Dr. Raymond Santa-Cruz
Dr. Raymond Santa-Cruz is a native Floridian, born and raised in South Florida. He received his undergraduate education at the United States Naval Academy, earning a BS in Systems Engineering. Upon graduation from Annapolis, Dr. Santa-Cruz completed flight school and earned his wings as a Naval Flight Officer. After almost a decade of honorable military service and several overseas deployments, he resigned his active duty commission and enrolled at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. In dental school, Dr. Santa-Cruz won several academic awards, was elected an Ethics Committee member by his peers, and served as president of a Student Dental Association. Upon graduation, he moved back to his home state and began his practice of General Dentistry in Southwest Florida. Dr. Santa-Cruz continues to serve his nation as a Commander in the United States Naval Reserves Dental Corps, while continually seeking to improve himself by taking as much Continuing Dental Education as possible. In 2020 Dr. Santa-Cruz remotely earned a Masters of Health Administration (MHA) from Florida International University. Whenever possible, Dr. Santa-Cruz tries to give back to the community by volunteering with organizations such as Projects Dentists Care, Meals on Wheels, Toys for Tots and is also a member of St. Francis Xavier Church. He enjoys being in and around the water, and above all else Dr. Santa-Cruz treasures the time he spends with his beautiful wife Christina and their children Reeves, Rowan and Penelope.
Dr. Shadae Person
Dr. Person was born and raised in St. Andrew, Jamaica. After High school, she moved to South Florida where she graduated from Miami Dade College, earning her Associates Degree, with highest honors. Dr. Person went on to attend Florida International University and graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon graduation, she received a clinical scholarship to attended Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree.
While in Dental school, Dr. Person participated in many community service events and was instrumental in organizing VCU’s first Annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening. She was also a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Prosthodontics where she helped to train dental students in crown and bridge preparations.
After graduating dental school, Dr. Person practiced in Virginia where she was on the Board of the Virginia Dental Association New Dentist Committee. Dr. Person has pursued numerous continuing dental education since graduation, having acquired additional training in Non-surgical Endodontics, Dental Implant surgery, Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Person is currently affiliated with several dental organizations, including:
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- Florida Dental Association (FDA)
- West Coast District Dental Association
- Lee County Dental Society
Dr. Person is passionate about providing access to dental care and is a frequent volunteer at Project Dentists Care in Fort Myers. When not hard at work serving patients, Dr. Person enjoys fishing, reading and spending time with her husband and three sons.