Friedman Dental Group Entire Dental Practice Team

Administration Staff

Beth Brooker

Beth Brooker

Treatment and Financial Specialist

Beth began her dental career about 20 years ago as a dental assistant in Massachusetts. Since that time, she has transitioned into a front office role. She has a kind nature and enjoys helping and interacting with patients. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling with her daughter’s softball team, and reading.

Cristina

Cristina

New Patient Coordinator

Cristina Front is a mother to a beautiful little girl, Genesis. She is very outgoing and likes to make friends everywhere she goes. For fun Cristina likes to run and spend whatever extra time she has with her daughter. Cristina has worked in the dental field for a few years now, and enjoys helping people change their lives! She is currently finishing her Bachelors in Management and has an Associates in Broadcasting. She looks towards everyday as a new beginning and also looks forward to the endless possibilities in life. “You are your only limit!”

Cristina

Carolyn

Operations and Regional Manager

We welcomed Carolyn to our team in 2008 where she helped our team grow into two offices. A few years later she took a very long maternity leave and happily returned as the Regional Operations Manager in 2016.
Carolyn began volunteering in the dental field at the age of 14 and although she planned to pursue a career as a dentist, Carolyn found she prefers the management side of the practice. Carolyn graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. The most rewarding part of Carolyn’s job is contributing to ensure the best possible experience and building relationships with our patients, from the moment they call to when they walk in the door. Carolyn continually strives for excellence in making sure our team delivers a comforting and welcoming experience to all of our patients.

Outside of the office, Carolyn enjoys watching her son and daughter play sports and dancing. When not running around for after school activities, she loves spending time with her husband, children, family and friends by the pool or at the beach.

Carla

Carla

Front Office Coordinator

Carla was born and raised in Maryland. She is the youngest of ten children. Since early childhood, she liked to help other. She started volunteering for the Red Cross when she was 14 years old.
She has one daughter who is studying to become a registered nurse.
Before finally settling into the dental field, she worked for the federal government and a local newspaper in Maryland.

She moved to Florida in 1996 and joined the dental field in 1998. She has worked front desk for over 20 years. She has been working here at Friedman Dental Group in Tamarac for a little over a year.

She loves interacting with patients and enjoys making them smile. She loves her co-workers and feels like she has an extended family here. Her motto is “treat people the way you want to be treated” and “it doesn’t cost a penny to be kind.”

In her free time, she likes to go to movies, shopping, listening to music.

Aury Diaz

Aury Diaz

Dental Lab Technician

Aury Diaz was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and is the youngest of 5 children. She moved to United States in 2011. Aury graduated from McFatter Technical College with a degree of Dental Laboratory Technology in 2014. She specialized in dental CAD/CAM and chair-side conversions.

In her off time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also likes traveling outside the country and seeing different cultures.

Danielle Baran

Danielle Baran

Front Desk

Danielle was born and raised in the Windy City of Chicago – the eldest of two. She has always been known as the kind of girl who would drop anything at any given time to help someone.

In 2009 Danielle applied this passion to a chosen career path in the dental field where she could, “make a difference in a person’s day one smile at a time,” she says. She started as a sterilization tech, advanced to an orthodontist/dental assistant, and then to front desk management.

Danielle currently resides in Pompano Beach. She enjoys spending her free time outside with her boyfriend, friends, and family under her tiki hut, or taking her Beach Cruiser to the boardwalk and riding alongside her furry child, Rvca.

Jessica Pachay

Jessica Pachay

Front Desk

Jessica was born and raised in New York. She is the oldest in a family of 5. She has a beautiful 9 year-old daughter who she loves and adores with all her heart.

Jessica joined the dental field 3 years ago, starting off as a dental assistant. It’s since progressed into the role of an office manager.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys quality time with her husband, daughter, friends, and family. She also loves going to the beach and pool.

Jessica Pachay

Tiara Ortiz

Administrative Assistant

Tiara was born and raised in Atlantic City, NJ. The eldest of seven and now a mother of two.

