Meet the Team

ISHBEL NIEVES, B.S., D.M.D.

Dr. Ishbel Nieves was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and has resided in Lake County, Fl for the last 5 years. She received her Bachelors degree in Biology with emphasis in the Human Anatomy from the University of Puerto Rico in 2003. In 2007 Dr. Nieves graduated from the University of Puerto Rico: School of Dental Medicine obtaining a Doctorate in Dental Medicine.

After her graduate studies, Dr. Nieves moved to Gainesville, Florida to pursue a General Practice Residency certificate from the Malcom Randall, VA Medical Center. It was during this program that Dr. Nieves had the opportunity to work with medically compromised dental patients as well as widen her knowledge in several areas of general dentistry and diagnosis and treatment of oral-facial pain.

Dr. Ishbel Nieves lives in Clermont, Fl with her husband Erik, she enjoys kayaking, running and reading. Dr. Nieves believes that the active participation in continuing education courses will allow her to provide the latest in dental treatment to her patients.

Dr. Nieves believes that the patient should be treated with respect and kindness, meanwhile providing quality dental care.


CHENESSA VILLAFANE, RDH

Chenessa grew up in Minnesota before making the move to sunny Florida in 2003. She then graduated from Valencia College with her AS degree in Dental Hygiene in 2014. Chenessa's passion for dental hygiene shows in her commitment to patient comfort, ensuring a gentle, yet thorough cleaning, tending to each patient's needs. Her favorite part of dental hygiene is knowing that her patients leave the office feeling happy, relaxed and confident. She understands not everyone may enjoy a visit to the dentist as much as she does, but given the opportunity, if she can change just one patient's perspective, change one patient's experience from a negative one to a positive and carefree one, well then, she can rest easy! Outside of dental hygiene, Chenessa also enjoys spending time with her husband, her daughter, and her friends. She looks forward to going on vacations, or "stay-cations", here in Florida with them, catching thrills at the theme parks, or just cuddling up on the couch to watch a movie with her loved ones, their family dog, Einstien and their cat, Luna.


NATALIE ALVAREZ

Natalie Alvarez works at the Front Desk and loves to be able to interact and laugh with our patients every day. She has over 5 years of medical experience and is enjoying learning and being a part of the dental field. On her time outside of work, she spends it with her husband, daughter and dogs who keep her very busy. She enjoys the little things in life and cherishes every moment.


JENIFER GONZALEZ, CDA

Jennifer was born and raised in New York. I started to work in the dental field right out of High school while attending Marymount College. In my early 20's I moved to Spain where I met my husband and had two beautiful kids. In 2012 I moved to Florida where I started working with Dr. Nieves shortly afterwards. In the fall of 2018 we added a new addition to our family, Simba, a cocker spaniel poodle mix, who has brought so much joy and love to our house. In my free time I enjoy hiking, going to the beach and spending time with my family.


ANQUINETTA "MESCHELLE" SCOTT, RDH

Anquinetta is a mother and grandmother who was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She answered her calling to dentistry in 1989. As a person of profound faith, Meschelle's stewardship as a dental hygienist has afforded her great reward and joy. Meschelle enjoys learning about different and new subjects, as well as spending time with family and loved ones, walking and running.


LATASHA KOVARIK, CDA

Born and raised in Iowa, lived in Florida since 2006. I have been a dental assistant for 14 years. In my spare time I enjoy riding motorcycles and going to the beach with my husband and daughter.


BRANDI BAILEY, RDH

I'm a Florida native, but have traveled all over the USA as a Navy Brat. I've been practicing Dental Hygiene for 22years and Love making people happy and helping them to have a healthy smile:)


DEBBIE MAHER

Enjoy Life!
Live Simply!
Love Abundantly!


JULISA MELÉNDEZ

I was born in San Juan Puerto Rico. Study an Associate degree in Secretarial Sciences in the CUTB of PR. I love physical activities so I took a training Group Coach and Personal Trainer. My Favorite hobbies are outdoor activities. I Am a proud mother of two wonderful children and I have a husband who has accompanied me for the past 17 years. I Came to the United States about a year ago to look for new opportunities for myself and my family and explore new horizons. I'm not afraid of changes because that's what life is all about. I like to make the most of all the challenges and my life sentence is; "Whatever you do, do it with your heart."


MARIEGLORIA GONZALEZ

Over the years, Marie has worked every position in the front office and as a dental assistant in both corporate and private environments, where she discovered the benefits and challenges of each type of practice. She has over 21 yrs. of experience in the dental field including starting new office, as well as re-organize established practices. Currently as Front Desk Manager, she is dedicated to serve all your insurance needs from verifying and maximizing your benefits to helping you understand how they will work together. She earned her BS in Science from University of Puerto Rico. She enjoys music, reading, swimming and time with her family.

"Dr. Nieves and her staff made every effort possible to make me feel calmed and relaxed during the procedures."
- Happy Patient