Meet Our Team

"It is with great joy and pleasure that I introduce my team. Without a doubt this is one of the best collection of professionals that can be assembled. This assures you, our valued patient, that you will always receive the best care. In the movies, we see these story lines where teams are assembled to tackle a difficult and often impossible mission often unified with the ultimate trust. If I were responsible for putting together such a group, every one of these individuals would be on my team. That should speak for itself."

Michael R. Dorociak

Michele Tuck

Front Office Coordinator

Michele works magic at the front desk. She will be happy to greet you, make you feel at home, and answer any questions you may have. Michele has been part of Sarasota Family Dental since 1992 and loves how our patients feel like members of her own family. She enjoys seeing kids grow up, go to college, start families, and bring their children to us for care. Originally trained as a dental assistant, Michele has the knowledge and warmth to introduce you to our office and help schedule visits.

Michele feels blessed to have a happy marriage and two beautiful daughters. Her oldest Janelle, a graduate of Florida State works on the East Coast while younger daughter Rachel enjoys being the only child at home.

Amanda Knowlton

Insurance Coordinator

Amanda is your go-to person for everything related to dental insurance. Her friendly manner may also greet you in person or over the phone. She started working in the dental field in 2007 and found her home here at Sarasota Family Dental in 2011. With her vast knowledge of insurance, Amanda will make sure you get the most from your benefits. She verifies coverage, answers questions, submits claims, and is your advocate with the insurance companies.

When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys game nights with friends and spending time with her son and daughter. Amanda also enjoys reading.

Laurie Forbes

Front Office Coordinator

Laurie recently moved to Florida from Virginia Beach, VA. For the past 17 years, she has worked in oral surgery and orthodontic offices, where she has coordinated appointments and tended to all front office needs. Here at Sarasota Family Dentistry, Laurie helps to ease our patients’ fear of coming to the dentist by forming trusting friendships over time. She appreciates the honesty and dedication to patient care that Dr. Dorociak and the rest of our team show.

Laurie has one son whom she adores. Her leisure activities include gardening, boating, and fishing, and being involved in her local church.

Gillian Dorociak

Registered Dental Hygienist

Gillian is one of our amazing hygienists. Originally from Ontario, Canada, she has been living in Sarasota since high school. If you listen closely, you can still detect some of her Canadian roots, often responding with a definitive "Eh!" Originally trained as a dental assistant, Gill obtained her degree from Palm Beach Community College where she served as class president. She has been part of the team for over 15 years and has exceptional skills. Her bright smile and contagious laughter light up the office. She takes tremendous pride in making long-lasting friendships with her patients as well as educating them and helping them achieve dental health.

Gill demonstrates great joy in her family and you can always find her doing something whether it is cheering for her boys on the playing field, visiting her girls at Notre Dame, giving her girls advice, or traveling with her husband.

Colette Stubbs

Dental Hygienist

Colette’s gentle hands and reassuring manner ensure you’ll have a great dental cleaning and leave with a clean smile. She’s been with us since 2005 and loves the friendships she’s developed while working one-to-one with patients. During a visit, she talks with patients about their oral health. She teaches each person the best ways to keep their mouth healthy and smile bright and beautiful. Colette is also our OSHA/HIPPA and CPR coordinator, as well as the purchaser for hygiene and biomed products.

Colette lives in Myakka City and loves crafting. She’s been happily married since 2000 and has three children along with a delightful granddaughter.

Kelli Sue Snapp

Dental Hygienist

Kelli started working as a dental assistant in 1995. She then went to SCF for hygiene school, graduated in 2002, and then finished a Bachelor degree in Dental Hygiene from St. Pete College in 2010. She enjoys building a rapport with patients, teaching each how to take care of their smile. While cleaning teeth and assessing oral health, Kelli educates her patients on their individual needs and desires. Kelli is also a Clinician’s Report Evaluator for high-tech dental products: she may ask you to try one for her!

Kelli’s life is filled with love. She shares her life with her significant other, four step-children, and one grandchild. She also has three dogs. Kelli enjoys Ohio State and Tampa Bay Buccaneers football, and owns property in North Carolina where she plans to build a log cabin.

Lori Garrett

Certified Registered Dental Hygienist

With her warm and friendly smile, Lori quickly makes patients feel at home. She enjoys getting to know each person and hearing their stories. For Lori, a visit is a time to catch up on the news from a friend and see how their smile is doing. Lori’s been part of our team since 2012. She graduated from South Florida Community College and along with the other hygienists is able to administer local anesthesia in a gentle and painless manner. Lori takes X-rays, examines her patient’s mouth for dental disease, and cleans teeth. She also provides a lot of education and is a Clinician’s Report Evaluator for hygiene products.

