Our Team

Cosmetic Dentist in Venice, FL

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.


Dr. Dixie Jernigan, DMD

I have always known that I wanted to, not only be a dentist but practice in a way that I make a real difference in people’s lives. After more than 20 years in dentistry, I still love every minute of it. Surrounded by a team of talented and professional individuals, I am able to give patients the information they need to play an active role in their healthcare while providing the highest quality patient experience. A perpetual learner, I am passionate about any new ways I can serve my patients. Having had the privilege to train with respected experts in their fields and complete an Implantology fellowship through the California Implant Institute, I am able to offer a wide variety of treatment options. As a native Floridian, my whole career has been spent in the Venice area. It brings me incredible joy to live, work and raise my family in such a beautiful place. I am so grateful to be part of such a talented team and take great pride in helping patients achieve their most beautiful and healthy smile.
The Range of Services provided by Dr. Jernigan includes:
  • General Dentistry
  • Implant Dentistry-
  • Full Mouth Rehabilitation
  • Cosmetic Veneers
  • Facelift Dentures
  • Holistic/Biological Dentistry- S.M.A.R.T. certified with IAMOT
  • American Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • West Coast Dental Association
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
  • Sharkstooth Study Club
  • Implantology Fellowship- California Implant Institute
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of South Florida

  • Michele, Business Assistant

    Michele, Business Assistant

    Michele, with one L, hails from Branford Connecticut.  Having moved here in 1991, she now considers herself a native Floridian.   Manning the front desk with her ever present smile, Michele effortlessly coordinates appointments that fit into our patient’s busy schedules. Having experienced major dental work herself, she can truly empathize with others who are in need of serious dental care.  She understands and appreciates the smiles and joy of our satisfied patients. Outside the office, Michele and her husband Tom, enjoy our beautiful beaches, especially when there are waves for bodysurfing.  She hosts her annual Rib Fest at Nokomis beach for friends and relatives with her own special recipe for BBQ sauces. She and Tom are most proud of their natural Florida backyard where they have created an amazing, private oasis for relaxing away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And when it is time to get excited it is off to Amalie Arena in Tampa to cheer on their favorite team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Go Bolts!!

    “Every day I feel fortunate to be a part of Dr. Wright’s dental family!”

    Liz, Business Assistant

    Liz, Business Assistant

    Liz emigrated from Italy in 1969 and grew up in Long Island, New York. She has lived in Florida since 1989. She attended B.O.C.E.S. Technical School in Smithtown, New York and graduated as a Certified Dental Assistant in 1981. She now enjoys her position at the front desk as a Business Assistant. Liz is very active in animal advocacy, rescue and adoption. She currently has a house full of dogs and cats! She enjoys spending time with her four-legged family, meditation, home improvement projects, and vegetarian cooking. Liz joined Dr. Wright’s practice in September 2018.

    “Delighted to have finally found an office with professionals who are competent, compassionate and FUN!”

    Karen, Certified Dental Assistant

    Karen, Certified Dental Assistant

    Karen attended and graduated from a two-year dental assisting program during her junior and senior years of high school. She began her career right after high school and has been assisting ever since! In August 2002 Karen moved from Cleveland Ohio to sunny Florida. She started working with Dr. Wright in 2008. When she is not working Karen enjoys cooking, reading, running an occasional 5K, and spending time with friends and family.

    "I feel very blessed to be able to come to work and do what I love!"

    Becky, Registered Dental Hygienist

    Becky, Registered Dental Hygienist

    Becky moved to Florida from Michigan in 1984. In 1988, she received her Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy. She practiced in that field for 10 years. She then returned to school to complete her degree in Dental Hygiene, graduating from Edison College in Fort Myers in 2000. Becky joined Dr. Wright's team in March 2007. Becky lives in North Port with her husband Cliff. They have 2 daughters and one son. In her spare time Becky enjoys being outdoors, traveling, jogging, and playing the piano.

    "Being a 'people person', I love that I have a chance to work with such a wonderful group of patients!"

    Jill, Registered Dental Hygienist Jill, Registered Dental Hygienist

    Originally from northern New Jersey and eastern Long Island New York, Jill moved to Venice in 1982. She attended Venice High School, graduating in 1986. In December 2000, Jill graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Edison College in Fort Myers. Jill began working at the office as a hygienist in February 2001. When Jill is not working she enjoys playing golf, fishing, escaping to the mountains in the fall, and spending time with her family, daughter Alexis and husband Brian. In 2022, Jill and Brian became part-time residents of Florida after purchasing their second home in the Carolina mountains.  They will be spending their summers in the mountains and winters in Florida.  Jill will continue to join us a few days a month during her time in Florida. We look forward to having her and her wealth of experience during the times they are here. 

    "Working at this office since 2001, there has never been a day that goes by that laughter is not a large part of our day!"

    Megan, Treatment Coordinator

    She is the liaison between Dr. Dixie and our patients. She assists in the gathering of information in the new patient experience, as well as coordinating treatment and ensuring that each visit to the office is fantastic.

    Megan’s career in dentistry took off in 2007.  Experience over the years from the front office, chair side, and management, her passion persists in patient relationships and educating individuals on the importance and necessities of oral health. Megan went back to school in 2018, Florida Gulf Coast University, to obtain her bachelor’s in health sciences, to continue to find new ways to inform the public about the oral systemic link and how it impacts the body.  She is a true Venetian born and raised right here in Venice. When not at the office Megan, her husband and two beautiful daughters enjoy the beach, boating, and chilling in the “old lady lagoon”.  During football season you can catch her rooting on her favorite teams, Pop Warner (Go Vikings), High School (Go Indians), College (Go Gators), NFL (Go Bucs)!

    Fun Fact: Megan is “THE BEST” at name that tune with music, specifically 80s. Be sure to ask about it at your next visit.

    Morgan, Treatment Coordinator

    Morgan launched her career in dentistry in 2015 as an assistant and front office staff. Wanting to be able to care for patients further, she continued her education at State College of Florida, obtaining her Certified Registered Dental Hygienist degree (with honors) in 2018. Morgan volunteers with remote area medical in providing free medical care to patients in need. After work she enjoys spending time with family, roller blading, and working out.


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    Dr. Jernigan and her team are CPR certified and are always up to date with continuing education classes and seminars. As a member of The Shark Tooth Study Club, Dr. Jernigan and his staff regularly attend local meetings.

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