Dr Donna’s dental education began with an A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene
from Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY. While practicing as a
hygienist in various dental offices throughout multiple states, Donna
experienced first hand the callous, mechanical delivery of care that is
often the norm in the industry. Vowing to improve the system from
within, she committed to becoming a dentist while balancing a life as a
naval officer’s wife and mother of two small children. This meant
taking dental school prerequisite courses in three different states and
seeking admission to a dental school that was nearby to her husband’s
duty station in Charleston, SC. Despite her husband’s deployments and
even a Category 4 hurricane that ravaged her home, Dr Donna graduated
from the Medical University of South Carolina with multiple awards for
academic and clinical excellence.
While most graduating dentists would normally either become employees
or buy existing practices, Dr Donna was determined to achieve her goal
of independent practice with utmost speed. Just six months after she
graduated, Sensitive Dentistry was born. She gave careful consideration
to this name and stands behind it. Whether ‘sensitive’ applies to the
desires of the patient or the empathy of the care provider, Sensitive
Dentistry is what you can come to rely on from Dr Smolinski. She is
especially sensitive to those who have experienced disagreeable dental
care elsewhere. She strives to educate patients on their condition and
listen to their concerns. She uses only the highest quality materials
in her practice and lives by the adage, ‘treat people like you want to
For the last several years, Dr Smolinski has continued on with her
desire to better the profession from within by participating in
Florida’s Dental Examination board. As best she can, she tries to
‘humanize’ the process for dentists seeking licensure in this state and
help these candidates to understand the need for 'sensitive dentistry'
wherever they plan to practice. Dr. Smolinski is proud to announce her 30 years of dental experience, and counting.
latest addition to the Sensitive Dentistry concept is to implement
modifications to the practice that minimize its impact on our
surroundings. In her personal life, she has embraced solar energy,
employed rainwater harvesting, recycled extensively, adopted hybrid
electric transportation and even installed artificial turf so that no
more harmful chemicals can run off into our waterways. She has now
migrated these principles and instituted Eco Sensitive Dentistry in her
practice. More details of these changes can be found at 'Go Green' page.
Beyond the practice, Dr Donna enjoys life as a wife, mother and
grandmother. Her passions include cooking, gardening and decorating.
Her esthetic touches, as well as her husband’s photography, make a visit
to her dental office a relaxing and enjoyable experience.