Our Team

Tayri Cross

Office Manager

After graduating with my CDA from Palm Beach State in 2003, I’ve spent the last 20 years working, learning, and understanding different facets of the Dental industry.

From Dental Assisting to Customer Service to Marketing, Brand Management and Financial Coordinator I’ve accumulated a wealth of knowledge as well as continuing to learn and educate myself with my current team here at Designing Smiles. I look forward to working with our team on a daily basis and what we can build here.


Insurance Coordinator

Hello! I am Kaitlyn, and I am very excited to join such a talented and kind team! I graduated with my Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Certification from the University of Florida in 2017 and my passion for helping others gets stronger every year. My first assisting position was in oral surgery and basic dentistry.

After assisting, I moved into the dental laboratory as an Implant Coordinator where I experienced a whole new facet of dentistry and really felt dental come full circle in my life.


Dental Assistant

Amber was very excited to enter the dental field in 2018. She has been assisting at Designing Smiles since 2019. She finds the most joy when connecting with patients and helping them feel the utmost comfort with their dental experiences. Her hobbies include riding her bike to the beach and finding her zen attending yoga classes.

She has two loving animals, Shaco her black lab and Reese her calico cat. All the way from Maine, she was relieved to find her home away from home right here in the office of Dr. Apel.


Dental Hygienist

Meet our fabulous hygienist Lorraine! She graduated from Indian River Community College in 1991. Lorraine’s favorite thing about a patient’s visit is getting to know the patient and developing a good relationship with them to help them achieve their dental goals.

She takes pride in keeping her patients comfortable during their appointments. Lorraine is also very big on educating patients so they can keep their beautiful smile for a lifetime. Please feel free to talk with her about any of your dental concerns.


Dental Hygienist

Hi my name is Jessie. I’m the proud mother of a 5 year old daughter, Grace. I graduated from dental hygiene school in Orlando, FL in 2005 and have been practicing dental hygiene since.

I have been in the dental field longer though as I used to be an assistant and I actually started as a sterilization technician when I was a teenager.