Who We Are
For those new to our office we'd like to welcome you and begin to introduce ourselves. Maitland Family Dentistry is a privately owned dental office that has been open and proudly serving Central Florida since 1974. We are extremely proud to say that we still see some patients that joined our practice in the summer of that year. We are a group of dentists, a specialist, and a staff eager to help our patients maintain their dental health.
While I will be the first to say we are not perfect, I will say that our entire office staff will work extremely hard at providing a high level of care and trust that our patients deserve. I promise you will NEVER feel like you are being "sold" anything. You will never be persuaded into any decisions you're not comfortable with. We base our decisions and recommendations on science, not emotions. Our recommendations will always be backed by scientific proof and modern evidence. Being a small office we don't have a "business" department to "close" any deals, and there is no year end, close out specials. NONE of our staff are paid on commission nor driven by anything other than our name, patients' trust, and our image in the community. That's how we create our value.
What we do is a bit simpler... we do our best to deliver the dentistry our patients have come to expect. Whether it's a routine cleaning or a complete smile makeover, we can help. We work with the finest dental specialist in town and make sure we deliver results our wonderful patients expect and deserve. If there's something you read about or saw on TV that interests you, let one of our team members know. We will be sure to get you the details and our recommendations about it. As our name reads, we are a Family Dental Practice which guides our patients to make informed decisions to achieve their goals.
Below, you will see pictures and brief introductions of our dental team. You can expect to see the same faces when you visit our office, because our team members have been with us for an average of 9 years, something we are proud of and have worked hard to achieve. You can also click on the What we do page to get a closeup look at some things we do to make your experience as pleasant as possible. We realize going to the dentist will always have a stigma attached, but we will do everything possible to improve that impression over time.
Ramzi Matar, DMD
I grew up in Winter Park, Florida, where I graduated in 1995 from Winter Park High School. I moved away for 11 years to complete college, dental school, and an advanced hospital residency. My education allowed me to live in Fort Lauderdale and Denver. I enjoyed the years away from Orlando, but knew I was ready to come home to establish myself back where I grew up. I made the 27 hour driving trek back from Colorado with my brother on the Fourth of July weekend of 2006. Soon after, I started my practice here in Maitland just minutes from my childhood home. I could not be happier.
To some people outside the profession dentistry may seem dull, but anyone who works in the dentistry field will quickly tell you it's very exciting. Every day there is something new and different. Anytime you are dealing with health it is not just the teeth you have to deal with, it's the different personalities, personal circumstances, and a multitude of different aspects that help you determine what is best for the patient and makes every day exciting. I thrive on that excitement and consistent development as a dentist. I make it a priority to keep abreast of all the latest developments in dentistry.
With that knowledge I have committed myself to a lifelong learning and advanced training. In 2009 I attended over one hundred hours of advanced training and continuing education. The state board requires about 25 to keep your license active. In 2010 I am on track to complete about 150 more hours of continuing dental education.
In 2008, I received my FAGD, which is the Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, which less than 5% of active and retired dentists have received. I am currently seeking my advanced training at the prestigious Kois Center en route to becoming a mentor in that program.
When I am not at the office I do enjoy a personal life. I have been a distance runner since 2000. With my most competitive years behind me, I still enjoy running 30-35 miles per week to clear my mind and stay healthy. I have been training Crossfit at Crossfit Evolution in Longwood, Florida and Sealfit for approximately 2 years. If you know anything about crossfit its truly a healthy addiction. I have met and enjoyed many great lasting friendships through my running and crossfit training over the years.
Peter Chen, DMD, MS
Peter joined our practice in December 2008. He was born in Taiwan and grew up there until he finished high school. He headed to Boston and attended Boston College for undergrad on a wrestling scholarship. He wrestled one year until he realized:
"WOW these guys are a lot bigger than I am!!"
He decided to focus on his academic career in order to stay un-handicapped. After graduating from dental school he attended Harvard for his specialty certificate in Endodontics. In case you don't know that means he does nothing but root canals all day everyday. Yes it may seem boring but trust me... it's nice to have someone so good at doing one thing should you ever need his help.
Currently, Pete works here part time, sharing his time between his other two offices in Lake Mary and Clermont. My biggest problem with Pete is that the staff is always so excited to see him that it makes me a bit jealous. I will have to live with that because honestly I enjoy seeing him as well; he always brings a joyful attitude to the office with him.
Mary Ann: Registered Dental Hygienist
Mary Ann is the longest standing member of our team, starting with Dr. Meiers 22 years ago. Although my name may be on the front door, it is rumored that she is actually my boss, and I don't deny or confirm that rumor. Mary Ann grew up in Ohio. She has been married to Steve for 26 years (she's a rookie compared to Jamie) and is the proud mother of two sons, Tom and Nick. She is an Ohio State graduate and a true Buckeye, so Gators beware!!! Patients have been known to nickname her "butterfly hands", as she is known for her incredible care and soft touch. The only complaints we receive about her, are that it's too tough to get an appointment with her as she has become very popular over the years. She has families that she has been treating parents all the way down to grandchildren for 22 years now.
Blanche: Certified Dental Assistant
Few people have to ask who Blanche is, because once you meet her she's hard to forget (that's a compliment.) She has been with the practice for 3 years. She is the proud mother of Kim, who also works with us part time while finishing school. She was born and raised in the Philippines, then moved to the USA in 1990. She comes from a small family and has one older brother who still lives in the Philippines.
If you don't personally meet her in the office, you will likely hear her at some time, because she is constantly singing while she works in the office. I think the whole office looks forward to hearing her lovely voice in the background throughout the day. Actually, I've had patients ask me why she is not singing, insisting that she sing during procedures to calm their nerves. Outside of the office and her relatives Blanche has one more love she spends a lot of time with: her fiance Kurt, who she actually met here at the office. Kurt has been a patient for many years, and cupid struck one day when he was in for his cleaning with Mary Ann. It was kept a secret from me for about 6 months until things became more serious, and I was brought into the secret underground workings of my own office. We will keep you up-to-date in any wedding dates that may be planned although you may know before I do.
Liz: Certified Dental Assistant
Liz joined the practice on St. Patrick's Day in 2008. Why do I remember that? Because the first day, she arrived I handed her a green shirt to wear for the day and I really thought she may run out the back door thinking how crazy we are. Fortunately, she wore the shirt, and we could not imagine the place without her.
She was born in Elizabeth hospital, in Brooklyn, New York (which is how she got her name by the way), and also grew up in Brooklyn. She has not one or two, but ten brothers and sisters. So family for her is obviously a priority. She has 2 daughters of her own, Kayla and Gabriella, and her husband Chris. We are still waiting for the 8 more to match her parents, but we're not holding our breath. She is as focused and detail oriented as any assistant I could ever hope for, many times thinking faster than me and telling me what to do (scary, huh?) But, I quickly realized that's what keeps me on my toes. She works with us part time 2-3 days per week and is a huge asset to our practice. I have a sneaky suspicion, however, that we may lose her when she applies to dental school in the future.