Meet the Team

We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.


Ashley H.

Registered Dental Hygienist

My name is Ashley, and I am a registered dental hygienist. I graduated from Edison State College in 2014, and have participated in various volunteer opportunities such as Give Kids a Smile, Project Dental Care, and oral hygiene education to elementary students. I started with Dr. Gilleland in January of 2015. My bachelor’s degree is in health services administration from the University of Central Florida, from which I graduated in 2009.

I am a native of the Florida Keys and love being on the water with my husband Steve and young daughter, Marley. I also enjoy paddle boarding, fishing, and bike riding.


Krystle H.

Registered Dental Hygienist

My name is Krystle. I joined Dr. Gilleland's team in June 2006 as his dental assistant. I did my training at Charlotte Technical Center and received my certification in dental assisting. My love for the practice allows my skills to grow both clinically and at the front desk. I went on to dental hygiene school in 2011 and received my certification in local anesthesia as well as becoming a licensed dental hygienist. I returned to Dr. Gilleland’s practice after graduating in 2013. I am very passionate about dentistry; it has given me a sense of pride and fulfillment.

I live in Port Charlotte with my husband and young daughter, Morgan. It is hard to have time for hobbies with my little one, so my days consist of play dates, parks, and any other place where toddlers congregate. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I do enjoy running, shopping, and date nights with my husband.


Patty D.

My name is Patty. I am originally from the Chicagoland area of Plainfield and moved to Punta Gorda in 2015. I graduated from Prairie State College in 1985 for dental assisting and have more than 25 years of dental experience. I joined Dr. Gilleland’s team in October 2015 as his patient coordinator.

Happily married for 27 years, I have two daughters. My oldest still lives and works in Illinois and my younger daughter lives and works in Sarasota. I enjoy going to the beach, boating, shark fishing, and traveling.


Kelly Whidden

My name is Kelly. I have been practicing dentistry for 36 years. I started with Dr. Gilleland in 1993 as his dental assistant. Some would call me a fixture on the wall! I love my patients. I studied at the University of Florida and attend continuing education courses every year.

My husband and I were born and raised in Florida and we have been married for 35 years. We have two boys: my oldest son lives in St. Louis and is married with two little girls. My youngest son and his wife live in Nashville. I enjoy boating, outdoor activities, family, and football. GO GATORS!!!


Kayla J.

My name is Kayla. I have been working in the dental field since 2013. I graduated from the Charlotte Technical Center, and obtained my certification in dental assisting with my expanded functions. I love working with people and it makes me feel good to know that I have helped improve a patient’s smile.

I love spending free time with my family and friends. I also enjoy fishing and being outdoors.

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