Sarah Tryban, Regional Manager
Sarah has been involved in this amazing company and project to help people be happy and healthy for over 22 years. She has been with Creating Smiles Dental since August 2012 and loves the science, technology, and true patient care we operate here. She now has a family of 5 she is very grateful for. Sarah takes pride in her home life and cares for a family at work (patients and employees) that brings fulfillment. Sarah’s family consists of an amazing 18 year old scared to let go, a 4-year-old autistic son that gives challenges yet inspiration and joy every day, and the pleasure of extended family a brilliant 14 year old. Her family loves to do activities outside, eat great food, and taking the time to enjoy each other. Her goals are to be the best mom and manager, and assist in making people’s smiles happy and healthy! This profession and office have built her urge to dig deeper and fight against non-education of health and family! Sarah works with impossible insurance companies for patients to get their care. She loves her team and doctors and cannot wait to see how we can improve our care every day!
Jessica Owens, St. Pete Office Manager
Jessica graduated from the University of South Florida with her Bachelor’s degree from the School of Business for Entrepreneurship. She began working with Creating Smiles Dental in February 2018. She spends her time working on all financial obligations dealing with insurances and collections and will eventually take on more of an office management position in the future. She is looking forward to her new chapter with our Creating Smiles family. Jessica has a 12-year-old son named Chris and loves to spend time with family and friends. She also likes to travel and make new memories.
Emilie Mason, Tx Coordinator
Emilie has wanted to work in a dental office her entire life. She is pursuing her future going into dental hygiene school. She got married in the Fall of 2016 and spent her honeymoon in the Eastern Caribbean. She works up front as our receptionist since she has been in customer service since 2007 and is our assistant treatment coordinator. She is also cross-training to be a dental assistant. Her friendly warm smile and enthusiasm for dentistry greet our patients. Emilie believes a person’s smile is their best trait and feels that if someone has a healthy smile, the more confident they will feel. Emilie has been to Spain twice since quite a bit of her family lives there. She enjoys spending time with close friends and family. She would like to travel more and see the world. She likes listening to music, her cat is her baby girl and she wouldn’t trade her for anything. She also loves cooking and decorating her home.
Cristina Sells, Clearwater Office Manager
Cristina is a Tampa native and has lived in the area her entire life. She just got married in December 2017 and has two wonderful stepchildren and two amazing dogs. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family and friends, and always enjoys a good book. She has been working in the dental field since 2016 and loves helping patients get their smiles back!
TuAnh Nguyen, Lead Dental Assistant
TuAnh came here from Vietnam after she married Michael, our in-house lab technician. She quickly learned English and picked up dental assisting with ease. She worked here for years before she opened a local St. Petersburg business, the Alyssa Café, named for her and Michael’s young daughter. But her heart is here with dentistry and her family so we are so grateful to have her back.
Michael Nguyen, Dental Lab Technician
Michael is Dr. Brayer’s brother. He has grown up in the dental office since his parents were dentists in Vietnam. His work is excellent. Our patients say all the time how they wish they knew about our dentures years ago because they fit so comfortably and look so natural. He offers same day denture repairs and does lots of other dental magic back in the lab.
Dena Kilpatrick, Dental Assistant
Dena is a native Floridian born and raised in St. Petersburg. She attended Osceola High School; after graduation, she went straight to PTEC for her dental assistant degree. She has been a dental assistant ever since 1994 and loves her position. She has 2 sisters and 3 brothers, and a son named Jared; Jared is 16 years old and plays wide receiver and point guard for the Boca Ciega High School football team. The other babies in her life are her 8-year-old Pitbull and Chesapeake Bay mix retriever named Nayla and her 2-year-old Victorian Bulldog named Lucy. She has recently caught the travel bug so that will be her new adventure in life.
Giang Skrede, Dental Assistant
We have been fortunate to have Giang on our team since 2009. She started her education at the University of Technology at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. She then worked as an office administrator. When she moved to the United States, Giang then continued her education here in St. Petersburg at PTEC where she received her Expanded Functions Dental Assistant certificate.
In addition to being our lead assistant, Giang uses her office administration skills and is cross-trained, helping with the front desk as needed. She assists all of the doctors including the specialists in our practice who want to only work with her. When not at work, Giang spends her free time with her husband and two young children.
Estella Mendez, Dental Assistant
Estella is a Florida native born and raised in Saint Petersburg. She went to the Academy for dental assistants, where she received her expanded functions dental assistant certification and has been in the field for 2 years. She is passionate about dentistry and enjoys creating relationships with patients. In her free time, she spends lots of time with family, at the beach & working out!