Tropical Smiles Dental has an incredible team of individuals who all make it their goal to provide the best comprehensive dental care in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. They love to work together with Dr. Melissa Nitta to give every patient the healthy and happy smile they need to feel confident about themselves. To get an idea of our incredible staff, read some of their biographies below! Or even better, call our office today at 808-329-1715 to schedule an appointment with our dentist and her team!
Elisa – RDH
Elisa has been our hygienist here at Tropical Smiles Dental for 2 years! She is originally from the San Francisco Bay area, where she practiced for eight years. Elisa graduated from Carrington College in San Jose in 2007 and was the recipient of the California Dental Hygiene Association Procter and Gamble Student Leadership Award, the Santa Clara Valley Dental Society scholarship, and was class Vice President. Elisa is a dedicated and patient-focused hygienist and prides herself on her proven strengths in applying her extended training to creating solutions for patients! Elisa is married to a Hilo native and has 2 young sons. During her free time, she enjoys family time at the beach and is a Golden State Warriors fan. Go Dubs!
Amanda – Business Office Coordinator
Amanda has been our incredible schedule coordinator for 2 years! She was born and raised on the Big Island and she is very happy to be part of a team that strives for the best quality and care. Right out of high school she began on-the-job training as a dental assistant, obtaining over 12 years of experience in the field of dentistry, including periodontics, oral surgery and most recently orthodontics. She has been doing front office work throughout her career and is delighted to help patients with any questions or concerns. Growing up with an avid fishing family, she has spent a lot of time on the water and enjoys anything involving the ocean. For fun she likes to tend her garden, attending cultural events, paddle boarding and going on long-distance hikes through the island’s back country. Amanda works every day to ensure that members of the community have a positive dental experience all throughout their treatment.
Sherry – Practice Manager
Sherry joined Dr. Nitta’s team in 2010 and has been a dental assistant for 20 years. Sherry is very dedicated to caring for you and making sure you receive the best dentistry possible at the highest quality level.
Sherry was born and raised here in Kona. She has four amazing kids and loves taking family vacations! In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with family and friends and watching football. Most importantly, she is a 12th man for the Seattle Seahawks!
Diana – Hygiene Coordinator
Greeting you with a big smile of aloha up front is our Hygiene Coordinator, Diana. Having been with our office 3 years, Diana comes from years of service in the hospitality industry. She will help you with scheduling your routine cleanings and periodontal maintenance therapy. Born on the Big Island and raised in Kona, Diana graduated from Konawaena High School and has a business administration degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has lived in New York and traveled throughout Europe backpacking before returning to her native home in the islands. Diana enjoys the outdoors and designs her own island-inspired jewelry, handcrafted with local shells she sometimes finds on her beach outings. Her two children, ages 11 and 22, keep her busy, and Diana enjoys cooking, gardening, and dancing!
Luana “Biggie” – Clinical Assistant
Our office is happy to have Luana as our incredible clinical assistant! She has over 6 years of working in dentistry and loves working with the other members of our dental family. Luana has a 2-year-old daughter who was born with unilateral cleft lip and cleft palate. As a first-time mom, she loves the challenges that come with motherhood and wouldn’t want it any other way. In her spare time, she loves gardening and spending time with her family on the ranch. She appreciates the friendly football rivalries at the office and will cheer for anyone playing against the Patriots or Seahawks. When you meet Luana, you won’t be able to help but smile with her cheerful and friendly personality.