Staff

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Management
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Jennifer Wolfe
Jennifer Wolfe
Title
Practice Manager

Bio

Jennifer is the daughter of Dr. Cherpak’s wife, Barbara, and has worked in the family businesses for over 25 years.  When Mrs. Cherpak retired in 2013, it was an easy transition for Jen to assume the reins.  She relocated from the Pittsburgh area with husband John and their three amazing children Savannah, Matthew and Lauren.  Before coming to NPD, Jen loved her 8+ years as a pediatric nurse.  Jen’s favorite pastimes include volunteering, playing with her 5 “fur babies” and spending time with her family, especially outdoors!  

Hygienists
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Alison Caldwell
Alison Caldwell
Title
Certified Registered Dental Hygienist

Bio

Alison joined our office in 2009, possessing a total of 23 years in the dental field. She has spent the past 15 years spent as a hygienist. She bears the title of “Best Hygienist in North Port” as voted by the readers of the North Port Sun for two years consecutively (2016, 2017). She and husband James share three wonderful children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, and going boating.

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Berkeling J. Franco
Berkeling J. Franco
Title
Certified Registered Dental Hygienist

Bio

Berkeling was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela where she earned her General Dentist degree in 2000.  She moved to the United States in 2002, then obtained her Registered Dental Hygienist degree in 2004.  She came to North Port Dental as a temp, then gradually transitioned into a full-time position here in 2013.  She feels so blessed to be part of an incredibly hardworking and caring team.  Berkeling is devoted to educating her patients on maintaining good periodontal health.  She loves God with all her heart.  She enjoys traveling and making memories with her husband and their five beautiful children.

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Sherry Ward
Sherry Ward
Title
Certified Registered Dental Hygienist

Bio

Sherry was born and raised in southwest Florida and has lived in Punta Gorda for the last 20 years. She joined Dr. Cherpak’s team in 2006, right after he bought the practice, and has the distinction of being our longest-term employee.  The kind atmosphere and caring approach is what drew her to NPD.   The mother of a beautiful adult daughter, Sherry loves to spend time with her family, and enjoys the beach.  

Assistants
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Cathy Langlois
Cathy Langlois
Title
Dental Assistant

Bio

Cathy is a graduate of the Rhode Island Junior College dental assisting program, Class of 1978. She is celebrating 40 years in dentistry in 2018.  Cathy joined North Port Dental in October 2013 shortly after she and her husband Steve relocated to Florida.  Outside of work, her greatest joy is her family.  Cathy and Steve have 2 children and 4 grandchildren and she enjoys spending time with family in both Rhode Island and Florida. 

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Crystal Hunsicker
Crystal Hunsicker
Title
Dental Assistant

Bio

Crystal is a Florida native.  She has worked as a dental assistant for 15 years.  She joined our team 6 ½ years ago because she loved the team atmosphere, and the great group of people she works with.  Crystal enjoys helping patients overcome their fear of the dentist by providing a relaxing area (which is always decorated for passing holidays!)  She loves providing treatments that make her patients confident and happy to smile again.  She enjoys gardening, shopping, and spending time with her husband and their dog. 

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Kara Frankenberger
Kara Frankenberger
Title
Dental Assistant

Bio

Kara is a Florida native with four years in the dental field.  She joined our team in 2018, citing the family atmosphere as one of the main things that drew her to our office.  Kara is a mother to four awesome children and two fur babies. She is engaged to be married. She enjoys being outdoors, going to the beach, and paddle boarding.

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Laura Nekuda
Laura Nekuda
Title
Dental Assistant

Bio

A Charlotte County resident since 1978, Laura is a graduate of the Charlotte Technical Institute, where she was a recipient of the Inez Blunt Award for Professional Excellence. When she joined North Port Dental in late 2017, she brought 25 years’ experience with her.  She possesses a gentle nature, and says she tries to see something good in everyone.  She feels each day is a blessing.  In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. 

