Mauricio Martinez – Dentist/Practice Owner
I have been practicing for 13 years. I am a graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry. I practice all scopes of dentistry. My focus is on restorative and preventive dentistry. I have been placing dental implants since 2005 and continue to further my education. I have attained Fellowship status with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and membership in the World Clinical Laser & Imaging (WCLI) Institute. I also continue to further my knowledge in orthodontic and occlusion and average 200 hours of continued education per year.
I was born in Colombia and came to the US in 1982, growing up in Hollywood, FL, before leaving to Gainesville to complete my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I have a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, a master’s degree in nutritional science, and a DMD.
I have four beautiful boys and, when not practicing dentistry, I enjoy spending all my time with my boys and my awesome wife. I am involved in coaching soccer with one of my boys. I also enjoy road cycling and try to do group rides on most weekends.
I enjoy what I do and strive to have a positive outcome on the oral health of my patients. I believe in investing in technology to have better and more efficient equipment for my patients. I have invested in laser dental equipment, CAD/CAM dentistry, and dental cone beam for better planning and diagnosis.
Meet Our Team
Providing our patients with a pleasant, comfortable dental experience is our highest priority! Our dental staff is highly trained and skilled, and we strive to provide friendly, high-quality service to each patient. Our team at Gulf Coast Smiles looks forward to taking care of you and your smile!
Janet Santiago – Office Manager
Janet is new to our team, but brings over six years of experience in her field. A graduate of Edison State College, she furthers our practice by guiding patients through the treatment process and answering any and all questions. She loves being part of a great team and working with a dentist that is up to date on all the latest technology. Janet has a six-year-old daughter, Makayla, and the two spend a lot of time together doing whatever Makayla enjoys.
Lauren – Dental Assistant
Lauren loves contributing to patient health and making people smile. She works productively, troubleshooting and solving problems, and has for over six years. Lauren has one two-year-old son and another child on the way. She loves spending time with her family.
Erica – Dental Assistant
Erica joined our team a short time ago, blessing our team with her years of experience and helping Dr. Mauricio Martinez educate patients about their oral health. She received her certification in dental assisting from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in 2004, and is so glad to work in an office that offers a wide range of dental care. She has lived in Florida for 13 years, since her move from MA. Erica is married to her husband, Mark, and has a one-year-old son named Brady.
Kacey – Dental Assistant
Kacey has been part of our team for over 3 months, and is thrilled to be surrounded by professionals whom she can learn so much from. She graduated from Florida SouthWestern State College in dental assisting. She and her husband have two kids, ages nine and two and a half.
Ashley – Registered Dental Hygienist
Ashley graduated from Edison College as president of the class of 2009. For over seven years, she has provided thorough, quality dental care and formed personal relationships with her patients. Our team at Gulf Coast Smiles is like her family, and she is proud to work in such a beautiful office, where Dr. Mauricio Martinez makes all patients feel welcome and keeps up with the latest equipment and education. Ashley and her husband, Nick, have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter named Sage. Ashley also enjoys yoga and is a registered yoga instructor.