Doctors and Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly dentists and staff who make DentaCare Associates the leading provider of oral hygiene and personalized dental services in Plantation.
Dr. Joan N. La Salvia, D.M.D.
Dr. La Salvia specializes in esthetic and general dentistry; she is also Invisalign certified.
She graduated from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela with a B.D.S. degree in Dentistry in 1996.
The following year, she moved to the U.S. and, subsequently, completed Tufts University School of Dental Medicine’s (TUSDM) graduate program in Esthetic Dentistry. Later, Dr. La Salvia was invited to join the TUSDM faculty as an Assistant Professor where she taught undergraduate and postgraduate students. During her tenure as an Assistant Professor, she also practiced with Tufts Dental Associates for ten years.
Dr. La Salvia received her license to practice in Spain and practiced with a Tufts colleague for two years. Later, she moved to Boston where she completed TUSDM’s International Student (IS) program. After graduation, she moved to South Florida where she currently resides.
She is a member of: The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, The Academy of General Dentistry, The American Dental Association, The Florida Dental Association and The Atlantic Dental Association.
Dr. Robert Weishoff, D.M.D., M.S.
Dr. Weishoff completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where he was awarded the George Bronkovic Award for Service and Dedication.
After dental school he completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency (AEGD) at Nova Southeastern University, before going on to receive his specialty certificate in Periodontics and a Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Maryland Dental School. Dr. Weishoff is Board Certified and is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology. His caring approach and concern for others ensures a positive experience for our patients.
Jessica Riettie – Office Manager
I have been the office manager at DentaCare since 2006 and I can say without question we have the best team. I have worked with many of them for years and we are as close as family. I thoroughly enjoy working with everyone and have enjoyed being a part of their lives. Our team is hardworking and caring. They take the very best care of all our patients and do their best to make our office warm and inviting to all. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach, and hiking.
Sulema Herrera – Financial Coordinator
I love my dental family, some of whom are my actual family! I have been working at DentaCare since 2012, but the time has really flown by. I could not ask for a better, more fun, and loving team. I care so much for all our dear patients, many of whom I have known for many years. When I am not at the office, I love being outdoors and soaking up the Florida sunshine, spending time with my husband and our silly cats, and doing
volunteer work in the community.
Ivonne Real-Zaragoza – Dental Hygienist
I have been working for DentaCare since 2007 and can say that it is an office with excellence. We treat our patients with respect and like family. I genuinely care about our patients, their oral hygiene, and always use my years of experience to take care of their dental needs. I have patients that through the years are like an extended family for me, and the new ones are welcomed with open arms. We are a great team and our goal is to treat our patients with dedication, conscience, and love. In my spare time, I like to serve the community to help people that are in need. I also like to read and enjoy time with good friends.
Bianca Chong – Dental Hygienist
I graduated from Broward College and have both licenses in dental hygiene and assisting. I had been working seasonally at DentaCare since 2013 and joined the staff permanently as a hygienist in January of 2020, working alongside Dr. La Salvia to maintain patients’ confidence about their smile and oral health. I am passionate not only about my job but also very hands-on in educating and improving the families we serve in the various communities of South Florida. When not at work, I enjoy local volunteer work as well as spending time with my family.
Dainelkis Lobo – Dental Assistant
I became a certified dental assistant in 2008 and have been at DentaCare ever since. I have assisted in a variety of procedures always ensuring high-quality service. I am bilingual and aim to answer any questions regarding diverse procedures to always put the patient at ease. Not only am I passionate about my job, but I consider our patients like my family always striving to take the very best care of them. In my free time, I enjoy doing volunteer work, spending time with my family and exercising.
Norys – Dental Assistant & Infection Control Coordinator
I love to find ways to help people smile and that includes building confidence to share their smiles! I am happy to answer your questions, plan for appointments, help resolve concerns and make your visits positive. It is important to me that each of you enjoy a feeling of ease and confidence in our office. I started working at DentaCare in March of 2018, the best decision ever because as a dental assistant I am passionate about patient care and so is Dr. La Salvia. Everyone here works as hard as they can to create an organized, enjoyable, and welcoming workplace and all together we make the best of the best of DentaCare. When I am not at work, I love doing volunteer work around my neighborhood also love being outdoors, saltwater fishing, golfing with my husband and friends.
Liz Bigott – Dental Assistant
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. I started working at DentaCare in November 2019 and I love it! Our whole team is amazing, and we are truly focused on giving outpatients the best treatment in a friendly and family environment. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family, go to the beach and play with my daughter.”
Marcy Rodriguez – Patient Coordinator
I was born in Cuba and came to this country when I was 3 years old. I started working at DentaCare in 2018 soon after graduating from high school. I can safely say that this has been such a great experience working with this group of amazing coworkers that soon became family. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and making new memories together.
Hillary Rodriguez – Patient Coordinator
I have been working in the dental industry since 2015. Two and a half years being with DentaCare Associates. It honestly is the best office I have been a part of. As for me personally, when I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy the volunteer work my husband and I do weekly. Nothing is more fulfilling than helping our neighbors the best way possible. I look forward to seeing your beautiful smile in the office!