Meet the Team

Behind every great orthodontic practice is a great team. We have the most dedicated and loyal team that consists of associates who have the highest level of technical training. We treat all of our patients like family with the warmest and most caring professionals, providing the highest quality of care to you and your family.

Doreen

Front Desk Coordinator

I have worked in the dental field since 1985 and joined the Gulf Coast Orthodontics team in 2016. I answer the phones, schedule appointments, and help patients and parents with any questions they may have. My days consist of interacting with our patients and their families and seeing so many beautiful smiles at the end of treatment. I have a lot of fun working with our team—we all help each other to make sure our patients leave happy and smiling!

I’m originally from Avon Lake, OH. I have a grown son and two dogs, Angel and Millie. I’m a big advocate of Paws of Lee County (P.A.W.S.). I foster dogs and volunteer, so if you are looking for a dog, come see me! I also enjoy paddle boarding, swimming, and riding horses.

Fonda

Financial Coordinator

I have loved working in the orthodontic field since my senior year in high school! I have been the Financial Coordinator here at GCO for almost a decade, and I will help each family find a financial plan that works for them. The greatest joy I find in the field of orthodontics is watching smiles transform— the big, confident smiles on our patients faces when their treatment is completed still gets me each time!

I moved here from Columbus, Ohio with my husband after our youngest child graduated from high school. We have 3 grown children, 2 beautiful granddaughters, and a boxer mix named Otis. When we are not catching up with our children and spoiling our grand babies, I enjoy reading, sitting by the pool and crafting.

Jen

Treatment Coordinator

I am a certified dental assistant and I have been in the Orthodontic field for more than 15 years. I joined the Gulf Coast Orthodontics team after moving from New York and I serve as the Treatment Coordinator. I really enjoy getting to know our patients and their families. My favorite thing about working in orthodontics is watching each patient’s transformation and the confidence that comes along with it!

I come from a large family of 6 girls so I’m very family oriented. My husband and I have been married for over a decade and our daughter attends Riverdale High School. I’m a huge animal lover—I have three dogs! I love spending my free time watching sporting events…GO YANKEES!!!

Jacqueline

Treatment Coordinator

I was born and raised in Naples, Florida. I was introduced to dentistry from my brother and sister-in-law, both dentists. I became a certified dental assistant and have been in Orthodontics ever since! I have always been fascinated watching the confidence that develops in each patient as they progress through orthodontic treatment. At GCO, I work primarily as a Treatment Coordinator but you will find me filling in anywhere I am needed.

I am marrying the love of my life in January and together we rescued two Pitties, Harper and Koa. We both have a small, close-knit family and when I am not at the office, you can find me spending time with them. I also love to play tennis, cheer on my fiancé and watch football (Go Gators and Go Cowboys)!

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Miguel

Lab Coordinator

I have been with Gulf Coast Orthodontics for over 15 years! I help Dr. Laboda and Dr. Rose with patient treatment. I also coordinate all aspects of the lab, including taking digital scans, 3D printing, model fabrication, and appliance fabrication. I am always patient and kind to our patients, explaining the details of treatment to make the patient feel relaxed and reassured. I feel it’s a privilege to help change the way a person feels about the way they smile.

I was born in Texas and raised mostly in Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, & Michigan. My parents did a lot of traveling as I was growing up, eventually settling in Florida. I have a daughter and a grandson. My hobbies are traveling, camping, and fishing.

Kim

Orthodontic Assistant

I moved to Florida with my husband 5 years ago. We have lived in Wisconsin, Washington, Arkansas, Michigan and California before finally settling in Estero, Florida. We have a wild & sweet Samoyed named Koda. I enjoy traveling, playing pickle-ball, and relaxing by the pool. You’ll only find me at the office part-time because I also love spending time with my stepchildren and grandchildren and am a caretaker for my aging parents.

Leslie

Orthodontic Assistant

I have been a Certified Orthodontic assistant for 27 years! I started my career with Dr. Laboda many moons ago and rejoined Gulf Coast Orthodontics years later. I take great pride in my active role of creating beautiful, confident smiles with Dr. Laboda and Dr. Rose – it’s truly amazing to see the transformation for each patient!Kim

Outside of the office I love spending time with my husband of 30 years and our family. We have 3 wonderful adult children and 1 beautiful grandson whom I love watching on my days off! We also have two Australian Shepards, Snickers and Cookie. I enjoy camping, ATV riding, and gardening.

Manuela

Orthodontic Assistant

I was born and raised in Germany. After my husband finished his military career, we moved to Florida, where my husband grew up. We have lived in Virginia, Italy, Georgia, and Alaska. In our free time we enjoy gardening, cooking up new meals, and traveling with our 2 sons.

I have been with Gulf Coast Orthodontics since October 2020. I was introduced to dentistry at a young age— my father was a dentist! After high school, I obtained my AA in technical science for dental laboratory technician and I later went on to become a certified dental assistant. I stumbled into orthodontics by accident, but I am so happy I did! I enjoy being directly involved with each patient experience, the close relationships I get to form with our patients, and helping Dr. Laboda and Dr. Rose with cresting beautiful smiles for each of our patients!

LaShay

Orthodontic Assistant

I joined the Gulf Coast Orthodontics team with orthodontic experience since 2014. I take pride in knowing that I have helped people achieve confidence in their smile. I love building relationships with our patients and their families, and my goal is to make every patient comfortable and happy to be there.

I’m local to Florida and enjoy all this area has to offer with my family and two small children. Not only am I passionate about creating beautiful smiles, I also love capturing them as well. I specialize in portrait photography in all areas of South West Florida, so if you’re looking for a local photographer, I’m available on all social media platforms @LaShayWadePhotography.