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Dr. Alissa Dragstedt

Pediatric Dentist Dr. Alissa DragstedtDr. Dragstedt is excited to welcome you and your child to Grins and Giggles Pediatric Dentistry. She is committed to the highest quality dental care and building a trusting and safe environment for her young patients.

Dr. Alissa Dragstedt grew up on a U.S. army military base in Wuerzburg, Germany. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrional Sciences in 1998. She received her Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from the University of Florida in 2005, and upon finishing dental school worked in general dentistry for 2 years. It was during her work in general dentistry that she fully realized her great love of working with children. Dr. Dragstedt returned to the University of Florida to complete her 2-year residency in Pediatric Dentistry and graduated in 2009.

Dr. Dragstedt became a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2010-which is the most prestigious qualifying status in the profession and is a distinction earned by fewer than 3 percent of all dentists. She currently serves as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University Of Florida. Dr. Dragstedt is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and the International Association of Dental Traumatology. She regularly attends Continuing Education conferences to ensure that she and her highly trained staff remain committed to excellence in pediatric dentistry and the latest in innovative technologies to enhance patient care.

Being a mother of two, and a devoted wife, Dr. Alissa cherishes time spent with her family. You will frequently find her around town at her children’s sporting events. Dr. Alissa’s patient, nurturing, and fun personality puts her young patients at ease, which she hopes will lay the foundation for a successful and healthy lifestyle starting at an early age.

Dr. Ronda Moore

Pediatric Dentist Dr. Ronda MooreDr. Ronda Moore was born and raised in Tampa, FL. She attended Duke University in Durham, NC for her undergraduate studies. She then received her dental training at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and earned her Doctor of Dental Sciences (DDS) degree. After dental school, Dr. Moore completed a two year academic and hospital based residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Florida where she served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Moore became board certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2015. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the National Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, and the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Moore has a passion for service and children's dentistry. She serves on a pediatric dental mission trip to Andros, Bahamas with the University of Florida College of Dentistry annually. Dr. Moore is very excited to be a part of the Grins and Giggles family. She strives to provide her young patients with positive dental experiences and optimal dental care to ensure healthy dental habits and good oral health that will transition into adulthood.

In her free time, Dr. Moore enjoys spending time with her twin sister, playing with her Shiba Inu puppy, watching movies, and cheering on her favorite sports teams- Go Gators and Blue Devils!

Dr. Brooke Maryak

Pediatric Dentist Dr. Alissa DragstedtDr. Maryak received her medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, GA in 2009. She completed her internship and residency in Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL in 2013 where she served as chief resident. Dr. Maryak was certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 2014 and completed her Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, FL in 2015. She lives in Jacksonville, FL with her husband and 2 beautiful daughters.



Meet the Team

Brianna-Business Manager

Brianna, our exceptional Insurance Coordinator and Receptionist, earned her Dental Assisting Certification from Santa Fe College in 2012. She works effortlessly to create an easy and hassle-free experience while scheduling appointments and handling all of the insurance needs for our patients. Brianna’s warm spirit and caring voice make patients and parents feel welcome before they even step foot in the office. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and family outdoors.


Sherica- Receptionist

Sherica, our kind-hearted receptionist, joined our team in August 2016. Sherica has earned both her Dental Assisting Certificate and Dental Hygiene License from Santa Fe College. Her sweet and patient demeanor makes her a perfect fit for working with children. It will most likely be her voice you hear when calling our office to schedule your child’s visit! In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, scrapbooking and singing.


Maria- Receptionist

Maria, our sweet receptionist, joined our team in the beginning of 2017! It will most likely be her voice you hear when calling our office to schedule your child's first appointment! Her calm personality will make you feel at ease about any of your dental fears. On the phone, she is confident your child will receive outstanding care while visiting our office! In her free time, Maria enjoys spending time with her family, cooking meals, camping and road trips, and running with her puppy, Duncan!


Michelle-Lead Registered Dental Hygienist

Michelle, our wonderful Dental Hygienist, graduated from Santa Fe College in 2013 with her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. Michelle was the first Dental Hygienist to join our team! She is sincerely passionate about working with children and treats her patients as if they were her own, leaving a lasting impression on the child and their parents. She enjoys educating the community about oral health and makes frequent visits to local schools and daycares. When Michelle is not working she spends her free time with her family!


Shelby- Registered Dental Hygienist

Shelby, our sweet Dental Hygienist, has been a part of the Grins and Giggles team since 2014 immediately upon completing the Santa Fe College Dental Assisting program. After working as an assistant for a year she decided to further her education to become a Dental Hygienist. Shelby’s extremely calming nature is sure to ease any fear your child may have when it comes to their dental appointment. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family and helping out around her family farm.


Marcie- Registered Dental Hygienist

Marcie, one of our caring Hygienist, joined our team in May 2016. She obtained her Dental Assisting Certificate and Dental Hygiene License from Santa Fe College. Marcie has always loved working with children and treats them as if they were her own. Her calming personality instantly puts your child at ease during their dental appointment. When Marcie is not working she loves to vacation at Disney with her family.


Lauren- Registered Dental Hygienist

Lauren, one of our kind-hearted Dental Hygienists, immediately joined our team in May of 2017 after graduating from Santa Fe college with her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene! Lauren remembers having wonderful experiences at the dentist as a child and hopes to pass those same positive experiences on to all of our patients. She strives to help every child leave our office with a smile on their face! On her days off, Lauren enjoys cooking new recipes, volunteering with Children's ministry, and spending time with friends and family.


Erica- Registered Dental Hygienist

Erica, one of our passionate Dental Hygienists, immediately joined our team in May of 2017 after graduating from Santa Fe college with her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene! Erica has a passion for children and enjoys making sure her patients have a wonderful experience while visiting our office! Her kind personality makes her a great fit for working with children of all ages! In her free time, Erica enjoys reading, spending time in nature, taking occasional naps, and volunteering around the Gainesville community!


Hayley-Lead Certified Dental Assistant

Hayley, our exceptional Certified Dental Assistant, not only works chairside with the doctors, she also doubles as an amazing Receptionist. She may very well be the sweet voice on the other end of the phone scheduling your child’s appointments and answering all of your questions! Hayley earned her Dental Assisting Certification at Santa Fe College in 2014 and immediately joined our team! Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family on the water and enjoying her sweet puppy, Sofi!


Morgan- Certified Dental Assistant

Morgan, our sweet Dental Assistant, is a recent graduate from the Santa Fe College Dental Assisting program. She was originally an intern in our office while in school and loved it so much she decided to make this home! Morgan remembers her great experiences at the dentist as a child and wants to share that experience with our patients as well. When Morgan is not working chairside with the dentist she is busy enjoying outdoor activities, running, “netflixing”, and playing with her Kitten, Arlo!


Haley-Certified Dental Assistant

Haley, one of our outgoing Dental Assistants, joined our team immediately upon graduating Assisting School at the College of Central Florida. Haley loves working with children and instantly puts them at ease with her fun and energetic personality. You will most likely see her working chairside with one of the doctors. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, hunting, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.


Khristien- Certified Dental Assistant

Khristien, our sweet and energetic Dental Assistant, joined our team in September 2016. She earned her Dental Assisting Certificate from Fortis College in Orange Park in July 2015. Khristien enjoys working with kids and the kids enjoy her just as much! On her days off she enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and hanging out with her boyfriend and pet turtle, Wilbert!


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