Our Approach

Smiles by Zee is a place where we aim as a team is to provide comprehensive and exceptional quality dental services using state of the art technology in a friendly and nurturing environment. With our unwavering commitment to lifelong learning we successfully cultivate long lasting personal relationships. Our objective is not only to restore patient’s oral condition back to optimal state but also to educate and inspire our patients to maintain a healthy oral environment. Our desire for each of our patient is to have a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime!”

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Dr. Zee

Dr. Zahida Iqbal, also known as Dr. Zee, is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. She has also completed an Externship at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia and King’s Hospital, London. She has had the privilege of working for Invisalign for almost two years as the Clinical Assistant Director in the production department, where her job was to supervise dental treatments.

She has completed numerous certificate programs to enhance her clinical skills in the fields of Oral Surgery, Implant dentistry, Orthodontics, Endodontic, Cosmetic and Restorative dentistry. Moreover, Dr. Zee is on the continuous journey of learning because she believes, “the best learning is the ability to learn.”

Esmeralda Santiago

Office Manager

Esmeralda is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with extensive experience in dental administration and customer service. Esmeralda moved from New York in 2017 with her 3 children. Her time off is spent exploring Florida with her kids. She is a big lover of adventure parks and spends a lot of time at Universal Studios. She enjoys a good book poolside while relaxing.

Esmeralda has been in the dental field since 2005 and is passionate in educating patients about their dental health and guiding them in achieving their dental needs. From the moment you speak to her over the phone you feel at ease, new patients come in feeling like they met her years ago. Esmeralda leads our team with morals and ethics to ensure the core values of our practice are met. She has vast knowledge of insurance, her favorite saying is “if I don’t know it, I’ll find out for you” we are truly grateful to have her leading our team!

Liz Smylie

Dental Hygienist

Liz is a graduate from St. Petersburg College with her Associates in Dental Hygiene. Because of her passion for learning, she is currently continuing her educating and working towards her Bachelors in Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College. Liz has a true love for dentistry and enjoys participating in opportunities that give back to the community. She has participated in The Oral Cancer Walk, the Homeless Empowerment Project, and a study abroad program in Jamaica.

Liz also enjoys spending time with her entire family, including her 5 year old son. They love traveling, camping, and spending time outdoors.

Lee Zhao

Dental Assistant

Lee started her dental career 9 years ago at a local endodontic office but her true love for dentistry started 3 years ago when she started working at Smiles By Zee. Lee enjoys the vast variety and excitement general dentistry brings and how she is able to help change patients’ smiles every day. 

When Lee isn’t working you’ll find her playing tennis, watching tennis, or anything tennis related.

Yacaira Matos

Dental Assistant

Yacaira was born in the Dominican Republic but moved to Florida when she was only 6 years old. She is a friendly loving person who really enjoys working side by side with Dr. Zee. 

She is a graduate of the Ultimate Medical Academy in Florida. She spends her time with family, traveling and most of all her pitbull, Kisses. She has a passion for making patients comfortable and putting a smile on their face. Yacaira’s lively personality, competence and ability along with her contagious smile make her an asset to our dental team.

Come and meet the team for yourself. Call us today at 813-448-6555 with any questions or to schedule your appointment.