The Board


The Florida Board of Dentistry plays a leading role in the State’s ever-changing health care environment . This is accomplished through communications with the public, legislature, dental colleges, the dental community, and through taking active roles on national dental organizations.

The Board consists of eleven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Seven members must be licensed dentists actively engaged in clinical practice; two members must be actively practicing dental hygienists; and two members must be consumers employed in a field or occupation that is not related to the dental profession.

Members of the Board

Joseph J. Thomas
D.D.S. Chair
Vero Beach, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/14
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Robert L. Perdomo III
D.M.D. Vice-Chair
Coral Gables, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/16
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Wade Winker
D.D.S.
Eustis, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/14
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Daniel Gesek
D.M.D.
Jacksonville, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/15
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William Kochenour
D.D.S.
Clearwater, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/17
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T. J. Tejera
D.M.D., M.D.
Fort Myers, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/17
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Catherine Cabanzon
R.D.H., B.A.S.D.H.
West Palm Beach, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/16
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Leonard Britten
D.D.S.
Lutz, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/15
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Angela Sissine
R.D.H.
Jacksonville, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/17
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Anthony J. Martini Consumer
St. Johns, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/14
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Tim S. Pyle Consumer
Pensacola, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/16
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Organizational Structure of the Board

The Department of Health's Division of Medical Quality Assurance serves as the principle administrative support unit for the Board. The Board is supported by a full-time professional staff based in Tallahassee, and its regulatory functions are funded in full by fees paid by its licensees. Board members are appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. Unless filling a vacancy, members of the Board generally serve two four-year terms. Despite the expiration of a term, Board members can continue to serve until they have been either replaced or reappointed or serve the maximum of ten years as governed by s. 466.004, F.S. To learn more about becoming a member of the Board, visit the Governor’s Appointments Office website or email appointments@eog.myflorida.com.

Board Staff

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Sue Foster
Executive Director
Responsibilities: Administrative officer for the Board of Dentistry, oversees licensing of dentists, dental hygienists, dental labs, and dental radiographers. Responsibilities also include implementation of new legislation, budget, setting up Board meetings, training of new Board members.
Cindy Ritter
Program Operations Administrator
Responsibilities: Attends board and committee meetings, prepares agendas and minutes, processes final orders, supervises board staff. Corresponds with the public, licensees and applicants telephonically and in writing.
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Sarah Shelton
Administrative Assistant
Responsibilities: Responsible for agenda preparation, administrative duties involving anesthesia inspections and consultant contracts, adverse occurrence reports, anesthesia permit applications, non-profit corporation permits, limited license applications. Corresponds with the public, licensees and applicants telephonically and in writing.
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John Milton
Regulatory Specialist II
Responsibilities: Responsible for the application and licensure process for dental applicants and health access dental applicants,requests for laws and rules examination to satisfy a disciplinary final order. This includes the collection and inspection of all credentials, knowledge of laws and rules pertaining to the application and licensure process in Florida. Corresponds with the public, licensees and applicants telephonically and in writing.
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Cindy Phelps
Regulatory Specialist II
Responsibilities: Responsible for the application and licensure process for dental hygiene applicants and certification for the administration of local anesthesia. This includes the collection and inspection of all credentials, knowledge of laws and rules pertaining to the application and licensure process in Florida. Corresponds with the public, licensees and applicants telephonically and in writing.
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Chelsy Nathan
Regulatory Specialist II
Responsibilities: Responsible for application and registration/licensing/permitting of the following: dental laboratories, continuing education providers, license reactivation requests, dental radiographers, residency permits, teaching permits, expanded duty programs and inquiries regarding dental assisting/expanded duties. Corresponds with the public, licensees and applicants telephonically and in writing.
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Legal Counsel

David Flynn
Assistant Attorney General

(850) 414-3300