Monica is originally from Evansville, located in Southern Indiana. She moved to Melbourne in 1990 and graduated from Eau Gallie HS. She grew up hanging out in a dental lab as her grandfather owned a small crown and bridge lab in Evansville. He handed over the reins to her Uncle when she was very young, keeping it in the family, and employing several family members at different times over the years. Dentistry runs deep in her roots.
Monica started assisting in 1996 and received her certifications from Indian River State College, known then as Indian River Community College. She also received certifications as a Phlebotomy Tech and EKG Tech, but ultimately stayed in the dental field. She has a daughter named Jamie who is her everything.Her and her husband Robert currently have 3 dogs as well as 3 cats. All 6 are rescues of some type. Madison who is a Boxer, German Shepherd and pit mix. Sophie who is a Plott hound and Black-and-Tan hound mix. Maxwell who is a Catahoula and Border Collie mix.
The cats are Hootie and Luna, sisters from the same litter, who are Tortoise Shell Calicoes and Elsie who is a deaf Lynx Point Siamese. They obviously enjoy animals with our mini zoo/circus, anything creating or crafting, home repair/remodeling, outdoor activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and getting muddy ATV riding.
Monica and Dr. Collins began working together in Rockledge and quickly realized how well they work together. "We have a lot of similar outlooks on patient care and enjoy changing the opinions of those nervous individuals who may not have had the best experiences in a dental chair. It's about taking the time to actually hear what the patient is saying, as well as explaining things in a manner that makes sense to them. There is nothing more satisfying then having that nervous, unhappy, patient who is in pain or embarrassed get up from a visit smiling and ask to give us a hug while commenting that that was the best dental visit they have ever had."