Lori and her wonderful husband, Jaime, were married in 2010. She has two children, Ellie and August “Auggie,” along with a dog, Zoey. She enjoys crafts, shopping, and jogging. And she LOVES Christmas!

Kim Nevins

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kim attended college at UCF and earned an AAS degree in dental hygiene in 1988. Her exceptional experience was happily welcomed when she joined our office in 2016. Kim’s goal is to make her patients comfortable and alleviate their fears so they have a great experience and look forward to coming back. She is committed to her patients and learning new ways to keep their smiles healthy and happy!

Kim is very proud of her two children Brooke and Christopher. Her interests outside the office include going to concerts and sporting events, especially baseball, going to movies, and traveling.

Tina Aponte

Dental Hygienist

Tina began her career in dentistry as a dental assistant in 1990, eventually taking several years off to raise her children. When the time was right for her to return to work, she continued her education at Gulf Coast State College, where she earned her AS in dental hygiene. Tina works hard to build relationships with patients, as well as educating patients about the importance of oral health while giving them the best experience possible. Tina enjoys the family-friendly atmosphere of Sarasota Family Dentistry and looks forward to becoming part of the family here as well.

Tina was a military wife for 20 years. She has two sons, Ryan and Kyle. Ryan is in the USAF and Kyle works in Dallas, TX for Southwest Airlines. Her hobbies include traveling, running and fitness, and spending time outdoors.

Caryn Campbell

Certified Registered Dental Hygienist

Caryn was born and raised in Indiana and moved to Florida in 2004. She attended the State College of Florida for her dental hygiene certification and has plans to further her education with a Bachelor’s degree. Caryn enjoys meeting new people and teaching them about their oral health and how to maintain it. Of course, she also loves cleaning teeth! She is a great addition to charismatic, energetic team!

Caryn has been married since 2015.They currently live in Venice with their corgi puppy and love the Florida life! Her hobbies include reading, painting acrylic on canvas, crochet, cooking, traveling, and continuously learning.

Sandra Ohnikian

Certified Dental Assistant

Sandra has been an integral part of our team since 2002. She brings to the practice a wealth of experience and knowledge having worked as a dental professional since 1980. Her knowledge, along with her warm and welcoming smile, help patients relax and feel secure during their visits. She loves to laugh with the patients and make them feel secure. Like the rest of our team, Sandra’s here to help any way she can. She works chairside, supporting Dr. Dorociak and patients during procedures. She also orders our supplies and organizes the doctor’s speaking engagements.

After growing up in Ohio and living in Connecticut for more than 20 years, Sandra’s called Florida home since 1995. She has two sons, Mark who has an interest in criminology and will be attending USF and Nick who will be pursuing Marine biology. Sandra enjoys boating, diving for lobsters, cooking, sewing, and reading.

Christine Rivera

Expanded Functions Certified Dental Assistant

Always smiling and laughing, Christine enjoys meeting people and putting them at ease. She joined Sarasota Family Dental in 2004 and has worked in the dental field since 1999. Christine loves being part of a team that helps people improve their overall and oral health and creates beautiful smiles. You’ll meet Christine during your visits, as she’ll seat you, prepare you for your procedure, and explain what will happen. Then she’ll be at your side, helping the doctor and keeping you updated.

Christine is known as “The Chef” in our office: she loves to cook and is a walking encyclopedia of food knowledge. One day she will be a Food Network “Star”! Christine shares her life with her husband, two sons, two dogs, and a cat.

Abby Bernal

Dental Assistant

Abby loves working with our patients and building trusting relationships with them. She’s always glad to answer questions, provide education, and – most importantly – make sure each patient has a positive visit. She started working in the field in 1995 and joined Sarasota Family Dental in 2016. In addition to working alongside Dr. Dorociak and patients, Abby assists the team with her knowledge and expertise. 

Outside the office, Abby loves traveling with her two sons, daughter, and grandson. She’s an avid reader and enjoys losing herself in a good book.

Michael R. Dorociak, DDS, MAGD - Sarasota Family Dental

3900 Clark Rd Suite J5, Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 924-1100

Sarasota, Florida Dentist, Sarasota Family Dental is committed to dental excellence and offers patients a comprehensive list of family and cosmetic dental services including dental cleanings & exams, teeth whitening, tooth colored fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, Invisalign, root canals, dental implants, and emergency dental care. Please come and visit Sarasota, FL dentist, Michael R. Dorociak, DDS, MAGD.

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