Meet The Team Dr. Paul Uliasz PRESIDENT GET TO KNOW DR. PAUL DR. PAUL ULIASZ, DDSPRESIDENT & CLINICAL DIRECTOR DR. PAUL ULIASZ, DDSPRESIDENT & CLINICAL DIRECTOR Dr. Uliasz founded Blue Sea Dental in 2018 to positively influence the future of dentistry. Blue Sea Dental’s vision is to build the best dental group by always striving to exceed patient expectations and offering the best work environments in the industry. The Blue Sea Dental family currently includes six practices in Southwest Florida with a seventh planned for late 2022. In addition to his executive duties as President, Dr. Uliasz personally mentors every Blue Sea dentist ensuring a consistently superior experience for every patient. As a leader, Dr. Uliasz believes that placing people before profits is a key to long-term success. That applies not only to patients but also to team members. At a Blue Sea Dental practice, everyone is valued and respected. At every level, team members have an opportunity to learn new skills, become better leaders and grow professionally and personally. Dr. Uliasz leads by example to create and preserve a positive, warm, friendly professional atmosphere that team members and patients alike feel good about being in. He wants every team member to feel like they matter and what they do makes a difference in their and someone else's life. By investing in his teams, building trusting relationships with patients, and fostering a positive workplace, Dr. Uliasz has built a group of thriving community dental practices. Dr.Uliasz attended Oakland University's biology program in Rochester, Michigan, before graduating from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry. In 2004, he graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, where he obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Dr. Uliasz is committed to continuous education on a world-class level to bring his patients the best and the latest available state-of-the-art procedures and dental advancements. A firm believer that professional growth means continually building on your knowledge and skill base, Dr. Uliasz regularly attends training, workshops, conferences, and other educational activities that enable him to strengthen and expand upon his skills and knowledge. His goal is to direct all acquired skills and knowledge throughout his career as a dentist into providing the best quality of care for patients of all ages. This mindset extends to the teams in the Blue Sea Dental group – training, team building events, and opportunities for personal and professional development are an integral part of the business model. Dr. Uliasz is committed to giving back. Blue Sea Dental held Dentistry From the Heart days of free dental care for five consecutive years, donating tens of thousands in dental care to the Fort Myers area community. Dr. Paul has also participated in Project Dentist Care, the Dentistry Mission to the Dominican Republic, and numerous non-dental charitable causes and activities. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS American Dental Association Michigan Dental Association Florida Dental Association West Coast Dental District Association American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry International Congress of Oral Implantologists International Dental Implant Association International Association of Dentists Lee County Dental Society OUTSIDE THE OFFICE Dr. Uliasz was born in Krakow, Poland, and moved to Detroit when he was 14 years old. He lived most of his life in Michigan until he moved to Fort Myers in 2008. Dr. Uliasz and his wife Erica have two young children — daughter Avery and son Gavin — as well as two spoiled dogs – a puggle and a Frenchie. Erica is a biologist environmental consultant and recently completed the 2017 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Despite spending 70 hours a week in the dental field, Dr. Uliasz manages to spend quality time with his family, stay active, and maintain diverse interests. He enjoys music, reading, swimming, skiing, running, and traveling. His attraction to water-related activities has led him to become an advanced open-water scuba diver. RONALDO DE LA CRUZ DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS GET TO KNOW RONALDO Ron began his career in dentistry by earning his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in his native country of the Dominican Republic. After moving to the Fort Myers area, Ron joined Lee Dental Care in 2014. His expertise, along with his superior patient relations skills, led to quickly to his promotion to Head Dental Assistant. When Blue Sea Dental was founded in 2018, Ron was the obvious choice for the role of Clinical Coordinator. As Clinical Coordinator, Ron helped establish consistent excellence across our practices by mentoring the Dental Assisting Teams. In 2021, Ron was promoted to Director of Operations. In this role, Ron oversees practice operations to ensure that our practices operate smoothly and profitably while remaining great places for our teams to work. Ron’s combination of hands-on clinical and management experience makes him uniquely effective in helping to bring the Blue Sea Dental vision to life at each location. In his free time, Ron enjoys spending time with his family. He stays active by working out and playing baseball. Spending time at our beautiful area beaches and travelling are also favorite leisure activities. Ron is fluent in Spanish and English. MICHAEL MANSFIELD DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT GET TO KNOW MICHAEL Mike started his career in dentistry in 2014, working as a Dental