Alafaya Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
Because we seek to provide you with the highest quality service, we have selected a team that is not only competent, but unusually warm and friendly. People like this are rare, and we are very fortunate to have built such a quality team. You’ll notice the difference on your first visit! Please take a moment to learn a little bit about us.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Gary Michaelson
"I love being a dentist because it is a blend of art and science. I am a perfectionist and take great pride in creating beautiful, natural smiles. Enhancing a person's smile can be life changing for them, and this is very rewarding to me."
Dr. Michaelson was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his undergraduate studies in 1982 at Brandeis University. He then went on to study dentistry at the University of Florida College of Dentistry and graduated in 1986. In his days since college, he has filled his life with building a family and a dental practice. He is the proud father of two daughters and has been married for 24 years. His oldest daughter, Lauren,recently graduated UCF and is studying for her masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management at UCF's Rosen College.. His younger daughter, Rachel, is attending University of Alabama, currently studying marketing...Roll Tide!
In his free time, Dr. Michaelson enjoys spending time at the beach with his family. During college football season, he supports the Knights and Crimson Tide, although he is a diehard Gator. His hobbies include skiing, tennis, and traveling. Although he has lived in Central Florida for many years, he remains a loyal Boston fan. At least once a year, he visits his hometown and attends a Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, or Bruins game.
In the 25 years since the practice was established, Dr. Michaelson has dedicated himself to the art and science of dentistry. He prides himself on being able to offer his patients the most conservative, long-lasting, beautiful restorations that dentistry has to offer. He has spent thousands of hours in seminars, study clubs, and other continuing education courses to stay current on advances in his field and master the newest techniques. Dr. Michaelson is certified in Invisalign and is a Six Month Smiles recognized provider. He has completed advanced courses with the following prestigious organizations:
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- American Dental Implant Association
- Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
- Pacific Aesthetic Continuum Live
- South Beach Dental Institute
Ivette - Practice Administrator
“I enjoy the people I work with; they are all professionals!”
Always ready to greet you with a smile, Ivette brings 22 years of experience to her position. She loves working with our outstanding team of caring professionals. She is extremely detail oriented and takes pride in making sure patients understand every aspect of their treatment.
Ivette enjoys helping patients organize treatment in a way that fits their unique situations. As well as running the business side of the practice, she is also clinically trained and certified. She is very knowledgeable in all aspects of dentistry and always willing to help answer any questions patients may have.
Outside of the office, Ivette enjoys spending time with her family. She has two boys who attend college locally and a stepdaughter in middle school. She and her husband, Jose, enjoy fishing and taking the Harley out for a ride. Ivette’s other interests include cooking, painting, and decorating.
Christina - Registered Dental Hygienist
“I’m excited to make a difference in patients’ lives!”
Christina has been part of the practice since the beginning. She has worked closely with her husband, Dr. Michaelson, helping patients achieve their dental goals since 1990. She started in dentistry as a clinical dental assistant while attending the University of Central Florida. Once married, she decided to make dentistry her career and went on to dental hygiene school. She graduated in 1995 and has been an integral part of the practice’s growth.
She enjoys working in all aspects of the practice and takes pleasure in working directly with patients. On any given day, Christina may be assisting her husband, treating patients, or working the business side of the practice. Christina comes to work smiling every day, thanks to the incredible patients and team she has the opportunity to work with.
When she isn’t busy at the office, Christina likes to spend time with her family. She shares a close relationship with her two daughters, Lauren and Rachel, and is so proud of them both. Christina also enjoys travel, shopping, time at the beach, and visiting the Big Apple.
Deanna - Registered Dental Hygienist
“Our practice is ‘cutting-edge,’ which allows me to be part of an elite team.”
Deanna has been a dental hygienist with us for 15 years. She earned her associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Valencia Community College. She went on to achieve a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from St. Petersburg College, graduating magna cum laude. She is a first-place recipient of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Table Clinic and a member of the ADHA and the Florida Dental Hygienists Association.
Deanna loves getting to know patients and considers her role in helping them attain oral health extremely rewarding. She has a very personal approach and takes pride in developing long-lasting relationships with her patients. When she works with patients, it resembles two old friends catching up. Her genuine down-to-earth friendliness and care for people makes her a tremendous asset to the practice.
Outside of the office, Deanna and her family enjoy participating in church activities. She is very involved at her kids’ schools and in their extracurricular activities. She loves to shop (especially for purses), work out, and spend quality time with her family.
Nikki - Certified Dental Assistant
“One thing that I love about dentistry is helping people achieve a beautiful, healthy smile that they can feel proud of.”
Nikki has six years of experience in dentistry and has been with us for three years. Since joining the practice, she has quickly become an invaluable asset.
Nikki moved to Florida from South Carolina after graduating from dental assisting school with honors. She is extremely detail oriented and organized and has an eagerness to master anything assigned to her. She became interested in the field after having orthodontic treatment herself and noticing the tremendous difference it made in her smile. She is excited to be part of an office that employs both orthodontics and cosmetics to help people achieve the smile they have always wanted. Nikki has a caring, supportive chair-side manner that helps patients feel at ease while here in the office.
When Nikki is outside the office, she enjoys attending country music concerts, working out, and cooking. She went to culinary school and enjoys making southern dishes.