Jason Watts, DMD
Dr Jason Watts was born in Vancouver, Canada, and was raised in South Florida. He is a Florida State alumnus and graduated from Nova Southeastern University – College of Dental Medicine. He is an active and proud member of many organized dental groups from the national to local level, but most importantly the American Dental Association and Florida Dental Association. Recently, Dr Watts founded the Tri Smiles Foundation, which aids disabled athletes in competing in sporting events and living an active lifestyle.
When not practicing dentistry, Dr Watts is traveling all over the country publicly speaking and mentoring. He prides himself in keeping up to date with the continuing education and furthering his skills to better the experience for his patients and community. He is an outdoor enthusiast seeking any adventure he can. Triathlons, skiing, hiking, beach volleyball, riding his motorcycle, are just a few of his many hobbies.
Long term goals: He and his sister (Dr Vanessa Watts, DMD), strive to travel the world giving back to others through mission trips.
“My life purpose is to Pay-It-Forward and help those in need.”
Laura Ann Koberda, DMD
Dr. Laura Koberda was born in Houston, TX; however, she had moved around quite a bit before settling down in Tallahassee, FL. After graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Florida State University, Dr. Koberda completed her dental education at the Medical University of South Carolina. She then pursued an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University of Florida campus in St. Petersburg, FL. There she received advanced surgical training as well, enabling her to perform such procedures as wisdom tooth removal and implant placement. She is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
As an avid beach goer and boater, she naturally fell in love with the Tampa Bay area. She decided to remain and devote herself to serving and caring for the local community.
In addition to hitting the beach, Dr. Koberda loves to travel and play tennis. She enjoys long walks down the wine aisle and is a St. Petersburg happy hour/brunch enthusiast. She is passionate about Florida State football (bleeds Garnet and Gold), and also follows the Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Lighting.
Professional memberships include: American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Florida Dental Association, West Coast District Dental Association, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Michelle Amiel, RDH - Lead Patient Advocate
Michelle was born in Morocco, and grew up in Montreal, Canada where she completed her Dental Hygiene Degree in Expanded Duties in 1977. She lived in Vancouver for 10yrs and then the East Coast of Florida for the last 20yrs. Michelle has raised two successful children that are practicing Dentists in Florida.
Through her vast knowledge in dentistry, Michelle has become a dental consultant and assists Dentists to build successful offices with her gift of Leadership and advanced knowledge in patient advocacy and care.
“Her goal is making sure that patients have an experience of excellence during their dental visit.”
Michelle enjoys living an healthy lifestyle encompassing yoga, swimming, sailing, reading and healthy foods.
Pamela Edwards - Patient Advocate
Pamela was born in a small town called Perry, GA but moved to Florida at the age of 8. On New Years Eve 2016, she got married to her husband who is a professional paintball player and together they have 2 Akitas, 1 Bull Mastiff, 1 cat, and are excited to start a family and add to their “zoo” as she calls it. Pamela graduated from the University of Central Florida with her bachelors degree in Psychology and has been in the dental field since she was 16 years old.
When you call our office, Pamela will be the person greeting you on the other end and although she does not look it, she is half mexican and is fluent in spanish. Pamela is also well versed in the insurance side of dentistry and is excited to help educate patients on their benefits and help them maximize the most of their plans. The patients experience is Pamelas #1 priority and making you feel a part of our Watts Dental Family.
Pamela enjoys spending time with family and friends, entertaining in her home, cooking and learning new recipes, kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking through mountains on vacation.
I was born and raised in Brunswick, Georgia. At the age of 18 I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and lived there for 8 years. Then at 26 I moved to Florida. Where I found the love to care for those who couldn’t care for themselves and I wanted to make a difference. This is where I enrolled in Tampa Medical Prep where I received my Patient Care Tech, CNA, Phlebotomy and EKG licenses.
I also found the passion for Marketing and a way to deliver a positive experience to others. I found smarter ways to grow businesses on a more personal level.
When I’m not working you can find me and my 3 kids Aubrey 20, Chris 18, and Elani 10 at Disney having a blast or just being around great friends and family laughing and traveling making every moment Matter.
Natasha Kopa, RDH
Natasha Kopa has been a longtime resident in the Riverview area. With her dad being in the Air Force, her family moved to Riverview in 1992. Natasha has attended all the local schools in the Riverview area such as: Boyette Springs Elementary, Rodgers Middle School and Riverview High School. Natasha then went to the University of South Florida and earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology. Afterwards she moved to Philadelphia and earned her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene at Manor College.
Natasha has a passion for learning and wants the best for her patients. She is a strong believer in motivation and enthusiasm to make her patients feel welcome and relaxed in the dental chair.
“Together, we will achieve a healthy dental foundation to prevent future discomfort.”
Natasha has a variety of hobbies that include: playing the piano and guitar, crocheting, kayaking, video gaming, origami and photography. She also enjoys caring for her 3 Miniature Pinschers named: Diesel, Spike and Ginger.
Enrique Leytividal, CDA
Enrique is a native Floridian raised in Miami. After graduating high school in 2003 Enrique enlisted in the United States Navy as a Dental Technician/Hospital Corpsman. He served for 7 years and was honorably discharged in 2010. He was stationed in Naples, Italy and on board the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN75) working as the dental surgical technologist treating Sailors and Marines. He deployed twice to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. He was trained in tactical combat casualty care and dental related emergencies during his 7 years in the Navy.
Upon completion of the Navy, Enrique sought to teach and help others at Nova Southeastern University - College of Dental Medicine as a teaching dental assistant working with professors to help dental students and the Oral and maxillofacial surgery residency. He has helped graduated over 734 dentists graduate. Enrique is a highly motivated and passionate dental assistant. He is currently enrolled at the University of South Florida finishing his bachelor’s degree to eventually apply to dental school in the future.
On his free time Enrique enjoys dancing, which he grew up dancing in shows since the age of 7 and teaching Salsa and Merengue in the Navy on his free time, going to the beach to swim, and also cooking new dishes.
Mativa Blyden is born and raised from Los Angeles, California. Mativa moved to Destin, FL in High School. She started pursuing her career as a Makeup Artist and working with M.A.C cosmetics, she still freelances.
Mativa then became very interested in dental when she met her long time friend who is a Hygienist, who she did makeup for in Gainesville, Fl. Soon after living in Gainesville, Fl for 4 years, she decided to move to Tampa, FL to attend Ultimate Medical Academy to start her dental assistant career, receiving her EFDA. She worked in dentistry for 4 years as a Manager. Coming from a corporate environment, Mativa is very happy to finally find a dental family team with Watts Dental that cares about helping our patients and providing the best dental care there is.
“They sure are handy when you smile. So keep your teeth around a while” :o)
Jessie Savilla is excited be making her debut at Watts Dental. She has been in the dental business for over seven years. Going to school to be a Dental assistant brought her a skill set that has helped her through life in more ways than one.
As a Native New Yorker she enjoys theater, museums and good food. Always up for something new and fun and ridiculous.
Being at Watts Dental has taught her how to bring her Absolute A Game and how to be a true team player. Jessie is exited to show patients what next level dentistry looks like.