About Us

Our Approach

Our staff is eager to help your dental visit be as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. Each team member is highly trained and has advanced continuing education in their field. Our primary goal is to serve your needs, improve your health and make you smile. Please join us for a wonderful dental experience with some of the best dental team members in the area.

Although Dr. S. Donovan Essen is known for his advanced, cosmetic and restorative skills, he is also an excellent general dentist for adults and children. So, feel free to visit us for cleanings and routine care, and have peace of mind knowing that even the smallest restoration will be handled with expertise and precision.

Our Story


Meet the Team

Our team is our family and we want to make sure you feel like part of it!

S. Donovan Essen, DDS

Director of Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry

Memberships & Associations

American Dental Association

Academy of General Dentistry

American Society for the Advancement of Anesthesia in Dentistry

American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

American Orthodontic Society

Diplomat of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Faculty at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine

The minute you walk through the door, you will know you’ve come to the right place. Dr. S. Donovan Essen takes the time to provide you with the best care possible. Rather than being rushed, you know that Dr. Essen is there to serve your needs.

A graduate of prestigious Northwestern University School of Dentistry, Dr. Essen has served the needs of Palm City residents for 20 years. His extensive focus on advanced, post-doctoral education includes orthodontics, full mouth reconstruction and IV sedation. In addition, Dr. Essen is a diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Despite his extensive clinical experience, Dr. Essen’s most compelling feature is something all too rare in today’s rushed world… he listens. Please join us for a new standard of dental care that is sure to make you smile.

Dr. Essen and his wife reside in Palm City. They enjoy boating, fishing and traveling in our beautiful state.


Chief Financial Officer


Practice Administrator

Christina is the person you will see in the the front office, the back, the exam rooms, and on the phones making sure all cylinders are firing. With over 17 years of experience in the industry, there’s a reason she is so good at what she does. She earned her degree from the University of Miami, where in her free time she also enjoyed paddle boarding, boating, crafting and running. Christina has been married for over 11 years and has 2 wonderful kids that she enjoys making brush their teeth at least 2 times a day!

As our Practice Administrator, she keeps us all on the right track!


Registered Dental Hygienist

Gina is probably the happiest person on the planet, and she will make you feel right at home. With over 24 years of experience in the industry and 10 years at our office, she knows the in’s and out’s of what we do so well. A graduate of Palm Beach Community College, she went on to earn an AS Dental Hygiene. She loves what she does! She’s passionate about dental hygiene and LOVES helping her patients achieve and maintain good oral health. Her amazing family includes a husband, 3 children, and 1 jack russel mix Dakota. Gina loves doing anything outside including running, swimming, biking, and paddle boarding.


Dental Assistant

Hailing all the way from New York, Elyse is the strong arm of the office. She makes sure things run smoothly, and that Dr. Essen is equipped to do his job and organized. With a whopping 34 years of experience in the industry and over 7 years at our office, she brings an immense amount of knowledge to the team. A graduate of Broward Community College, she enjoys the South Florida sun with her 2 boxers. With an unrivaled work ethic, Elyse seldom takes time for chit chat between her appointments, but will always take the chance to crack a joke when the time comes.



Janet is the first face you will see when you stop by our office, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. You may have already spoken with her on the phone to schedule your appointments! She came to us from New Vernon, NJ with over 38 years of experience across different medical offices so she knows her stuff. With a B.A. Degree in elementary education from William Patterson University, Janet loves learning and teaching. She has even taught elementary education in Vermont and New Jersey. Janet is the mother of 4 wonderful children, 8 delightful grandchildren, and one fat belly rub loving cat named Lynx. Because her family is located in both Florida and the Northeast, she enjoys spending time traveling to and from. You may have bumped into Janet on the beach shell collecting or fishing, but she also enjoys making crafts, gardening, reading, and dinner out with friends.

Why us

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