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.”
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.
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.
Christine Nguyen, Dental Assistant
Christine Nguyen is a born and raised Floridian, she was born in the city of St. Petersburg. She moved to Tampa for her undergraduate studies. In 2016, she completed her degree in Cell Molecular Biology with a minor in Health Sciences at the University of South Florida. During her undergrad years, she completed a course to be a Certified Dental Assistant. She is currently in the process of applying to Dental School.
Christine has a passion for continuing education, she is currently taking upper level science courses at her alma mater. She loves learning languages and is trilingual. She speaks Vietnamese fluently and spanish semi-fluently.
Christine enjoys a range of activities, during her free time she can be found partaking in any active hobbies with her friends and dog in tow. Some activities as hiking on a mountain range, going on a run or making a Tea-Latte. Her long term dream is to not only physically alter people’s smile as a future dentist but to also make them smile through personal interactions.
Marica Vereen, Dental Assistant
Marica Vereen is a Tampa native, born in Clearwater, Fl. A class of 2005, Armwood High school Graduate! & proud alumni of the GREAT Bethune Cookman University. She completed her EFDA degree at Sanford Brown Institute & Gwinnett Tech in Atlanta, Ga.
Marica Is a former United States Air Force Civilian Contractor, having trained many young Airmen on the fundamentals & elements of General dentistry; and how important a strong, confident; yet humble; Dental Assistant is to any practice and team.
For fun she rollerblades on the belt-line with friends, enjoys cooking with her Mother & spoiling her nephews rotten.
She hopes someday to become a successful business owner and lives for smile & laughter of others.