Our Team

Your Partners in Oral Health

The Horizon One Dental team of professionals is your partner in reaching excellent oral health. During your visit, we will discuss how you feel about your smile, and we’ll identify any problems during our examination. Together, we will create a plan of care that addresses your desires and needs for your dental health.

Meet Our Doctors & Staff

Dr. Paul Kuhn

Dr. Paul Kuhn

Dr. Kuhn attended the University of Iowa for both his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and his graduate degree in Dentistry. After graduation, he practiced dentistry for 15 years in the chilly Midwest. In 1998, escaping the cold weather with his family, Dr. Kuhn relocated to sunny Southwest Florida where he continues to practice comprehensive dentistry.

In June of 2008, he and Dr. Scott Bakos opened the state-of-the-art Horizon One Dental office, where they offer patients the latest advancements in dental procedures given with respect and personal attention.

Dr. Kuhn and his wife live with their three happy, spoiled dogs (two shelties and a German Shepherd/Border Collie) in Naples. They have three grown sons who attended college in Florida. The different universities have divided team loyalties between UF in Gainesville, FSU in Tallahassee, and FGCU in Estero. It makes game days interesting in the Kuhn family.

When not busy making Horizon One Dental a dental practice of excellence and high standards, Dr. Kuhn focuses his energy on some personal interests. He and his wife enjoy working out in a local CrossFit gym. Another area of passion for Dr. and Mrs. Kuhn is doing whatever they can to further the cause of finding “forever homes” for all homeless pets. (See the adorable and adoptable dogs and cats available for placement on Pet of the Week page!)

Dr. Scott Bakos

Dr. Scott Bakos

Dr. Bakos attended Case University for his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He stayed at Case to complete his dental degree. He moved to Florida in 1983 and has been practicing comprehensive dentistry here since then. Dr. Bakos began changing his patients’ lives by placing and restoring implants in 1987.

In June of 2008, he and Dr. Kuhn opened Horizon One Dental. The new, modern office allowed the dentists to offer patients the latest advancements in dental procedures, while also providing a caring and compassionate atmosphere.

Dr. Bakos makes continuing education a priority to improve his skills and stay current with new innovations in dentistry. Implants, Lumineers®, non-surgical gum disease treatment, and cosmetic dentistry are just a few of the advanced treatment options he provides at Horizon One Dental.

On a personal level, Dr. Bakos enjoys spending time at home with his family, which includes his wife and five children. His non-medical interests include golfing, fishing, and other sports. He currently lives on Sanibel Island, where he enjoys the island lifestyle.

Dr. Ariana Almasi

Dr. Ariana Almasi

Dr. Almasi attended the University of Miami, where she graduated in 2010 as a true “Cane” with her bachelor’s degree in Biology and minors in Chemistry and English Literature. Dr. Almasi then went on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Almasi also trained in modern dentistry techniques and routinely performs procedures such as crowns, bridges, root canal therapy, implant restorations, and removable appliance therapy. She is also certified in Invisalign®.

Dr. Almasi is a native Floridian, born in Miami, FL, where she grew up until she moved to Fort Myers, FL in 2014. Throughout her career, Dr. Almasi has always stressed putting her patients first, paying special attention to their concerns and functional dental needs. Dr. Almasi’s priority is to make every dental visit as comfortable and informative as possible.

Dr. Almasi has a strong desire for community outreach. Every year, she goes back to her dental alma mater and volunteers for NSU’s Give Kids a Smile, where she provides dental services for underprivileged children in the Fort Lauderdale community.

When she’s not in the office, Dr. Almasi enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, kayaking, and watercolor painting. She is also fluent in Spanish and is currently learning German.

Dr. Marc Dadkhah

Dr. Marc Dadkhah

Dr. Marc Dadkhah graduated from University of California, Irvine, with his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Biochemistry. He attended dental school at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Marc then completed a one-year General Practice Residency at one of the top residency programs in the country, the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He received advanced training in multiple aspects of dentistry, including dental emergencies and trauma, implant dentistry, restorative dentistry, and surgical dentistry.

Dr. Dadkhah is primarily from California but has lived in Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, and most recently Naples.

