Meet the Staff

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 Kay-Administrative Assistant:

  • Responsible for the financial aspects of the office: payroll, refunds, bills, collections, etc.
  • Responsible for maintaining and updating computer software
  • Helps in the front office or in the back with sterilization
  • Married to Dr. Saari for 37 years, has 3 children, a son-in-law, and  2 long haired miniature dachshunds named Meg and Tasha
  • Enjoys working out at the gym, yoga, reading, traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends
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Beth-Front Desk Receptionist:

  • Works the front office by scheduling patients for appointments, answering the phone, checking patients in and out, filing insurance, ordering office supplies, etc.
  • Employed by Dr. Saari over 20 years
  • Worked in Healthcare for 38 years
  • Lakeland native
  • Graduate of Kathleen High School
  • Married, has 2 adult children, a son-in-law, a grandson named Reid, and a chocolate lab named Georgia
  • Enjoys working out, working in her yard, spending time with family and friends, and Domino Night.
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Paula K-Dental Assistant:

  • Certified Dental Assistant
  • Employed by Dr. Saari for 18 years
  • Worked in General Dentistry and Pediatric Dentistry
  • Married for 27 years, has 1 son and 1 daughter
  • Enjoys traveling with her daughter, competitive cheerleading, spending time at the beach, a time with her family.
 

Paula J-Dental Assistant:

  • Certified Dental Assistant
  • Employed by Dr. Saari for 10 years
  • Worked in dentistry since high school but was a “stay at home mom” for about 15 years, then decided to rejoin the work force
  • Has worked for a Periodontist, and Endodontist, and a General Practitioner
  • Married for 38 years, has 2 grown children, and 2 beautiful granddaughters
  • Born in Portsmouth, VA but lived in Florida since 3 years old.

Jeannie-Registered Dental Hygienist:

  • Received Dental Hygiene Degree from Miami Dade Community College in 1997
  • Employed by Dr. Saari for 11 years
  • Worked as a Dental Hygienist in General Dentistry and Periodontics for 19 years
  • Member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Florida Dental Hygienist’s Association
  • Past President and Treasurer of Polk County Dental Hygienist’s Society
  • Married, has 1 daughter
  • Lifelong resident of Florida
  • Enjoys running, skiing, and salt water fishing

Holly-Registered Dental Hygienist:

  • Received Dental Hygiene Degree from Valencia Community College in 2009
  • Employed by Dr. Saari for 4 years
  • Worked as a Dental Hygienist in General Practice for 7 years
  • Has a son and a daughter
  • Enjoys watching her kids cheer and play softball, spending time with family and friends, and cooking and eating
 

Gwen – Front Desk Receptionist:

  • Works the front office by scheduling patients for appointments, answering the phone, checking patients in and out, filing insurance, etc.
  • Certified Dental Assistant and formerly employed by Dr. Saari as Dental Assistant
  • Has experience in General Dentistry, Pedodontics, Periodontics
  • Married and has 1 child, Clayton, and 1 dog named Marta and 2 cats named Angie and Simone
  • Enjoys family time such as watching Clayton with his Black Belt Demo Team and Flag Football, as well as music and cooking