Dr. Marisabel Olivera, DMD
Hello! I’m Dr. Marisabel Olivera and I absolutely LOVE making kids smile. I attended Nova Southeastern University in Florida and then completed my two year post-doctorate hospital training in Pediatric Dentistry at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. I served as chief resident and received rigorous training in behavior management, operating room dentistry, trauma, and emergency treatment during my residency program. I am certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and I am an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the Florida Dental Association (FDA), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD).
At Journey Kids Dental, my team and I provide both preventative and therapeutic oral health care for children, starting from infancy through adolescence. I am passionate about caring for those with special needs and I am committed to promoting oral health in a warm and nurturing environment. When I’m not in the office, I love traveling to my native country of Puerto Rico and spending time with my family and loving husband, Adam. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Dr. Alejandra Romero, DMD
Dr. Romero is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. She attended Nova Southeastern University and obtained her degree in Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), ranking in the top tier of her class and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), a National Dental Honor Society. Immediately after dental school, Dr. Romero started her residency in Pediatric Dentistry and received her certificate from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
During her training, Dr. Romero has been providing dental care to infants, children, adolescents and children with special health care needs. Dr. Romero has also received extensive training in Behavior Management focus on both Basic and Advanced Behavior Guidance, which includes nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation as well as non-IV oral conscious sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Romero is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Florida Dental Association .
Dr. Romero and her husband Ludwig have three daughters Monica, Sabrina and Vanessa and two dogs, Yellow Lab named Cooper and a Shih Tzu named Ivy. Dr. Romero and her family enjoy the outdoors and traveling.
Dr. Arghavan Welch, DMD
I’m Dr. Arghavan Welch and I’m an orthodontist at Journey Kids Dental. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Civil Engineering and Micro & Molecular Biology and I went on to receive a doctorate of Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University and then completed advanced training in orthodontics at Jacksonville University where I served as chief resident and president of my class. I am a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, Florida Dental Association and American Dental Association. I am bilingual in English and Farsi and I love getting to know my patients and being able to watch them transform from self-conscious to self-confident as their smiles become straight, healthy, and beautiful!
Vivian Edicsia Marenco Saborio
Head Dental Assistant and Hospital Assistant
Hi! My name is Vivian, but most people call me Vivi. I’m from Nicaragua, where I graduated in 2009 as a Dental Surgeon at National University of Nicaragua-Leon. In 2012, I started working at Journey Kids Dental as the head dental assistant and OR assistant. I work closely with Dr. Olivera both in the office and at Broward General Medical Center where patients undergo general anesthesia. God has blessed me in so many ways, but especially with being able to do what I love: helping kids have a healthy and confident smile. When I’m not at work, I love to relax at home and feed the fishes and ducks that visit my backyard!
Hi everyone! My name is Nikesha, but everyone calls me Nikki. I graduated from Concorde Career Institute in 2005 as a Dental Assistant and have been doing it ever since! I absolutely love working with children. It brings me so much joy to be able to put a smile on their beautiful faces by making them feel more comfortable. Our practice thrives on putting kids first and building a relationship with each and every child, as well as the parents. I love that! When I’m not at the office, you can find me relaxing and spending time with my son, Kai.
Hello! I’m Jelkis, and I am a dental assistant at Journey Kids Dental. In addition to helping out the doctors and making our little patients feel comfortable while they’re visiting us, I also help schedule appointments, assist the floor coordinator, and keep the toothbrushes stocked! What makes me the most happy about my job at JKD is seeing all the children so happy after their appointments. They’re always so sweet and appreciative of all the staff, and it just warms my heart. When I’m not working, you can find me playing with my own kids and spending time with my family.
Hello! I am one of the dental assistants here at JKD. I help the doctors during the pediatric and orthodontic procedures. I am originally from Venezuela, where I practiced as a pediatric dentist for 5 years prior to moving to the USA. One of the most important things I do is explain what’s about to happen to the kids and their parents so everyone feels comfortable. I’m also in charge of ordering dental materials and participate in marketing events. My favorite part of my job is the kids. I just love to be around them! Watching them grow and showing them all the different tools we use so they can feel more confident during the appointment is such a blast. When I’m not having fun at work, I like to go to the beach with my husband and do all sorts of craft projects!
Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator
Hello, I’m Alexandra! At Journey Kids Dental, my job is to pre-screen our pediatric patients for future orthodontic cases, and educate our patients on their journey to a beautiful smile. I conduct all the orthodontic consults alongside Dr. Welch, and I also help parents with any financial planning that has to be done for an orthodontic treatment. When I’m not doing that, you can find me at home spending time with my kids. I also really love to sing and dance! I truly love all of our patients, and I hope to see your smiling face soon at JKD!
Hi there! My name is Yadira, but you might know me better as Yadi. I have been working in the dental care industry for over 20 years, and I have been with JKD since 2006. I oversee day-to-day operations, and I also coordinate all of Dr Olivera’s hospital surgical procedures. My favorite part about my role as practice manager is being able to help all of our patients and their families. I also absolutely LOVE spending the day with the best co-workers in the world! We welcome all of our families with open arms and hope that our office is your home away from home. My biggest joys in life are my two wonderful children, Yasmin and Ayvan.
Billing Specialist, Accounts Payable and Receivable
Hi, I’m Wilma! I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and I graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Education. At Journey Kids Dental, I am responsible for billing, processing dental insurance for our patients, and I manage accounts payable and receivable. I love working here because we’re truly like a family. I know a lot of people say that, but here, it’s absolutely true. I’m married and I have four daughters. We love to travel as a family, and I also love dining out and seeing my friends. I can’t wait to see you the next time you visit us at JKD!
Hello, I’m Jenny and I work at the front desk at Journey Kids Dental. I am the first face our patients see when they come into our office! In addition to greeting the patients and checking people in, I help schedule procedures and verify insurance. The most rewarding thing about working at JKD is being able to work with children with special needs. Dr. Olivera and the staff are absolutely amazing and we all share the same passion for helping our patients have a great experience every single visit. Outside of work, I enjoy baking, spending time with my family, and traveling to Orlando. I hope to see you soon!
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