Meet The Staff
Joan B. Padykula
Joan has been in our practice for more than 25 years. She helps our patients with their financial concerns, insurance questions, and other front desk issues in our practice. She received her Masters degree in Health Services Administration from Florida International University. Outside of the office, Joan enjoys spending time with her husband, being involved with her three children, as well as jogging, music, going to the gym, cooking, and reading.
Arian G. Ortega
Front Desk Administrator
Arian joined our practice in 2014; she will be happy to answer all of your insurance and billing questions. Arian has been in the Oral Surgery field for fifteen years. She completed the Professional level CPR and ACLS. After hours, Arian enjoys reading, good movies and attending concerts.
Melissa M. Marrero
Melissa joined our practice in 2000; she is our senior surgical assistant. Melissa has helped our patients through surgery and answered their treatment questions. She graduated from Robert Morgan Vocational Institute and she is certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Melissa also completed the Advanced Anesthesia Assistant Program with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two sons.
Marlene T. Patterson
Marlene joined our practice in 2003; she assists surgery, as well as helps our patients feel more comfortable and at ease while in our practice. She is certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Marlene also completed the Advanced Anesthesia Assistant Program with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Outside of the office, she has five children and her favorite thing to do is spend time with them.
Estel joined our practice in 2015; she is another of our fine surgical assistants. Estel is highly trained and has over 25 years of experience in assisting with oral surgery procedures. She is a caring and kind person who loves to help our patients. She is fully trained in CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Estel also completed the Advanced Anesthesia Assistant Program with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Estel enjoys spending time out with her husband and daughters.