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Lindsay Johnston
Lindsay Johnston
Title
Dental Assistant

Bio

A Maryland native, Lindsay has lived in southwest Florida for 8 years.  She joined the NPD team four years ago after being a stay-at-home mother to sons Cooper and Jace, as well as three fur babies, shared with her husband Josh.  Lindsay has 12 years’ experience in dental. She loves to spend free time with her family, in the kitchen making healthy gourmet meals, and sharing her knowledge of essential oils.  

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Patricia Bennett
Patricia Bennett
Title
Dental Assistant

Bio

Pat has been a member of the North Port Dental team for almost a decade.  She took a few years off to care for her aging mother, but was such a valuable team member, we held her spot on the roster!  Pat brings 28 years of dental knowledge and experience to her patients. She loves to help people.  She and husband Mark share a son and recently gained a daughter-in-law.  In her free time, she enjoys going out on the boat and walking on the beach.

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Regina Ballentine
Regina Ballentine
Title
Dental Assistant

Bio

Regina has been part of the North Port Dental team for 8 years. Regina provides a safe place for patients when they are in the office. She has a great touch for tying an educational experience along with a healing energy that provide patients with an exceptional level of dental care. She and her husband make a “dynamic duo” that puts the patients at ease. They pursued their dream into partnering as owners at North Port Dental in April 2018. Outside of the office Regina enjoys time with her two handsome sons, Isaac and Elijah. Regina’s other passion is fitness! She has competed in multiple areas such as: CrossFit, 5K’s, half marathons, swimming and bodybuilding.

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Whitney Davidson
Whitney Davidson
Title
Dental Assistant

Bio

Whitney is very friendly and outgoing!  A close friend of the Ballentine’s, she brought 11 years of dental experience when she joined our team in 2018.   Whitney grew up watching her grandfather, a general dentist who specialized in prosthodontics, which sparked her love for dental.   “All I know is dentistry!  I love teeth and helping people!”

Front Desk
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Anna Vitti
Anna Vitti
Title
Business Assistant

Bio

After being a stay at home mom for four years, Anna joined our team in 2009, ready to get back to her love of dental, an industry she has now worked in for 18 years.  She has been married to her amazing husband Nick for 13 years and shares three beautiful children with him.  Her hobbies include spending time with family, going to the beach, and running.

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Laura Blackard
Laura Blackard
Title
Business Assistant

Bio

Laura is a native of the Port Charlotte area.  She started at our office nearly four years ago, on her 18th birthday.  Her aunt, Crystal, encouraged her to explore her love of dental by joining our team.  Along with working full time here, Laura is a full-time college student, completing her pre-requisites in hopes of attending the University of Florida College of Dentistry She claims Dr. Woods as her inspiration, and loves working as part of a team!  Laura is a devoted “dog mom” and enjoys spending her free time with her dog Kali, and Chris, her boyfriend of six years.

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Linda DePillo
Linda DePillo
Title
Business Assistant

Bio

Linda has over 30 years’ experience in dental, medical and healthcare fields.  She joined our team 9 years ago after working with both Dr. Woods and Dr. Cherpak in another office.  Linda is an Ohio native who loves spending time with her family, her fish, having fun, and laughing.  She also enjoys swimming and working out.

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Natalie Neuhaus
Natalie Neuhaus
Title
Business/Dental Assistant

Bio

Natalie recently joined our team as a cross-trained team member who possesses six years’ experience of both front and back office skills.  She was drawn to our office by its friendly and caring staff, as well as the great quality of dental work.  Natalie is a resident of Charlotte County, where she lives with her fiancé and their beautiful infant daughter.  In her free time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family, and going to the beach.

Sherrie Betts
Title
Business Assistant

Bio

Sherrie is a long-term resident of southwest Florida.  She has been part of the NPD team since 2012.  Sherrie and her husband Jon have three beautiful daughters, and one granddaughter. She is a talented artist who incorporates nature into her artwork, frequently using shells and other sea artifacts to create beautiful displays.  Recently, she has been “rocking North Port” as part of a group who paints and hides beautiful rocks for others to find and post on social media.