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Registered Dental Hygienist Susan received her Hygiene degree from TN State University. Susan has been with our practice since 2006. She has over 20 years experience as a hygienist including 14 years in Periodontal treatment. Susan loves educating patients on home care because it is such an important part of their health. Susan is from Tennessee but has lived in Destin since 1991. She is married and has two children. She enjoys boating, refinishing furniture, and running 10 K’s and Half-Marathons.


Denise Lade has been a Dental Assistant since 1975. With 20 years’ experience in Pediatric Dentistry and 17 years’ experience in General Dentistry. She is certified in x-rays and expanded functions from LSU School of Dentistry. She thrives on making patients dental visits pleasant and comfortable, and always looks forward to our returning snowbirds. Denise loves spending time with her husband, their dogs & cats, going to the beach, cooking, gardening, and also loves spending time at their cabin in the woods.


Jennifer joined Emerald Coast Dental in 2007. Enjoys being part of a team that is more of an extended family, both co-workers and patients. Here to help patients schedule appointments that will accommodate their busy schedules, understand treatment estimates, insurance and billing information, as well as helping patients utilize their insurance benefits to their fullest potential. Jennifer is the mother of two boys, Ian and Xak. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her boys, and her dog Rocky. She also loves to cook and read.


Certified Registered Dental Hygienist Brenda, a native of Northwest Florida, graduated Cum Laude with a degree in dental hygiene and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. As a Colgate STAR Award recipient and a member of the ADHA, Brenda strives to give her patients a positive dental experience while assisting them to achieve optimum oral health. She is actively involved in dental community service and spends her spare time enjoying our beautiful community.


Natalia has been in the dental field for over 4 years and joined our team October of 2019. As part of our front desk you can count on her to always deliver exceptional customer service care day in and day out. Her father was a dentist and has the love of dentistry in her blood. Natalia and her husband originally from South Florida are no strangers to some fun in the sun! They enjoy hiking, boating and trying new experiences. Her husband proudly serves in the military and they have a fur baby named Karma.


Amy began her career as a dental assistant while serving in the US Air Force. She earned her certification in dental assisting through the Dental Assisting National Board. She has experience in specialties such as: prosthodontics, oral surgery, endodontics, and expanded function general dentistry. Amy enjoys time with family and friends in this beautiful beach community.


Behrens has been interested in dentistry for most of his life. He is learning the dental practice’s ins and outs while applying to dental school. He has lived in Destin for 15 years, where he has grown to love everything about the Emerald Coast. He enjoys spending his downtime with his family and friends on the beach, at the pool, or playing tennis. He strives to learn and help with anything needed from every patient who walks through to door and his coworkers.