Chris completed her Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and graduated with honors (Sigma Phi Alpha) from Pensacola Junior College in 1981. She has worked in the field of general dentistry, orthodontics and periodontics and has worked with Dr. Eastman for over 25 years. She has been an adjunct faculty member and clinical instructor at Manatee Community College School of Dental Hygiene teaching students instrumentation, clinical skills and techniques. Dental hygiene and periodontics are her passion. She is a part-time hygienist and a full-time mother of one. She is married and lives in Bradenton.
Tara completed her Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene with honors from Manatee Community College. While in school, she served as president of the Student American Dental Hygiene Association. Additionaly, she has an Associates degree in respiratory care. For the past 12 years she has worked as a critical care RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) and is certified in advanced cardiac life support. Whether helping to treat and prevent oral disease or helping someone to breathe easier, Tara enjoys improving the quality of her patient’s lives. She began working with Dr. Eastman in 2004 and is the dental hygiene area manager. Tara is married with two children.
Janelle received her certificate in Dental Assisting in 2003 and went on to further her education by earning her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene from Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL in 2005. She is also certified in Dental Anesthesia. Janelle is a Bradenton native and found her passion for dentistry while working for a local dental office while in high school. She joined the Eastman team in January 2007. She has found great satisfaction in improving patient’s smiles and returning their mouth to a health state. She enjoys getting to know her patients and building relationships, while caring for them. When Janelle is not taking care of patients, she loves spending time with her family. She is very happily married for over 10 years and has a son in elementary school. Janelle enjoys fishing, boating, the beach, cookouts, working out, home improvements, decorating and anything that involves her family or the outdoors. She is also an avid Gator fan…GO GATORS!
Brett received his Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from SPJC in St. Petersburg, FL in 1998. He began working with Dr. Eastman in 1999 and found his niche. He completed Nobel Biocare’s training on NobelGuide: Computer planning Software for Dental Implants in 2005 during its initial release in the U.S. and prepares CT scans for viewing by Dr. Eastman. He carries multiple roles in the office, as Study Club Coordinator for the Manatee Study Club, practice liaison and Area Manager for marketing and technology. He enjoys the outdoors, loves technology and has an artistic/creative side. He is a fifth-generation native Florida resident who is married, father of two boys and volunteers with the Cub Scouts serving as Cub Master for Pack 46 in Bradenton.
Cheri received her Associate in Arts Degree in Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College in 1973. She has almost 40 years of experience in Dental Hygiene with over twenty of them working with Dr. Eastman. Cheri became an adjunct clinical instructor at State College of Florida in 2007 teaching students instrumentation, clinical skills and techniques. Although born in Idaho, she is practically a native Florida resident having lived here since 1966.
Kathy received her Associates of Science degree in Nursing from Manatee Community College. She joined Dr. Eastman’s team in 2004 furthering her accomplishments as a nurse. Kathy’s passion is to help people feel better and that drives her to stay on the leading edge in her profession. She is a past member of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses and is certified in advanced cardiac life support. When not caring for her patients, Kathy enjoys being with her family and two dogs. She is an avid trivia buff and a huge Tampa Bay Buccaneer fan.
Caitlin received her Expanded Duties Certification in dental assisting from Manatee Technical Institute. She has been a part of Dr. Eastman’s team since 2003. Caitlin works alongside Dr. Eastman assisting in surgeries and enjoys meeting new people during their new patient interviews. She loves working with her fellow team members and patients like her warm smile and caring personality. Originally from Vermont, Caitlin is married, mother of one, and has lived in Florida for several years.
Audra has been a nurse for many years, starting out as a LPN in 2001 and then decided to further her education by graduating with her Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2008 from Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana. Her previous nursing experience has allowed her to implement her prior skills and knowledge making sure her patients receive the best care possible. She made the journey to Florida in 2010, following family down from Indiana. Outside of work, Audra enjoys spending time with her loved ones, being outdoors, working out and spoiling her dog Farrah.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Deborah received her Associates of Science degree in Nursing from University of Cincinnati. Upon moving to Bradenton, she discovered dentistry was her passion. She obtained her expanded duties certification in dental assisting from Smile Smart Dental Center. Deborah and her husband enjoy spending time with family, friends and their cat, Romeo.
Miriam controls all outgoing written communications via postal, email and fax with referring offices. Her warm and inviting personality makes her a pleasure to work with. Being a mother is Miriam’s most shining accomplishment. She is extremely proud of her two children and loves spending time with her granddaughter. Miriam is currently attending the State College of Florida and is in the Physical Therapy Assistant program.
As the Hygiene Coordinator, Ozzy is always first on the phone to schedule maintenance cleanings and answer questions. Ozzy started with us in February 2015. He is full of energy and wears a smile both on and off of the phone. Our team enjoys his excellent sense of humor and loves working with him. He finds working in the dental field exciting and full of learning opportunities. He wants to follow his career path as a RN and wants to become part of our clinical team. He enjoys an active lifestyle with his wife and two children.
Rebecca joined the practice in 2013 after leaving Michaels Arts and Crafts as a Customer Experience Manager. Being a past paramedic, she missed being in the medical field and has a passion for helping others. Rebecca handles the scheduling of all new patient appointments, surgeries and follow-up visits. Originally from Indiana, she spent 28 years in Michigan before moving to Florida in 2011. She loves sharing her arts and crafts with friends. She has 2 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 mini dachshunds.
Kathy is originally from Jacksonville, FL where she studied Health Care Administration at UNF and worked 15 years as a manager for a paramedical insurance examination company. She loves the opportunity to meet and interact with new people through her position as Financial Coordinator. She processes all insurance related transactions and helps answer any questions patients’ may have regarding their coverage. Kathy also reviews the financial aspect of our patients’ treatment plans and helps make financial arrangements. She enjoys all outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, and camping with her husband and two children. Kathy loves to travel and is an avid reader.
Kodi graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. While attending USF, she was very involved in her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and even took on countless leadership positions. The youngest of the four Eastman kids, Kodi took interest in the marketing side of the dental field and now serves as the Marketing Director for our team. Kodi grew to love the city of Tampa and now resides there with some of her closest friends. Born and raised in Bradenton, Kodi hopes to one day move back to her hometown to be closer to her family. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing sports, shopping, laughing and most importantly spending time with her friends, family, and three dogs. She is very eager to learn more about dentistry, and is very excited to attend more continuing education courses in the future.
Cruise earned his Bachelors in Information Technology Systems Administration December of 2015. He helps manage computer issues, data entry and IT projects around the office. He began working for Dr. Eastman since September of 2006, and still loves the atmosphere and work environment he experiences today. He is a Florida resident whom recently had a baby boy.
As the Hygiene Coordinator, Lupe helps schedule and coordinate our dental hygiene appointments, answers the phone and follows up on missed appointments. She attended MTI to become a Dental Assistant and is going back to school to become a Dental Hygienist. Lupe is cross trained in communications and is always eager to learn more. She is a great asset to our team and serves as our Spanish speaking translator. On her spare time she loves going to the beach, dancing, playing soccer, and spending time with her close friends and family.