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Melanie Pugh DMD
Dr. Pugh has been practicing advanced dentistry with a conservative approach for over 20 years and is known for her Kentucky hospitality. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Kentucky in 1994. After building a successful dental practice in her hometown, she decided to relocate to southwest Florida in 2003.

Dr. Pugh is first and foremost, a gentle caring dentist who uses the most advanced techniques and materials in modern dentistry. She places great emphasis on getting to know you, the patient, carefully listening to your concerns and then explaining in detail what procedures would best suit your needs. Dr. Pugh is about bringing honesty, trustworthiness and hometown values to her dentistry. She is about taking care of your family as she wants her own family taken care of, which means you will get the personalized care and time with the dentist that you deserve. Dr. Pugh knows that she's doing more than just creating beautiful, healthy smiles, she's also building a trusting relationship.

Dr. Pugh has a diverse background, including serving the under-privileged of eastern Kentucky, private practice ownership, Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, and attended the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. Her goal is to provide state-of-the-art dental care while making a positive contribution to her community.


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Ariel Westervelt DDS
Dr. Westervelt was born and raised in Naples, Florida. She went to Naples High School, during which she attended Florida Gulf Coast University full-time her senior year through the Collegiate High School Program. She graduated in 2009 and obtained her Associate of Arts degree just a month after high school graduation. She continued on to the University of Florida for her Bachelor of Science in biology, graduating cum laude in 2012. Dr. Westervelt then earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Michigan, with special recognition of the Comprehensive Care Award, which she received for her commitment to excellence in dentistry and patient care.

Dr. Westervelt is an active member of the Collier County Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry, through which she continues to stay up-to-date with the latest technology, materials, and techniques. She takes pride in restoring smiles to their healthiest state while still maintaining a conservative approach. After four years of Michigan seasons, Dr. Westervelt is happy to be back in sunny southwest Florida and is committed to delivering gentle, esthetic, quality-driven care to the community she grew up in.


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Mary Midence, DMD
Raised in the small town of Sebring, Florida -"The City on the Circle"- Dr. Mary Midence graduated Sebring High School as salutatorian of her class before attending Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. It was at Tufts where she earned a double major in biology and biomedical engineering, a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, perennial inclusion on the Dean's List, and a Merit Scholarship her final year, in special recognition of academic excellence from day one in dental school. Dr. Midence believes in providing the best possible care for each patient through compassion and trust. Her diligence keeps her up to date on state-of-the-art technology, supplies and equipment, all to provide optimal dental care to the southwest Florida community. Eight years of a Massachusetts education made her excited to be back in the Sunshine State, delivering esthetic and quality driven results in a comfortable and trustworthy environment.


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Tracy Couillard, DMD
Dr. Tracy Couillard grew up in Warner Robins, Georgia, the daughter of a United States Air Force pilot. Dr. Couillard has the unique mix of southern grace, courtesy and hospitality, with the discipline and attention to detail that comes from her military family background.

It is important to Dr. Couillard for patients to be comfortable when they come into the office. She doesn't want patients to be fearful, anxious or sad that they are at the dentist. She wants them to enjoy their experience and goes out of her way to make sure patients feel just as comfortable in her chair as they would in her home. To Dr. Couillard, this is important because she knows that oral health is connected to overall health, and a person's smile is connected to their self-confidence. Her goal is for every patient to be comfortable in her chair, confident with their smile and have optimal oral health. Dr. Couillard received her Bachelor's degree in Biological Science from the University of Georgia and Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jordan, and they enjoy the Florida weather together with their dog Rambo.


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Melanie Pugh, DMD
7138 Highland Drive, Ste #218 Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
Phone: (801) 944-9494