Meet The Team

  • Dr.
    Ishbel Nieves
    B.S., D.M.D

    Dr. Ishbel Nieves was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has resided in Lake County, FL since 2008. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology with an emphasis in Human Anatomy from the University of Puerto Rico in 2003. In 2007 Dr. Nieves graduated from the University of Puerto Rico: School of Dental Medicine obtaining a Doctorate in Dental Medicine.

    After her graduate studies, Dr. Nieves moved to Gainesville, Florida to pursue a General Practice Residency certificate from the Malcolm Randall, VA Medical Center. It was during this program that Dr. Nieves had the opportunity to work with medically compromised dental patients as well as widen her knowledge in several areas of general dentistry and diagnosis and treatment of oral-facial pain.

    Dr. Ishbel Nieves lives in Groveland, Fl with her husband Erik. In her free time she enjoys reading, running and kayaking. Dr. Nieves also enjoys international travel adventures with her husband Erik. She believes that continuing with education courses will allow her to provide the latest in dental treatment to her patients. She takes the time to educate each patient to insure they understand the importance of their oral health.

    Dr. Nieves believes that the patient should be treated with respect and kindness, meanwhile providing quality dental care. She is an active member of ADA, FDA, and Lake County Dental Society.


  • Dr.
    Poonam Popat

    Dr. Poonam Popat was raised in Orlando, FL where she also graduated with a Bachelor's  degree in Micro and Molecular Biology at the University of Central Florida in 2009. In 2013 she completed her Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

    After graduating, Dr. Popat moved back to Orlando where she practiced as a general dentist while continuing her education to expand her skills to provide the best possible care for her patients. 

    Dr. Popat got married in 2017 to her husband Preet. Together they traveled internationally creating new adventures. They then moved to Austin, TX where Dr. Popat discovered her new love for hiking and food trucks while continuing her passion for dentistry. 

    Dr. Popat and her husband traveled back to Florida to raise their first baby Shayen surrounded by their closest friends and family.

    Now being back in Florida Dr. Popat is very excited for her new endeavors with Dr. Nieves to provide her patients with the respect and care they are needing. Dr. Popat respects that each patient has different circumstances and medical needs which allows her to give the exceptional quality of care each patient needs. 

  • Chenessa Villafane, RDH

    Chenessa grew up in Minnesota before making the move to sunny Florida in 2003. She then graduated from Valencia College with her AS degree in Dental Hygiene in 2014. Chenessa's passion for dental hygiene shows in her commitment to patient comfort, ensuring a gentle, yet thorough cleaning, tending to each patient's needs. Her favorite part of dental hygiene is knowing that her patients leave the office feeling relaxed, and more confident. She understands not everyone may enjoy a visit to the dentist as much as she does but, if she can change just one patient's perspective and experience from a negative one to a positive, carefree one. Outside of dental hygiene, Chenessa also enjoys spending time with her husband, her daughters, and her friends. She looks forward to going on vacations, or 'stay-cations', here in Florida with them, catching thrills at the theme parks, or just cuddling up on the couch to watch a movie with her loved ones, their family dog, Einstien and their cat, Luna.

  • Jenifer Gonzalez

    Jennifer was born and raised in New York. I started to work in the dental field right out of High school while attending Marymount College. In my early 20's I moved to Spain where I met my husband and had two beautiful kids. In 2012 I moved to Florida where I started working with Dr. Nieves shortly afterward. In the fall of 2018, we added a new addition to our family, Simba, a cocker spaniel poodle mix, who has brought so much joy and love to our house. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with my family.

  • Latasha Kovarik

    Born and raised in Iowa, lived in Florida since 2006. I have been a dental assistant for 14 years. In my spare time I enjoy riding motorcycles and going to the beach with my husband and daughter.

  • Julisa Melendez

    I was born in San Juan Puerto Rico. Study an Associate degree in Secretarial Sciences in the CUTB of PR. I love physical activities so I took a training Group Coach and Personal Trainer. My Favorite hobbies are outdoor activities. I Am a proud mother of two wonderful children and I have a husband who has accompanied me for the past 17 years. I Came to the United States about a year ago to look for new opportunities for myself and my family and explore new horizons. I'm not afraid of changes because that's what life is all about. I like to make the most of all the challenges and my life sentence is; 'Whatever you do, do it with your heart.'

  • MarieGloria Gonzalez

    Over the years, Marie has worked in every position in the front office and as a dental assistant in both corporate and private environments, where she discovered the benefits and challenges of each type of practice. She has over 21 yrs. of experience in the dental field including starting a new office, as well as re-organizing established practices. Currently, as Front Desk Manager, she is dedicated to serving all your insurance needs from verifying and maximizing your benefits to helping you understand how they will work together. She earned her BS in Science from the University of Puerto Rico. She enjoys music, reading, swimming, and time with her family.

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