Sarah has been involved in this amazing company and project to help people be happy and healthy for over 22 yrs. 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!
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.
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 is Dr. Brayer’s brother. (They are Dr. and Mrs. Nguyen’s children.) 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.
Brittany York is one of our very enthusiastic front desk team members. After spending two years working at a Social Security and Disability firm she wanted to find a career where she spent her days in the office smiling. She has finally found her place here in our office, and now knowing what her heart is passionate for, she is beginning the process on furthering her education in the dental field. Day-by-day she grows more in love with the environment and the people affiliated with not only the practice but the Creating Smiles office in general. When not in the office, Brittany spends her free time with her three dogs and 2-year-old daughter Carter Brooke. New adventures on the water or in the woods keep life for her little yet energetic family exciting and healthy. Her long term goals in life include graduating school with her bachelor’s degree, owning her own home with a white picket fence, a barn full of horses, and a house full of memories!
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.
Rebekah is very excited and motivated to be a part of our newly-opened Clearwater office. After being in the dental field since 2002 working more than one role in the dental office including being an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and Dental Office Manager, Rebekah (“Bekah”) is ready to help with any challenge there is in the office and is always open to learning new things. Bekah had the opportunity to work with Dr. Cindy Brayer and her parents Dr. Bao Nguyen and Dr. Phuc Nguyen when she first started in the dental field so many years ago, and feels it is fate that she has been brought back together with the same work family She is so grateful to be part of such an amazingly awesome team. Bekah strives to be the best Junior Office Manager she can be and to continues to help grow and motivate her work family and family of Clearwater patients. She loves spending time with her 16-year-old daughter and her future husband-to-be. They love finding new local adventures and traveling as much as possible. Every winter she travels to a different state to vacation and see snow.
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.