Our Team

What sets Cooper Dental Group apart from the rest? We love our patients through the process. We have a highly trained, experienced team of professionals that are focused on serving you.

Every employee at Cooper Dental Group has been trained to be your advocate, your go-to person, your confidant, encourager, and friend. We are always striving for improvement even with the highest standards already in place. In providing so many services, we feel that no matter what the problem is, chances are we can handle it all right here in our office, and at the same time, keep the cost of dentistry affordable. We all agree that patient care always comes first!

Our Doctors

Dr. Stephen Obeng, DMD, MS

Dr. Stephen Obeng was born in Boynton Beach, Florida but grew up on the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago before moving to Ormond Beach with his family. Dr. Obeng completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Spruce Creek High School. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Clinical Health Science and continued his education in Biomedical Sciences at Barry University in South Florida in an accelerated Master’s program. Dr. Obeng then began dental school at the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry. While in dental school, Dr. Obeng was the community service coordinator, participated in Dental Ambassadors, Admissions Outreach Ambassadors, yearly mission trips to Jamaica and Dominican Republic, and was co-founder of the annual philanthropy at UF called Super Sealant Saturday, which provides preventative dental services to low-income families in the Gainesville community.

Following dental school, Dr. Obeng chose to further his education by participating in an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program at the Orlando VA Medical Center. During this program, Dr. Obeng expanded his knowledge on implant placement, implant restorations, socket preservation, restoration of vertical dimension of occlusion, anterior esthetics, root canal therapy and management of medically compromised patients. Dr. Obeng is a member and fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologist (ICOI). Dr. Obeng is fully committed to excellence in patient care, and looks forward to treating your dental needs!

In his spare time, Dr. Obeng enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying authentic cuisines, attending church, and outdoor activities such as biking, running, and swimming!

Dr. Mohammed Bawany, DMD

Dr. Mohammad Bawany grew up in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida and then received his Masters of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He continued his education in South Jordan Utah  where he graduated from Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine. During his time as a dental student, Dr. Bawany served as the President of the American Student Dental Association and Class President of the Utah Dental Association, as well as a student delegate. Dr. Bawany was recognized as an outstanding dental student in implant dentistry from the American Academy of Osseointegration, distinguished leadership award, advocacy for the dental profession award and award of excellence from the American Student Dental Association. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, American Academy of General Dentists and the American Academy of osseointegration.

Dr. Bawany believes that everyone deserves to have a great smile and has a passion for implant and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Bawany strongly believes in patient education and strives for all his patients to understand the treatments they receive and how to help prevent dental issues in the future. “The more you know about what goes on in your mouth the more likely you are to understand how to prevent it. My goal is to have all patients understand how to keep their teeth beautiful and healthy for as long as possible.”

When he is not working, Dr. Bawany enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching movies, playing basketball, running on the beach and spending time in the gym.

Dr. Fred A. Fox, DDS

Dr. Fox graduated from Virginia Commonwealth in 1990 and has been practicing dentistry for the past 30 years. He and his wife Diane celebrate more than 40 years of marriage and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Dr. Fox loves to spend the weekends flying planes and watching his 8 year old daughter at karate.  When he is not at the office, he is likely at the beach, taking his family out on the boat!

Our Staff

Cassie Simon – Clinical Administrator

Cassie attended Whitehall Home Office School, and began her career in the dental industry with Cooper Dental Group in 2011. Born in Atlanta, GA , she moved to Ormond Beach, FL in 1995.

Cassie has two beautiful children, Aubree who is seven and Jackson who is four. She and her children enjoy being involved with their church, Salty Church in Ormond Beach, FL, for the last several years, and Cassie also serves in the ministry. Cassie loves going to the beach, and spending time with her family. Her sisters and mom continue to be a huge support of her career goals in the dental field!

When we asked Cassie what her favorite thing about working with us is, she said she loves her patients, and loves working alongside our wonderful staff!

Crystal Lakin – Clinical Team Leader

Crystal went to Greater Orlando Assisting School, and has been with Cooper Dental Group since 2013. She is a native of Central Florida, and lives with her husband Tommy, whom she married in 2010, and their two children – Brandon – 16 years, and Crystal – 15 years.

