We believe that visiting your local dentist shouldn't be a stressful or fearful ordeal. Once you walk through our doors, you will be greeted by our friendly front desk team members and invited to relax in our comfy couches or rocking chairs. Your experience is important to us, and we work hard to make it perfect.
Let us know what's important to you; we will make it essential to us as well. Do you have questions about a dental procedure and need time to go through each step? That's fine with us; we're happy to sit with you and make sure you leave satisfied with your understanding. We are committed to getting to know you and exceed your expectations in every way.
We want our patients to have fond memories of going to the dentist, and even look forward to seeing us again. Your comfort is just as important to us as your oral health. We love meeting each patient in person, but we invite you to take a minute to learn more about our amazing dental team!
Alexander Brao, DDS
Dr. Alexander Brao moved to Naples in 1986 when he was just a year old. He attended Poinciana Elementary, Pine Ridge Middle, and Barron Collier High schools. He moved to Gainesville, Florida to attend the University of Florida for his bachelor’s degree and moved across the country to pursue his dental education at the University of California, San Francisco.
Throughout dental school, Dr. Brao was elected into several leadership roles on campus, in the community, and nationally. He is proud to have been selected by his colleagues as the Class Sweetheart. Dr. Brao received several honors for exceptional clinical skills and was recognized as the L.D. Pankey Institute Student Scholar. After graduation, he trained and became certified in placing and restoring dental implants. He has subsequently earned his fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Dr. Brao continues to pursue quality continuing education courses to stay abreast of the most recent technology and advances in restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. His practice provides general dentistry with an emphasis on preventive care, as well as implants, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He has practiced in Northern California and The Villages, Florida, and is excited to return home to Naples to serve this wonderful community. Dr. Brao is supported by a highly trained and caring staff that provides an unmatched level of service.
Out of the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Rose, and two children, Stella and Matias. He also loves cars, fishing, playing golf, and cheering on the Florida Gators.
Kurston is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and has spent most of her life in Naples, Florida. She pursued her undergraduate studies both in Chicago and Southwest Florida. After obtaining her certification in dental assisting, she focused her studies on management. Kurston has been with the team for almost a decade and is passionate about serving the needs of each of our patients. Kurston has a keen understanding of the pulse of our practice and has an unmatched ability to satisfy our patients. She maintains the staff morale effortlessly and we are so lucky to have her on our team.
In addition other responsibilities at the office, she also gracefully juggles her role as a wife and mother. When Kurston is relaxing, you will typically find her with her husband, Jayson, and their daughter, Saylor. As a family, they like being outdoors, rollerblading or swimming. They also enjoy spending time with their parents and in-laws, who both live locally. Jayson and Kurston have had English Bulldogs as part of their family and recently adopted a French Bulldog named Millie to join their squad.
Tasha was born on an airbase in Japan and spent most of her childhood overseas. She attended Pensacola State College, graduating in 2012 with her Associate of Dental Hygiene degree. She also earned her certificate to administer local anesthetic in 2016 and relocated to Naples in 2019 to start work at our dental practice.
Working with such a great team makes Tasha’s job enjoyable and fun. She loves getting to know our patients and helping them improve their oral health and achieve whiter, brighter smiles.
When she is away from the dental office, you will find Tasha with her “partner in crime,” Zach. They share a green thumb and a love of plants. Together, they collect different species of orchids and other unique botanicals. Zach and Tasha often travel to nearby cities to check out their local nurseries and enjoy the local mom and pop food venues.
Carolina is originally from Rahway, NJ, and joined our dental team in 2020. She attended UMDNJ/Rutgers for her associate's degree and is passionate about supporting our patients’ oral health and wellness.
She loves that she can make a positive impact on her patients’ oral and overall health. Many underlying diseases are linked to the oral cavity; therefore, knowing that she can help makes her job so worthwhile and rewarding.
Carolina particularly enjoys the interactions she has with her patients and can also be an educator and mentor for healthy smiles. She loves the science and medical aspect of dental hygiene because there is always something new to learn. Carolina is a lifelong learner and always strives to improve in every aspect of life.
When she is away from the dental office, you will find Carolina spending time with her family, reading, oil and watercolor painting, cooking, eating, and exploring new flavors. She also loves all types of music!
Front Desk Receptionist
“Becky" grew up in Warren, Ohio, and loves what Southwest Florida offers her. She has practiced as a certified expanded functions dental assistant before transitioning to her role at the front desk at our office. Becky particularly likes coming to work every day and feeling a sense of belonging with our team, who makes her feel right at home. She enjoys getting to know the generations of patients at our office and developing relationships with them. If you have had the pleasure of working with her, you know that she is an asset to our patients and we feel fortunate that she chose to apply her knowledge and skills to our practice.
During her personal time, you will find Becky reading, watching sports (Go Buckeyes!), watching movies, and binge-watching TV shows and series. Most of all, Becky loves spending time with her precious family.
Susan M Smith
Susan is originally from St. Peter, IL, and has been with the practice for 35 years. Susan obtained her dental assisting certificate at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, IL.
Susan is a self-proclaimed people person and thinks we have the best patients around. She loves that each day in the dental field is different and appreciates working for such a great dentist.