All our professionals at South Florida Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Maria D. Valdes-Garcia, DMD
After graduating from The University of Florida College of Dentistry in 1993, Dr. Vales-Garcia returned to where her heart called, hometown of Miami, Fl. Doctor has strived to maintain a family oriented practice that serves her patient’s through generations. Gentle, caring, and fair are words that are used to describe Dr. Valdes-Garcia. She is a firm believer of preventive and conservative dentistry. She guides her patients to be proactive to maintain the health of their teeth for a lifetime not just “repair when broken”. It is her commitment to keep up with the latest technology and education for prevention in the most conservative manner.
Dr. Valdes-Garcia and her husband, Hector, opened South Florida Dentistry in 1997 and have been serving the community in the same location ever since. They provide an environment where patients’ are part of the family. Along with the Doctor’s sister and the staff members that average 13 years at South Florida Dentistry, it is a team effort for the patients to feel at ease, welcomed, and taken care off.
Doctor and Hector married in 1990, have two children, a son and a daughter, two dogs, a cat, and a fish. Dr. Valdes-Garcia loves road trips to “anywhere”, baking, and spending time with family and friends. To feed her soul she participates in church groups, walks outdoors, and plans bucket list adventures.
Hector G. - Office Manager
Hector is the Office Manager and CFO of our practice. He maintains the office’s capability to provide the excellent standard of care that our patients deserve. He is a graduate from Florida State University and is an avid alumnus. His work experience includes working for companies such as Dominoes, Target, Pizza Hut, and Sunshine Gasoline Distributors. Thru such experience he learned the value of having an exceptional team that can provide excellent customer service.
Hector and the Doctor married in the year 1990 and have two amazing children, a son and a daughter in their early twenties. They have balanced their family and professional lives since the opening of South Florida Dentistry in 1997. To achieve that balance family time at the beach and couple adventure vacations are a must on the calendar each year. Personal time includes Mass, hunting, and watching TV with the dogs, Buddy and Sammy.
Jenny O. - Financial Coordinator
Jenny is our office’s Financial Coordinator and Insurance Specialist. Her 20 year experience with Dental Finances allows our patients to obtain their Dental treatment with financial arrangements that best suit them. Her drive is her passion to help others and maintain excellent patient relationships. Her passion extends to her personal family relationships with her husband, 2 loving sons, and her parents. She mostly enjoys spending time with her family and going to the movies. Jenny relaxes by keeping her home spotless and doing manicures for family and friends.
Elizabeth C. - Hygienist
Eli is a Certified Dental Hygienist that has been providing dental services for our office for 10+ years. She has 4 years of Dental school education and graduated with her Hygienist Degree in Miami Florida. Her sweet demeanor and gentle hands make patients’ hygiene visits a pleasure. She is continuously taking courses to stay up to date with the latest updates in Dental Hygiene and patient treatment. Eli has been married for 23 years and has two beautiful daughters. She has fun dancing at family gatherings and as a past time she exercises and reads.
Gigi is a Dental Assistant and Treatment Coordinator with over 35 year experience. As a Dental Doctoral graduate from the Universidad Central Del Este, she has dental knowledge far beyond assistant level. With her sense of humor and supporting manner she makes patients feel at home. Gigi has been taking care of our patients for over 13 years. When she is not taking care of our patients she is doing handy work, gardening, or redecorating. With that said no wonder that her favorite stores are home improvement stores and her go to television shows are about before and after remodels.
Ani obtained her Dental Assistant Certification and Expanded Duties Certificate in 2016. She has shown to be an excellent assistant with eagerness to learn and please our patients. She loves assisting and the Dental field in general. She is married and has two wonderful sons. She is looking forward to traveling in the United States and to have new experiences that broaden her horizon.
Josie provides excellent patient customer service as the Receptionist and Schedule Coordinator in our office. Her friendly attitude is what welcomes our patients on the telephone and her smile welcomes them in our office. She has over 12 years of experience in the Dental field and has plans to expand her knowledge in the ever changing technology that accompanies her position. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her large extended family and enjoys trying new recipes and decorating her home.