Meet the Team
Behind every great orthodontic practice is a great team. We have the most dedicated and loyal team that consists of associates who have the highest level of technical training. We treat all of our patients like family with the warmest and most caring professionals, providing the highest quality of care to you and your family.
Front Desk Coordinator
I have worked in the dental field since 1985 and joined the GCO team in 2016. From our front desk, I answer the phones, schedule appointments, and help patients and parents with any questions they may have. My days consist of interacting with our patients and their families and seeing so many beautiful smiles at the end of treatment. I have a lot of fun working with our team—we all help each other to make sure our patients leave happy and smiling!
I’m originally from Avon Lake, OH. I have a grown son and two dogs, Angel and Millie. I’m a big advocate of Paws of Lee County (PAW). I foster dogs and volunteer, so if you are looking for a dog, come see me! I also enjoy paddle boarding, swimming, and riding horses.
I have loved working in the orthodontic field since my senior year in high school and have been working at GCO for over 6 years. I moved to Florida from Columbus OH with my husband Jeff. We have 3 grown children and 2 beautiful granddaughters. When we are not catching up with our children and spoiling our grandbabies, I enjoy reading, sitting by the pool,crafting, and playing with our boxer-mix Otis
Orthodontics Assistant and Marketing
I am a native of Fort Myers and started my dental career in 1989 right out of high school with Dr. Van Speas. I love to share my knowledge and experience with my patients and friends as I do presentations at our local schools so, that they may have a better understanding of orthodontics. Whether I am working with new patients or planning marketing events, I am always striving to be the best with my perfect smile, complements of MY childhood orthodontist Dr. Van Speas. I enjoy meeting new families at GCO and I like to treat each patient like they are a guest in my own home! My goal is to make your orthodontic journey a breeze right from the start and make your experience a good one.
When I am not working I am spending time with my wonderful family and friends. I have a grown son, Tristan and a granddaughter Auden. I love to travel and try new cuisine!
I attended Northeast Iowa Community College for Dental Assisting, where I earned my assisting certification. I worked in general dentistry until I took time off to raise my family. When I returned to dentistry, I chose orthodontics, and I love it! I enjoy seeing our patients’ smiles, confidence, and self-esteem change dramatically throughout treatment. It’s a great feeling to know I was part of their transformation. I am so happy to be part of such an amazing team at GCO. It is very clear how passionate Dr. Laboda and Dr. Speas are with helping patients finish with beautiful smiles. We all work together as a team to achieve a common goal, which is to make our patients feel comfortable and well informed during their treatment.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin and relocated to Florida in 2015. I have three grown children, two granddaughters, and a cat named Arlo who has a very playful personality. Larry and I enjoy traveling, diving, kayaking, and fishing. We also like to catch, tag, and release sharks for N.O.A.A. And of course, I am still a Big Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs fan!
I have been with Gulf Coast Orthodontics for over 10 years. I help Drs. Laboda and Speas with patient treatment. I also help with all aspects of the lab, including taking digital scan, 3D printing, keeping up with all the advanced technology in the orthodontics field. I always try to be patient and kind to our visitors, explaining the details of treatment to make even the most nervous patient relaxed and reassured. I feel it’s a privilege to help change the way a person feels about the way they smile.