Meet The Dentists

Meet The Dentists

Meet Dr. Chavez

Before joining Smiles of Fort Myers, Dr. Elizabeth Chavez had been in dentistry for several years, seeing patients in several private offices in the area. Dr. Chavez graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana in the Dominican Republic as Doctor of Dental Surgery. She continued her studies at  Columbia University College of Dental Medicine a two-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry.

Dr. Chavez approaches her patients with empathy and compassion, setting them at ease with kindness and humor. Skilled at patient communication, she enjoys connecting with her patients, guiding them through the treatment process, and watching their self-confidence improve along with their smiles. Her goal is to build relationships with her patients by demonstrating that they can trust her to put their best interests, and budgets, first when making treatment recommendations.

Dr. Chavez was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Cape Coral, FL. She has lived in Santo Domingo, Sarasota and New York City. She now lives in Cape Coral with Sparky, her 15- year-old Chihuahua.

In her free time, she stays active by taking walks and jogging. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. She is community-oriented and participates in multiple free dentistry events.

Dr. Chavez is an active member of:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Florida Dental Association

Meet Dr. Muñoz

Dr. Muñoz joined Smiles of Fort Myers when it was founded in 2023. He started his career as a dentist in 2014 when he earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre Y Maestra, Santiago, Dominican Republic. After practicing in the Dominican Republic, Dr. Muñoz continued his studies at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine where he completed a two-year residency, earning his DDS. Prior to joining our Fort Myers office, he worked in various private dental offices in Southwest Florida including Ave Maria Dentistry, Naples Implant & Sedation Dentistry, Estero Bay Dental, and Community Dental Care.

Dr. Muñoz is passionate about providing patient-centered care and building relationships to facilitate trust. An active listener, he incorporates patient goals and concerns in all treatment recommendations, offering different options to meet their desired result. Patients appreciate Dr. Munoz’s compassionate attitude, gentle touch, and commitment to achieving the very best outcome for every patient.

Dr. Muñoz brings a diverse range of clinical skills to our Fort Myers office. From techniques for preserving teeth such as fillings, root canals, and crowns to extractions to implants, full restorations, and periodontal surgical procedures, he offers a broad array of solutions for his patients’ dental needs. He is a certified Invisalign provider.

Committed to bringing state-of-the-art care to his patients, Dr. Muñoz stays up-to-date with the latest developments through continuing education. Some examples of continuing education he has pursued include advanced endodontics (including root canals), implant placement, and comprehensive treatment planning.

Dr. Muñoz is fluent in Spanish and English.

Dr. Richard Sanderford, Fort Myers Dentist

Meet Dr. Sanderford

For over 30 years, Dr. Sanderford has been serving the Fort Myers community with dedication and compassion. A graduate of the University of Tennessee HSC College of Dentistry, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his practice, ensuring that each patient receives the highest standard of care. The Smiles of Fort Myers team was thrilled when he decided to postpone his retirement and continue providing superior care to patients at this location under our new name.

Patient comfort and satisfaction are top priorities for Dr. Sanderford. Whether you’re a longtime patient or new to the practice, you can expect personalized care in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Dr. Sanderford’s gentle chair-side manner and accommodating approach have earned him praise from patients of all ages.

Dr. Sanderford is an active member of:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Florida Dental Association