Your Local Dentist in Bonita Springs

If you are looking for a gentle, courteous, and friendly dentist in Bonita Springs, you've come to the right place! Our mission is to improve the lives of Southwest Florida through high quality dental care and education.

Our Dentists

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.

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, awarded to her for her commitment to excellence in dentistry and patient care.

Dr. Westervelt is an active member of the Florida Dental Association, the 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.

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.

Melanie Pugh, DMD, PA
8800 Bernwood Parkway
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Phone: 239-949-1805       
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