OUR TEAM

MEET THE DENTISTS AND OUR FRIENDLY TEAM OF DENTAL PROFESSIONALS

If you’re looking for a change in your life, you’ve come to the right office! Dr. Kanter and his team of dental professionals are here to help you capitalize on your greatest asset, your smile.

We believe that the quality of your life can improve with the fine aesthetic and comprehensive dentistry we provide. Attention to detail, respect for the individual, and a true appreciation of the unique qualities of each patient are the hallmarks of our doctors personal care and of the healthy, beautiful smiles we create.

DENTISTS


Lakewood Ranch Dental Dentists - Dr. Michael Kanter

Dr. Michael S. Kanter

Dr. Michael S. Kanter was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He began his dental career in the United States Army as a dental hygienist. After completing his tour of duty in the armed services, he began his formal training at the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1978. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 1982. He then completed his residency training at the Jacksonville Health Education Programs in the Department of General Dentistry. Dr. Kanter then moved to Sarasota, FL., where most of his family lives, and opened his first dental practice in Sarasota at the Meadows in 1984.

In 1991, Dr. Kanter founded and established a second practice, Braden River Dental, in Bradenton, FL. After several years and the growth of the Lakewood Ranch Community, Dr. Kanter expanded his range of services in the area by developing his new office in Lakewood Ranch. This office is a state of the art facility with all the latest equipment and technology that modern dentistry has to offer.

Dr. Kanter has extensive training in bone grafting, dental implants and cosmetic restoration. He is a graduate of the prestigious Misch International Implant Institute and has earned his Diplomate Status with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, the West Coast Dental Association, the Manatee County Dental Society and the Sarasota County Dental Society.

When he isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his family (he has 5 children), boating, flying, riding his Harley, attending Gator football and life!


Lakewood Ranch Dental - Dentists - Dr. Peter Masterson

Dr. Peter N. Masterson

Dr. Masterson received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees from the University of Pittsburgh (1976-1984). With his dental partner, Dr. Masterson built a prestigious practice in Pittsburgh until relocating to Lakewood Ranch in 2006. His Pittsburgh practice received numerous awards and was featured in “Mr. Roger’s Goes to the Dentist.” Dr. Masterson’s postgraduate education includes completion of the Misch International Implant Institute’s Prosthetic Continuum, The South Beach Dental Institute’s Cosmetic Dentistry Continuum, and the Seattle Study Club’s Discovery Club, of which he is a charter member. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at LECOM School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Masterson and his wife live in the Lakewood Ranch Community with their 5 children. They maintain active roles in their church and their community and are involved in the promotion of the local arts. They are supporters of the Sarasota Opera and Sarasota Ballet, where Dr. Masterson is the dentist for the Ballet’s Doctors Circle. Dr. Masterson enjoys running, physical fitness, and the Florida weather!


Lakewood Ranch Dental - Dentists - Dr. Mary Egan

Dr. Mary Egan

Dr. Mary Egan was born into a large family in Wisconsin. After high school, she completed three years of nursing school and went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Egan continued her post graduate training and earned her Doctor of Dental Science degree in 1992 from the University of Iowa. While in dental school she served two years as the student president of The American Society of Dentistry for Children.

Dr. Egan and her dentist husband, Jim, lived in Denver, Colorado for over ten years practicing general and family dentistry. They moved to Florida in 2002 lured by the beautiful weather and to pursue his lifelong love of sailboat racing. In 2005, Dr. Egan completed a yearlong pedodontic residency program at the University of Florida. She has practiced locally in both Manatee and Sarasota counties providing caring, pediatric dentistry to area children. Dr. Egan and her husband live in Sarasota with their three daughters. They enjoy sail boating, fishing, swimming and playing tennis. They are happy to be living the great Florida lifestyle.


Lakewood Ranch Dental - Dentists - Dr. Leonid Blinn

Dr. Leonid Blinn

Dr. Leonid Blinn was born in Kiev, Ukraine during a very turbulent time. His family was able to escape and found refuge in the United States of America. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York before his family moved to New Jersey. He graduated cum laude from The University of Miami in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Dr. Blinn completed his dental education and received his D.M.D. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2012. He was a participant in multiple dental related events that periodically reached out to less privileged in the hopes of promoting the benefits of improved oral health care.

