Irene our office manager was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Irene has been working in the dental field for over 15 years accumulating great and valuable experience which is a benefit to our office and our patients here in Jacksonville. Irene is married and has three beautiful children that she loves to spend time with on her time off.
Dewalae was born and raised close by, in Beulaville, North Carolina. Her past dental career experience includes working as a Patient Relations Coordinator for five years with DentalWorks, here in Jacksonville. This is where she became familiar with dental insurance and completed treatment plans for the oral surgeon. She is married to her best friend and has two wonderful children. Dewalae enjoys the outdoors, softball, college football, and spending time with family.
Jill is a registered Dental Hygienist who graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College in 2006. She is a local girl from Richlands, NC. She has one son, who she spends all her spare time with. She loves the beach, outdoors, playing sports, and spending time with family.
Cynthia is a registered Dental Hygienist who graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College in 1998. She is originally from Swansboro, NC. She has 3 three kids who she loves spending her spare time with. She also loves gardening, baking, going to the beach and restoring old furniture.
Tracy started working in our office as a Certified Dental Assistant after graduating from Coastal Carolina Community College in the Spring of 2016. She has lived in North Carolina all her life and loves spending time in the outdoors. She is blessed with three children and loves to spoil them. She enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family.
Kerestin is a Certified Dental Assistant who graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College in 2014. After graduating she spent 3 years working in general dentistry and had always had the interest and ambition to work in the periodontal specialty. She joined Dr. Arauz’s team September of 2018. Kerestin was born and raised in central Illinois. In her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Melanie was born and raised in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. She has 25+ years experience as a Dental Assistant. She obtained her certification in dental assisting from SCT Boces in 2005 and her national certification, DANB, in 2006. In 2015 she received her Phlebotomy certification. She is a member of the Dental Assisting Association and the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries (ADIA). She has volunteered her time with Head Start, Give Kids a Smile, Florida Mission of Mercy, and 17 years of raising awareness for National Children’s Dental Health Month. Melanie is married, has two beautiful daughters and a husky named Toby. She enjoys reading and spending time outdoors with her family.
Janet started working with Dr. Arauz April of 2018. She was born and raised in North Carolina and has been blessed with three beautiful daughters and one handsome son. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys working on her talk radio show “2 to 3 with Janet Leigh.
Anastasia has been working with Dr. Arauz and his team since 2015. Anastasia is responsible for bookkeeping, accounting and various other duties within the office. She grew up in Clearwater, Florida and moved to Jacksonville in 2012. She was a school counselor for 9 years and has always enjoyed working with children and families. She is married to Dr. Arauz and enjoys spending time with their family.
Laura was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She obtained her Associates Degree in business from Briarcliffe College in New York. After graduation she worked in mortgage banking for ten years. She moved to North Carolina in 2009 with family. Laura began to work with Dr. Arauz in December of 2016. Laura likes to spend time salt and freshwater fishing with her son.
Sarah is originally from coastal Texas She attended Coastal Carolina Community College and graduated as a CDA in 2014. She joined Dr. Arauz’s team January 2019. She spends her spare time with her son, traveling, and volunteering with a local nonprofit called Raising Raiders.
Natalie works as our Marketing Director and Event Coordinator. She grew up in Iowa then moved to Florida in 2006. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing at Stetson University in DeLand, FL. After graduation she worked as an agent Team Member for State Farm. She later moved to North Carolina in 2018. Natalie enjoys spending time off with her husband and their dog.