Our dentists and staff have received extra training for primary teeth. Our goal is to protect your children’s teeth so they can eat and speak correctly. We will do whatever we can to help your children have the bright smiles they deserve.
We are also here for you, the parents. We know how important (yet difficult) it is to take care of your children’s teeth at home. During your appointment, we will go over the care that you need to be providing at home and look for problems as well. If needed, we will work with your child’s pediatrician.
Dr. Jennifer B. Hughes, D.M.D.
Dr. Jennifer Hughes, D.M.D is a native of Kentucky. She received her degree in Biology from Morehead State University and earned her dental degree (D.M.D) from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Hughes completed a general practice residency program at the Children's Hospital/University Hospitals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She then completed her pediatric dental residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.
Dr. Hughes specialty training included residencies at Lebonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and Arlington Developmental Center in Memphis and Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis.
Dr. Hughes owned a private practice in Kentucky for over ten years. She relocated to Naples, Florida and has opened a state of the art dental facility to serve the children of southwest Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children and husband.
Dr. Michelle L Thomas, D.M.D.
Dr. Michelle L Thomas, D.M.D. was born in Toms River, New Jersey but she’s a Florida girl through and through. She grew up in Southwest Florida racing sailboats, boating, and spending time at the beach. Dr. Thomas prides herself in being a “Triple Gator” - having received her Bachelor of Science, Doctorate of Dental Medicine, and Specialty training all from the University of Florida. Dr. Thomas served as chief resident at the University of Florida and has received several awards both nationally and locally - including the Resident Recognition Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Todd Foege Leadership and Health Advocacy Award from the University of Florida. Her specialty training included time at the NCEF Pediatric Dental Center and Physicians Regional Medical Center here in Naples, FL. Dr. Thomas previously practiced as a pediatric dentist in Jacksonville, FL but is so excited to now be back home in Southwest Florida.
Dr. Thomas has always been passionate about serving the community. She has worked on countless service projects including creating a girl scout dental patch program, volunteering with Surfers for Autism, serving as a volunteer pediatric dentist at various events across Florida, and serving children internationally as a faculty member with the University of Florida College of Dentistry Andros mission trip.
Dr. Thomas is a proud member of the American and Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Associations as well as the University of Florida Pedo Gators. Dr. Thomas’s focus in her practice is on education and prevention with the goal of helping your child have a fun, positive dental experience in hopes of inspiring a comfortable relationship with dentistry that will last a lifetime!
In her free time, Dr. Thomas loves to go to the beach, sail, paddle board, and, of course, cheer on the Florida Gators.