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Donna Smolinski DMD

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 be treated.

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.

The 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.

Dr. Donna Smolinski