Meet the Staff

Team Photo 2020

South Venice Dental Care Staff (L to R): Laurie Forbes, Chelsea Weinmann, Barbara Aghajanian, Dr. Kosek, Brenda Salmeron-Ramirez, Kayla Threet, Kayla Jones, Kristi Browning, Tina Aponte


    Chelsea is a caring, outgoing, and dependable dental assistant who also helps our patients at the front desk. She has worked in dentistry since 2013; but when not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, and going with them to Disney World. Aside from dentistry, she always takes pleasure in reading a good book, and has an interest in photography.


    “Barb” is one of our very amicable assistants! She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, but spent many of her younger years in Jacksonville, FL. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Textiles and Design from Western Maryland College; but realized a calling to dentistry and subsequently earned a degree in Certified Dental Assisting from Northern Virginia Community College. Barbara assisted in Virginia prior to moving to Englewood, Florida, and loves what she does! When not at work, Barb enjoys spending time with her family, and loves outdoor activities- particularly, anything near the water. She is also an avid reader, and loves to cook.


    Kristi was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, and realized her interest in dental hygiene while working in another dental office at that time. She subsequently began pursuing her goal of becoming a hygienist, and attended St. Petersburg College to earn her Associates of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Kristi graduated in 2001, and shortly thereafter came to work at South Venice Dental Care. She has been here for over 13 years, and has developed a tremendous relationship with her patients! She is happy to have found her calling, and absolutely loves providing for her patients. Kristi married her high school sweetheart, and is the mother to two wonderful children. They also have 3 pet dogs (Mia, Zoey, and Tyson). When away from the office, Kristi loves spending time with her family, and attending her children’s sporting events.


    Tina is one of our super star hygienists!  A Cleveland native, she has lived in Florida for 11 years, and earned her Associates of Science degree from Gulf Coast State College. Tina takes pride in helping patients to lead healthier lives, primarily through educating them regarding the importance of oral health.  When not in the office, Tina enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, boating, working out at Orange Theory Fitness, traveling, and playing with her dog, Buster.  


    Kayla is one of our incredibly versatile team members who can provide for patients both, at the front desk and chair side!  She graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2014 with a degree in Expanded Functions Dental Assisting/Certificate in Dental Assisting, and has been an orthodontic assistant until now.  Kayla and her husband, Levi, moved to Florida in May 2019, and now call Sarasota home with their two Aussiedoodles, Nash and June.  She loves living in the 'Sunshine State', and enjoys spending time at the beach or the pool.


    Laurie  moved to Florida from Virginia Beach, VA  8 years ago! For the past 21 years, she has worked in oral surgery and orthodontic offices, where she has coordinated appointments and tended to all front office needs. Here at South Venice Dental Care, Laurie seeks to ease our patients’ fear of coming to the dentist by forming trusting relationships with them over time. She appreciates the honesty and dedication to patient care that Dr. Kosek and the rest of our team show.  Laurie has one son whom she adores. Her leisure activities include gardening, boating, fishing, and being involved in her local church.


    Kayla is one of our fabulous assistants!  She joined South Venice Dental Care in March 2019, and loves meeting and interacting with our wonderful patients.  She is a kind, caring, and compassionate dental assistant who strives to make the patient as comfortable as possible while at the office.  Kayla is a Florida native, born and raised in Sarasota.  She married her high school sweetheart, Tryston, and is an avid dog lover.  They have two fur babies, Beau and Cali, who are both black mouth currs.  


    Brenda is one of our fabulous hygienists!  She graduated from State College of Florida in 2015 with an Associates of Science degree in Dental Hygiene; and was awarded the 'Patient Education Award' by her peers.  Brenda exhibits her dedication to her patients every day by informing and educating them regarding their current condition, and best oral health care practices.  Outside of work, Brenda enjoys spending time with her husband, her dog, and her family.  She also likes to spend time at the beach, trying out new recipes, and traveling.  

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