sunny climate, Dr. Polanco has lived in Tampa and Sarasota. He now resides in Fort Myers with his wife and son. When he is not busy treating patients, he gives back to the community by doing charity dental work at every opportunity. Most recently, Dr. Polanco participated in a charity mission to the Dominican Republic where he provided free dental care to the needy. In his free time, Dr. Polanco enjoys travelling with his family. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

What Do His Patients Say About Him?

Here are some examples.

My experience was excellent. I will highly recommend Dr. Polanco for his expertise, training, concern and friendliness. I am 77 years old and have probably been to about that many different dentists in my life! and I would rank him at the very top of them all." - Ian, on Healthgrades

Dr. Polanco is the absolute best in town! I would follow him anywhere. Not only is he an honest doctor and so kind but he is extremely gentle. I usually hate the dentist but with him I never have any issue going to him. Also, his staff was super sweet, and I love his office. I would highly recommend him! -  Lina, on Google

Dr. Mario Polanco saw me right away for an emergency visit. He is very polite and thorough. Everyone in the office makes you feel as comfortable as possible. I have terrible anxiety over dentist visits and this place was amazing! - Marisa on Yelp


Dr. Michelle Felix

Dr. Felix has been in practice since 2008, first as a Dental Hygienist and then as a Dentist. She earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Universidade Vale do Rio Doce in her native country of Brazil before moving to Southwest Florida in 2005. Here she continued her studies at Nova Southeastern University. She became a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2008. Dr. Felix practiced as a Dental Hygienist for 11 years while she continued her studies.

Over the course of her dental education, she completed advanced training in prosthodontics, cosmetic procedures, occlusion, and endodontics. Dedicated to staying abreast of the latest techniques and tools available, she is certified in the use of computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology in dental restorations.  She also underwent specialized instruction in airway management of sedated patients and nitrous oxide management.  She earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Nova Southeastern University in 2019. 

Driven by a desire to expand the services she can offer her patients, Dr. Felix completed advanced training in facial aesthetics. She is board certified to administer BOTOX Cosmetic to her patients. 

Along with her extensive education and training, Dr. Felix brings a caring, empathetic, respectful approach to her patients. She appreciates being on the frontline of wellness and disease prevention. She enjoys working with her patients to educate them on strategies for achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. She is especially effective with patients who have dental anxiety based on previous bad experiences. Working with those patients to build trust and a comfort level, she helps them overcome their fear so they can have their best oral health. She takes great satisfaction in using her expertise to help her patients have a smile they feel good about which will help improve their self-esteem.

Dr. Felix lives in Naples with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys time with her family, especially baking with her girls, watching TV, and travelling. She has contributed her time to Give Kids a Smile and Dentistry from the Heart. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

What do her patients say about her?

Here are some examples:

Thank you to Dr. Felix and [her assistant] Brandy for their superb expertise and wonderful compassionate caring. I would highly recommend Dr. Felix and Community Dental Care. Thank you again from a Canadian who was a long way from home looking for help in a new community. Dr. Felix and Brandy went above and beyond. - Linda on Google

I am afraid of the dentist but Dr. Felix and [her assistant] Lorie made it a great experience with her kindness and gentle care.  I still have a little way to go but I know I am in good hands. All the staff from checking in to checking out are just great people. - Sheila on Google