Kathy Daniel, Practice Administrator

Kathy joined Dr. Menendez’s team in 2004 as the Practice Administrator.  Her area of expertise is creating solutions, as she works tirelessly to ensure patients’ comfort throughout their appointments.  Kathy’s genuine hospitality and warm smile is what welcomes new and familiar faces alike. 
 
Kathy has lived in Pinellas County since 1970.   She has been happily married to Steve since 1991 and has two grown sons.  She enjoys spending time with her family, her church and loves the Florida life of surf, sun and sand. 

Kathy says, “What I enjoy most about working with Dr Menendez at Comprehensive Dental Care is the opportunity to truly change people’s lives. I feel ultimately blessed and proud to be part of a team committed to the well-being of each and every patient.”
Kathy Daniel,Business Administrator

Doris Gentzler, Financial Coordinator

Doris graduated from Lyons Technical Institute for Dental Assisting in Upper Darby Pennsylvania in 1987. Doris joined Dr. Menendez’s team in 1999 as Financial/Insurance Coordinator.

 Doris has three children Sara, David and Madison. Her greatest joy is being a Mother to her wonderful family. She loves summers and spending time with her family at the pool and taking day trips.

Doris says, “Working with patients on an individual basis to help achieve their goals is something I take a lot of pride in.   Helping patients’ with insurance benefits is another way I help them to receive the dental care they deserve. To best serve those who have chosen us as their oral healthcare providers.  I value this opportunity whole-heartedly.”
Palmharbordentist Doris Gentzler, Financial Coordinator

Cheryl Blakeslee, Registered Dental Hygienist

Cheryl grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and graduated from Erie Community College and the University of Buffalo in 1974.  She joined Dr. Menendez’s team in 1988.  As a periodontal therapist, Cheryl is an integral part of Dr. Menendez’s periodontal program, creating health and improving well-being of patients every day.  Her years of dedication to her profession are exemplified by the uncompromising care she delivers to her patients.

She and her husband Mike were married in 1975 and together they have two grown sons and two incredible grandchildren.  Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, biking and practicing yoga.

Cheryl says, “Dr. Menendez has earned my admiration over the years for his kindness, respect, honesty and generosity toward our patients. I have been truly blessed to stand witness to such a phenomenal doctor.”

Alison Strassenreiter, Registered Dental Hygienist

Alison joined Dr. Menendez’s team in 2012, after receiving her degree from St. Petersburg College School of Dental Hygiene.  She is currently working toward her Bachelor in Science Degree, specific to Dental Hygiene.

      Alison relocated to Florida from New York with her husband and two young daughters; together they have come to love the beach life.  She enjoys running, hot yoga, and dance, among various other activities.  Alison believes that smiling is contagious and the act of positive thinking can change lives.

Alison says, “As a periodontal therapist, creating healthy smiles within our community is my career goal.  I am honored to be a patient advocate for oral and systemic health.  Being able to witness the life-changing moments had by those touched by Dr. Menendez’s gift of supreme dentistry is inspirational.”
Cheryl Blakeslee, Registered Dental Hygienist

Norine Speaks, Dental Assistant

Norine has been in dentistry since 1965, joining Dr. Menendez’s team at Comprehensive Dental Care in 1991. Along with her exceptional skills as a restorative assistant, Norine’s natural strength is relating to patients by finding out what desires, priorities and goals each has, with regard to their long term dental health.

Norine loves photography, going to art shows and antiquing.  The beach is her favorite place to relax and enjoy nature.  Her “Bucket List” includes seeing all the states in our beautiful country some day.  Her family includes her daughter Vanessa, two stepdaughters and five grandchildren and pets.

Norine says, “Despite all of my years in dentistry, not a day goes by that I don’t learn something new from Dr. Menendez.   It is what motivates me everyday.”
Dr. Menendez Norine Speaks, Dental Assistant

Donna Portugues, Dental Assistant

Originally from New Jersey, Donna moved to Florida in 1982. She earned her dental assisting certification from Florida College of Medical & Dental Careers of Tampa in 1986. She also studied for two years at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, in Nashville, Tennessee. Although she did not complete the DDS program, Donna believes this additional education makes her a more skilled, knowledgeable Dental Assistant.
Donna lives in Tampa with her husband Robert. Her three children - Lexi, Robby and Anthony - bring her great joy. In her free time Donna enjoys family, friends, biking, working out and watching football. She also enjoys shopping with her sister and visiting her parents who live in Palm Harbor.

Donna says, “I am truly blessed to be part of such an exceptional team of caregivers. We each bring a unique skill and we have mutual admiration and respect for each other. We learn from one another and from Dr. Menendez every day. Our team approach to providing care for our patients always puts them first so they receive the kind of treatment they deserve. What I love most about working with Dr. Menendez is that he ends our morning team meetings in prayer; he asks for God's grace to guide us so that we may be a blessing to our patients and make a difference in their lives. A work environment just could not get any better than this. "
Comprehensive Dental Care Darlene Sotomayor

Sara Gentzler, Dental Assistant

Sara joined Dr. Menendez’s team in 2008.  She received her expanded functions certification at the University of Florida in dental assisting. One of Sara’s areas of expertise is radiography.

Her professional goal is to continue her dental career, in some form.  She also likes to learn about psychology and social issues.  Sara loves being creative, spending time with her family and going to the mall with her friends.

Sara says, “Assisting patients in obtaining comfortable radiographs is so important.  Dr. Menendez provides us the opportunity to learn and grow each day. I am happy and proud to be a part of this amazing team.”

Yanela Pena, Dental Assistant

Yanela began working at Comprehensive Dental Care as an extern. 
Dr. Menendez was so impressed with her knowledge, her positive attitude
and her willingness to continue to learn, that he soon extended an invitation to become a part of his team.  Yanela received her training and certification in Expanded Function and Radiology at the Central Florida Institute in 2013.  Originally from the Dominican Republic, Yanela speaks fluent Spanish, which is a great asset to the team.

Yanela is happily married with a beautiful daughter.  She is proud to have brought her mom to the United States to live with her and her family.  In Yanela’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with the people she loves as well as exploring all the opportunities that living in the United States is providing her. 

Yanela says, “I feel extremely blessed and thankful to have an opportunity to be part of such an amazing dental practice.   The entire team works together to put the needs of the patients first at all times.  The quality of the services provided is outstanding and the level of care is second to none.”

Cindy Powell~Herzog, Patient Advocate

Cindy joined Dr. Menendez’s team in 2005 and has worked in dentistry over 4 decades.  She received her training and certification in expanded functions with radiography from the University of Florida in 1981. With her chair side dental experience, her role is to educate, share, and provide information to patients from Dr. Menendez’s diagnosis.

Cindy says: “Working closely with patients as their advocate and treatment coordinator is my privilege and honor. Finding out what people want and explaining how to achieve the results Dr. Menendez can provide through his experience, understanding, and skill is my greatest joy in dentistry. Dr. Menendez has given me the unique opportunity to collect information in a format for patients so that everyone’s expectations are exceeded. Dr. Menendez philosophy is to operate in an atmosphere of grace, to deal at a heart level and to develop patient relationships.  Making a difference in the highest level of patient care is the reason we come to work.  He makes us all better people.”




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