Our surgical assistants have combined experience of 50 years! They are all EFDA and radiology trained. They always look forward to meeting new patients and developing great relationships with them. Our clinical team has the innate ability to have a comforting and reassuring bond with patients.
Joleen joined our team 20 years ago. She oversees our clinical inventory and also works closely with our patients with her reassuring demeanor and comforting spirit. Joleen has also been an LPN since 1981. She loves animals and enjoys spending time with her family.
Raymond wears several different hats here. He is our IT specialist, Treatment Coordinator and also brings a great level of support to our patients as a certified dental assistant. Raymond joined our team full time 3 years ago.
When not here at LP, Raymond enjoys cycling, fishing, drag car racing, golf, ATV’s and tending to his small farm animals.
Marisol is a graduate of Traviss Career College of Dental Assisting. She has the wonderful ability to communicate well with our patients regarding treatment plan and care via her Spanish language skills. When not here with her LP family, she enjoys spending time with her own family and participating in her church community.
Stephany joined Lakeland Periodontics almost a year ago. She brings an abundant amount of knowledge and experience to our team. With these wonderful talents, she has the ability to answer patient questions and gives them a sense of ease and comfort as they navigate through their treatment/care. When Stephany is not here with her LP family, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, going to the beach, and “raising” her 2 fur babies.
Bridget has been with our team now for over 2 years. Her excellent organization skills help her keep all of our behind the scenes projects organized and smoothly run. When not in the office, Bridget enjoys spending time with her family and time at the beach.
Deborah started her career in Dental Hygiene in 1981 after graduating from St. Petersburg Junior College. She initially practiced her long awaited career in Germany. She returned to the US three years later to continue her profession. Her passion for her role here at LP is evident with the high level of care and compassion shared with our patients.
Deborah’s spare time is spent “working/playing” in her gardens, DIY projects, and spending time with her son and 1 year old grandson.
Nuvia has been a valued part of our team since 2006. Initially, she worked chairside as a surgical assistant, and then furthered her education 7 years ago by obtaining her AS degree in dental hygiene. We are blessed that she continued with our office in her new role as Registered Dental Hygienist. Nuvia speaks fluent Spanish and helps our patients with her bi-lingual capabilities.
When not here with her LP team, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and enjoying outdoor activities. Nuvia and her husband have 2 children and another one on the way!
Freda recently joined our hygiene team. She brings many years of comprehensive experience to our team. Freda enjoys educating our patients so they may be proactive in their own dental health and she looks forward to being their “preventative professional” for years to come.
Freda, alongside her husband co-owns and manages the only dairy farm in Polk County. She enjoys horseback riding, traveling, sewing and reading. Her other passions include educating youth in proper nutrition, and Agriculture Advocacy. While there are many sayings she likes, one of her favorite is, “Live life like someone left the gate open”.
Bev has been with LP for 40 years, starting with the practice founder, Dr. Jim Belcher. As the practice administrator, she oversees all aspects of the clinical and clerical areas. She loves the daily interaction with patients and team members and considers them all, extended family. Bev enjoys cooking, traveling, is an avid animal lover, and enjoys spending time with her family.
Bailey has been a part of dentistry for over 10 years now. She does all of the organization for our events and seminars. Her great communication skills are instrumental in her success as our liaison that communicates with our referring practices. Bailey enjoys traveling with her family, and spending time with her two boys and doing things they love. Bailey and family recently added to their family with the arrival of another baby boy!
Sandi is to LP but not to the dental field. She brings over 25 years of experience working with doctors, team members and patients to ensure a smooth transition from consultation to treatment. Sandi enjoys family and friends, relaxing on the beach and volunteering for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Tara has been in the dental industry for over 20 years. She started her career as a surgical assistant. She now is our insurance coordinator and is happy to help with any insurance questions you may have. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their two dogs at the beach or on the boat.
Allison is a graduate of Travis Career Center of Dental Assisting. She takes care of our digital information and assists all of our doctors with patient care. She also gives freely of her time volunteering in her church ministry, loves traveling and going to the beach. Allison has been a valued member of our team for 15 years.
Taylor is a graduate of Traviss Career College of Dental Assisting. She has been a certified dental assistant for 4 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughter at home or at the park. Taylor and her husband welcomed another baby girl in February.
Brayden joined the Lakeland Periodontics team in May of 2020. While dentistry is a new career direction for him, his experience with guest services and IT knowledge is abundantly obvious. He is a wonderful addition to our team. When Brayden is not busy here at Lakeland Periodontics, he enjoys going fishing. He is also “raising” a puppy and cat.