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.
Stephanie 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.
Larisa Alonso, MS, CNS, LN
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.