Meet Us

Meet The Doctors

Sarah J. Smith, DDS

Dr. Smith’s quality standards include the highest levels of clinical excellence. She is very caring and comforting and treats everyone like family. She honestly cares for each person’s well-being, and serves as a role model for how to be giving and caring to all.

If you ask her when her passion for dentistry began, she’ll say it was when she was 9 years old. Her first dental degree was awarded in the Dominican Republic. After moving to the U.S., she completed her doctorate at the University of Buffalo in 1996, and her residency at The Genesee Hospital in Rochester soon after. She has been practicing in the Rochester area ever since, and serving patients in her current office since 2000.

Dr. Smith is a member of the American Dental Association, New York State Dental Society, and an active member of the Monroe County Dental Society. She is also a member of the Hispanic Business Association and is completely fluent in both English and Spanish languages.

She is married, has a son and daughter, two cats and two dogs. She enjoys going to church and enjoying quality time with her family.

Gilbert F. Hernandez, DMD

Dr. Hernandez was born and raised in Rochester, NY and was introduced to dentistry by his mentor, Dr. Sarah J. Smith.  He is extremely grateful to her for providing the motivation and guidance to pursue a career in dentistry.

After completing two years of study at Monroe Community College, Dr. Hernandez moved to Buffalo, NY where he received a Bachelor of Biology degree from SUNY Buffalo in 2013. He then worked for two years as a mechanic and musician until his admission to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2015. Upon graduation, Dr. Hernandez completed his General Practice Residency at Rochester General Hospital in his hometown of Rochester.

In his free time, Dr. Hernandez enjoys playing the keyboard in a salsa orchestra and spending time with friends and family. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and is very excited to be part of the Full Heart Dentistry team.

Meet The Team

Michelle Wansha, R.D.H.

Registered Dental Hygenist

“When I’m able to see someone who was once apprehensive about dental care, relax in trust and feel good about their smile again—that’s why I do what I do.”

Michelle has been a dental hygienist for over 30 years. She graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Monroe Community College, then later her Bachelors of Science Degree, Summa Cum Laude, from SUNY Brockport.

Michelle lives in Irondequoit with her husband, two children, and their dog, Ripley. Her free time is devoted to friends and family, as well as reading and writing. She has taught Sunday School, lead a Girl Scout Troop, and loves working with children. She is excited to introduce you and your family to Full Heart Dentistry as your new dental home.

Carla , R.D.H.

Registered Dental Hygenist

Sharyliz Martinez

Office Manager

Sharyliz is our newest member to our team, she has been in the dental field since 2012 and enjoys serving our patients. Our patients and staff enjoy her bubbly, positive personality and radiant smile. Sharyliz loves to travel, dine out and dancing. She values quality time with her fiancé Darwin and their two beautiful daughters, Giselle and Arianny.

Lilia Algarin

Patient Coordinator/Marketing

Lilia has been in the dental field since 2015 and joined the Full Heart team in 2022. Behind her beautiful smile is a woman who is passionate about getting to know all of our patients and making sure they receive quality service and attention from our front office. Lilia enjoys spending time with her Husband Albert and their two children, Emi and Albert Jr. She has a love for God, music and organization/décor.

Mema

Dental Assistant

Mema (Eryn) was born in Southwest Texas and moved to Rochester at the age of 11, when her’ “angel”, Leanne Gallipeau (RIP) adopted her. She always tries to live by her motto, “Treat everyone with respect and gift them with, Kindness” Mema began her dental career in 2009 and pursued her certification in 2013 from DANB. In 2019 she went on to obtain her licensure from the University of Buffalo ADAPT Dental Assistant Licensure program. She feels great being a team member at FHD because learning and growing is encouraged. She hopes that when she meets a patient that she is able to help them experience a whole new appointment and overcome any fear and feel kindness and know that we care. Mema is married and has 2 sons. She enjoys being outdoors close to earth. Her hobbies include her love of working on cars from body to engine, landscaping and any DYI projects.

Edna Caldarelli

Dental Assistant

Born in Baracoa, Cuba, Edna came to the United States in 1957 and has lived in Rochester ever since. She’s been in the dental field for over 20 years and joined the Full Heart team in 2018.

In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music from the ’60s and ’70s and playing bunco with friends.  Edna also loves spending time with her family, including her husband, children, and loving grandson.

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