We’re a high-energy, fun, funny, incredibly focused and detail-oriented group, set on delivering only the most incredible periodontal and surgical services in St. Augustine, Florida. Our team members exercise true compassion for all those we care for, which, to us, is the ability to take the patient’s perspective and really empathize with them. This allows us to truly listen to our patients and find the best possible solutions to their problems in a way that is beneficial to their overall wellbeing. To visit with our periodontists, Drs. John and Robert Thousand, please call us at 904-794-1000. We look forward to meeting you!
Shawna — Practice Manager
Shawna grew up in Deary, Idaho, and graduated high school with a class of 30. She has lived in several states, including Washington, Texas, Georgia and California. Shawna has been with our practice since 2017 but has been in the dental field for over 20 years! She even taught dental assisting for five years. She’s also dedicated to continuing education and has completed countless hours throughout the years in order to stay ahead of changes and improvements in dentistry. Shawna also has a vast knowledge of dental insurance. She is passionate about dentistry and strives to be the best she can be and brings that enthusiasm to our patients and entire office.
When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and granddaughter, Ansleigh. Shawna also likes reading, listening to music, painting, drawing and spending time at the beach.
Liz — Surgical Assistant and Clinic Coordinator
Liz is originally from Upstate NY, but she has lived in Palm Coast for over 25 years. She’s been working with our periodontists for nearly 20 of those! As our clinic coordinator, she keeps us on track and running smoothly. Liz enjoys that every day, whether we are saving teeth or rebuilding what a patient has lost, we are changing lives, hers included. She loves her job and people she works with, and she loves making others laugh along with her.
Liz and her husband, AJ, have been married over 10 years and have two awesome kids. Most of her spare time is spent taking her kids to softball and football and going fishing and alligator hunting.
Janet — Registered Dental Hygienist
After attending Frostburg State University in Maryland, Janet worked as a dental assistant for six years. She enjoyed assisting the dentist and became interested in getting more involved in the patient’s treatment. That decision led her to the decision to go back to college, and she soon received an Associate of Science degree in dental hygiene from West Liberty University. Janet has been working with Dr. Robert since 1988 and has continually advanced her skills by taking annual education courses. Janet enjoys working with our patients and the family atmosphere she shares with coworkers. She helps to ensures that educational and quality of care is the rule and never the exception.
Janet enjoys traveling, scuba diving, creating computer graphics, web design and video editing. She recently fulfilled a personal goal of writing and illustrating a children’s book about the Tooth Fairy, titled “So, Where Did All the Baby Teeth Go?”
Chelsie — Surgical Dental Assistant
Since joining our team in 2018, Chelsie has been proactive in her duties as a surgical assistant while also treating our patients with kindness and respect. She attended First Coast Technical College for dental assisting and plans on continuing to improve her skills as an assistant. Chelsie likes that there is always something new to learn at our office, and she loves being part of the solution and seeing the end result of our patients’ care. She smiles, stays positive and works every day to ensure our patients feel heard.
Born and raised in St. Augustine, Chelsie enjoys the beach and kayaking. She’s also an animal lover.
Marcia — Surgical Dental Assistant
Originally from Ohio, Marcia has lived in Florida since 2001. She graduated with honors from First Coast Technical College in January of 2018 and has been with us since the end of 2017. She enjoys how energetic and optimistic our team members are as well as how compassionate we are to each other and our patients. Marcia is a positive person and helps our patients feel comfortable by treating them like family and making them a priority. Her favorite thing about her job is helping people feel better about themselves.
Her favorite thing to do outside of the office is spend time with her family, visit the beach, travel and go on cruises. She has a son and is engaged to be married in September 2019!
Nicole — Surgical Dental Assistant
Nicole completed her dental assisting degree at Fortis College, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She has a calm demeanor and positive attitude, and she helps our patients feel comfortable with her good energy. Nicole treats patients as if they were her mom, with absolute care and attention. She appreciates the welcome environment we provide our patients and the unmatched bedside manner of Dr. John.
Nicole married in July of 2018 and has two daughters! She was born and raised in Palatka, FL, and she loves couponing, spending time with family and riding ATVs, and she is a lover of all things pretty.
Wendy — Surgical Dental Assistant
Wendy joined Dental Specialists of North Florida near the end of 2018 and graduated in 2011 from Lanier Technical College in Oakland, Georgia. She enjoys working with such a great group of people and appreciates that our dentists and team provide such quality care. She gives her very best at all times and has the right attitude as she treats others how she would like to be treated. She is a mother of 4, (one daughter and three sons) and loves hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and painting.