Our Team

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Julio E. Hernandez, DMD

// Founder / Dentist

Celebrated as the grand-architect behind some of South Florida’s most brilliant smiles, Dr. Julio E. Hernandez, D.M.D., has over a decade of experience in cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and prosthodontics services. In addition to regularly appearing in the press as a leading authority on cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Hernandez is a frequent guest on a variety of syndicated and international television programs.

Renowned for his work with Smile Lifts, a procedure in which a smile is specifically customized for a client using veneers and/or crowns, Dr. Hernandez’s expertise also extends to Invisalign® Orthodontics, Dental Implants, Bonding, Inlays and Onlays and Laser Teeth Whitening. Whether he is contouring, whitening, reshaping or restoring teeth, Dr. Hernandez believes that long-lasting smiles are achieved through a balance of art and science and that customization is a key ingredient to his success.

Dr. Hernandez is an esteemed member of the dental community, serving as an active associate of The American Dental Association and the International Association of Orthodontics. He is a sustaining member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is also a past president of the New Dentist Alliance and Miami Beach Dental Society.

Dr. Hernandez earned his bachelor and doctor of medical dentistry (D.M.D.) degrees from the University of Florida. He entered private practice with his father and expanded the practice to include three locations throughout South Florida: Hialeah Dental Group, Biscayne Dental Group and Town & Country Family Dental.

003Stephanie Sommer R.D.H

// Dental Hygienist

I have been in the dental field for over 30 years. My experiences have included Office Manager, Chair Side Assistant, Patient Coordinator, Patient Liaison and Hygienist. I have worked in Perio. Offices, Ortho. Offices, group practices, solo practices and mobile dental practices. In six offices, I set up the original hygiene department, helping with design, function, instrument and equipment selection.

My education includes an A.S. from B.C.C. in Mass. and a Bachelor’s from Barry University. I also attended Western Michigan University and Macomb College. For the past three years I have been an adjunct professor at Miami Dade, teaching radiology, technology, Freshman and Senior clinic. I am a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and the secretary elect of the South Florida Dental Hygiene Association. I have participated in the South Florida Dental society, the Florida Dental Association as well as the West Dade Dental Society. I am a volunteer for the Special Olympics Special Smiles and have organized and implemented volunteer dental screenings at local schools.

I was trained in the use of the Yag laser for perio scaling and desensitization, and also ultrasound therapy for TMJD. I have accumulated over 400 hrs of continuing ed. I believe that the smile has to be healthy and happy before it can be beautiful. Each person achieves this in his or her own way and time. I am here to facilitate that movement, customizing each appointment to the individual’s specific needs.

A dental visit should be as pleasant as possible and my goal is to get everyone to look forward to the hygiene appointment.

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Larisa Alonso, MS, CNS, LN

// Nutritionist

Larisa Alonso, MS, CNS, LN has a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Cornell University and a Masters of Science degree in nutrition and immunology from the University of Texas. She is a licensed nutritionist in the State of Washington and Florida as well as a Certified Nutrition Specialist. She has published on the relationship between nutrition and Chagas’ Disease (a South American parasitic disease) as well as on nutrition and prostate cancer, and food allergies. She has been on the editorial staff of The Original Internist, the official publication of the American Integrated Medical Association. She has also been trained in the theory and practice of Asian massage at the Academy of Massage Therapy in Englewood, NJ. Larisa is certified as a colon hydrotherapist with training from Natural Health Outreach.

Larisa has worked in the alternative medical field for over 15 years. She had worked for several years in the dietary supplement industry assisting with product development, physician training and technical assistance and developing nutrient protocols. Larisa has also worked with chiropractors, naturopathic physicians and Functional Medicine physicians and most recently was the nutritionist at the y Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa) in Miami Beach working alongside an integrative medical team of integrative medical doctors, acupuncturists, energy healers, physical therapists and exercise physiologists. She has appeared on several morning shows for South Florida Today, ABC, and CBS. Larisa has also been featured and interviewed for health related articles for many local publications. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, Weston Price Foundation, Slow Foods Miami and Slow Foods Glades to Coast and the American College of Nutrition.

Each session is individualized to provide optimal results using the inherent healing abilities and unique biochemistry of the client. Larisa’s nutrition philosophy is based on education of the client, emphasizing whole, unprocessed, organic foods as well as using nutritional supplementation to provide additional support in achieving health and vitality. Larisa encourages individuals to develop a lifelong, healthy, and conscious relationship with food by understanding where their food comes from and how proper nourishment is key to optimal wellness.

