Pet Dental Center Team
Pet Dental Center has gone the extra mile in recruiting expert staff to make sure your pet gets the best possible care. We are very proud of our team and the care they extend to you and your pet. Go ahead! Get to know us a little more below.
Owner, Veterinarian & Board Certified Veterinary Dentist and Oral Surgeon
Dr. Wade Gingerich
Dr. Gingerich was born and raised in South West Florida. He is a true native at heart and loves the outdoors. As the son of a veterinarian, Wade developed an interest for the welfare of animals at an early age and decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
After receiving his veterinary degree (DVM) from the University of Florida in 2003, Dr. Gingerich entered private practice for six years. During his time in general practice, Dr. Gingerich realized the need for increased levels of oral care for animals. In 2009, he returned to graduate school at the University of Minnesota and entered a three-year residency in dentistry and oral surgery (DAVDC). In 2012, Dr. Gingerich successfully completed the residency and passed a rigorous three-day examination to become a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College.
After spending seven years in the Midwest, Dr. Gingerich decided to return to Florida to provide exceptional oral care for companion animals in the community where he grew up. His compassion for all animals and the bond they share with their caregivers is evident in his daily practices. This has transcended into the trusting and caring relationships he has with all his clients and their pets.
Veterinarian & Board Certified Veterinary Dentist and Oral Surgeon
Dr. Kevin Stepaniuk
As a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, previous faculty member and section chief of Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Stepaniuk is an invited international and national renowned lecturer and instructor. He is a journal and textbook author as well as a reviewer for various dentistry and oral surgery publications. He is an Executive Board member of the AVDC, and past-president of the AVDS. Dr. Stepaniuk has an undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary, DVM degree from Oklahoma State University and completed a small animal internship at Washington State University. His specialty training was in private practice. He owns Veterinary Dentistry Education and Consulting Services and currently works clinically in locums while developing entrepreneurial veterinary dentistry and oral surgery services.
CVT, Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia/Analgesia and Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner
Jennifer is a native of Massachusetts and has remained determined to care for animals since a young age. At 15, she began her career at a local veterinary practice, which solidified her true passion. Jennifer attended Becker College and earned an AS in Science, followed by her certification as a veterinary technician (CVT) in 1992. After college, she interned at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City.
Returning to Massachusetts, Jennifer established the foundation of her career at the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine where she balanced both anesthesia and dental technician responsibilities for a variety of animals and breeds. This foundation was further expanded with experience at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, where she supervised surgical technicians, developed a new dental department, and was involved with continuing education for veterinary technicians. During this time, she also worked at Animal Emergency Care as an Emergency Clinic Technician alongside the attending Emergency Veterinarian.
In 2001, Jennifer was ready for a change of pace and she and her 2 daughters moved to St Kitts, West Indies where she worked as a Senior Anesthesia Technician at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. While at Ross, she worked under board-certified anesthesiologists to become skilled at anesthesia and pain management on a multitude of species including dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, birds, turtles, and monkeys and received her certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (2005) and Veterinary Pain Practitioner (2013).
The team at Pet Dental Center has been honored to have Jennifer on board as our Lead Anesthesia Technician since early 2015. Jennifer’s background and skill in anesthesia management should help reduce some of the fears that you may have when it comes to the anesthesia aspect of professional veterinary dental care for your loved one.
Paige was born and raised in Central Florida. She made the move down to Fort Myers after high school to complete her B.S. in Biology at Florida Gulf Coast University. During Paige’s time at FGCU, she worked alongside a herpetologist in a research effort to study invasive frog populations in a conservation setting! How cool is that?! She decided to start her career in veterinary medicine at an emergency and specialty hospital. Paige began working alongside a Board Certified Surgical Oncologist where her interest in anesthesia was peaked. She is going back to school and currently working towards becoming certified as a Veterinary Technician and has hopes to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia in the future.
