Monday - Friday : 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Our Dental Practice

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

Wisdom Akpaka

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.

Caitlin McLaughlin Raiger

Dr. Caitlin McLaughlin Raiger

Dr. Caitlin McLaughlin Raiger is a general dentist who specializes in digitally designed CEREC CAD CAM crowns. She can deliver to you a beautiful lifelike porcelain crown in less than one hour! Dr Cait also has advanced training in the treatment of growing children and adolescents. She uses braces and appliance therapy to treat malocclusion, the incorrect alignment of teeth and jaws, and to heal TMJ disorders. Adults and children straightening of teeth and jaws without braces (myobrace) is something she loves to do. Dr Cait hopes to offer you the best and most modern treatment. She graduated from New York University College of Dentistry in 1996. She has been a clinical professor at Tufts University if Dental Medicine while working in a general/ periodontics practice with her father and brother in Boston and has been here in SW Florida 11 years. Dr Cait believes that a true doctor is always a student. Continuing education is very important to her. It keeps her practice modern as she strives for advancement in her science. treats both children and adults, Dr.Cait has advanced training in the treatment of growing children and adolescents. She uses braces and appliance therapy to treat.

Victor Grasso

Dr. Victor Grasso

Dr. Victor Grasso is a general dentist who has practiced dentistry in Southwest Florida since 2005. He graduated from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry in 1976. He entered active duty in the U.S. Army Dental Corps where he served until 1979. Returning to his hometown of Lincoln Park, Michigan , he established a general dentistry practice in nearby Southgate, Michigan. There he practiced dentistry on all ages, with an emphasis on prevention of dental diseases and correction of structural imbalances using a conservative approach. His experience has lent him a respect for the wonder of good health and desire to help one acquire it when it is lacking.

Christina

Christina

Christina is our Office Manager and an expanded functions dental assistant. She has been with Ave Maria Dentistry since day 1! She attended JLW School and has been assisting for 22 years. In her spare time she enjoys boating with her family and reading. If you have any concerns please call or email her at

Giselle Rivera

Giselle

Giselle is a dental assistant. She attended Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology in 2010 where she received her certificate. Enjoys spending time with her daughter and family. She brings positive energy to our office . She’s also great with children.

Cierra Garcia

Cierra

Cierra is a dental assistant. She attended Heritage Institute in 2015 where she received her certificate in expanded functions, and has been assisting for 2 years. She went to Immokalee High School and graduated in 2013.
She plans on continuing her education and becoming a Dental Hygienist in the future. She enjoys spending time with her son and family.

Elizabeth Cardona

Elizabeth

Elizabeth is our licensed Dental Hygienist. She graduated Dental school in Colombia in 2005. She worked as a dental assistant from 2006-2011 and then became a Dental Hygienist in 2012 . Her goal is to best educate each patient about dental health. In her free time she enjoys traveling and reading.

Daymi Gutierrez

Daymi

Daymi is an expanded functions dental assistant. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Ft.
Lauderdale in 2007. She enjoys spending time with her family, loves gardening and being a makeup artist in her spare time. She has joined our team as our hygiene assistant and looks forward to helping your smile shine brighter.

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Dolly

Dolly is our front desk receptionist. She moved here from Lincoln Park,NJ recently to Ave Maria, FL. She brings with her 40 years of dental experience where she worked in the same dental office. She has 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys long walks and bicycle rides.

Maria Gomez

Maria

Maria was born in Mexico and moved to Florida with her family when she was 9 years old . She graduated from Immokalee High school then attended The Institute of Medical and Dental Technology in Fort Myers (IMDT) and received her Expanded Functions certificate as Dental assistant . She enjoy helping others and being part of making a difference in someone’s smile . Maria is a mother of a sweet 3 year old girl . During her spare time you can find her enjoying the outdoors.

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.”