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Dr. Michaels


POLLY T. MICHAELS, DMD, FICOI, AFAAID

POLLY T. MICHAELS, DMD, FICOI, AFAAID

Doctor

Dr. Polly Michaels was born and raised in Duluth, Georgia. She earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from The University of Georgia and in 1998 she graduated from The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. She was an Officer in the Commissioned Corps under the command of the Surgeon General for the next eight years, practicing in Washington State, Oklahoma and Alaska, before entering private practice in the Denver, Colorado area.

In July 2002, she completed a hospital-based, two-year, Advanced General Practice Residency in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Working closely with dental specialists, Dr. Michaels refined and enhanced her abilities. She expanded the variety of procedures she could perform to include some of those commonly referred to specialists. She also worked with medically complex or compromised patients including transplant patients, patients with severe cardiovascular disease, dialysis patients, cancer patients and trauma patients. By working closely with the patients’ medical physicians, a team was formed to provide the best care possible.

Dr. Michaels is dedicated to continual learning and developing a dynamic dental practice where the highest quality care is provided to her patients in a clean, caring environment. She is a Board Certified Oral Implantologist who holds a Diplomate through the American Board of Oral Implantology, as well as Fellowships with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. In addition to her training and experience in the administration of oral conscious sedation, Dr. Michaels also holds advanced licensure in IV sedation. Dr. Michaels has held multiple leadership positions in the Hernando County Dental Society.

Dr. Michaels lives in Weeki Wachee and has been married to Robert for 20 years. She has twin boys, Brody and Camden. Dr. Michaels enjoys fishing; horseback riding; paddle boarding; snow skiing; hiking; camping; playing the clarinet; and spending time with her family.


Practice Administrator


ROBERT MICHAELS, MBA

ROBERT MICHAELS, MBA

Practice Administrator

robert_1croppedRobert was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He attended Benedictine Military School, then earned degrees at The University of Georgia, Central Washington University and The University of Alaska Anchorage, where he earned his MBA and graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. He has managed Dr. Michaels practice for 7 years.

Robert is our jack of all trades! In addition to managing the practice, he repairs everything from computers to dental equipment. Robert enjoys interacting with patients on a daily basis, learning about their life experiences. Every patient has a different story to share and our patient-friendly environment allows Robert the time to build and enjoy these relationships.

Robert lives in Weeki Wachee with his wife of 20 years, Dr. Michaels, and twin sons, Brody and Camden. In his free time Robert enjoys weightlifting; boxing; snow skiing; wakeboarding; playing the trumpet; computers; and spending time with his family.


Business Staff

Starla Stackhouse

Starla Stackhouse

Lead Business Assistant

nicole_1croppedStarla was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in St. Pete, Florida. She graduated from Pasco Hernando State College in New Port Richey. Starla holds a certificate as a Certified Dental Assistant. She has 5 years of experience in the dental field as a Dental Assistant and Office Manager.

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Starla enjoys working with people and taking care of our patients.

Starla resides in Brooksville with her husband Craig and her three daughters, Kayla, Naudia and Emily. She also has a grandson, Derek. In her free time Starla enjoys reading, the beach, sunbathing and camping with her daughters.

Stephanie Ioviero

Stephanie Ioviero

Business Assistant

heidi_1croppedStephanie is originally from New Jersey. She attended Central Florida Institute in Palm Harbor. Stephanie is an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. She has 6 years of experience in the dental field as a Dental Assistant and Business Assistant.

heidi_2croppedStephanie enjoys interacting with patients, learning more about them each time they come in, and the “family feeling” that follows.

Stephanie resides in Spring Hill with her husband Cody; three children, son Dylan and twin daughters Kaylie and Rylie; and her dog Nala. In her free time Stephanie enjoys watching her son play baseball, sitting by the pool with her family and going to the gym.

Dental Assistants

NICOLE REYES

NICOLE REYES

Lead Dental Assistant

nicole_1croppedNicole was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Central Career School in South Plainfield, New Jersey with a Certificate in Dental Assisting. Nicole has been a member of the Michaels Dental team since 2014, with 8 previous years’ experience as a lead dental assistant.

nicole_2croppedNicole is a team player, whose enthusiasm is contagious. She is determined to provide her patients with the best dental experience possible. Nicole loves interacting with people of all different walks of life. She has a passion for surgery and helping to create beautiful smiles.