What attracted Pet Dental Center to bring Paige onboard was her positive personality and her quick ability to learn. She is inquisitive and wants to make sure she understands the “why”, not just how to execute tasks. These characteristics make her an awesome additional to our anesthesia team. It also doesn’t hurt that she truly thinks every animal that walks in the door is perfect! This obviously includes her energetic German Shepherd and a Hemingway Cat!
Veterinary Dental Technician, LVT
Jodie was born and raised in northwest Illinois. She did not always know that she wanted to be a veterinary technician, but with a background in human medicine and a compassion for animals, the choice became increasingly clear! Jodie decided furry patients were her patient type of choice and she went back to school to become a licensed veterinary technician. She passed her board exams in 2011 while living in Rockford, Illinois and moved with her family to Florida in 2014.
Jodie has worked in small animal practice since obtaining her degree. Through experience, she found her passion for veterinary dentistry and recognized the impact oral health can have on our pets’ lives. While Jodie continued to seek out education pertaining to dentistry, she found Pet Dental Center. Boy, are we glad she did! We were happy to welcome Jodie to our team and help her pursue her journey of becoming a full time Veterinary Dental Technician.
When Jodie is not busy cleaning and polishing to your pets pearly whites, she is busy at home! She and her husband have a teenage daughter and FIVE four-legged children! Her three dogs may disagree, but the two kitties really run the roost.
Veterinary Dental Technician, RVT
Kristin is our southern gal here at PDC! She was born in Flowood, Mississippi and then raised across the southern US. She attended and graduated locally from Estero High School and then moved to Tampa where she began college. Kristin moved back to Louisiana in 2005 to complete her schooling. She received her degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and passed the VTNE in 2009 to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. After spending 10 years in Louisiana, Kristin was ready to get back to the sunshine state! Little did she know, there was a man she needed to meet that she would soon marry and welcome a daughter with. They currently live in Naples with their four (yes, four!) dogs.
Kristin has had a special interest in dentistry most of her veterinary career. We met her when she attended our Pet Dental University events to further her dentistry knowledge. We were impressed with her eagerness to learn and amazing attitude! When we had a dental technician position open, we knew she would be an awesome addition to our team!
Client Care Specialist & Certified Veterinary Assistant
Ashton was born and raised in Indiana. She grew up on a farm where she cared for her dogs, cats and horses! She has always had a passion for animals and started volunteering at the local humane society at 16. When she was a senior in high school, Ashton became a Certified Veterinary Assistant through the AVMA! She then attended Harrison College in Indianapolis and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology.
Ashton moved to Florida in 2015 and continued her career in Veterinary Medicine. There was a 7-year-old Yorky she met while working at a previous job that’s owner had been saying was “slowing down” and “not acting himself”. Ashton helped discover that the owner had not learned about oral care for her pet and the pet was in desperate need of a dental procedure. She was so happy when the owner came back after the procedure and reported that her fur baby was “Like a new dog! Who plays more now and is no longer having trouble eating his food.” She is excited to help educate other pet owners on the importance of oral healthcare and the benefits it can provide their pets!
We are so happy to have Ashton on our team at Pet Dental Center. We do have to share her with her fiancé in between their beach days and searching for shark teeth, but we’re ok with that! She is always smiling and likes to laugh, which you will quickly learn when you talk to her on the phone or meet her upon your arrival.
Client Care Specialist
Where to start?! Dennis’ heart for service has taken him from being a Sergeant of Marines to leading medical mission teams in the slums of Nairobi for three years. He is a Maryland native and enjoyed raising his two sons and daughter on our north east coast. Dennis received a BS from Univ. of MD and was able to utilize that in combination with his genuine love for people to offer great relationship building as a sales representative.
Dennis and his wife offer a phenomenal pet sitting service! Feel free to ask him about it if you’re in need! The care and attention they offer when trusted with your love ones is unmatched and we knew those same traits would make him an excellent candidate for our client care team at Pet Dental Center. Oorah!