Crystal loves to run and enjoys participating in half marathons and spending time with her teacup shorkie. Crystal’s favorite thing about working at Cooper Dental Group is helping others feel good about their smile!

Crystal Koenke Case – Front Desk Team Leader

Crystal is a Certified Dental Assistant and has been with Cooper Dental Group since 2013. She was born and raised in Daytona Beach and was a gatorette at the University of Florida.

Crystal has an eight year old daughter who loves gymnastics, dance, and competitive baton. They also enjoy going out on the boat and four wheeling!

When we asked Crystal what her favorite thing is about working with us, she said she loves to smile, and she is passionate about helping others to love their own smile as well!

Jill Hettel – Hygiene Team Leader, RDH

Jill Hettel has been in the dental field for over 25 years. She worked for a local periodontist for 23 years where she learned to help patients with gum disease and bone loss issues. She graduated from Florida Community College in Jacksonville in 1990 with an R.D.H. degree.

When asked why she became a hygienist her answer was that she wanted to participate in helping patients maintain good oral health. She enjoys working individually with patients to educate and motivate them to meet their dental needs, and she likes getting to know each one of her patients personally.

Jill has been married to David since 1994. She has a 16 year old son, Christian, and two dogs, Roka and Chloe. She’s very passionate about helping people in need and volunteering her time in the community. Jill loves to travel and spend time at the beach.

Michelle Capadona – RDH

Michelle Capadona has worked in the dental field for 20 years. She graduated from Daytona State College in 2002 with an R.D.H. degree. Michelle has been with Cooper Dental Group since 1999.

When asked why she became a hygienist, her answer was that she had always loved getting her teeth cleaned and felt very comfortable going to the dentist. Michelle said she wanted to make other people’s dental experience a nice and relaxing one. She enjoys making people feel safe and at ease when getting their teeth cleaned.

Michelle has been married for 16 years, and she has 3 dogs and 2 cats. She and her husband love spending time with their furry kids. Michelle enjoys yoga, running, and exploring new restaurants in her spare time.

Kelly Parks – RDH

Kelly Parks has worked in the dental field for 19 years. She graduated from Daytona State College in 2002 with an R.D.H. degree. Kelly has been with Cooper Dental Group Since 2007.

When asked why she became a hygienist, her answer was that she wanted to work in a profession that she would be able to help and educate people about their oral health. She loves the one-on-one relationship that she makes with each of her patients.

Kelly has 2 rescue dogs whom she loves dearly, they are her fur-babies! Kelly has been married to her husband for 7 years. She enjoys boating and spending time with friends.

Melissa Miller – RDH

Melissa Miller has worked in the dental field for over 25 years. She graduated from Florida Community College in 1990 with an R.D.H. degree. Melissa has been with Cooper Dental Group since 2012.

When asked why she became a hygienist, her answer was that when she went to the dentist as a child, it was always a positive experience, and she wanted to help other people feel the same way.

Melissa has been married to Jay for 26 years, and they have 2 daughters, Malia, 20 and Kylee, 16. They also have 3 cats and a dog. She loves to travel, going to the beach and anything water related.

Jackie Schmidt – RDH

Jackie Schmidt is proud to be one of the hygienists at Cooper Dental Group! She has worked in the dental field for over 16 years. She began her dental career as an assistant while studying her way through dental hygiene school, graduating with High Honors in 2011 from Daytona State College.

She is happily married with one child, an amazing daughter! Jackie is originally from Long Island, NY, but spent most of her life growing up in Port Orange, FL, which is where she currently resides.

During her spare time she enjoys watching her daughter play sports, along with boating, swimming, biking, gardening and most of all spending time with family and friends!

Jackie loves her career choice. She likes when patients are comfortable, happy and healthy. Her future plan is to keep providing patients with the most up-to-date dental information, along with proper oral health care for many years to come.

Kim Klem – RDH

Kimberly Klem has been a dental hygienist with Cooper Dental Group since 2015. She has been in the dental field for 20 years starting off at the front desk before going on to become a dental assistant. Having a love for dental hygiene she went to school and graduated from Daytona State and has been a hygienist for over 15 years.

Kim is married and has 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren. She is a native Floridian currently living in New Smyrna Beach.

Kim loves being a dental hygienist and is looking forward to many more years of making happy and healthy smiles!