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Dr. Steven D. Muckey

Founder | Chief Dental Officer | Managing Director

Dr. Steven D. Muckey is the founder of TLC Dental, Chief Dental Officer and Managing Director of its six dental practices in Florida. He has been a licensed and practicing dentist since 1980, and since that time has developed and successfully run several dental practices and dental management companies throughout the state.

Dr. Muckey’s most recent commendation is the 2017 “Small Business Person Of The Year” awarded by the Dania Beach Chamber of Commerce. In addition, his talented team at TLC Dental-Dania was awarded 2017 Small Business Of The Year.

Dr. Muckey received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Georgetown University and his Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. He served as a Clinical Research Evaluator with Dr. Gordon Christensen for over 17 years, and for the past 24 years has been the only Florida licensed dentist, certified by CADP as a Quality Assurance Consultant. Quality improvement and quality management protocols in all TLC Dental practices set a benchmark for the state.

An Able Toastmaster Bronze, Dr. Muckey has lectured internationally to dental school faculty and is now frequently requested to speak in South Florida-with his favorite topic being the “Mouth Body Connection”. Dr. Muckey served four years as a Clinical Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, and for several years has sat on a Credentialing Committee for one of the largest insurance companies in the nation. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the Atlantic Coast District Dental Society, the Broward County Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Georgetown University Alumni Association of Ft. Lauderdale. Dr. Muckey volunteers his services for numerous healthcare and wellness related events throughout South Florida. He lives vicariously through the successes of his team.

Sasha M. Tapie

CEO

Sasha Tapie brings with him 20+ years of experience to TLC Dental. With a proven track record of success in leading teams in business operations, leadership development, marketing and sales development, he has advised some of the world’s leading corporations such as American Express, AT&T, Citibank, Columbia Pictures/Records, Comcast, MLB, NBA, SONY, and Universal just to name a few.

Sasha’s main focus with those companies has been in the areas of corporate restructuring, sales development, training and personal development. In addition to working with Fortune 100 companies, Sasha also garnered in-depth experience working with small to mid-size businesses including numerous dental and medical practices. His knowledge has helped build efficient corporate infrastructures while building awareness of his clients’ practices, brands, services and products.

His passion for working with dental practices, along with improving patient care, is where he has found his greatest professional satisfaction and is what led him to the Dental Industry. He has worked extensively with dental practices for the last decade and a half, including coaching with Fortune Management.

Sasha graduated from the renowned Stuyvesant High School in New York City and continued on to NYU and the College for Human Services where he completed his dual degree in Business Administration and Psychology.

He shares his home in S. Florida with his wife, a licensed Nurse. Together, they enjoy a love for each other and a passion for their pets, personal development, education, culture and travel.

Dr. Mark Romer

Director

Dr. Romer is a native Floridian and was raised on Miami Beach. After attending the University of Florida (GO Gators!), he was accepted and graduated from the Medical College of Va., Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dental Medicine.

After spending two years in the U.S. Navy, he returned to South Florida to establish a dental practice in Lauderhill for 32 years.

When the dental school at Nova-Southeastern University started, he was an adjunct faculty member until 2006 when he sold his practice and became a full time faculty member at NSU School of Dental Medicine until 2012.
In 2012, Dr. Romer was hired as a founding faculty member at LECOM School of Dental Medicine where he rose to become the Assistant Dean of pre-clinical education until 2017.

Dr. Romer, a well-respected and passionate mentor, has served many positions in organized dentistry including past President of both Broward County Dental Association and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association.

Always extremely supportive of dentistry and in the highest quality of standard care, he will be serving TLC Dental in the role of Director – Continuous Quality Improvement.

Anthony Stefanelli

Controller

Anthony was born and raised in New Jersey and recently traded his seasonal beaches of the Jersey Shore for the year round beaches of South Florida!

A graduate of Rutger’s University, Anthony brings his 20+ years of accounting experience in both public and private sectors to the TLC Family.

Most recently Anthony was the controller of a New Jersey based worksite marketing and benefit administration brokerage firm, where he played a significant role in the management, development and growth of the company. Anthony’s focus on employees, his attention to innovative thinking and process analysis helped pave the way for improved financial operations.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, in addition to a Life & Health Insurance License and a Series 6 license.

Along with his passion for cooking, he loves traveling and spending time with his partner, friends and family.