Upon graduation, Dr. Blinn relocated to the great state of Florida to begin practicing general dentistry. He has attended over 100 hours of Continuing Education topics ranging from Implant Dentistry to Invisalign. Dr. Blinn prides himself on delivering the very best and latest dentistry to each and every one of his patients. He also prizes the value of educating his patients while treating them all like family members. He is an active member in the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association and Manatee County Dental Association.

Dr. Blinn also enjoys the beaches and serenity of Florida with his wife Sarah and two dogs, Uni and Fritz. He also enjoys all sports, fishing and considers himself a food enthusiast.


Lakewood Ranch Dental Dentists - Michael O'Neil

Dr. Michael  J. O’Neil

Dr. Michael J. O’Neil earned his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and cell science from the University of Florida. He then attended NYU College of Dentistry and graduated in 2007. After graduation, he pursued a residency with the Advanced Education in General Dentistry specialty school at the UCLA College of Dentistry. His decision to return to his hometown of Bradenton, Florida to practice was based on the fact that he missed being around the people that know him best and his love of the water. He is an avid boater and loves to fish. He is also a HUGE Gator Fan!!


Dr. Bruce D. Waterman

Dr. Bruce Waterman established his private practice in his hometown in Brandon, Florida in 1982. He provided general family and cosmetic dental care for 35 years. The practice was one of the first in Florida to feature dental lasers. Most recently he sold his practice and relocated to southern Hillsborough County. 

Dr. Waterman is honored to join his classmate from University of Florida College of Dentistry Dr.Kanter here at Lakewood Ranch Dental. Dr. Waterman was active in multiple professional and charitable activities during his career. As president of Hillsborough County Dental Association in 2007, he helped establish the Ronald McDonald Van for children dental screenings and charitable clinic at Hillsborough Community College. He participated in the recent Florida Dental Association Mission of Mercy Event and helped create the Mission Smiles Dental Van for indigent care. 

Dr. Waterman’s practice received the Brandon Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award in 2000. He was awarded the University of Florida College of Dentistry Outstanding Alumni Award in 2001. Tampa Bay Magazine has yearly listing of all Top Dentists in Tampa Bay area as voted by their peers. Dr.Waterman has been honored to be selected from 2008 to 2018.

Dr.Waterman has been married to his wife Karen for over 30 years. Their two daughters live in the Tampa Bay area. His hobbies and interest include golf, gardening, fitness, and family. 

ADMINISTRATIVE


Lakewood Ranch Dental Team - Kelley

Kelley

Director of Operations and Treatment Coordinator

Kelley has over 30 years of experience in the dental field- 29 of those years working with Dr.Kanter. There probably isn’t a dental question you could ask that she won’t know the answer to. She is the heart and soul of our dental practice. Kelley believes that by getting to know the specific needs of each patient she is better able to add a much-appreciated “personal touch“ to their dental experience. For Kelley, only the “best” will do. Not only for herself, but also for the dentist she works for and the patients she is privileged to work with. Kelley kindly and supportively challenges patients to do what is “best” for them as well.


Lakewood Ranch Dental Team - Tamra

Tamra

Executive Patient Services Coordinator

Tamra is our talented Executive Patient Services Coordinator and she greets patients with a friendly smile the moment they walk in the front door. Patients have grown accustomed to Tamra as a competent, caring and non-judgmental dental care partner. She is an expert in filing dental insurance claims and helping patients maximize their insurance benefits. Tamra’s humor and dynamic personality adds energy to the office! Tamra has her expanded functions dental assistant certification and is also certified in dental radiology. She has worked for Dr.Kanter for 22 years.


