Joli, Chief Office Administrator, Certified Dental Assistant
Joli — it’s pronounced Yoli — joined the Root Dental team after relocating to Vero Beach in 1998. She began her career with us as a certified dental assistant and is now the chief office administrator. She holds a BS in Special Education and dedicates time to mentoring children in the community. When she’s not working, Joli enjoys nature and travel — especially engaging in activities with her husband and daughters. They enjoy day trips to the beach, area springs, and state parks. Joli also loves to read and run.
Sandy, Business Administrator
Sandy was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, but she has lived in places from coast to coast. She has more than 40 years’ experience as an administrator and has been in the dental profession since 2003. She relocated to Vero Beach in 2013 and joined Root Dental in November 2014. She loves coming to work because of her excellent boss and lovely co-workers. Her favorite part of her job is when she sees patients end their appointments with a smile on her face. Sandy loves her family. She’s a widow with one son and one cat. An outdoorswoman, she loves the beach and small-town feel of Vero. When she is not working, you may spot Sandy at the beach or out listening to live music.
Tina, Certified Dental Assistant
Tina spent her childhood in Mississippi and returned to Indian River County as a young adult. She has served Dr. Root and his patients since she became a Certified Dental Assistant in 2003. As the proud mother of two adopted children, she enjoys giving back to the community whenever she can. Her areas of certification include dental radiography, expanded functions, biomedical waste control, and CPR. As Dr. Root’s lead assistant, Tina manages clinical functions: she reviews and authenticates dental charts for optimal patient care, tracks lab cases, and orders supplies. She loves the bond that develops with patients and looks forward to caring for you and your specific needs.
Nicole is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been with Root Dental since 2013. She is also a wife, mother of three, certified stand-up paddle board instructor, Special Olympics surf and SUP coach, and certified yoga instructor with a passion for working with people (Whew!) Originally from New Jersey, she has lived in Florida for more than 14 years. “I have been fortunate to be a member of the Root Dental Team for three years now. I thoroughly enjoy caring for people and helping them find ways to care for themselves. Within this practice, I have been able to build many personal and professional relationships with my patients and coworkers. Because of this, I am one of those people who can say I love my job!”
Alexa, Dental Assistant
Alexa grew up in Vero Beach and loved going to the dentist as a child. She always knew she wanted to work in the dental field. She graduated from Indian River State College and has been a dental assistant since 2010. She loves working with Dr. Root and the staff and how welcoming and helpful everyone is with one another. What she finds most satisfying is helping patients smile more. “I love that you can change something a patient doesn’t like about their teeth and they start smiling more because they’ve gained confidence.” Alexa is close with her family and has two sisters. She and her husband have a very spoiled dog named Remi. In her spare time, she loves anything to do with water and spends a lot of time boating, as well as air boating. When she’s land-bound she loves running.
Karen, Dental Hygienist
Dentistry is Karen’s passion. She’s worked in the field since High School. Her first job was working with her Orthodontist. It’s what made her fall in love with the field. She loves working with people and finds it particularly satisfying when she is able to take a nervous patient and completely put them at ease. In fact, Karen is known for her gentle hands. She grew up in both the Northwest Florida area as well as Vero Beach, where she spent her summers during her childhood years. She still loves the area, especially all the retirees who have such amazing and interesting stories. Karen has a 17-year-old daughter who is a senior in High School and competes nationally in Olympic style weightlifting.
Tamra, Business Administrator
When her son was a year old, Tamra had just separated from the Air Force and was looking for a new direction. She heard about a Red Cross Dental Assisting Training Program at her local base. She enjoyed it and embarked on a new career. That was 1990. Since then, she’s moved on to managing large clinics and now working in a private practice with Dr. Root. She loves watching patients blossom and gain confidence as their smile improves. Tamra is married with one adult son and a kitty she adopted from the Humane Society of Vero Beach. Originally from Arkansas, she and her husband recently moved to the Vero Beach area. They’re loving the proximity to water and consider it a kayaking paradise.