Meet Our Team

Administrative Team

Megan is one of the smiling faces that you will find at our front desk. She performs many tasks including scheduling. She has an Associate of Arts in Business and certified in massage therapy.

Megan has a beautiful 4 year old daughter. She enjoys fishing, mudding and airboat riding with her family.

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Lauren, Administrative Assistant (Team member).

Lauren earned her expanded functions dental assisting certification from the Greater Orlando Dental Assisting School in Orlando, Florida. She has cross trained as an administrative assistant in the dental office as well.

Lauren is a native Floridian being born and raised in Inverness. When Lauren is not working she enjoys boating with her husband, spending time with her friends and family, and reading a good book.

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Jeanie, Front Desk Administrative Assistant (Team member since 2011).

Jeanie is one of the smiling faces that you will find at our front desk. She performs many tasks including scheduling. Our patient's love Jeanie's warmth and caring nature. Jeanie started her career in medicine and has certifications as a Health Unit Coordinator, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Medical Assistant Specialist, and a Phlebotomist.

Jeanie and her family live in Sumter County. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family.

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Jan, Insurance Benefits Coordinator (Team member since 2012).

Jan obtains and verifies insurance benefit information for our patients. She has over 30 years of experience in the dental field including experience as a dental office manager.

Jan loves spending time with her family and grandchildren. She and her husband also enjoy raising and training miniature donkeys.

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Toni, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (Team member since 2012).

Toni obtained her expanded functions dental assisting certification from the University of Florida.

Toni was born and raised in Texas. Toni enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

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Tearsa, Team Leader

Tearsa is our Team Leader and oversees the day to day operations of our practice.

Tearsa first began working with Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry as a consultant/trainer for matters involving the complexities of dental insurance plans. She has many years of experience as a consultant in those matters. After recognizing her talents and her leadership abilities, we offered her a position on our team as our Team Leader which she accepted.

Tearsa and her family moved to Florida from Michigan. They currently reside in Clermont, Florida and enjoy frequent visits to Disney World.

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Zelda, Practice Administrator (Team member since 2009).

Zelda is our Practice Administrator. Prior to joining Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Zelda had over 13 years of management experience. Since joining us, Zelda has completed the training program at the E4D University in Dallas, Texas for the design and fabrication of porcelain and resin dental restorations. Zelda is the organizer and director of our "Give Kids A Smile" program. During this program, our office and many volunteers provide free dental services to children of need in the Bushnell area.

Prior to joining our practice, Zelda retired from JC Penney Company after 25 years of service. Her experience at JC Penney's included salon management where she managed a salon team of more than 35 individuals.

Zelda resides in Sumter County with her husband, daughter, and their many pets. Some of Zelda's favorite activities are spending time with family, beach time, and crafting.

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Hygienist Team

Darlene, Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH), Dental Hygiene Department Head (Team member since 2005).

Darlene is the leader of our Dental Hygiene Department. She graduated from St. Petersburg College with her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. Darlene has been a licensed hygienist in the State of Florida since 1991 and in 2013 she earned her Certification to Administer Local Anesthesia. In 2017, Darlene completed a multi-day advanced oral health training program at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Prior to joining our team at Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Darlene worked with Dr. Novak in Hernando County, Florida. Darlene joined Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry within the first few months of its founding in 2005.

Darlene and her family live in Pasco County. She enjoys spending time with her family and being near the water.

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Emily, Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) (Team member since 2010).

Emily graduated from Pasco Hernando Community College with her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. In 2013, Emily earned her Certificate to Administer Local Anesthesia. In 2017, Emily completed a multi-day advanced oral health training program at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Emily was born and raised in Dade City, FL and now resides in the nearby town of Brooksville with her husband and their three young children. Emily enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and boating with her family.

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Lauren, Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) (Team member since 2011).

Lauren earned her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Santa Fe Community College. She also holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology from the College of Central Florida.

Lauren was born and raised in Ocala and still resides there with her husband and two step sons. Lauren's favorite activities include baking, crafts, home decorating and travel.

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Clinical Team

Carolyn, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (Team member since 2006).

Carolyn earned her Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Certification and her Dental Radiology Certification from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.

As a member of our team, Carolyn has received training at both E4D University in Dallas, Texas and Glidewell Laboratories in Irvine, California for the design and fabrication of porcelain and resin restorations using CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) systems. Additionally, while at Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Carolyn has completed multiple training programs at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies in Las Vegas, Nevada. Carolyn is a certified Trios trainer for 3shape Technologies and Henry Schein as well as a certified Phebotomist.

Carolyn enjoys working with our dentists on advanced dental procedures including dental implants and full mouth restorative cases.

Carolyn and her daughter reside in Sumter County and enjoy spending time with their family and friends. Carolyn also enjoys trips to the beach, boating, and other outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing. Carolyn was born and raised in Sumter County.

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Burgundy, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (Team member since 2009).

Burgundy graduated from Daytona Beach Community College in 1998 with her certification in dental assisting.

In addition to providing excellent care for our patients, Burgundy also works as an instructor at a school for students aspiring to be dental assistants. As a member of our Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry team, Burgundy received training in Las Vegas, Nevada at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute of Advance Dental Studies.

Burgundy is the proud mother of two boys and enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys hunting and fishing.

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Gina, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (Team member since 2014)

Gina is one of our Bilingual dental assistants. She obtained her expanded functions dental assisting certification from the Dental Assisting Institute inPinellas Park, FL. Gina also has a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. Gina is also certified in radiology and CPR.

Gina was born and raised in Barranquilla, Columbia and now resides in Wildwood, FL. Gina enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and live music.

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Starlit, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (Team member)

Certification: Radiology, Expanded Functions

Starlit loves spending time with her 7 month old daughter Lyla. She has 1 dog, named Opi. She has been an assistant for over 5 years, almost 6 now total. She was born in Citrus County, but raised in Sumter.

Her hobbies are shopping, spending weekends on her family's farm in Centerhill FL, riding four wheeler with her fiance.

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Margarita, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (Team member)

Margarita earned her expanded functions dental assisting certification from ATA Career Education in Springhill, Florida.

In her spare time, Margarita enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Morgan, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (Team member)

Morgan earned her expanded functions dental assistant certification and dental radiology certification from Concorde Career Institute in 2014.

Morgan is a native Floridian as she was born and raised in Clermont, FL. In her spare time, Morgan enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. They enjoy anything outdoors, but especially "mudding" and boating.

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Kelley, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (Team member)

She earned her Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Certificate from Smile Smart in Bradenton, FL and has her Bachelor of Science in Biology from The University of Tampa.

Kelley was born and raised in Sarasota, FL and has 19 years of dental experience. She moved to Belleview 1.5 years ago and is on the Code Enforcement Board for the City.

She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, 10 year old son and their 2 dogs. She is most happy when they go kayaking or out at the rifle range.

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