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.


Financial Coordinator

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


Clinical Coordinator and Marketing

I have worked in orthodontics for more than 20 years. I have been with Drs. Laboda and Speas for the last 17 of those years. I enjoy assisting Drs. Laboda and Speas with patients, and making sure each patient’s needs are met. As a clinical supervisor, I work with our Invisalign® patients, starting with their initial diagnostic records through to the delivery of their retainers at the end of treatment. Watching a patient see his or her smile for the first time after the braces are removed is one of the best parts of working at Gulf Coast Orthodontics. I love the personal relationships I develop with our patients and their parents as well.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my husband Peter. We have two full grown children, and a very spoiled Cavalier King Charles puppy named Sadie. We love to travel whenever we get the chance!


Clinical Coordinator

I studied at Northeast Iowa Community College for Dental Assisting. I earned my assisting certification and worked in general dentistry until I took time off to raise my children. When I returned to dentistry, I chose orthodontics, and I love it! I enjoy seeing our patients’ smiles, confidence, and self-esteem change dramatically. 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 the patients comfortable and informed during their treatment.

I was born in Wisconsin and relocated to Florida in 2015 with Larry. I have three grown children 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. Of course, I am still a Big Green Bay Packers and Cubs fan!


Orthodontic Assistant

My career in orthodontics has spanned 17 years, during which I have worked in California, Arkansas, Michigan, and now Florida! I work chairside with Dr. Laboda and Dr. Speas, take diagnostic records, and place and remove brackets. I love meeting and getting to know all our patients and helping them feel comfortable and relaxed at our office. I really enjoy working with everyone at GCO! It is a very fun atmosphere and we all get along very well.

I moved to Florida about a year ago from Michigan with my husband. In my spare time, I enjoy walking my dog Cubby, running, and working out. I also enjoy traveling with my husband and going to the pool and beach. I love the sunshine!


Lab Coordinator

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.


14361 Metropolis Ave # 1,
Fort Myers, FL 33912

21740 S Tamiami Trail Suite 116,
Estero, FL 33928


Meet Our Team


Monday 8AM–5PM
Tuesday 8AM–5PM
Wednesday 8AM–5PM
Thursday 8AM–5PM
Friday 8AM–12PM


Located in Ft Myers, Fl and Estero, FL, our leading orthodontists are dedicated to helping you achieve your most attractive and healthy smile-- combining skill and expertise that spans the entire orthodontic spectrum. Dr. Michele Laboda is committed to bringing you better health and a beautiful smile.

Michele Laboda, DDS, MS is an orthodontist in Ft Myers, Fl and Estero, FL and offers orthodontics including braces and Invisalign. Call (239) 561-2258