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Dental Assistant/OSHA Coordinator
Britta was born in Hamburg, Germany where she received her advanced training as a dental assistant. She has over 28 years of experience in the dental field. Brita has been part of our team for more than 18 years. Her primary duties include direct patient care (dental assistant), inventory control, accounts payable, and maintenance of advanced dental equipment. Britta is also the OSHA Coordinator for our practice, which means that she is responsible for ensuring that our office is always at the forefront of patient safety and care.
“I am proud to be part of a team that uses state of the art dentistry and is firmly rooted in quality and workmanship. I believe that these exceptional qualities are what lead to our ultimate result- the beautiful smiles of our patients. In the few moments I get out of the office, I like to read, ride my bike and travel.”
Maria is originally from Venezuela. Maria graduated as a Dental Assistant in 2006 and has been with our practice ever since. She speaks fluent English and Spanish, and also helps support our front desk staff.
“Working with Drs. Bruce and Tracy Shaw and Dr. Tijerino has helped me grow as a dental assistant. I love working in the dental field and look forward to expanding my knowledge. I enjoy traveling, going out on the boat and spending time with my family and friends.”
Michelle Garcia-Lovio, RDH
Michelle is a Miami native, fluent in English and Spanish. She has been part of our practice since 2004, and has had experience in the dental field for over 18 years.
“I love to build a great rapport with my patients. It’s very fulfilling to see how I can positively influence their perceptions about their oral health and going to the dentist. In my spare time, I enjoy CrossFit training, boating, diving, dining out and shopping.”
Lourdes Gonzalez, RDH
Lourdes was born in Cuba. She came to this country at the age of five and has lived in Miami ever since. She graduated from the Miami Dade College Dental Hygiene Program in 1980 and is fluent in English and Spanish. She has over 30 years of periodontal experience working for Gilbert Jacobson, a periodontist in Bay Harbor Island, and currently still works for him part-time. Lourdes joined our practice in 1996 and has been part of our team for the last 14 years.
“Throughout the years I have seen the incredible advances in dentistry and take pride in working for doctors that keep up and offer state of the art dentistry to our patients. I am a typical Aquarius who loves people, so I enjoy my work and the rapport and relationship I develop with my patients. I enjoy when patients feel and see for themselves the improvement in the health of their gums. My biggest pleasure as a dental professional is working for such a top-notch quality dental practice as Dr. Shaws' and Dr. Tijerino’s office where I can see and appreciate such beautiful end results”.
Barbara D’Amore, RDH
A Californian native, she moved to Miami in 2000 to pursue Dental Hygiene school. Barbara graduated from Miami Dade College dental hygiene program in 2003. She is fluent in English and Spanish. After graduation, she moved to Jacksonville, Florida where she continued to work in her field. Barbara recently moved back to South Florida in 2009 and has been with us since 2010.
"After a few months off, I realized how much I missed the interaction with my patients. My passion for dental hygiene translates through my soft spoken, gentle demeanor as a clinician."
Front Office Coordinator
Vicky was born in Puerto Rico and was raised both in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach. Vicky has more than 15 years of experience in the dental field. She has been part of our practice for over 10 years. Vicky’s work includes all of our office’s administrative duties and patient coordination. She is also our HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) officer, helping to safeguard our patient information.
“I have a great rapport with our patients. Our patients can see the level of confidence we have towards our doctors and they know that we are here to help them in any way we can. Our goal is to make their experience in our practice as comfortable as possible. Outside of the office, I am a South Florida Buddhist coordinator for the Washington Temple. I practice Japanese Buddhism and enjoy how it has impacted my life.”
Dental Laboratory Staff
Master Ceramist/Dental Technician
Simon has over 34 years of experience in the dental field and has been part of our practice since 1976. Working side by side with the dentist and patients in our office has made him an invaluable asset to our practice.
“Seeing the end result of our work and the satisfaction of our patients personally has been very rewarding to me.”
Master Ceramist/Lab Technician/Dental Assistant
Kendra is originally from Costa Rica, and moved to Miami in 2003. She has been part of our practice for over three years, with over 14 years of experience in the dental field. Not only is she our Dental Technician and Dental Assistant, she is also has the ability to work at the front desk if needed. Kendra brings a warm and outgoing personality to our office and always has the patients’ best interest at heart.
“I’m very pleased when I see the final result of our work in patients. Their smile is my satisfaction and incentive in continuing to be the best at what I do. In my free time, I enjoy any activity that allows me to spend time with my son. I strongly believe family is essential to one’s upbringing and projection for a better future. I also love the outdoors, music, dancing and cooking.”
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