Lakewood Ranch Dental Team - Jamie

Jamie

New Patient Administrator   / Marketing Specialist

Our talented Jamie is back!!! As most of you know she temporarily relocated to Arizona. We are thrilled she moved back and is still part of the Lakewood Ranch Dental Team.  “I found it very heartbreaking when I made the decision to move. I really enjoyed working with such a wonderful team and I am honored to still be part of the best dental practice in Florida.” Jamie likes working for Lakewood Ranch Dental because of the “excellent standard of care and devotion to provide excellent customer service.” She has worked for Dr. Kanter for 11 years. 


Colleen

Patient Services Coordinator / Dental Assistant

Colleen is our sweet and kind patient services coordinator/dental assistant. We are so happy that she has recently joined our team. Colleen may be the friendly voice you hear to remind you of your dental appointments. She is one of the warm friendly faces that will greet you when you walk in the front door. Colleen assists a lot with Dr. Egan and makes sure that the kids have a great visit. Her daily goal is to “simply be happy because … why not.” Colleen has been working for Dr. Kanter for 4 years.


Lakewood Ranch Dental Team - Rachelle

Rachelle

New Patient Services Coordinator

Rachelle is our wonderful new patient coordinator and dental insurance expert. Rachelle is a great listener and loves to develop personal relationships with each patient. If you have a question about your dental benefits, would like to make a new patient appointment, or need a little help finding our office give her a call. We are confident you will find Rachelle to be warm, and genuine. She is truly excited to help in whatever way she can. Rachelle has been in the dental field for over 45 years. Her father was a dentist! She has worked for Dr.Kanter 18 years.


Lindsay

Assistant

Lindsay is the newest member of our dynamic administrative team. Behind her beautiful smile is a woman who is passionate about getting to know all of our patients and making sure they receive quality service and attention from our front office. Lindsay was born in Illinois and has recently relocated to Florida to escape the cold winters. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys the beach and is currently “planning my wedding”!

HYGIENE


Lakewood Ranch Dental Team - Angie

Angie

CRDH

Angie was born and raised in Bradenton, FL. In 1998 she graduated with top honors from MTI of Dental Assisting. Angie started as Dr. Kanter’s Certified Dental Assistant in 1999. In 2001 she graduated with Honors from St. Petersburg College with her A.S. degree in Dental Hygiene. In 2005 she graduated Cum Laude from the State of Florida’s first graduating class to earn a Bachelor’s  of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College. Her knowledge has created an enormous advantage for our patients. Angie’s gentle and artistic touch, acquired through her years of experience, endears her to her patients. She loves applying the latest and greatest in dental technology and techniques to help patients achieve the healthiest smile possible. Angie has been with Dr. Kanter for 18 years.


Lakewood Ranch Dental Team - Kimberly

Kimberly

CRDH

Kim has been in dentistry since 1998. She graduated from St. Petersburg College in 2001 with an associate in science degree in dental hygiene. Kimberly enjoys working with patients in the process of rejuvenating their smile by providing excellent and skilled treatment. Patients know they can rely on Kimberly to provide honest and relevant information regarding their dental care choices. She treats patients as if they were family. Patients can count on leaving a hygiene appointment with Kimberly with sparkling teeth and a smile on their face. Kimberly has been with Dr. Kanter for 11 years.


Lakewood Ranch Dental Team - Andrea

Andrea

CRDH / Hygiene Coordinator

Andrea received her A.A degree in Health Science in 2004 and graduated from Hillsborough Community College with her degree in dental hygiene in 2006. Andrea has managed to blend kindness, thoroughness, and a gentle touch while providing treatment to our patients. She is an expert at teaching and preventing gum disease. She is like a “personal fitness trainer” for your teeth. Andrea keeps up with the latest and greatest! She is certified in local anesthesia. We are all so happy that Andrea returned to Lakewood Ranch Dental after taking some time off to spend with her new baby of joy. Andrea has been with Lakewood Ranch Dental for 9 years.


Lakewood Ranch Dental Team - Monica

Monica

CRDH

Monica received her A.S in Dental Hygiene from State College of Florida. Monica has been working in the dental field for seven years. She believes in educating patients and participating with them in making decisions regarding treatment and setting goals for overall health and appearance. She will teach, challenge, guide and provide tips and tools for your success. Monica has been with Dr.Kanter for 4 years. We are happy she is part of our team.