Nicole resides in Spring Hill and has been married to her husband, Alfred, for 10 years. She has four children, Christopher, Alyssa, Darryn and Briell; as well as a dog, Bella.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys sunbathing on the beach; horseback riding; and anything with her kids!

HEIDI CAPARELLO

HEIDI CAPARELLO

Dental Assistant

heidi_1croppedHeidi was born in Lynn, Massachusetts as an “Air Force Brat.” She attended Pasco-Hernando State College and graduated from the Florida College of Medical and Dental Careers with certificates in Radiology and as an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant. Heidi is also a National Registered Dental Assistant. She has 29 years of experience in the dental field with 23 years at Michaels Dental, beginning her career here in 1987!

heidi_2croppedHeidi is our cosmetic queen! She treats all of our cosmetic cases like fine art, helping Patients achieve the most beautiful smile possible. Heidi loves helping and getting to know our Patients; all aspects of dentistry; taking good care of people; and her coworkers.

Heidi resides in Spring Hill with fiancé Michael. She has three sons, Russell, Erik and Josh. In her free time Heidi is active in her church; singing, assisting the Minister and acting as an Altar Guide. She has also been active in the Boys Scouts, with all three of her sons earning the Eagle Scout rank. She is partner to Caparello Creations, which markets fine art of her late husband, Antonio Caparello. She enjoys singing; painting; writing poetry; shooting; archery; and helping her fiancé, Michael, in his studio and with his music students.

Jazmin Rivera

Jazmin Rivera

Dental Assistant

nicole_1croppedJazmin is originally from New York and was raised in Puerto Rico. She holds a certificate as a CNA. Jazmin joined the Michaels Dental team in 2017.

nicole_2croppedJazmin enjoys making her patients comfortable and helping them obtain the care they need. She loves teamwork, communication and wearing a big smile!

Jazmin has a fiance, Sammuel, and dreams of having a family of her own one day.

During her free time, Jazmin enjoys going to the beach, listening to music, dancing, travelling, church and spending time with her family.

Dental Hygienists

Melanie Lebensfeld

Melanie Lebensfeld

Dental Hygienist

heidi_1croppedMelanie was born and raised in Baldwin, New York. She graduated from PHSC with an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Melanie has been a member of the Michaels Dental team since graduation.

heidi_2croppedMelanie has a passion for her profession, which is displayed by her enthusiasm to learn and excitement to care for her patients. Melanie loves getting to know her patients and their families, catching up with them at each visit. Her patients become her friends. Melanie takes pride in helping her patients maintain beautiful smiles.

Melanie resides in Spring Hill. She has a Schnauzer, Sophia, and a parakeet, Mimi. Melanie enjoys working out, shopping, kayaking and watching football. She is a huge fan of the Jets!

Ashley Read

Ashley Read

Dental Hygienist

heidi_1croppedAshley is a native of Brooksville. She graduated from Pasco-Hernando State College earning an AA Degree and an AS degree in Dental Hygiene. Ashley graduated from the University of South South Florida with a BS in Biomedical Sciences. She is a Certified Registered Dental Hygienist with a Certificate in the administration of Local Anesthesia. Ashley joined the Michaels Dental team in 2016.

heidi_2croppedAshley loves helping and educating her patients, and interacting with her patients and co-workers on a daily basis.

Ashley resides in Brooksville with her husband, Steven, and her Boxer, Bella Mae. Ashley enjoys kayaking, mud runs, football games (Go Bucs!), Netflix binge watching, camping and spending time with her family.

Hailey Goodwin

Hailey Goodwin

Dental Hygienist

nicole_1croppedHailey is a native of Brooksville. She graduated from Pasco-Hernando State College earning an AA Degree. She is a Certified Registered Dental Hygienist with a Certificate in the administration of Local Anesthesia. Hailey joined the Michaels Dental team in 2016.

nicole_2croppedHailey loves interacting with people from all walks of life. She enjoys getting to know her patients while providing exceptional dental hygiene care.

Hailey resides in Spring Hill with her husband, Devin, and 5 children: Kaden 9, Brody 7, Talon 4, Remington 2 and Emory 1. Hailey enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, boating, going to the beach, shopping and working out.