004Jany Castillo

// Exec. Manager

002Diana Serna 

// Dental Asistant

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Rita Dargham, DMD

// Dentist

Dr. Dargham, a native of Miami, Florida, completed her undergraduate studies a the University of Miami, and then proceeded to the University of Florida where she earned her Doctorate in Medical Dentistry in May of 1997.

Dr. Dargham later furthered her studies at the Veterans Administration Hospital, completing advanced training in Cosmetic, Implant and Reconstructive dentistry. In private practice for ten years, she continues to enjoy what has become a wonderful journey mastering the Art of Designing Beautiful and Healthy Smiles. Dr. Dargham’s knowledge base and experience also includes Invisalign Orthodontics, White Fillings, Bondings, Zoom Laser Teeth Whitening.

Through Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization, Dr. Dargham has discovered an invaluable way to see the world while simultaneously donating her time and expertise to treat children and young adults suffering from the ill-effects of cleft lip and palate. Visiting numerous underdeveloped countries, she has offered education, treatment and support to these underprivileged societies.

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Sasan Sani, D.M.D. | Board Certified

// Periodontal Surgery and Implantology

Sasan Sani, D.M.D., completed his college education in Biology at Arizona State University. He continued his studies at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, where he earned the degree Doctor of Dental Medicine. After graduation Sasan returned to Arizona to practice as a general dental practitioner. Dr. Sani went on to pursue specialization and advanced graduate studies in Periodontology and Dental implants. He graduated with a certificate of specialization from the Nova Southeastern University Post Graduate Periodontology Department and is a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Sani has presented at the Academy of Osseointegration and the Florida Association of Periodontists and completed research on implant failure titled “2 year Retrospective Analysis of Implant Survival Rate at the Nova Southeastern University Post Graduate Periodontology Clinic”. Dr. Sani not only brings his experience in Periodontology but also his previous experience working as a General Dental Practitioner. When away from work Dr. Sani spends his time with his beautiful wife and their two yorkies Mickey and Pluto.

Dr. John Childress

John Childress, MD | Board Certified

// Integrative Medicine

John Childress, MD is currently the Director of Sports Medicine for the Emergency Medicine Residency at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at FIU- Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. A native of Arkansas, Dr. Childress received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Central Arkansas. He later relocated to Ohio and received his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Following medical school he trained in emergency medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, where he also served as Chief Resident. After completion of residency, Dr. Childress relocated to South Florida where he worked as an emergency medicine physician for many years. Dr. Childress later returned to Ohio to the University of Cincinnati to complete a fellowship in Sports Medicine. After completion of the fellowship Dr. Childress returned to Aventura where he joined the emergency medicine core faculty. Dr. Childress is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Childress currently is a resident of Miami Beach and has practiced medicine in South Florida since 2006. He now also focuses his interest on preventive and functional medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He has completed advanced fellowship certification and adheres to the guidelines set forth by the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.

Through Functional and Integrative Medicine, he has realized how important it is to evaluate all of the systems in the body to discover the underlying cause for dysfunction. Dr. Childress’ focus at Biscayne Wellness Center is to help his patients achieve optimal health and vitality by restoring the natural balance to both the mind and the body. His areas of interest include Optimal Aging, Bio-Detoxification, Functional Gastrointestinal Health, Systemic Inflammation, Autoimmune disorders and the Neurobiology of mood and cognitive disorders.

IMG_6764  April DeGenaro, LA, CMA

  // Medical Aesthetician

April began her career in New Jersey in 2009, receiving her license in aesthetics. She moved to Florida in 2010 and has become licensed in both states. Since residing in South Florida, April has worked at many five star luxury spas, her guests including many high profile clients, and most currently leading the aesthetic team in one of the most exclusive spas in South Beach. April has a passion for everything skincare, beauty, and wellness, and this has allowed her to stay current and up to date with the most cutting edge skincare treatments, products, and procedures. Not only does she enjoy performing skin services for her many clients, April is also the author and owner of TwelveMonthsofApril, a skincare, wellness, and beauty blog in which she shares her knowledge and expertise to help people achieve beautiful, youthful skin and overall wellness. April’s extensive knowledge of skin gives her the ability to customize each treatment to her clients specific needs, many times targeting multiple concerns at once. April’s understanding of the science behind skincare, mixed with her luxury touch, delivers the perfect balance of relaxation and results.

Always learning and staying on trend, April is also a certified Microblading Brow Artist. This new semi permanent makeup technique  delivers the most, natural results in eyebrow tattooing, and she utilizes a technique in which each hair stroke is implanted one by one into the brow line with a microblading tool, to create the look of full, shapely, youthful brows, customized to each client’s specific face shape and size