To maintain your oral health, routine visits need to be scheduled according to your needs. The doctor or hygienist will inform you of what your individual needs are. However, these visits will only allow the removal of plaque and calculus which have accumulated since your previous visit. In between these visits, you need to practice good home care. Use the instructions you were given from the office. This means not only brushing your teeth consistently, but correctly flossing every day. Flossing is the only way to remove the plaque between teeth and under gums, which can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
The time you take to have good oral care determines the future dental visits you undergo. Hillcrest Dental is your Dentist in College Park. Our Team is here to answer any of your questions. Please stop in at Hillcrest Dental’s Dentist office located at 3600 Formosa Ave., or call us today at 1-407-898-2371.
Dr. David J. Akkara
Dr. Akkara was born in Atlanta but spent his formative years in Connecticut. He experienced his first exposure to dentistry at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Akkara volunteered at the dental school and quickly realized that he desired to pursue a degree in dentistry. After graduation with a degree in neuroscience, he was accepted into the 2nd oldest dental school in the country, Temple University School of Dentistry. Temple has been producing successful dentists since 1863. At Temple, he focused his efforts in developing what he calls “comfort dentistry.” After dental school, Dr. Akkara went on to do a one-year residency training program at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, NY. During this year, he further developed his “comfort dentistry,” and his office and skill set are geared towards this.
Dr. Akkara met his wife Annie in 2004 while he was in dental school. They spent their early years together in Manhattan, NY, and have been happily married since 2006. Annie is originally from Florida, and they were excited to return and start their family here. Their pride and joy are their children Aidan and Ava. If he’s not in the office, you’ll likely find him at Crossfit or spending time with family and friends
Hillcrest Dental is very different from your typical dental office, and they have unique techniques to alleviate your fears. Like Dr. Akkara always say, p*in is a four-letter word that they don’t like to say in the office. He have a passion for dentistry that makes him committed to providing exceptional dental care together with compassion and patience, and hopes to share this with you if you chose to join our office family.
Desiree graduated from AAA School of dental assisting with her EFDA certification along with radiology in December of 2019. Shortly after joining our team, she realized her passion is getting to know our patients and making sure they receive quality service and attention.
She recently moved to Florida from Alaska and in her spare time she enjoys exploring with her husband and daughter.
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Holly was born and raised in Orlando, Florida where she attended Wekiva High School. From early on she knew her passion was dentistry and made the commitment to pursue a career in the dental field after high school. Graduating from AAA School of Dental Assisting, her devotion for top quality work, care and comfort is shown to her patients daily! Holly's favorite thing to do is spend time with her big family especially fiance and son. She loves animals, particularly her 3 dogs who are a very important part of their lives!
She enjoys beach trips and boating, hanging out with friends, traveling, movie dates and cooking new recipes. Her goal is to continue working in the field and eventually becoming a hygienist.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Catherine was born in Saudi Arabia and lived there until the age of 13 when she moved to Maine. She went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Dental Hygiene at the University of New Hampshire and Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene respectively. She continues to spend significant time reviewing the latest research and updates in the field to ensure the best care for her patients. She places emphasis on understanding the impact oral health can have on our general health and well-being.
She was very happy to fulfill her dream of moving back to warm weather when she relocated to Florida in 2017. She loves the beach, fishing with her husband and is an animal lover.Catherine will ensure all our patients feel that their experience at Hillcrest Dental is one of building relationships through a gentle and thorough approach to patient care.
Expanded Function Dental Assistant
Ashley’s passion for dentistry began as a child. Her mom was a dental assistant and Ashley got to go to the office whenever she wanted to see her mom and watch the dentist take care of patients and it made her realize this is what she wanted to do. Ashley graduated from AAA school of Dental Assisting with her EFDA certification along with radiology. She completed her internship here at Hillcrest Dental and was hired. She is very grateful for the opportunity to work alongside of Dr. Akkara and her fellow employees. Ashley is a kind, gentle person who shows compassion towards her patients.
She enjoys spending time with her husband, watching movies, going to UCF football games and snuggling with their fur babies.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Sharon has had the pleasure to work with Dr. Akkara since 2009, and many years prior with Dr. Hodges from whom he purchased his practice from. She appreciates and understands the changes Dr. Akkara has made to the office and is excited for the future and growth of Hillcrest Dental. She continues her education though the courses on the latest products and techniques in dentistry. Sharon is from Jacksonville Florida where she graduated from FJC with her certificates in dental hygiene.
She enjoys anything outdoors, camping, water activities and spending time with her husband and her 3 children.
Sharon is especially thankful for the opportunity to continue working with Dr. Akkara and great staff for many years to come.
Courtney graduated from Concorde Career Institute in 2014 with honors and obtained her certification in radiology along with expanded functions in dental assisting. She later discovered that she was more proficient up front handling insurance claims and patient accounts. Her passion for dentistry has always been in her blood and loved going to the dentist at a young age to have her teeth cleaned.
In her spare time she enjoys going to theme parks and the beach with her husband and son. She is also an active member of the Dr. Phillips Little League.
Courtney looks forward to seeing new patients, familiar faces and working with Dr. Akkara for years to come.