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 M. 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!
Sherry joined Dr. Nitta’s team in 2010 and has been a dental assistant for over 23 years. Sherry is very dedicated to caring for you and making sure you receive the best, highest quality dentistry possible.Sherry was born and raised here in Kona. She has four amazing kids and loves taking family vacations! In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, camping, and hanging out with family and friends, watching football. Sherry is very active with her son’s sports, and most importantly, she is a 12th man for the Seattle Seahawks!
Stephanie – Scheduling Coordinator
Although born and raised in Minnesota, Stephanie has been coming out the Big Island yearly with her family since 1996. Traveling full time with her husband for his job as a Journeyman lineman has brought her to live in many places, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Nevada, Oahu, Southern California and most recently, Northern California.
After living for a year on Oahu, it had been her and her husband’s dream to move full time to the Kona area. They moved here in November 2020 and are enjoying every moment. When not at work, Stephanie enjoys hiking, cooking, playing with her two dogs, going to the beach and traveling with her husband.
Angel – Registered Dental Hygienist
Angel is from a small rural town in northern Wyoming. She graduating from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, in 1996 with an Associate of Science degree, and from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1999 with an Associate of Science degree in dental hygiene. She has 21 years of clinical practice experience as a dental hygienist. Angel is known for being a kind, thorough and gentle hygienist, and she enjoys getting to know her patients!
Angel just moved to Kailua-Kona from Wyoming with her husband Carl, and electrical contractor, and their two daughters, Gabrielle and Angelina. She enjoys the warm, inviting weather of Hawaii and the ocean! She loves to go running, weight lifting, anything active outdoors and going to the beach with her family. Angel is very excited to be here in Kona and to be a member of Dr. Nitta’s amazing team!
Sherry – Registered Dental Hygienist
Sherry was raised in a small rural town in Southern Missouri. She began her career in dentistry as a dental hygiene assistant in 2000. In 2004, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in dental hygiene from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Sherry and her husband, Wayne, moved to the island of Maui in 2008. They have also lived in Colorado. In 2018, they moved to the Island of Hawaii. Sherry’s husband is a boat captain and scuba instructor, so Hawaii is the perfect place for them. Sherry takes pride in being a thorough, but gentle, hygienist. Patient comfort is always her top priority. She enjoys getting to know her patients and building trusting relationships with them. When outside the office, Sherry enjoys cooking, exercising, watching sunsets, and hanging out with her husband and two fur babies, Stella Rose and Prince Pudgy.
Rebecca – Dental Assistant
Rebecca visited the Big Island for the first time as a volunteer in July 2018. She picked mac nuts in Captain Cook for three weeks, fell in love with island life and then officially said goodbye to her life in Chicago. Rebecca started as a dental assistant in January 2019 – this work has been the focal point of her livelihood. Rebecca loves helping people feel good about their smiles and takes pride in working for the #1 dentist in West Hawaii. When Rebecca is not at Tropical Smiles Dental she is chasing the perfect sunset along the Kona Coast and catching every wave she can.
Kiera – Dental Assistant
Kiera settled in Kona in 2019 after having lived and traveled all over Asia and Latin America. She was born in the Philippines and speaks two of their dialects, including Tagalog. Hawai’i seemed the perfect place, and she has always had a strong connection to the ocean. Living on the North Shore of Oahu when she was younger had always been her favorite. Dental assisting has been her career focus, and she loves being able to connect and care for patients knowing she is making a difference, no matter how small. When she is not in the office, she is at the beach, paddling out, scuba diving, or spending time with family.