Oscar Arzeno

Regional Manager

Oscar was born in Dominican Republic and moved to the United States in 1971 at the age of two years old. He grew up in West New York, New Jersey and has over thirty years in the medical field. For the first twenty years, he ran his family’s Manual Lymphatic Drainage practice and then then migrated over to dentistry. He has a passion for helping others and states, “There is nothing greater than being able to help someone, no matter the situation, and making them feel comfortable, safe and part of our dental family.”

He feels fortunate for his wonderful team and mentors along the way, who have helped him achieve the position of Regional Manager. As he strongly believes in taking the time to explain and educate the patients thoroughly, he states, “Knowledge and great care is essential for us at TLC Dental.”

Oscar is happily married and has 2 beautiful daughters and 3 wonderful grandchildren.

Ramon Sanchez

Regional Manager

Ramon was born and raised in Valencia, Venezuela and relocated to sunny South Florida back in 2009. As a foreign graduated Oral Surgeon who happens to be passionate about the dental business’ operations, Ramon has a great combination that helps him understand every patient’s need from both perspectives.

With over 10 years of experience and variety of exposure, from Oral Surgery to Pediatrics, he always accomplishes his number one priority of delivering 100% excellence in patient care and happy working environments. Ramon believes that a great leader is one that helps their team members develop, grow and succeed. His mantra is “servant leadership is the best management style”.

If Ramon is not at the office, he is spending time with family, friends and his wife Mary. He also loves to cook, entertain, enjoy a good glass of wine and believes that family time is priceless!

Lauri Stein

Business Development | Credentialing Manager

Lauri was born and raised in South Florida. She graduated the University of Florida with a Bachelors in Sociology in 2000. Post-graduation, Lauri worked in the Classifieds Department for the Sun-Sentinel. From there she ventured into Advertising, where she worked for a local automotive advertising agency, MJS Advertising, for the next five years. Her advertising career began in the Media Department and then she later transitioned into an Account Executive. With her father, mother and two uncles all immersed in the dental field, it was inevitable that Lauri would eventually join forces with them! In 2011, Lauri joined the TLC Dental family, where she runs the Marketing and Credentialing Department. She loves animals, the beach, going to Disney and spending time with friends and family.

Susan Butler

Billing | Insurance Manager

Susan started her career in dentistry when she joined the US Air Force and was told she would be a Dental Assistant. For 41 years, she has never regretted it. She has worked in almost every field of dentistry…as an assistant, to manager, and onto consulting and computer training.

In the 1980’s, computers were being installed in dental offices across the country and she quickly learned that her inner child was a geek. She has never met a computer that she didn’t like. Her passion for technology and her experience with insurance and management make it enjoyable for her to teach and lead her team toward excellence.

On the personal side of Susan, you will find a dedicated Veteran still serving others through the American Legion. She shares her home with her three cats and cares for a few feral kitties as well.

Amelis Ramos

Practice Manager
Hollywood

Amelis, born in Puerto Rico and raised in Hollywood, absolutely loves helping patients achieve their optimum smile.
Back in 2012, her passion to help create beautiful smiles began as a patient coordinator at a private practice.
She quickly learned the benefits of having a healthy smile and was instrumental in finding solutions to make dentistry affordable for her patients.

Her TLC Dental family is a continuously growing career which she truly values while serving smiles all around the community.
Being a proud mother of two handsome boys, she also enjoys cooking for her family and spending time outdoors.

Laura Gonzalez

Practice Manager
Tamarac

Laura, a native Floridian, has worked in the dental field for 10 years. Her affection for dentistry stems from the ability to witness real-life smile transformations daily. Seeing patients go through their smile journey and leaving with a whole new confident demeanor is her utmost joy.

She gets the ultimate hands-on experience working with patients. The journey starts from welcoming them to our dental family, creating a customized treatment plan and continuing to assist with the progression and maintenance of their oral health and well being.

She has two adorable children and loves going on new adventures with the kids on the weekends and doing D.I.Y projects. Oh, and we have to mention that she loves her tacos!

Alex Todorovich

Practice Manager
Coral Springs

Alex, a native of Serbia, is exceptional at brightening one's smile with his charming personality. He is an integral part of our TLC team! He oversees the office operations and assists the team in making the patient experience the best one possible.

Being the first and last person you see for your visit, Alex makes sure you are comfortable and having an exceptional, smooth journey through your smile progression. You can catch Alex at the beach with his wife when the weekends hit! He can never get enough of exploring the outdoors and soaking up the sun.

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