Our Staff

Dr. Richard J. Garcia, DMD

I have been a dentist in Naples since 1998.  Through the years I have had the privilege and pleasure to meet so many wonderful people.  I love to partner with my patients and provide them with the beautiful, healthy dental care they desire.  Along the way I love to learn about my patients; their interests and stories.  It is one of my favorite parts of what I do.  I am passionate about providing my patients with the best, most up to date services the field of dentistry has to offer.  My promise to you is that I will treat you the way I would treat a member of my own family.  I welcome you to my office.  I have a wonderful, well-trained team to take care of you.  I can't wait to meet you and I look forward to seeing your smile. 

Robin Garcia - Business Manager

I have been married to Dr. Garcia for 24 years.  We have 3 wonderful children that many have watched grow up in our photos in the church bulletins.  I have worked for the practice in many capacities since 1998.  Although I am not in the office on a daily basis, I am still very much involved in the practice.  My favorite part of dentistry is meeting our patients.  We have the greatest patients!  I know going to the dentist is not anyone's favorite thing to do.  We try to make it as pleasant as possible.  We will do our best to provide not only great dental care but unparalleled customer service.  My husband is truely passionate about providing you with the best dental care possible.  He is a kind and compassionate person.  I am still amazed at how at ease he can make someone feel. Our hope is that you not only love the healthy, beautiful smile we can give you but that you will enjoy the experience of coming to our office as well.  

Mary Diaz - Marketing and Public Relations

I joined Dr. Garcia's practice in 2011.  I am committed to providing our patients with exceptional care and making their dental visit a pleasant one.  I am blessed to work with Dr. Garcia and our team of dedicated professionals who share in my commitment to exceed our patient's expectation.  I value and appreciate the trust that our patients place in us. My past work experiences include working in a dental office, as well as owning and operating our family business for over 24 years.  When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, my husband and two sons.


Donna Garrick - Receptionist

I joined Dr. Garcia's administrative staff as a part-time employee in February 2015.  I am so very fortunate to work side by side with Mary as we welcome you to our practice.  I look forward to greeting you whether by phone or in person.  We want you to feel comfortable and confident from the moment you arrive.  With years of administrative experience in the dental field, schools, and office settings, my main priority has always been to serve and meet other's needs.  Dr. Garcia and his professional team of dental assistants and hygienists make meeting your needs easy and natural.  I am thrilled to live in Naples with my husband, two grown children, and their families.  Life could not get any better!  Although originally from Georgia, we have been in Naples since 1995... I call it home.  We enjoy the lush beauty of SW FL and all the benefits it brings. 

Daisy Bedolla - Dental Assistant

I  started with the practice in February 2015.  I am blessed to be part of a great team who takes pride in their patients.  As I work with Dr. Garcia and his team I have gained tremendous knowledge of the dental field.  Working with them, I feel right at home, like my second family.  In my free time, I enjoy barbecues and outdoor activities with my family.

Zanete Vass - Office Administrator

Born in Latvia, I moved to Marco Island in 2010. My work experience is diverse, from serving and managing restaurants, selling bridal dresses, banking, spas, paralegal until finally settling for dentistry. In 2013 I had an amazing opportunity to be trained as a Dental Assistant and moved my way up to Dental Office Management. I am focused on patient scheduling and making our patients feel welcome. My goal is to be able to help our patients receive the care they need. In my spare time you can find me spending time with my husband and our 2 beautiful children. I also enjoy watching TV shows and playing match 3 puzzle games.

Mara Rodriguez - Dental Assistant

I graduated in 2015 from Lorenzo Walker Technical Institute upon completing a 2-year Dental Assistant program and started working right away. I am also continuing my education at Florida Southwestern State College to become a Dental Hygienist. I had the luck of joining Dr. Garcia’s team in November 2017 as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and the team has welcomed me with open arms and hearts. I love this office because of their amazing team work. My goal is to educate patients about their oral health and help patients re-gain confidence in their smile as well as functionality. I recently married my fiancé of 8 years and hope to share many more great memories alongside my dental team!

Tina Rice - Dental Hygienist

I am happy to have joined Dr. Garcia’s team in January 2019. As a Dental Hygienist, I pride myself in developing a relationship with my patients. I’m devoted to teaching people about their oral health, prevention and inspiring them to maintain a healthy, confident smile. I have devoted a tremendous amount of energy in building a solid foundation of knowledge and experience in the dental field. My interest in dentistry began in Ohio working for an Orthodontist at the age of 16 and a Pediatric Dentist as a high school senior. Following high school, I moved to Naples, then to Gainesville to study Dental Hygiene at Santa Fe College and Health Science Education at the University of Florida. I enjoy the outdoors, gardening, biking, kayaking, boating and all that beautiful Naples has to offer. I’ve found my professional home in Dr. Garcia’s office with the practice’s high standard of care with individualized care, comfort, knowledge and expertise…and to see patients leave with a smile!

Julie Shields - Dental Hygienist

My Name is Julie Shields and I have been a Dental Hygienist with Dr. Garcia since he purchased this practice in 1999. I am a graduate of Palm Beach Community College and have been a resident of Naples since 1978. I am currently working part time with Dr. Garcia and it has been a true pleasure to be a part of this quality practice, getting to know and educate our patients, and look out for their total body health via oral hygiene. Being able to work part time has allowed me to run my husbands’ business and raise our two boys 13 and 20- Go Gators! I look forward to being part of this practice and the awesome staff for many years to come and meeting new folks who want healthy beautiful smiles.