ASSISTANTS


Lakewood Ranch Dental Team - Martha

Martha

Assistant

Martha is excellent with her hands and is extremely detail oriented. Martha is always happy to assist our German speaking patients in translation as well. She is known around the office for her untiring hard work and commitment to succeed. Always with a smile, Martha brings professionalism and care to the office. She strives to provide the highest quality of care and makes sure patients are comfortable and satisfied with the care they are receiving. Martha has been with Lakewood Ranch Dental for 12 years.


Lakewood Ranch Dental Team - Carlos

Carlos

Assistant

Carlos realized at a young age he has a passion for dentistry. One of his favorite things to do at work is taking digital radiographs and making sure the patient feels comfortable. Carlos likes working at Lakewood Ranch Dental because it is a fun and positive atmosphere. He says the doctors are “top notch” and are all “perfectionists.” Carlos is always happy to assist our Spanish speaking patients in translation as well. Carlos has been with Lakewood Ranch Dental for 9 years.


Lakewood Ranch Dental Team - Chelsea

Chelsea

Assistant

Chelsea is our spark plug in the office, a natural dental assistant. She is hardworking and dependable. Chelsea went to MTI and became a dental assistant in 2008. Chelsea makes the best-fitting bleach trays we’ve ever seen! She is personally responsible for a lot of beautiful white teeth here in Lakewood Ranch. Chelsea is caring, efficient and delicate to every patient in whom she cares for. She has worked for Dr. Kanter for 8 years.


Lakewood Ranch Dental Team - Emily

Emily

Assistant

Emily brings so much positive energy to our office. Emily likes working for Lakewood Ranch Dental because “everyone is so fun and highly trained.” She has a “passion for dental assisting and loves to see how happy patients are when we give them a new smile.” Emily is truly amazing and constantly goes out of her way to provide all patients with the best dental experience. She has worked for Dr.Kanter for 3 years.


Amy

Assistant

Amy enjoys providing patients with the best care, and helping them achieve the smile the patient needs and desires. She is known around the office for her calm and happy demeanor and patients and co-workers alike truly enjoy her. Amy likes working at Lakewood Ranch Dental because “I enjoy boosting both adults and children’s self confidence by providing excellent dental treatment. I love working for such a fun and skilled team.” Amy has been with Lakewood Ranch Dental 2 year.


Lakewood Ranch Dental Team - Marvin

Marvin

Assistant

Marvin is an exceptional dental assistant! He has a warm, calm personality that helps create an anxiety-free atmosphere. “I love helping patients feel comfortable and relaxed during the entire visit.” Marvin loves the “wow” factor that he helps to create when dental treatment is complete. 


Amanda

Assistant

Amanda is not only a dental assistant, but is also a certified nursing assistant. Her high experience level enables her to deliver superior chairside care to our patients. This helps our patients to feel at ease during their procedure. Amanda is always willing to help out any team member or patient, for that matter. Amanda’s enthusiastic personality and compassionate care towards our patients has been a great addition to our team. Amanda was born and raised in Palmetto, Florida, a true native. In her spare time she enjoys quality family time and working her part time jobs.


Rebecca

Assistant

Rebecca has been a dental assistant for a little over 2 years. She joined the Lakewood Ranch Dental team in 2018. Rebecca loves to make her patients feel comfortable and confident in the care she is providing during dental treatment. Rebecca assists in the care of our pediatric and adult patients. With her warm, cheerful and compassionate personality she makes it easy for an anxious child or fearful adult to have the best dental experience they have ever had. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, watching football, cooking and spending time with family.


Maria

Assistant

Maria graduated from St. Petersburg School of Dental Hygiene in 2017 and has recently joined our team at Lakewood Ranch Dental. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and this helps our patients to feel at ease during their procedure. Maria loves meeting new people and is enjoying all her new friends and patients at LWRD. Maria takes patient education and preventative care very seriously. She stays up on the latest information to make our patients more comfortable and healthy. When not working, Maria likes spending time with her husband and son at the baseball fields as her son is an avid ball player. She is also involved with her church community and loves outdoor adventures.