Assistant at Lee Dental Care. A Certified Dental Assistant and an Advanced Functions Dental Assistant, his enthusiasm, work ethic, and ability to quickly learn new skills enabled him to quickly become one of the top Dental Assistants on the team. In 2019, Mike moved to Smile Cape Coral where his contributions to managing patient flow and scheduling helped that location reach its full patient service potential. After his time at Smile Cape Coral, Mike joined the Blue Sea Dental Transition Team as Clinical Trainer, Mike is part of our Transition Team. In that role, he ensured clinical processes at Blue Sea Practices meet the company's exacting standards In 2021, Mike moved into his current role as Director of Business Growth & Development. Mike helps our practices reach their full operational potential while maintaining the high standards of care and positive working environments that are the hallmarks of a Blue Sea practice. A natural leader, Mike’s easygoing confidence and professionalism are contagious. He builds team confidence, provides training on patient management, retention, and acquisition strategies to ensure our teams are poised for success. Mike is a native of Boston but has lived most of his life here in Southwest Florida. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son. Mike is an avid fisherman. Other favorite leisure activities include boating and travel. EVELYN JOHNSTON HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR GET TO KNOW EVELYN s Human Resource Director at Blue Sea Dental, Evelyn oversees all human resource functions including recruiting, orientation, and ongoing training and mentoring for all practices. She is one of the original members of the Blue Sea Dental leadership team. Evelyn is responsible for staffing across all Blue Sea Dental practices. Among her many abilities is a unique talent for identifying which candidates will be a good fit with each practice team, culture, and Blue Sea Dental core values. Prior to the founding of Blue Sea Dental, Evelyn was an integral part of the Lee Dental Care leadership team for many years. She joined Lee Dental Care as Assistant Manager. Her talent for handling patient relations with a warmth and sensitivity that defuses even the most stressful situation and her skillful, efficient approach to the various administrative aspects of patient relations led to her being promoted to Manager. In this role her ability to mentor and develop team members stood out along with her great instincts in recruiting and hiring new team members. Evelyn exemplifies the positive, can-do approach we foster across team roles. Although her role is challenging, Evelyn is never too busy to offer guidance or a sympathetic ear to a team member who needs a little extra support to excel in their role. Evelyn lives in Cape Coral with her husband Ken. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends taking advantage of all that our area has to offer, from the wide range of cuisines to the beautiful beaches. Evelyn has taken a key role in managing the Annual Dentistry from the Heart Event and has participated since its inception. LACEY WOODRUFF DIRECTOR OF MANAGERS GET TO KNOW LACEY Lacey has been with Blue Sea Dental since its beginning way back in 2008 with our flagship practice, Lee Dental Care. Lacey started out as a Patient Care Coordinator Her unflagging positive attitude, superior patient relations ability, and steadfast dedication to ensuring the best possible patient experience led to her promotion to Assistant Office Manager and eventually Office Manager. Lacey’s cool-headed efficiency and a no-nonsense approach to keeping the many moving pieces of our largest, busiest location running smoothly naturally led to her taking on the role of go-to person for the managers of Blue Sea Dental’s other practices. In 2021, this role was formalized as Director of Managers. Lacey now does double duty managing Lee Dental Care and providing mentoring, training, and support to her fellow Blue Sea Dental Office Managers. A calming force in her busy office, managing the fast pace with unflappable positivity and a smile, Lacey embodies the Blue Sea Dental model of Office Management. She confronts challenges with a creative, solutions-focused mindset and helps maintain the feeling of competent, welcoming comfort that Lee Dental Care's patients rely on. She leads by example and shares her knowledge with her fellow Blue Sea Dental Office Managers to guide them in creating that type of environment in their own offices. Lacey is the loving mother of two children. She enjoys fishing, boating, and spending time outdoors. LEANNA CHEVERNAK, CRDH DENTAL HYGIENE DIRECTOR GET TO KNOW LEANNA LeAnna joined the Blue Sea Dental family in 2017 as a Dental Hygienist at Lee Dental Care. Her superior clinical ability, excellent chairside manner, and natural leadership qualities quickly led to her promotion to Lead Hygienist. When Blue Sea Dental was founded in 2018, LeAnna was the natural choice to lead the Hygiene function across our practices. LeAnna holds an AS degree in Dental Hygiene from Edison State College and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree at American Public University. She started her Dental Hygiene practice in 2014 and has worked at several practices over the course of her career. With this breadth of experience, LeAnna brings the best practices she’s learned to our Hygiene Teams. As Dental Hygiene Director LeAnna mentors the Dental Hygienists at our practices, ensuring a consistent, superior patient experience at every location. LeAnna’s down-to-Earth, friendly, fun approach enables