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Periodontal Associates of Winter Park

201 N Lakemont Ave, Suite 700
Winter Park, FL 32792-3228


(407) 629-6400

Meet Us

Get to know our experienced and caring professionals.

Michael Abufaris, DDS, PA

After growing up in South Florida, Dr. Michael Abufaris graduated from FTU (now UCF) with a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Science. He attended Emory University School of Dentistry for both his Doctorate of Dental Surgery and specialty training in Periodontology/Dental Implants.


With emphasis on grafting and regenerative procedures to replace problem tissue with healthy tissue, Dr. Abufaris blends the latest treatment ideas with extensive knowledge and years of professional experience. His chairside manner and attention to detail motivates him to provide ideal and realistic treatment for each and every patient.


He, his wife Patrice, and daughter Caroline, have been residents of Winter Park since 1983, where he also established his periodontal practice. Prior to this, Dr. Abufaris had a general dentistry practice in the Central Florida area. This provided a good basis to understand the important relationship between periodontal, implant and restorative dentistry.


When Dr. Abufaris is not in the office, you can find him at the beach, either surfing or reading a good book. He also enjoys all outdoor activities to include running, swimming, biking, snow skiing and golf.

Dr. Michael Abufaris


Elizabeth Ann Cherry, DMD

Dr. Elizabeth Ann Cherry grew up in Central Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where she received her Bachelors’ degree in Biology. She went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine where she was awarded for her accomplishments in periodontics.


Dr. Cherry then continued her post-graduate periodontal training at the University of Kentucky School of Dentistry, where she received her specialty certificate in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry and her Master’s of Science degree in Oral Biology. During the three year program, she served as chief resident.


Prior to moving to Florida, she practiced periodontics in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Cherry is proud to have been providing all aspects of periodontal treatment and dental implant placement to her patients in Central Florida since 2001. She is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, which is the highest level of personal achievement in periodontics, a member of the American Academy of Periodontology and a member of the Academy of Osseointegration.


Dr. Cherry is an avid sports fan and animal lover. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, nature walks and just relaxing with a good book.

Itaf Hilal

Itaf Hilal - Front Office

I am the first smiling face that greets you and welcomes you to the practice. I have been in the dental profession for many years and continue to enjoy and learn about it. I have had the privilege of working with the doctors since 1997. As a business administrator, my responsibility is to make your experience in our office as pleasant and smooth as possible. I handle your business transactions with efficiency, and appoint your dental procedures with great care. I was born and raised in Bethlehem, and moved to the United States in 1981. I have been happily married for 31 years and blessed with two wonderful children. I feel very fortunate to have a happy and stable life both at home and at my workplace.

Kimmey Young

Kimmey Young - Front Office/Dental Assistant

As a Florida Native, let me introduce myself by saying Hey Y'all. I began my dental career with the doctors in 1985. Over the years, I have expanded my job roles and I am cross trained in both dental assisting and front office duties. My job responsibilities involve scheduling and confirming appointments, assist with x-rays and post surgical appointments. Therefore, I have the opportunity to become involved with many of your appointments and look forward to helping you have a wonderful experience with our office. I am married to a wonderful husband of 12 years and have 2 beautiful children. We love spending time on the water and cheering for our Florida Gators.

Roberta Pedicone

Roberta Pedicone - Front Office/Dental Assistant

I began my Dental Assisting career 17 years ago in New Jersey at the suggestion of a very dear friend and dentist. I can truly say at the end of each day it was a decision well made. While in New Jersey I worked for a periodontist for six years and also worked part time in Philadelphia as an orthodontic assistant. Upon moving to Florida in 1998 I took the position as a Dental Assistant with the doctors where I continue caring, educating and working with patients, something I find both rewarding and enjoyable. I also enjoy my wonderful family, a husband of 26 years with whom I raised three great sons.

Gina Cichon

Gina Cichon - Dental Hygienist

Since I have been employed in the dental field for more than half my life, I consider the dental office my "home away from home." My roots began in Upstate New York where I attended Mohawk Valley Community College to obtain my dental assistant certification. When I moved to Florida, I decided to follow my passion and further my education in dentistry. I attended Valencia Community College and graduated with an A.S. degree in Dental Hygiene in 1985. I have worked in both General Dentistry and Periodontics, and have worked with the doctors for the past 15 satisfying years. I really love my profession and consider myself a people person with a nurturing nature. I am dedicated to educating our patients in optimum oral health, and treating them the same way I would treat my family. Speaking of family, I am a proud mother of two beautiful daughters. They are both full-time college students and live at home with me. I continue to be blessed with the joys of motherhood and blessed to enjoy a career in a profession that I truly love!

Lizette Morales

Lizette Morales - Dental Hygienist

I am the newcomer to the practice and have been working for the doctors for four years. I have been a hygienist for about 10 years and graduated from Florida State College of Jacksonville in 2001. I bring a gentle touch and caring attitude to the office and enjoy making a difference in our patient's care. I am also a mom of three great children and still married to my college sweetheart. I feel blessed to be part of this close knit practice where excellence and caring are encouraged.

Shannon Phaneuf

Shannon Phaneuf - Dental Assistant

I am originally from Texas, but have spent most of my life right here in central Florida.I have been assisting in Periodontology and Oral Surgery for 32 years. My husband and I blended our two families sixteen years ago. We are blessed to have 5 grown children and 5 grandchildren, all living in the area. I am the newest member to the practice. It has been a privilege to join a team where excellence and true care for the patients are standard practices.