Dr. Robyn is a native of Clearwater, Florida, and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her DMD from the University of Florida with honors in research. She also completed her pediatric residency at the University of Florida. Dr. Lesser is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She has been recognized by Tampa Bay Magazine as a top pediatric dentist in Tampa Bay. Dr. Lesser is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association®, the Florida Dental Association and the Hillsborough County Dental Association. She is also a member of Florida Blue Key and is currently president of Pedo Gators, the pediatric dental alumni association for the University of Florida. Dr. Lesser is a Fellow of the AAPD who contributes above and beyond in the field of pediatric and organized dentistry.
Dr. Lesser enjoys volunteering in the schools to help educate children on good oral health. She has been in private practice in Tampa since 2002. When she is not working, she is busy with her husband, Gene, and two daughters, Sasha and Mila.
Dr. Donna is a pediatric dentist with over 25 years of experience working with pediatric patients. She grew up in Somerset, Kentucky, and attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. She continued on for her pediatric residency at the University of Florida. She also completed a teaching fellowship in 1994.
She lives in the Tampa Bay area with her husband, Edson, and three children, Nathanael, Rebekah and Aaron. She enjoys crafting of all kinds, baking and reading. Her favorite food is anything chocolate! She describes herself as patient, caring, comforting, dependable and kind.
Dr. Ashley grew up in Palm Harbor, Florida, and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. She received her DMD and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Florida. She received the 2015 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Certificate of Merit and went on two mission trips during dental school to treat underserved areas of the Dominican Republic and Honduras. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association®, Florida Dental Association, West Coast District Dental Association and Hillsborough County Dental Association. Dr. Tate is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
She is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys baking, traveling, and attending concerts and musicals. Her favorite sports teams are the UCF Knights, Florida Gators and Tampa Bay Lightning. Her favorite food is tacos! She describes herself as patient, sincere, enthusiastic, caring and empathetic.
Meet Our Team
We are a friendly and welcoming pediatric dental office in Tampa, Florida. Committed to our young patients, our dentists and team make every effort to make dental care a fun and happy experience. Our team is very accommodating and will gladly work with you and your child to ensure your child’s comfort and security. Our dentists, Dr. Robyn Lesser, Dr. Donna Nichols and Dr. Ashley Tate, and our team have years of experience helping children establish a lifetime of good oral health. Smile Builders Pediatric Dentistry also offers bilingual dentistry with services available in English and Spanish. If you have any questions or would like an appointment, call 813-880-0100 to speak with a member of our team.
Shana has worked with Dr. Lesser since the opening of Smile Builders Pediatric Dentistry. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. She is originally from Toledo, Ohio, and but moved to Florida at age 9, so she pretty much considers herself a Floridian! When not at work, she enjoys time with her husband and son, going to movies, shopping, swimming, traveling, and cheering on the New York Giants and Florida Gators. She also loves going to Orlando to visit the parks. Her favorite food is sushi! She enjoys helping provide a warm, positive experience for children and families when they come to the dentist.
Cindy is a native of Tampa, Florida, and grew up in the Tampa Bay area. She has been a dental assistant for over seven years at Smile Builders Pediatric Dentistry. She enjoys going to the movies, amusement parks, arcades, shopping, and spending time with her two children and husband. She loves pizza, sushi and sweets, especially chocolate chip cookies! She describes herself as energetic, patient, caring and bubbly. Cindy is also bilingual and helps assist our Spanish-speaking families. She loves making children comfortable and giving them the best experience possible at the dentist.
Sabrina attended the Ultimate Medical Academy for her training and has been at Smile Builders Pediatric Dentistry for over six years. She grew up in Tampa, Florida, and currently resides in the Tampa area. She describes herself as outgoing and loves working out, running, roller blading, tubing and hanging out with her son. Her favorite foods are sushi and boiled peanuts! Her favorite thing to do at work is take X-rays.
Brittany attended the Ultimate Medical Academy for her training and has been with Smile Builders Pediatric Dentistry for over four years. She resides in Tampa and enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, reading, and going to church. Her favorite food is pizza! She loves taking X-rays and making her patients smile.
Christina, who most people call Tina, attended the Erwin Technical Center for her training. She has been with Smile Builders Pediatric Dentistry for over five years and has over nine years of experience in her field. She is native to the Tampa area. She loves spending time with her daughter Aleya, shopping, and going to Orlando and Disney Springs. Her favorite foods are soup and macaroni and cheese. Her favorite thing to do at work is clean kids’ teeth and make them sparkle!
Gaby received her certification from St. Petersburg College and has been a dental assistant for over six years. She is originally from El Salvador but currently resides in the Tampa area. Her hobbies include reading, spending time with her family, volunteering at her church and watching soccer. Her favorite thing about being a dental assistant is making children comfortable and making them feel like they are coming somewhere fun! Gaby describes herself as respectful, responsible, kind and sweet.
Regina has been a dental assistant for over 25 years but is our newest addition to Smile Builders Pediatric Dentistry! She lives in the Tampa area with her husband, two boys and three dogs. She loves to work out, go to the movies and cheer for the Rays. Her favorite foods are sushi and chicken wings. She describes herself as friendly, fun, silly and outgoing. She loves making kids smile!
Melina, also known in the office as Meli, received her certification at Hillsborough Community College. She is a native to the Tampa Bay area. She loves spending time with family, going to the beach and traveling with her boyfriend. Meli is a big soccer fan and loves to cheer on Columbia! She has three dogs, and her favorite food is pizza! Melina’s favorite part about being a dental assistant is cleaning kids’ teeth and making them feel comfortable about coming to the dentist.
Isabella received her certification from Concorde’s dental assisting program in Tampa. She was born in Cuba, lived in Rochester, New York, for several years and then finally settled in Tampa. She loves soccer, dancing, reading and dogs! Her favorite food is pizza! She wanted to be a dental assistant to specifically work with children. She loves making kids smile!