Born, raised and still living in Clearwater, Florida, Laura is known at STKDK as the ‘child whisperer.’ She has worked in pediatric dentistry for more than 22 years, and with Dr. Lauren for more than five years at two practices. Equipped with her EFDA certification – which for laypeople means ‘extremely fun dental assistant’ – she loves being goofy, singing, and eating Pane Rustica cupcakes. Her love for children – even her own, most of the time – is evident as she and her husband have five children between them ages 17, 17, 15, 13, and 12.
(Let's all say a silent prayer for Laura.)
Jaileen was born and raised in Tampa, Florida to Cuban parents. She has a huge family with lots of kids which inspired her love and passion to work with children. When she's not a swashbuckling, tooth ‘sparkling’ pirate at STKDK, you can find her at the gym living a fit lifestyle – then eating a cupcake afterward.
It’s all about balance, right?
Born in Indonesia, adopted at two weeks old and brought to the United States by an American family, Haley grew up in Plant City and graduated from Durant High School. While there, she attended ECE and had the opportunity to interact and work with children, fostering a passion for working with children and helping those in need. After graduating, she went to the Academy for Dental Assistants in St. Petersburg. When Haley is not putting a smile on kids’ faces after getting their teeth ‘sparkled,’ she enjoys spending time with her husband, going to see movies, and eating anything delicious!
Armed with a degree in biochemistry with aspirations to go to dental school, Emily loves working with kids and – HINT! HINT! – dabbles in babysitting, too. She enjoys working out and spending time with her friends, especially if that time is spent at the beach. She’s originally from Pennsylvania and came to Tampa for the beach, err, we mean college. Smart girl!
Twila is a beach-loving wife and momma to three sons ages 21, 17, and 16. An Idaho native, she recently moved to sunny Tampa with six years of dentistry experience and now leads the worship team at church. You’ll see her cheerful face behind the front desk at STKDK and – SSH! Don’t tell Dr. Lauren – LOVES chocolate. (But really, who doesn't?)
Esther joins the STKDK team already a pro with four – yes, FOUR! – little ones, three boys and one girl ranging from 1 to 9 years old, that she calls her own. So it’s no surprise she’s a rockstar EFDA- and orthodontic-certified pediatric dental assistant with six years of experience under her belt and a love for pediatric dentistry. Raised in South Tampa and an alumna of St. John’s Episcopal and Plant High, Esther is right at home here – literally.
It’s no surprise Madison has joined the STKDK team. With pediatric dentistry in her blood – ahem, her momma is Laura, after all – Madison boasts two years of volunteer experience at STKDK and EFDA and X-ray certifications to earn her spot as an emplo-YAY! She loves flag football, hanging out with friends, food, and has been dancing and cheering since she was three. Now, she coaches cheer so if you need a pick-me-up, ask her for some choreographed encouragement!
Recently certified as a dental assistant and with a Bachelor’s of Health Science, Faith has joined the STKDK team ready to make all of the kids who walk through our door smile! As for things that make Faith smile besides all of her amazing little patients? Her dog Ace, the beach and eating healthy – unless there’s pizza, ice cream and cake being offered. In that case, she’ll pass on kale and take all three, mkaythaaanks!