Dr. Ryan Lepore, DMD
Dr. Lepore is recently retired from the clinical aspect of dentistry due to some preexisting injuries and is now the owner/CEO of Gentle Dentistry. His goal is to simply assist in allowing Dr. A to do more of what she loves to do most; practice dentistry and care for people. His role involves managing the operations and behind-the-scenes work so that Dr. A can focus solely on providing you with the quality of care you’ve come to know and expect. He has known Dr. A and her family for years and feels quite honored that Dr. A has selected him to help continue her amazing tradition of quality care and exceptional patient service.
Dr. Lepore was born in Pittsburgh, PA but grew up in the Tampa Bay Area. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, both for undergraduate and dental school. He married his college sweetheart, Jamila in 2012 and has two children: Luca (born in 2017) and Melina (born in 2019). In his free time, you’ll find him watching the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Florida Gators and enjoying precious time with his family.
Kim is passionate about the personalized care that can be brought to patients in the dental profession, especially in a private practice setting. At Gentle Dentistry, she focuses on developing ongoing innovative strategies for a better patient experience. Working behind the scenes allows Kim to get a bird’s-eye view of the opportunities available. Outside of the office, she embraces the opportunity to volunteer for several animal rescue and wildlife conservation initiatives. Kim enjoys any and all activities on the water and biking along our beautiful Florida coastline. She moved from the frigid winters of Pittsburgh, PA to Clearwater in 2006. She absolutely loves living by the beach with her husband Arnie and two furry feline children.
Frances, originally from New York, currently resides in Florida where she continues to pursue her career in dentistry. She started her journey straight out of high school, with the help of her personal dentist who taught her all aspects of the field. Frances is a member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers which allows her to stay on top of the latest trends to create ideal patient experiences. Her favorite part of dentistry is the relationships she’s developed with both her team and the patients. In her off-time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Originally from Ohio, Joey along with her parents and siblings moved to Sarasota in 1984. She completed her middle and high school years and went to college, originally on a music scholarship in pursuit of a degree in elementary music education. Towards the end of her first year in college, the music specialty programs became a little scarcer and that’s when Joey became interested in her current passion, dentistry. She has been in the dental industry since the mid-1990s. Having been in the dental field now for 25+ years, she is able to combine her years of knowledge and experience for the benefit of her patients and she still occasionally sings along the way! Joey has two sons, Cole and Austin, of whom she is very proud: Her favorite thing in life is being a mom! Joey and her family reside in the Carrollwood area where they live on a large lake. She enjoys feeding wildlife, fishing, and watching the beautiful sunsets.
Sydney is a true native of Tampa. She is a Certified Registered Dental Hygienist with an advanced certification to administer local anesthesia. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from the University of South Florida. Her goal is to provide a comfortable and positive experience for all her patients and to ensure they leave with a smile. Outside of the office, you can find Sydney rooting for her favorite sports team, Tampa Bay Lightning! She also enjoys spending time with her family, meeting new people, and being outdoors, especially on the water.
Lead Chairside Assistant
Natalie was born in Tampa, grew up in Gainesville, and has lived in the Tampa Bay Area since 2000. She has been a part of our Gentle Dentistry family since 2016. Natalie enjoys the leadership aspect of her role and has been a lead dental assistant since 2011. She loves the artistic nature of dentistry and takes great pride in creating beautiful temporary veneers, crowns, and bridges. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Steven and doing any and all kinds of activities on the water.
Tineya grew up in Brooksville, FL and moved to Gainesville to attend school at Santa Fe College. There, she studied and majored in Health Sciences and obtained her AA. While still in Gainesville, she gained her certificate in Dental Assisting. Upon receiving her certification, she moved back home to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Health Science with the eventual plan to apply for dental school. She is also a certified veterinarian assistant, however, she decided she liked giving back smiles so much more. At home, she lives with her mother, brother, and two-year-old pit bull Xena who loves peanut butter and their weekly dog park adventures.