West Broward Dental Associates Staff

Gloria Shibuya,

Certified Registered Dental Hygienist

I attended the University of Hawaii for my dental hygiene education and graduated in 1983. I recently received certification to administer local anesthesia. Being able to share the knowledge I have gained over my years of dental hygiene practice brings me great pleasure.

I was born on the Big Island of Hawaii, raised in Southern California and also lived in New Jersey, Maryland, Guam, Micronesia and Florida. I love to travel and learn about different cultures and enjoy their cuisines.

I have over 15 years of martial arts training and have completed 3 half marathons while raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Both my son and I are cancer survivors. I have two children and two grandsons. I am an avid animal lover and share my home with 2 cats and 2 dogs.

Betsy Katz,

Registered Dental Hygienist

I have spent 42 years in the dental field. I began as an assistant at the young age of 16 with on the job training during my junior year in high school. I have been a Dental Hygienist for 37 of those years. I enjoy helping, educating and caring for people. I love to make my patients feel at ease and smile!
I am a native Floridian but ironically I dislike the heat. I raised two children, my stepson and my daughter who are the light of my life. Because I lost my parents to  breast cancer and lymphoma, I do the 5K walk to support research every year; for the future of my children and everyone’s children.
On another note, you won’t believe this, but I am a 2nd degree black belt in the Korean area of Tae Kwon Do and have traveled to Europe for competition! It was an exciting and rewarding time for me. I got to see and do things I never thought I would!

 

Frances (Frannie) Young,

Office Manager

After spending over thirty years in the dental field, my husband and I decided to move to South Florida from Pennsylvania. I enjoy helping people and working in the dental field was a natural fit for me.

 I enjoy family time with our adult children, crafts, and spending as much time as I can at the beach. The water is so peaceful and calming to me!

Jenn Gradwell,

Patient Coordinator

I was born in Queens, NY and raised here in South Florida. I am a single mom of two beautiful boys, Austin and Mason. I have an identical twin sister, Rachel and a younger sister named Samantha. You can find me doing a lot of outdoor activities with my children, especially going to the pool! I love all desserts but my favorite would be anything with dark chocolate!

Melanie Barto,

Certified Dental Assistant

I have been a dental assistant for a little over 4 year and love making sure my patients feel comfortable and leave the office happy! I strive to build relationships with my patients and I enjoy their trust as it is important and rewarding to me. I have lived in Florida my entire life. One of my favorite hobbies is horseback riding (dressage) and I’ve been riding since I was 5 years old. I also enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my family and friends!

Paola Schuchard,

Certified Dental Assitant

I attended Concord Career Institute for my dental assistant education and graduated in 2000. I have been dental assisting for 17 years. I enjoy educating and providing great care in assisting with patient treatments.

I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and moved to Florida at the early age of 7. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 15 years and we have four amazing children. My favorite past time is hanging out with my family playing trivia games.