Our Dental Practice

Welcome to Ave Maria Dentistry! Thank you for choosing to put your health in our hands.

Dr. Wisdom

Dr. Wisdom Akpaka

Dr. Wisdom Akpaka D.D.S. completed his Doctorate in Dental Surgery program at the New York University College of Dentistry. After initially practicing in Ohio, he opened Wisdom Dental in Coral Springs, Florida. Dr. Wisdom has demonstrated a commitment to postdoctoral studies by already completing advanced courses in endodontics (root canal treatment), restoration of dental implants, crown and bridge restorations, surgical dental extractions, bone grafting, and surgical placement of dental implants. He is a certified provider of Invisalign orthodontics and has expertise in veneers, cosmetic bonding, crowns to restore damaged teeth, and the replacement of missing teeth. He carefully designs smile makeovers with lasting results that are as conservative and affordable as possible.

Dr. Wisdom is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He stays active by enjoying golfing and also dancing the bachata, salsa and merengue.

 
Dr. Steve

Dr. Steve Criscuolo

Born and raised in South Florida, Dr. Steve completed his undergraduate degree at Nova Southeastern University and then his Masters at Barry University.  He then headed north for his Doctorate at Midwestern University in Chicago and then back down to sunny Florida where he spent his pediatric dental residency at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.

He’s a proud father and husband to his beautiful and fearless daughter, Audrey, his son Ethan and wife, Jennifer.  When he’s not helping kids at the clinic or hospital, he’s at the beach! His love for the water is demonstrated through surfing, diving, wake boarding…you name it. 

You say ocean, he says YES!

 
Dr. Cortez

Dr. Carolina Cortez

Dr. Cortez began her academic studies where she completed her undergraduate degree in Biology; followed by her Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences; and then her Doctorate in Dentistry degree all at Nova SouthEastern University in Florida.  

Upon completion of her studies in 2011, Dr. Cortez provided care in General Dentistry in Florida from 2011 to 2013.  Her calm demeanor and ability to bond with her patients allowed her to help people with complex dental conditions that required organized and detailed care.  After caring for patients in private practice for two years, 

Dr. Cortez made the decision to give back to this great country and served in the United States Military stationed in Bavaria, Germany as a Dental Officer in the Army Dental Core from January of 2013 through July of 2015. During her time here, Dr. Cortez also volunteered with the American Red Cross in Germany to train family members of military personnel to become dental assistants.

Dr. Cortez also has a strong commitment to lifelong professional education and training within the industry. Thus, she participated in the Infection Control Manager and Train the Trainer in Patient Safety courses offered through the U.S. Department of Defense.

 
Dr. Munoz

Dr. Munoz

Dr. Kenninthon Munoz has been in dentistry for several years. He graduated from Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic as Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Munoz also completed at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine a two-year residency in Advanced Education of General Dentistry.

Dr. Munoz approaches his patients with empathy and compassion, setting them at ease with kindness and humor. Skilled at patient communication, he enjoys connecting with his patients, guiding them through the treatment process, and watching their self-confidence improve along with their smiles.

Dr. Munoz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City. He has lived in many places such as Santiago De Los Caballeros, New Jersey, and Fort Lauderdale. He currently lives in Ave Maria.

In his free time, he stays active by mountain and road cycling. He enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. He is community-oriented and participates in multiple free dentistry events.

Dr. Munoz is an active member of American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Florida Dental Association.

 
Christina

Christina

Christina began her dental career as an expanded functions dental assistant and has now transitioned into management. She has been at Ave Maria Dentistry since day1!  She loves our patients and is passionate about making sure they receive quality dental care.    She enjoys boating and spending time with her family.  

 
Jenny

Jenny

My name is Jenny and I am the face you will see at the front desk.  I have experience in customer service for more than 10 years and after graduating from Dental Assistant school three years ago I decided to start working in the reception and insurance coordination area. I am passionate and committed with my job and very happy to be part of Ave Maria Dentistry.

 
Mayby

Mayby

Registered Dental Hygienist

 
Elyani

Elyani

I was born in Cuba and I have been living in the USA for 4 years. I have more than two years of customer service experience in this country. Joining the Ave Maria Dentistry team ,in january 2020 as a front desk employee, has been a challenge and a pleasure to work with everybody at this office. I love spending my free time with my little 1 year old son, my husband and my lovely family and friends.  

 
Karina

Karina

Lead Dental Assistant

 
Yaisi

Yaisi

I was born in Cuba, I graduated as a dentist at the university of medical sciences in Cuba in 2012, after this I moved to the united states where I graduated as a dental assistant in 2016. I like the orthodontic field because I love children. My goal is to help others and making the patients happy and comfortable. I enjoy working in this office and with this amazing team. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family and enjoy the beach.

 
Jackie

Jackie

Jacqueline was born and raised in Clewiston, FL, and later moved to Immokalee over 20 years ago. She has been in the dental field for over 12 years! She has 2 children and enjoys sports and fishing.  

 
Lori

Lori

I was born and raised in Florida, I've been in the dental field for several years with experience ranging from general, pediatrics, and orthodontics. My favorite thing to do is to travel and spend time with my son.

 

Words From Dr. Wisdom

Wisdom D. Akpaka

“I am passionate about providing quality care in a gentle environment that is comfortable for patients of all ages and experiences. I take pride in helping patients who fear going to the dentist and patients who have worries about their oral health. I am committed to lifelong learning and providing the best of care whether you are in due for a cleaning and checkup, have a tooth that is painful, suspect you need a filling or crown, want to replace a missing tooth, want a smile makeover, or are suffering from a complex of multiple oral health problems. I also strive to make dental care as affordable as possible for the families and individuals I am privileged to serve. At Ave Maria Dental, our mission is to provide exceptional care and exceptional service in a friendly and compassionate environment. Let us help you achieve optimal oral health and a confident smile.”