Doctors


Dr. Polly T. Michaels, DMD, DABOI/ID, FICOI, FAAID

Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantology
Board Certified Oral Implantologist

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 is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology. This is the most prestigious accomplishment and qualification available in Implant Dentistry. Dr. Michaels is also a Fellow of both the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. 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 is an Affiliate Clinical Instructor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, a National Speaker on Dental Implantology, and a member of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network.

Dr. Michaels lives in Homosassa and has been married to Robert for over 20 years. She is the proud Mom of teenage twin boys, Brody and Camden. Dr. Michaels enjoys wakeboarding, snow skiing, taekwondo, paddleboarding, camping, playing the clarinet and spending time with her family.


Dr. Andrew Vallo, DDS

Doctorate of Dental Surgery
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry

Doctor

Dr. Andrew Vallo was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, spending most of his childhood in the town of Murrysville, Pennsylvania. As a freshman in high school, he spent the summer working at a local orthodontics office, and it was this experience that lead him to pursue a career in dentistry. Dr. Vallo completed his undergraduate work at Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. He then attended The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, earning a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Dr. Vallo spent three years practicing with a Federally Qualified Health Center, providing quality care to communities of high dental need. For the past eighteen months, he has been the only dentist at the Shelby Health and Wellness Center located in the small town of Shelby, Ohio.

Dr. Vallo has a firm belief in patient centric dental care. He strives to ensure that each of his patients has a full understanding of their current dental status, as well as the ideal treatment recommended for their overall oral health. Dr. Vallo understands that dental anxiety is a common barrier to receiving consistent care, and it is his mission to create a comfortable and safe environment for all of his patients. Dr. Vallo believes that learning is a lifelong journey, and each year he takes the opportunity to participate in numerous continuing education seminars that far exceed the requirements of the state dental board. Dr. Vallo is honored to join Dr. Michaels and her team and looks forward to meeting you!

Dr. Vallo and his fiancé, Dana, recently fulfilled a long time dream of moving to Florida. Most of their favorite hobbies involve spending time outdoors with their Goldendoodle, Ruthie, and Labradoodle, Samson. They are excited to explore the local hiking areas and spend time at the beautiful beaches. Dr. Vallo also enjoys playing golf and tennis and training for organized running events. He still holds true to his Pittsburgh roots, and loves to cheer on his Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.

Practice Administrator


Robert Michaels, MBA

Practice Administrator

Robert 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 since 2010.

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

Business Staff


Doreen

Business Assistant

Doreen was born in New York and raised in Spring Hill.  She has been with Michaels Center for Dental Excellence since 2019.

Doreen attended Pasco Hernando State College and she has 6 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Doreen brings a positive and friendly personality to the Michaels Center for Dental Excellence Family, with a focus on providing the best patient experience possible.  She enjoys meeting new people and continuing education.

Doreen resides in Spring Hill.  She enjoys spending time with her nephew, Mason, and niece, Olivia, as well as kayaking and going to the beach.


Nicole

Treatment Planning Coordinator

Nicole 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 Center for Dental Excellence team since 2014, with 8 previous years’ experience as a Lead Dental Assistant.

Nicole 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 over 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!


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Business Assistant

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Breeana

Office Assistant

 

Breeana grew up in the Spring Hill area.  She brings 4 years of office experience to our office, joining the Michaels Center for Dental Excellence team in 2019.  
 
Breeana resides in Spring Hill with her daughter, Riley.  She enjoys building relationships with her patients and making their experiences the best possible.
 
In her free time, Breeana enjoys being outdoors, watching the sunset and creating fun makeup looks. 

Dental Assistants


Heidi

Dental Assistant

Heidi 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 over 30 years of experience in the dental field, joining Michaels Center for Dental Excellence in 2010.

Heidi 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. Heidi enjoys singing; painting; writing poetry; shooting; archery; and helping her fiancé, Michael, in his studio and with his music students.


Jazmin

Dental Assistant

Jazmin is originally from New York and was raised in Puerto Rico. In 2018, Jazmin graduated from ATA Career Academy as a Certified Dental Assistant. Jazmin joined the Michaels Center for Dental Excellence team in 2017.

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

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


Pamela

Dental Assistant

 

 
Pamela was born in Brandon, Florida and raised in York, Maine. She is Expanded Functions Dental Assistant with Radiology certification. Pamela graduated from ATA Career Education in Spring Hill. She is currently a student at St. Petersburg College. Pamela, who joined us in 2019, brings 5 years of previous dental experience to our office.
 

Pamela loves making people smile about their smile! Dentistry is what she feels she was born to do, as she has a big passion for helping people feel absolutely amazing and confident in their smiles. She also enjoys the creativity that goes along with prosthodontics.

Pamela currently resides in Hudson with her husband, Christopher, and two dogs: Brandy, a Pit/Lab mix, and Eli, a King Shepherd. During her free time, she enjoys being outdoors; laying in the sun; county line dancing; movie dates with her husband; and travelling.


Taylor

Sterile Technician

 

Taylor was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was raised in Homosassa.  In 2019, Taylor graduated from USF with a BS in Biomedical Sciences. She joined the Michaels Center for Dental Excellence team in 2019.
 
Taylor enjoys working with and inspiring staff, and learning new skills.  During her free time, Taylor  working out and going to the beach.  

Dental Hygienists


Melanie

Dental Hygienist

Melanie was born and raised in Baldwin, New York. She graduated from PHSC with an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She is a Certified Registered Dental Hygienist with a Certificate in the administration of Local Anesthesia. Melanie has been a member of the Michaels Center for Dental Excellence team since 2014.

Melanie 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 Brooksville. 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

Dental Hygienist

Ashley 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 Center for Dental Excellence team in 2016.

Ashley 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 their two dogs. Ashley enjoys kayaking, mud runs, football games (Go Bucs!), Netflix binge watching, camping and spending time with her family.


Jackie

Dental Hygienist

Jackie is a native Floridian, born and raised in New Port Richey. She brings over 11 years of dental experience to our office. Jackie graduated from St. Petersburg College with an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and is a Certified Registered Dental Hygienist. Jackie also holds a Certificate in the Administration of Local Anesthesia. Having previous training as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, Jackie has a unique perspective as a hygienist. She has been a member of the Michaels Center for Dental Excellence team since 2019.

Jackie enjoys building trusting relationships with her patients, finding ways to make oral hygiene an every-day priority in their busy lives. Her greatest joy comes from relieving patients of anxiety and fear, allowing them to look forward to their next dental visit.

Jackie resides in Hudson, with her husband, Tyler. She has three “furbabies,” Bailey, Diesel and Sanders, all dogs. In her free time, Jackie enjoys being outdoors, both in the woods and the water. While she also enjoys exploring new places and meeting new people, her favorite hobby is spending time with her family, enjoying a simple meal, and conversations around the table. “Family is everything!”