In 2013, Tiara graduated high school and applied at her first private dental practice. Later she completed her dental radiology Training and became a dental radiologist in 2014. She began her career in the front desk and advanced to office coordinator.

Tiara relocated to South Florida to escape the cold and seek better opportunities for her and her family. She enjoys working in the dental field and goes above and beyond to make sure the patients are able to understand everything.

Tiara currently resides in Coral Springs. She enjoys spending the weekends with her kids, friends, and curling up on the beach under the palm trees with a good book.

Clinical Staff

Ann Lorenz

Ann Lorenz

Certified Dental Assistant

A Ft. Lauderdale resident since 1976, Ann was born in New York and moved to Miami when she was 11 years old. She started working in dentistry while in high school, receiving on-the-job training. Ann attended Lindsey Hopkins University, where she earned her state certification in dental assisting.

She became a dental assistant in 1973 and has been with Friedman Dental Group for 35 years. Ann enjoys educating patients and treats them with gentleness, kindness, and compassion to ensure that their dental experience is positive.

Married for 28 years, she enjoys spending time with family, which includes her husband, their daughter and son, and her stepchildren and five grandchildren who live in North Carolina.

Jill Lynch

Jill Lynch

Certified Dental Assistant

Jill is a native Floridian. She grew up on the shores of Deerfield and Pompano Beach. She took an early admission into Broward Community College where she graduated on the President’s list in 1988.

Immediately she began her long career as a dental assistant. She finds Dental assisting to be a very gratifying career, as it allows her to help people on a personal level. She loves seeing people happy and smiling. Along the way, Jill brought her two sons into the world. She states that they are her pride and joy and her greatest accomplishment.

She loves entertaining her family and friends and enjoying her Floridian lifestyle. As she says, “Show me the way to the water!!”

Maya Oshins

Maya Oshins

Registered Dental Hygienist

Maya is extremely proud to be a dental hygienist at Freidman Dental Group and honored to work with such a caring, friendly, and knowledgeable team. She was born in Israel and grew up in South Florida. She received her Bachelors of Science from Florida International University in 2001, and began her career as a science teacher, sales and marketing director with print and online media & publishing, and later worked as a dental assistant while returning to school to complete her license as a registered dental hygienist. She could not think of a more evolving profession with developing technology and equipment that improves our oral care. Her passion for teaching her patients healthy oral hygiene combines with her love for dentistry is evident with every visit. She always wants her patients to feel comfortable, happy, confident, and walk out smiling.

When Maya is not working she loves spending time with her husband and three children. She enjoys outdoor activities, staying fit, music, reading, and great food. Maya looks forward to meeting you and teaching you at least one new fact about maintaining great oral hygiene and care.

In the meantime, “Stay Calm and Floss On!”

Senovia Mendoza

Senovia Mendoza

Dental Assistant

Senovia was born in Nicaragua, and came to America in 1982. She developed an interest in Dentistry at an early age due to personal experience. She attended Keiser University and joined the Dental Field as a Dental assistant in 1992.

Senovia also has her associates degree in Science, as that is her passion. Being tri-lingual, she is an asset to communication with her patients. She enjoys helping others and is able to accomplish this through Dental assisting. In Her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.

Her children are her main priority. She says, “Yes, I am a soccer mom and fellow diva with my daughter :)”

Silvia Ortega

Silvia Ortega

Dental Hygienist

Silvia was born in Panama and moved to the United States at the age of 10 with her parents and two siblings.

She always had an interest in the medical/dental field. She became a certified medical assistant right after high school. She then decided to change careers and graduated from Miami Dade College in 1988 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. Throughout the years she has seen how dental awareness has become more popular and important to people. Oral care is a major factor in a persons’ overall health. She later, pursued a degree in nursing to further help her patients and graduated in 2002 as a Registered Nurse. This knowledge has helped me educate and treat patients regarding their oral care and overall health.

I speak fluent Spanish and enjoy farm animals and the outdoors with my husband and two step children.