Dr. Dadkhah is constantly continuing his education on the latest dental techniques and approaches in order to offer his patients remarkable and comfortable treatments. He is passionate about utilizing his education, experience, and knowledge of modern technology to provide high-quality dental care.

Outside the office, Dr. Marc enjoys traveling, art, and photography.

Meadow Hetland, Registered Dental Hygienist

Meadow Hetland, Registered Dental Hygienist

I grew up in a small town in the Midwest. While pursuing a degree in media productions, I worked as a camera person filming commercials and the news for a local ABC affiliate. After getting married, I moved to the Northeast with my husband. After enduring three years of cold Atlantic winters, my husband and I decided to thaw out in South Florida. It was there that I had the privilege of beginning my work as a dental assistant.

I became fascinated with teeth and enjoyed helping people achieve a higher level of dental health. In 2005, we moved to the Fort Myers area. It was here that I attended the Edison State College Dental Hygiene program and graduated in 2012.

My passion for dental hygiene must have shone through because I received the STAR Award in my class for displaying enthusiasm, dedication, and compassion for Dental Hygiene. In 2014, I became certified to administer local anesthesia.

People care about who their health care providers are and how they are treated. I am proud to be part of the Horizon One team where patients are treated like family!

JJacqueline Thompson, Registered Dental Hygienist

Jacqueline Thompson, Registered Dental Hygienist

Jacqueline is a Registered Dental Hygienist with over 10 years of patient care experience. She has been recognized by her coworkers, supervisors, and patients for delivering quality dental care and maintaining a safe, supportive, and positive environment. Tense patients trust Jacqueline for her commitment to quality and her ability to ease the process. She graduated with high honors with both her Bachelor of Science degree in Human and Community Services from Empire State University and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Onondaga Community College.

Her expertise includes general dentistry, preventative, and periodontal care. Jacqueline has a keen ability to identify with, and support the treatment of, complex dental cases. By using the most advanced techniques and taking a down-to-earth approach, she has contributed to a healthier life for her patients.

Born, raised, and educated in the Finger Lakes, New York region, she has been living in Florida since 2009. Over the last 10 years, she has been providing dental care and support in both dental offices and specialty environments, exposing her to a diverse patient base. She enjoys helping patients smile bigger and brighter through her quality dental work.

Jacqueline lives with her dog in North Fort Myers. In her spare time, she is fond of quilting, cooking on her Traeger grill, and yoga. She also enjoys travel, visiting her family in the Tampa Bay area, and spending time with her friends.

Deanna Day, Registered Dental Hygienist

Deanna Day, Registered Dental Hygienist

My passion has always been teeth, and I always knew that I wanted to have a career that involved helping others. Teeth make me smile and I want others to smile, too. I started my dental career working as a dental assistant. I then attended the Hygiene School at Edison State College and graduated with honors in 2014. I was presented with the professionalism award in my class for exhibiting ethical and professional behavior, leadership, and a commitment to the practice of dental hygiene and its code of ethics.

As a dental hygiene professional, I like to start each appointment by establishing a rapport with my patients in order to provide them with the best treatment. Each patient will be treated like family and will experience a gentle cleaning. I advocate good oral hygiene by combining my skills as an educator and clinician to increase the patient’s knowledge of oral health with visuals and demonstrations. I am certified to give local anesthesia and enjoy providing the best quality service.

As a native to Southwest Florida, I am constantly outdoors and staying active. In my spare time, I enjoy biking, swimming, and visiting the beautiful beaches Florida has to offer. Family is important to me, so I make it a priority to spend time with my big family and my adorable cat, Chanel. I love traveling the U.S. from the depths of the Grand Canyon to the Big Apple, New York City.

It is my privilege and duty as a hygienist to inform and recommend the best treatment available. At Horizon One Dental, I have the wonderful opportunity to share my love for dentistry by providing patients with the best dental care and knowledge to help them achieve and maintain excellent oral hygiene.

