Dentist in Fort Myers,  Florida

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.

George L. Whiteside, DDSGeorge L Whiteside, DDS

An honors graduate of North Carolina State University, Dr. George Whiteside received a Doctorate of Dental Science from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) School of Dentistry. He then relocated to Fort Myers and began private practice.

Dedicated to exceptional dentistry, Dr. Whiteside continually broadens his skills through advanced studies in implant, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. He has completed advanced training with the inventor of Lumineers in Santa Maria, California and placed more than 1,000 Lumineers. As one of the first dentists in Southwest Florida to be educated in Lumineers, WINK TV interviewed Dr. Whiteside in a feature segment on SMILE MAKEOVERS placing 20 Lumineers on a patient with discolored upper and lower teeth.

Dr Whiteside is one of only a few dentists in Southwest Florida certified in the administration of BOTOX Cosmetic. Call and make an appointment today to discuss BOTOX with Dr Whiteside.

Additionally, Patterson Dental, the distributor of CEREC 3D technology, appointed him as a Mentor and Coach to other dentists. He is one of the most active users of the CEREC technology in Florida.

Dr. Whiteside is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the West Coast Dental Society, Southwest Florida Dental Society, Perio-Prosthesis Implant Study Club, and the Pacific Training Institue for Facial Aesthetics Study Club, holding board positions in several of these organizations over the past years.

His reputation as a skilled, compassionate practitioner is supported by a team of staff members, each with a compatible commitment to patient care.

Mary,  Financial Administrator


With over 25 years experience, Mary won the respect and admiration of all of our patients in her duties as Patient Coordinator in our office. She has been with Dr Whiteside for over 10 years and is a constant positive influence on everyone she contacts. Mary was born in Chicago and loves to spend her time away from the office being with family and friends, cooking, entertaining, reading, and antiquing.


Jodi, Certified Dental AssistantJodi, Certified Dental Assistant


Jodi has been a Certified Dental Assistant for Dr Whiteside for over 25 years!  She moved with her family from Ohio to Fort Myers in 1984. Growing up in Ohio, Jodi was acknowledged by her peers as most friendly and best citizen of her graduating class.


Jodi was certified at the University of Florida for Expanded Duties of Dental Auxillary and Radiological Health and Safety.


Seeking the highest training available, Jodi completed advanced dental courses on Implants, CEREC Porcelain Crowns in 1 appointment, Digital X-rays, Practice Management, and Teeth Whitening through numerous other Continuing Education locations. 


Jodi brings to work her friendliness and a reassuring comfort that patients are in the best of care with Dr. Whiteside. Jodi says “I understand most people are fearful of having dental work done. I am so happy to be part of a team that works hard to make your dental experience a happy one”.


Jodi has been married to her husband Mike for 22 years and has two sons, Bill and Nick who she is very proud of. While away from the office, Jodi enjoys music, crafts, decorating, and most of all, time spent with her family.

Gina,  Certified Dental AssistantGina,  Certified Dental Assistant


Gina was born in Fort Lauderdale and raised in Fort Myers. After high school, Gina graduated from Edison College with degrees in Dental Assisting and Expanded Functions in a Dental Office. She has continued to improve her professional skills by receiving advanced training in CEREC technology, Practice Management, and Digital X-rays.


Gina is unique in that she has been a patient of Dr Whiteside since the age of ten! Her career with Dr Whiteside has progressed from intern to sterilization assistant to full time Certified Dental Assistant in 2003.


“I am a people person and enjoy spending time with our patients. I believe your SMILE is your best asset and I love being a part in helping patients keep their smile healthy and vibrant. Working chair side with Dr Whiteside is rewarding because he is a very detailed and compassionate Dentist with a goal to achieve outstanding dentistry.”


Married in 2006, Gina and her husband Jon enjoy fishing, boating, being outdoors and going to concerts. Her other passions are painting, crafting, photography, and spending time with her family, friends, and Japanese Chin pup Chloe.

Gwen,  Dental HygienistGwen,  Dental Hygienist


Gwen has 33 years experience as a registered dental hygienist; twelve of those years have been with the exceptional dental practice of Dr Whiteside. After getting her hygiene degree in her home state of North Carolina, Gwen returned to college to achieve her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree through St. Petersburg College. Active on the state and local level of her professional association, Gwen has served the positions of state trustee and a two-year term as the local President. 


Dr Whiteside is proud to inform his patients that Gwen was awarded the most prestigious awards created by the Florida Dental Hygiene Association: the Swann D. Knowles Award in 1996 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2003. Her goal is to treat each patient as an individual providing the most thorough and compassionate treatment according to his or her needs.


When not spending time with family or friends, Gwen enjoys nature, art, movies, and reading.

Lynn,  Dental HygienistLynn,  Dental Hygienist

Lynn was born in St Petersburg, Florida and married her husband Joe thirty three years ago.  Both her son and daughter are graduates of the University of Florida. 

As a part of Dr Whiteside’s office for over 15 years, she says she could not ask to work with a better group of people.  “Our team works hard to provide the best dental care and personal concern for our patients.  I am very committed to quality care and enjoy the opportunity to help our patients improve their dental health.”

Lynn is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and has served several times on the executive board of the local society.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and traveling and can be found fishing at Port of the Islands most weekends.

Rosa,  Dental HygienistRosa,  Dental Hygienist


Born in Miami to Cuban parents, Rosa speaks fluent Spanish in addition to English. She received her AS degree in Dental Hygiene from Palm Beach State College in 1998 and is an active member of the local hygiene society. 


After working in several dental offices, Rosa has been an excellent hygienist in Dr Whiteside’s office for over 6 years. Instantly bonding with staff and patients, Rosa says,

“I am so blessed to be a part of such a talented dynamic group of people in Dr Whiteside’s office. If I named one specific quality or trait that sets us apart, it is the high level of professionalism exhibited by everyone on the staff! It’s that attention to quality care that I am most proud to be a part of.”


Married and with 3 boys, Rosa stays very active with her family and volunteers with numerous organizations such as Boy Scouts, Race For the Cure, and Cape Coral High School’s IBPO board. When she has free time, Rosa loves cooking, photography, crafting, music, and movies.