All professionals at Ft. Myers Dental Care maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.
Dr. Karen Wilkinson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine Degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. Her senior year was spent at an outreach group practice in Defuniak Springs, Florida. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University in Miami, Florida as well as an Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene from Edison State College, now known as Florida Southwestern University, in Fort Myers, Florida. In her free time, Dr. Wilkinson enjoys spending time with her husband Edward and their two young sons, Orrin and Griffin. Enjoying the beautiful Florida weather, swimming and learning to master the grill and electric smoker has become a weekend staple that she enjoys and just being able to spend some quality family time. She loves anything revolving around food, including cooking, exploring new restaurants and of course trying it! Dr. Wilkinson has given back to the community by participating in Project Dentists Care, which helps provide preventative and restorative dental care to those in greatest need.
Special Interests and Training
Dr. Wilkinson is a member of the American Dental, Florida Dental, Lee County Dental and West Coast Dental Associations. She is also an active member of the City of Palms Study Club, an affiliate of the Seattle Study Club. Dr. Wilkinson dedicates many hours to continuing education so that she stays current with the latest dental techniques and materials.
Dr. Hyatt is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Bowling Green State University, he attended The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, graduating in 1981. He then completed a hospital-based general practice residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, graduating in 1983.
Dr. Hyatt is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Florida West Coast Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Hyatt is extremely dedicated to continuing education, having attended over 2,000 hours of elective continuing education seminars and workshops since 1981.
Dr. Hyatt has an area of special interest and extensive training in the area of direct resin bonding, a method of repairing, resurfacing, rebuilding, veneering or cosmetically improving teeth in one visit, often without removing any enamel from healthy parts of the tooth. Many of his patients love this method of care not so much because it is less costly than porcelain crown restorations, but more so because much of the natural tooth enamel can be preserved and a beautiful smile can be achieved.
Another of Dr. Hyatt’s special interest lies in the field of dental implants. Knowledge and techniques have improved so much over the past 5or 10 years, that many people do not realize how predictable and often simple it can be to replace missing teeth with solid permanent implant teeth that look and feel like beautiful new natural teeth.
Sharon is a Registered Dental Hygienist at Ft Myers Dental Care. She grew up in Ft. Myers and after High School began working as a Dental Assistant with Dr. Hyatt. She then attended FSW (formerly Edison State College) Dental Hygiene program and as time flies, Sharon has now been with our practice for 30 years!
She enjoys working closely with the Dentists and all of our staff to help patients understand treatment choices and improve their dental health. She is certified in administering local anesthesia to keep patients comfortable and stress free. Striving to provide a pleasant dental experience is top priority!
In addition to practicing Dental Hygiene, Sharon also enjoys outside activities such as RV camping, boating and scuba diving in the Florida Keys.
Nicki grew up in Ft. Myers and graduated from Edison Community College, now known as FSW with her A.A. Degree with psychology emphasis. From there she received her certification in Dental Assisting in Punta Gorda, Florida. She worked as an assistant for one year before continuing her education to become a Registered Dental Hygienist at West Palm Beach Community College.
She has been with the practice since the start of her Hygiene career. The office joke is 'Nicki comes with the building'.
Nothing is more important to her than taking quality care of her patients and getting them to their optimum oral health while giving gentle experienced cleanings. This is one of the main reasons she became certified in local anesthesia.
Continuing education is very important to her, which is why she works hard on keeping up with the latest technology, techniques and hygiene products.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her loving husband and their teenage son. They enjoy going to the beach, boating, fishing, trips to the Keys and anything to do with the sun and water. However, most of her time is spent enjoying watching her son do various sports.
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