Daisy Casas, Registered Dental Hygienist

Daisy Casas, Registered Dental Hygienist

I grew up in Southwest Florida and decided to stay close to home for college. I proceeded to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Edison State College. While in school, I served as the president for my graduating class and received the President’s Award and the S.T.A.R. Award in Dental Hygiene

I was interested in the dental field because of the opportunity to help others live long, healthy lives with beautiful smiles. I am passionate about promoting oral health and treating my patients with respect and consideration. I enjoy getting to know my patients and helping them in an encouraging and reassuring manner while providing quality, thorough dental care. I hold credentials in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, and I am fluent in English and Spanish.

In my free time, I enjoy running, going to the beach, watching movies, painting, and spending quality time with a good book.

It is such a rewarding experience to be a part of such a wonderful team of dental professionals and to be able to call Horizon One Dental my dental family!

Michelle Gnagey, Registered Dental Hygienist

Michelle Gnagey, Registered Dental Hygienist

I was born in Mansfield, Ohio, and moved to Fort Myers in 1980. In May 2016 I received my Associate of Applied Science degree from Florida SouthWestern State College, where I studied Dental Hygiene and received the Clinical Achievement Award for demonstrating outstanding performance of a practicing clinician. I also became certified to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide.

I live in Fort Myers with my husband, two sons, and our dogs, a Yorkie and a Labrador. For the past few years, I put my career on hold to stay home with my children. I feel very fortunate to have been able to devote my time to my boys with their school activities and busy sports schedules. Now that they are teenagers, I feel ready to get back into the workforce and put my skills to work.

I have always had a love for dentistry and a fascination with cosmetic dentistry. Helping patients achieve a healthy, bright smile and optimal oral health in the gentlest way with a warm, friendly attitude has always been my goal.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, having cookouts, attending baseball games, and love the challenge of taking on a big home project.

I feel fortunate to be a part of the Horizon One Dental team that strives to give exceptional patient care and provides a state-of-the-art dental practice for our patients.

I couldn’t ask for a better place to work!

Lauren DeAngelo, Registered Dental Hygienist

Lauren DeAngelo, Registered Dental Hygienist

I was born and raised in SW Florida, where I currently reside with my husband and son. I have always had a love and passion for dentistry and knew from a young age that I wanted to be in the dental field. I worked as a dental assistant for three years before going back to school to pursue my career as a dental hygienist.

I graduated with my Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Florida SouthWestern State College in May 2015. I also became certified to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide. I love my career and am very passionate about what I do. I enjoy building rapport and lasting relationships with my patients while helping them achieve optimal oral health in a comfortable and friendly environment.

In my free time, I enjoy going to the gym, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and being outdoors.

I feel truly blessed to be a part of the Horizon One Dental team where patient care is our number-one priority!

Alexander Gamboa, Registered Dental Hygienist

Alexander Gamboa, Registered Dental Hygienist

I was born in California and moved to Southwest Florida at a young age.

I attended Florida SouthWestern State College and received my Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree in 2018. While attending the program, I received the Clinical Achievement Award for demonstrating outstanding performance of a practicing clinician and certification for the use of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation.

I have always had a passion for dental hygiene and enjoy teaching and working with patients on a personal and professional level. Developing lasting relationships and making personal connections with my patients is essential in helping them maintain a beautiful smile.

In my free time, I enjoy fishing around our beautiful state, reading, exercising, and spending time with my dog, Blue.

The Horizon One Dental team has opened their arms to me, and I am truly blessed to be welcomed into this family where patient care is their main focus!

Alexander Gamboa, Registered Dental Hygienist

Lizbelle Vasconez, Certified Registered Dental Hygienist

I was born in New Jersey but grew up in Southwest Florida. I have always had a passion for helping others. In 2018, I graduated with honors from Florida Southwestern State College with an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene where I also earned my certification to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide.

As a professional Dental Hygienist, I am an educator and an oral health advocate to both my patients and my community. The oral health of my patients is very important to me and I personally try to educate each individual patient with the best of my ability. Overall, I aim to increase the awareness of oral health, help patients attain a state of optimal health and provide my patients with a gentle thorough cleaning.

Apart from dentistry, I am also a lover of the ocean, adventures, and traveling. I love making new memories with my family and friends whether I am swimming with sharks in Bimini, taking in the views of clear waters in Turks and Caicos, or hang gliding in Brazil.

I am extremely grateful to work for Horizon One Dental where we strive to provide exceptional dental care.

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