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.
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!
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!
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. She 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.
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. He completed his dental education and received his D.M.D. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2012. Dr. Blinn 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. He 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.
Dr. Violet Laurey
Dr. Michael D. Bettner
A native of the Indianapolis area, Dr. Michael D. Bettner graduated from the School of Business at Ball State University in 1989. After serving on active duty with the United States Navy Hospital Corps, Dr. Bettner graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1999. He then relocated to the Sarasota area where he owned a successful dental practice till 2007. Dr. Bettner and his family relocated back to the Indianapolis are to be closer to their family.
Dr. Bettner has always been involved in his community serving on several committees and also on the Board of Directors for the local Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Indiana Dental Association, the Indianapolis District Dental Society and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Now that their children are grown, Dr. Bettner and his wife Rebecca, have relocated back home to Southwest Florida where they enjoy traveling, boating, and the Southwest Florida lifestyle.
Director of Operations and Treatment Coordinator
Kelley has had over 30 years of experience in the dental field. She started in 1987 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.
Executive Patient Services Coordinator
Tamra is our top-notched 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 since 1995.
New Patient Services Director / Treatment Coordinator
Jamie is our talented New Patient Services Director and Treatment Coordinator. Jamie enjoys working with patients to help them understand their treatment and their insurance benefits. She has a passion for dentistry. Countless hours of continuing education has given Jamie the knowledge she needs to help guide our patients in their care. Building relationships with our patients and keeping them happy and smiling is the best part of her job! 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 since 2006.
Heaven’s Angel (Former New Patient Services Coordinator)
Rachelle lost her battle to cancer on July 1, 2020. Rachelle was one in a million. She worked in the dental field for over 46years. She was a friend to each one of us always making everyone’s day better with her kindness and sense of humor. She built a relationship with each and every new patient she spoke with. In fact, the majority of new patients wanted to meet Rachelle. She was genuine and kind to the core. We are thankful for the many beautiful memories shared. Rachelle will always be loved, never forgotten and forever missed.
Patient Services Coordinator / Dental Assistant
Colleen is the best patient services coordinator. She is the first smiling face you see when you enter the practice. She is passionate about meeting and greeting each and every patient with a smile, to ensure their visit is nothing short of first class. She may also 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’s daily goal is to “simply be happy because … why not.” Fun fact: Colleen is also a certified dental assistant. Colleen has been working for Dr.Kanter since 2013.
New Patient Coordinator
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 since 1999.
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 since 2005.
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. She loves being able to encourage and teach others to do the things necessary to have a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime. 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 since 2007.
Monica received her A.S in Dental Hygiene from State College of Florida. Monica has been working in the dental field for several years. Monica is gentle, warm and passionate about performing thorough cleanings. Her mission to treat each and every patient with the best care and concern. She has all of the latest technology and equipment at her disposal to provide the highest level of care. Monica believes in educating patients and helping patients by 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 since 2013.
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. Maria has been with Dr.Kanter since 2018.
Cindy is our Sleep Guru! If you have concerns with your sleep… Cindy is the person to talk to! She brings her love, passion and experience to us so we can help our patient’s protect their teeth, stop snoring and get QUALITY sleep. Her passion was drastically increased when she discovered that her own son was suffering from Sleep Apnea. She understands the value of good sleep and has made it a life goal to help anyone in her path. Cindy is a hopeless romantic and uses her many years of experience in Dental Sleep Medicine field to help her patients reconnect in the same sleeping rooms as well as to increase their energy so they can get off the couch and enjoy all that Florida has to offer!
Cindy is a native to Florida and was a Registered Chiropractic assistant prior to completing Dental Assisting School. She uses her past work experiences to create the most comfortable and successful treatment outcome. She treated her first dental sleep patient in 2012 and has been hooked on sleep ever since. She has delivered over 400 dental sleep appliances and was blessed to be able to learn and grow her skills from the nation’s leaders in sleep. When she is not helping someone sleep better, she can be found boating in the Florida sunshine with her husband, 2 kids and 2 dogs. Cindy has been with Lakewood Ranch Dental since 2018.