Our Team

Dr. Polanco is supported by a team of caring, experienced Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, and Patient Coordinators who are committed to creating a warm, pleasant atmosphere and providing you with highest quality dental services in the area.

"What a warm, welcoming place! I was impressed by all of the staff as well as the dentist. I highly recommend using this practice." – Candace, on Google

"It is the most pleasant experience you could ever hope for at a dentist office. The nicest people in Lee Country work there. No more anxiety for me, I actually look forward to my visits twice a year." - Perry, on Google

We look forward to welcoming you to the Community Dental family!

 

Dodie

Office Manager

Dodie oversees office operations and helps set the tone of welcoming, comforting, positivity that our patients have come to expect. Prior to becoming Office Manager, Dodie spent years working at Dr. Polanco’s side as his Dental Assistant. Her clinical experience gives her a deep understanding of the many facets of efficient practice management.

Before entering the dental field in 2012, Dodie worked in Cosmetology. A Licensed Esthetician, Dodie has played a key role in helping establish Community Dental’s Facial Aesthetics practice. Dodie made the transition into dentistry because she was fascinated by the field and its impact on overall health and wellness. The most gratifying thing about her job is giving people a reason to smile. With her understanding, compassionate, calming personality, that is something that happens several times a day!

Dodie was born and raised in Fort Myers. Dodie has two beautiful daughters, one of whom is following in her mother’s footsteps by studying to enter the dental field as a Hygienist. Dodie enjoys long weekends at the beach or travelling with family and friends. Her charitable work includes volunteering at Dentistry from the Heart since its inception in 2014 and causes focused on helping the homeless


Tina

Patient Care Coordinator

Tina is the cheerful voice you hear when you call Community Dental Care and the bright smile you see when you visit. Her warm, friendly attitude helps set patients at ease from the moment they walk through the door. With over 10 years in dentistry, Tina handles calls coming into the practice, scheduling, and patient check-in and check-out with smooth efficiency. Tina enjoys watching the transformation of patient smiles and seeing their joy as they leave the office with their new, bright smiles.

Tina is a Florida native and lifelong resident who enjoys spending time with her husband and two children in her off time. She donates time to Dentistry from the Heart.

 

 

 


Brandy, EFDA

Dental Assistant

Brandy brings expanded knowledge of dental assisting to her role, with specializations in radiology, oral surgery, and orthodontics. Her cheerful demeanor and unfailing optimism put her patients at ease. Brandy assists the dentist in helping her patients smile and makes sure they understand each step of their treatment. She helps the dentist stay on schedule so patient wait time is minimized. Brandy takes great satisfaction in educating patients so they gain a new perspective on dental care and in watching how their outlooks improve along with their smiles.

Brandy was born and raised in North Fort Myers. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her fiancé and her daughter. Her hobbies include kayaking, swimming, and photography. She gives back to the community by donating her skills as a photographer to a local cancer foundation and volunteering at Dentistry from the Heart.


Lorie, CDA

Dental Assistant

Lorie chose Dental Assisting because she wanted to use her fun, upbeat personality to help people and fabricating temporaries gives her an opportunity to create with her hands. With over 30 years in the field, she brings the expertise only experience can provide. In addition to her dental credentials, Lorie is a Certified Medical Assistant and is CT and Radiology Certified.  Lorie approaches her patients with kindness, compassion, and an upbeat attitude. She is at her best when a patient arrives feeling fearful and like their situation is hopeless. Lorie’s warmth and humor quickly win them over as she works to gain their trust. For Lorie, witnessing the progression of increased confidence as these patients’ smiles transform over treatment makes it all worthwhile.

Lorie was born in New York and travelled all over during her 12 years of service in the US Air Force before finally settling in Florida. Lorie and her significant other are animal lovers and share their home with a dog and five cats. In her leisure time she likes to play guitar, fish, sketch, and spend time with her significant other. She is also an amateur photographer whose favorite subject is dolphins. While living in St. Petersburg, she volunteered her skills to Give Kids a Smile. Here in the North Fort Myers area, she volunteers with Dentistry from the Heart.


Angela, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Angela brinds over 35 years of experience in dentistry to the practice.  She is a Registered Dental Hygienist who earned her AAS in Dental Hygiene from Middlesex County College (NJ). Angela chose dentistry early in life; she completed a Dental Assistant Vocational Program while in high school. After high school Angela served as a medic in the US Army followed by ten years as a Dental Assistant before completing her Dental Hygiene training.  In addition to her Dental credentials, Angela is a licensed American Red Cross instructor who teaches CPR, First Aid, and Babysitting.

Angela believes education is the key to empowering her patients to make informed choices about their oral health. This is not a one-way process, she believes in asking questions and listening to patient concerns in order to gain a true understanding of their needs.  She approaches anxious patients with compassion, assuring them they are not alone and helping calm them by explaining each step of the process so they know exactly what will happen next.  She finds it very rewarding when those patients leave their appointments happy that it was not as bad as they anticipated. Angela is committed to helping her patients are getting the dental care they need and deserve.

A native of New Jersey, Angela raised her family here in Florida. She is married and has three young adult sons. Angela and her husband have musical talent in common and enjoy playing together with her on bass and him on guitar. Angela enjoys kayaking and is a devoted yoga practitioner.

Angela serves the community as a member of the Cape Coral Emergency Response Team Member through activities such as teaching CPR and assisting with hurricane preparedness and response.     


 

Gabriela, CRDH

Dental Hygienist

Gaby has worked in dentistry since 2015, building a comprehensive understanding of practice operations by working in a number of roles. She worked as a Patient Care Coordinator and Insurance Coordinator in other dental practices. In those positions, she observed the Dental Hygienist’s role, saw the great impact dental care has on peoples’ lives, and recognized her own professional calling. Following her passion, she earned her AS in Dental Hygiene from Florida Southwestern State College and joined our team after becoming a Certified Registered Dental Hygienist.

Gaby’s friendly, energetic style and her gentle approach to hygiene procedures make visits pleasant for her patients.  She is committed to educating her patients on how to maintain their best oral health and enjoys seeing them recognize the benefits of good home care over time. Gaby takes great satisfaction in  helping her patients achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

Gaby was born in Cuba and, along with her family, moved to Lehigh Acres at age 15. She is fluent in Spanish and English. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. Gaby is an avid cook; her specialty is Cuban food. Other favorite activities include camping, going to the beach, and spending time with her pleasantly plump cat, Cato.

Devoted to giving back to the community, Gaby has volunteered with Dentistry from the Heart, Give Kids a Smile Day, and Project Dentist Care. Outside of dentistry, Gaby has volunteered with the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the Salvation Army.