her to connect with patients and team members alike. LeAnna leads our Hygiene Teams in their mission to show that Dental Hygienists do so much more than clean teeth. They are charged with educating their patients on how to maintain the best possible dental health at home as well as often being the first to detect potentially serious oral health issues. Born in Louisiana, LeAnna has lived in Southwest Florida since 2011. She is an avid Saints and LSU fan. In her free time, LeAnna enjoys spending time with her beloved dogs. She also enjoys spending girl time with her friends. LeAnna has a deep affection for dogs and donates her time to animal charities and causes. JENNIFER MABEE MARKETING DIRECTOR GET TO KNOW JENNIFER Jennifer joined the Blue Sea Dental family in 2018 as the Social Media Marketer for Lee Dental Care. As our dental group has grown, so has her role and she is now Marketing Director for our group of dental offices. Jennifer oversees all marketing activities for our group including digital, print, and other types of advertising, website development, marketing communications, and social media marketing. Jennifer holds a BA in Psychology from Widener University. Prior to joining the Blue Sea Team, she worked in the marketing research field for 30 years. Her specialization was in project management and research design/analytics. Over the course of her career, she worked at a variety of different firms in roles with increasing responsibility, including being a partner in a data processing firm. Jennifer brings a varied set of competencies to her role, including writing, graphic design, and data analytics. As our brand ambassador to the public, Jennifer uses those skills to communicate the benefits of our practices to our current and future patients. Beyond her role in marketing, Jennifer is always willing to jump in and help fellow team members in any area where she is knowledgeable. She is passionate about her job and genuinely enjoys doing everything she can to make to help make our practices successful and show our teams they are appreciated. Jennifer works out of Pennsylvania and enjoys visiting Blue Sea Dental in Florida when it’s not too hot. She lives in the suburban Philadelphia area with her husband, two sons, and one very spoiled, very cute mutt. In her free time, she enjoys singing with her husband and musical friends and . She also enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, and being in the woods. RICHARD FECHTER SENIOR ACCOUNTANT GET TO KNOW RICHARD With several years working as an Accountant and different types of firms, Richard joined the Blue Sea Dental team in 2021. He holds two BS degrees from Florida Gulf University, in Accounting and Finance. Richard is tasked with managing the finances of our growing dental group. Detail-oriented and self-motivated, Richard excels at staying on top of the many functions and tasks involved in managing accounting for our offices. Richard is responsive and responsible – you never have to ask him to do something twice. A positive, friendly person, Richard approaches his teammates with understanding and compassion. Richard values and contributes to the accepting, family-like environment at Blue Sea Dental headquarters. He appreciates the integrity of our group and the value we place on authenticity. Richard was born and raised in Naples and currently lives in Lehigh Acres with his partner and their dog Bailey. Favorite leisure activities include being outdoors swimming, enjoying the sun, or doing yardwork and cooking. JESSICA HARMON CALL SUPPORT SPECIALIST GET TO KNOW JESSICA As Call Support Specialist at Blue Sea Dental, Jessica oversees the Blue Sea Dental Call Center. In this role she ensures that when patients call a Blue Sea Dental practice, they reach a warm, helpful, professional who is ready to assist them. Before moving into her current role at Blue Sea Dental, Jessica spent several years at Lee Dental Care as a Patient Care Coordinator. Her warm and friendly attitude set the tone of relaxed comfort for patients arriving for dental care. Jessica's phone skills are so exemplary they were used in training new Patient Care Coordinators even prior to her taking on this role. Jessica is the proud mother of two sons. In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, and watching movies. ASHLEY LEMUS HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR GET TO KNOW ASHLEY Ashley moved into her role as Human Resources Coordinator in 2022 when she graduated from St. Petersburg College with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care administration with a minor in Human Resources. Ashley started her journey with Blue Sea Dental in 2018. She joined Lee Dental Care as a Patient Care Coordinator. Her excellent manner with patients and initiative in suggesting new approaches to improve process quickly made her stand out and led to her promotion to Assistant Manager in 2019. In 2021, Ashley interned with Evelyn while completing her education and, upon graduation, moved into her current role as Human Resources Coordinator. Among the many strengths Ashley brings to her role is her calm, kind, optimistic demeanor which helps set the tone of positivity that is the hallmark of the Blue Sea Dental approach. Energetic and enthusiastic, Ashley is constantly looking for new ways to make Blue Sea Dental a great place to work. Toward that end she is a member of SHRM (the Society of Human Resource Managers) and is pursuing certifications to further advance her knowledge of Human Resources. In her free time, Ashley enjoys working out, dancing, and going to the beach.