Sandy Carnall

Sandy Carnall

Front office and Dental Assistant

Sandy was born and raised in central Italy, near Rome. She is the youngest of 7 children. She moved to the United States in 1970. She lived in Yonkers, NY for 12 years before moving to sunny Florida in 1982.She is married and has two lovely daughters and two dear stepsons.

She has been in the dental field as a dental assistant since 1975, when Cher was hot and bell bottoms were the rage! In the past couple of years, she has cross trained for the front desk. She enjoys patient interactions and seeing the transformation a new smile can bring. She’s been working at the Tamarac office for the past ten years.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and adorable grandchildren. She loves shopping and reading. She travels to Italy once a year to visit her mother, who is 106 years young!!

Robin

Robin

Dental Assistant

Robin is a homegrown Davie girl and is the oldest of 4 children. She is married and has one son, who is a firefighter/paramedic for the Greater Naples area.

She started in the dental field when she was 19 years old. She has been working in the Tamarac location with Dr. Alan Bussell for 24 years. She enjoys making her patients feel comfortable and alleviates all of their fears and takes the time to know what is going on in their life.

She loves animals and football. In her free time, she likes to garden and barbecue.

Kellen Adams-Felix

Kellen Adams-Felix

Dental Hygienist

Kellen Felix is a native Floridian who started out in the dental field as an assistant and has worked as a dental hygienist with Dr. Bussell for the past seven years. Her dental career began early in life. She was the kid who loved going to the dentist! The staff at her pediatric dental office made the experience so fun and comfortable that she found herself lingering after appointments. At 16, they hired her as an assistant.

As an adult, she realizes the dental chair is not a desired destination for most and strives to make every patient she treats feel relaxed, good about themselves and happy by the end of their appointment.
Kellen is married with a one year old son who happily visits the Tamarac office at lunch time. Presently, she’s working to rekindle her relationship with weight training since having the baby. She enjoys dressing up for Star Wars movies, believes in eating well and cultivating good energy for a healthy mind and body.

Iva

Iva

Dental Assistant

Iva was born and raised in Brazil and moved to the United States in 1989. Shortly after settling in the United States she began a career as a Dental Assistant. She has over 20 years experience in General Dentistry, Endodontics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics.

Iva is very passionate about her job and the well being of her patients. She makes sure that her patients always feel comfortable and at ease at every visit. Iva is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. They love traveling, attending church & concerts and having barbeques at the beach.

Max Dimitrov

Max Dimitrov

CDT

Max graduated from Medical College in 2009 in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree as a certified dental technician. In 2011, Max obtained his Master’s degree in Health Care Management from New Bulgarian University-Sofia. After obtaining his Master’s degree, Max taught anatomy and morphology of the teeth at the Medical College of Sofia.

Max moved to the United States in 2013. In 2018 he became a certified dental technician from The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology.

During his personal time, Max loves travelling and spending time with his wife and 1 year-old daughter.

Jack Garcia

Jack Garcia

CTD

Jack has been involved in the dental industry since 1998. Jack graduated from Lindsey Hopkins Institute as a dental technician, and is certified by the National Board Certification in implants and complete dentures.

Jack enjoys family time as well as camping, target shooting, archery, backpacking, off road 4X4, skydiving, fishing and scuba diving.

Passionate about dental technology, Jack is always trying to be one step ahead on the subjects of protocols, materials, techniques and new approaches towards better restorative options.

Jack Garcia

Gabriela Verbel

Dental Assistant

Gabriela was born and raised in Brazil. She obtained her training in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2013, Gabriella moved to Florida and soon began her dental assisting career.

Gabriela believes in doing the absolute best in order to help patients improve their dental education and experience.

She loves dogs, and on her free time, she likes to go to the beach and spend time with friends and family.

Gabriela Camara

Gabriela Camara

Dental Assistant

Gabriela was born and raised in South Florida and is the youngest of the three girls. As a child, she became extremely fascinated with teeth and decided she wanted to become a dentist when she grew up. When Gabriela finished high school, she left to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where her father is originally from. She spent 6 years studying the art of dentistry and returned to Miami to begin her dental career.

During her spare time, Gabriela enjoys running on the beach, working out, and spending time with family and friends.