OUR TEAM

MEET THE DENTISTS AND OUR FRIENDLY AND PROFESSIONAL STAFF MEMBERS

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


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. Violet Laurey was born in Rochester, NY. She grew up in Sarasota. She graduated from The University of Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences. In 2017, she completed her dental education and received her D.M.D. degree. 

 

Dr. Violet Laurey loves cooking!! In fact, before she went to dental school, she considered becoming a chef! In her free time, she enjoys entertaining others. She also loves interior design and working on her house.  


ADMINISTRATIVE


Kelley

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.


Tamra

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.


Jamie

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.


Rachelle

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.


Colleen

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. 


Paige 

New Patient Coordinator 

When calling to make a new patient appointment, Paige will be the one you speak to! Paige strives to be kind and compassionate to all. She has such a bubbly personality. She says the practice is unique because our dental team functions more like a family, instead of just co-workers, who listen and understand one another. We are happy she is part of our team! When not working, Paige loves to read and spend time with her cat, Gavin! On her days off you most likely find her in a coffee shop or somewhere in the make-up aisle. Paige has been working for Dr.Kanter since 2020. 

Kathleen

Patient Services Coordinator 

Kathleen is the newest member of our dynamic administrative team! Kathleen relocated from Lakeland to Sarasota. Some of you may know Kathleen as she was a part of New Teeth Now. We are so happy that she is now a part of our family.  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.  She enjoys helping and interacting with patients.  Our patients and staff enjoy her bubbly, positive personality and radiant smile. Kathleen has been working for Dr. Kanter since 2020.

HYGIENE


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 since 1999.


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 since 2005.


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. 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

CRDH

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

CRDH

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

Sleep Ambassador

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.

ASSISTANTS


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 since 2005.


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 since 2008.


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 since 2009. 


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 since 2014.


Amy

Assistant

Amy enjoys providing patients with the best care, and helping them achieve the smile the patient needs and desires. Amy 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 since 2016.


Marvin

Assistant Supervisor

Marvin’s high experience level enables him to deliver superior chairside care to our patients. This helps our patients to feel at ease during their procedure. Marvin is always willing to help out any team member or patient. Marvin’s enthusiastic personality and compassionate care towards our patients has been a great addition to our team. Marvin has been with Lakewood Ranch Dental since 2017.


Hannah

Assistant

Hannah loves to make her patients feel comfortable and confident in the care she is providing during dental treatment. Hannah 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 drag racing, watching football, cooking and spending time with family. Hannah has been with Lakewood Ranch Dental since 2018.

Via

Assistant

Via has worked in dentistry since 2017, helping patients and educating them about the importance of routine dental care. Via brings a positive energy to her work that is very welcoming. She loves being a part of the amazing team at Lakewood Ranch Dental and working in an environment where she can provide the best care and comfort possible to her patients with the latest equipment and technology. She thoroughly enjoys caring for patients. When’s she not helping patients feel at ease at the office, Via likes to eat seafood and relax at home with her family. Via has been with Lakewood Ranch Dental since 2020.

Cailee

Assistant

Caliee started as an intern at Lakewood Ranch Dental and it was no surprise that she was hired! She is truly gifted at making patients feel welcome and happy whenever they visit our office. A true team player, Cailee is always on top of her duties. Cailee’s fun personality helps add to the friendly and fun atmosphere of the office. The best part of assisting, Cailee says, is being able to play a part in improving patients overall health and well being. Cailee’s hobbies outside of work include spending time with her family, knot tying, table tennis, train spotting and geocatching. Caliee has been with Lakewood Ranch Dental since 2020.

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