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Adria BernsteinOperations Manager & Certified Dental Assistant

Adria Bernstein was born in San Antonio, Texas, in an Air Force family. By the age of 2 her family settled right here in Seminole, Florida, where she grew up and developed deep roots in the community. She graduated from Seminole High School, and went on to earn several degrees and certificates from area colleges. If it is new, high tech or changing the face of dentistry, Adria wants to learn more about it. Adria has more than 12 years’ experience in the dental field, and is excited about how much technology is advancing and the difference it makes in patient’s lives. She is fully engaged in treating patients with excellence and kindness. Technological advances combined with our technique is the perfect combination of both continuous rewards and challenges for Adria. She loves being a part of a team that is committed to their patients. Constant learning and keeping up with the advancing technology is key! She is a passionate and empathetic people person, and working so closely with patients is an incredible opportunity to learn and grow making this the perfect occupation for her. To that end, she has earned her Expanded Functions Dental Certificate and her Nursing Assistant Certificate. Adria is also an artist and has a diverse educational background that brings a broad range of experience to the team of Empower Dental. She has earned Associates Degrees in both Fashion Design and Liberal Arts, as well as a Certificate in Graphic Design. She runs her own business as an artist, WITTY WOCKS, and is responsible for the beautiful murals in our office. Her passion for learning has made her a valued member of our team. Adria loves raising her son and her furry children, and her tenderhearted love of animals leads her to volunteer at Animal Control and if you need a pet she can probably recommend one. She also loves volunteering with senior citizens and children through various outreaches. Adria loves kayaking and all things ocean, and shall embrace the man of her dreams some day in the future.

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Victor Macias Sleep Medicine Ambassador

Victor was born at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where his Mother Dr. Rebecca Orsini was serving on active duty. After her service the family moved back to Illinois to be closer to his grandparents. He returned to Florida and graduated from Seminole High School in 2017. Victor has had extensive training in Dental Sleep Medicine, and is uniquely qualified to understand and relate to patients since he has also struggled with sleep disorders. He is a gifted writer and singer/rapper and records music in his spare time. He is also passionate about rescuing and caring for reptiles of all types and has many pets. He enjoys spending time with his friends and family and is obsessed with Chipotle.

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Yaniris Paz Registered Dental Hygienist

Yaniris, who goes by Yany, is originally from Havana, Cuba where she went to dental school. She moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2003 with her husband and together they raised their beautiful twin daughters. Yany became a Certified Registered Dental Hygienist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Administration from St. Petersburg College. She received the Community Health Centers of Pinellas Citation of Excellence Award, Natural Science Foundation award, Dr. Vilma Fernandez-Zalupski Latino Academic Excellence Award, and a position on the “President’s Honor List” of St. Petersburg College. She is passionate about teaching patients appropriate oral health strategies to maintain oral health. Yany loves pets and has a wide variety including dogs, a cat, fish, parakeets, and chicken. Her favorite hobbies are traveling, biking, cooking, reading, and planning family activities.

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Emily BurgTreatment Coordinator

Emily Burg was born in Atlanta, Georgia and is the oldest of four siblings. After graduating from high school, Emily moved to Florida to go to college in central Florida to double-major in English and psychology. Soon, she transferred to SPC and moved to St. Petersburg. Emily has always had a keen interest in helping people and found that in dentistry, there are many unique opportunities to support a patient through treatment. She lives with her boyfriend, two cats, and a dog, and they all enjoy spending the weekends together and going to the park. Emily is also very close with her grandparents and spends several mornings a week having breakfast with them. Currently she spends much of her time studying and plans to finish an Associates degree at SPC then transfer to USFSP with the goal of continuing to graduate school.

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Bonnie ZwisslerDental Assistant

Bonnie Zwissler was born in Clearwater, Florida and grew up right here in the Seminole area. She graduated from Seminole High in 2012 and continued on to earn her Associates of Arts from St. Petersburg College and then her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Florida. During her time at USF, she was part of the Pre-Dental Society and was able to get hands-on experience with extensive training in both the dental and orthodontic fields. Due to a dental accident at a younger age, she was quickly introduced to the dental world when she had multiple procedures and then was put into braces. This is where she found an interest in a possible career. Her future goal is to continue her education and eventually go to dental school. She has always had a passion to help others and bring joy to anyone she meets. Bonnie loves to dance, cook, and do anything outdoors in her spare time. Fun fact: She spent the summer of 2018 living up in Skagway, Alaska, working as a zip line guide where she spent her spare time hiking the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

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