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

Adam Tow, DMD

Dr. Tow is a General Dentist with a passion for dentoalveolar surgery, oral medicine and prosthetics. He graduated from the University of Florida with high honors in research where he also has a courtesy appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Tow completed a General Practice Residency at Kings County Hospital, where he treated a wide variety of cases ranging from dental implants to orthodontics, and served as a member of the hospital facial trauma team. Dr. Tow also earned an MBA “with distinction” from Cornell University. His academic and professional work has been the subject of numerous publications and patents in a variety of disciplines, including biomedical engineering, business, and dental medicine. Dr. Tow is passionate about continuing his education and is constantly participating in advanced courses. He is also a member of several professional societies in dentistry. 

Outside of dentistry, he enjoys woodworking, skiing and spending time with family. Dr. Tow believes that laughter is the best medicine and strives to create an atmosphere of positivity and open communication for his patients.


Ankit Parikh, DMD

Dr. Ankit Parikh graduated from Roseman University with his Doctor of Dental Medicine. As an ever-growing practitioner, he is always seeking the next step to provide advanced and ethically beneficial care to all his patients. Dr. Parikh is actively pursuing advanced training in Invisalign clear aligners and implant placement as well as restoration.

When not in the office, Dr. Parikh enjoys exploring the outdoors via mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, and staying physically active in general. He enjoys spending personal time traveling with friends and family to new destinations, including simple trail rides!


Maria Valente, DDS

Dr. Valente was born in Venezuela and raised in Tampa, FL, where she completed her undergraduate education in business administration and biomedical sciences at the University of South Florida. Dr. Valente discovered her passion for dentistry volunteering at medical mission trips and free clinics as a Spanish translator and dental assistant. Dr. Valente received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from New York University. While attending NYU, Dr. Valente received a research scholarship. She was a dental admissions ambassador and an active member of the Hispanic student dental association, Aesthetics society and the Veterans oral health initiative.

Dr. Valente is a member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, where she remains active and continues her education with the latest advances in general and cosmetic dentistry.

When not in the office, Dr. Valente enjoys traveling, exploring outdoors and spending time with her family, friends, and recently adopted dog.

Megan Kopatich, DDS

Dr. Megan Kopatich is a family and cosmetic dentist and a Florida native. She was born in Orlando and grew up in Apopka, FL. Dr. Kopatich completed her undergraduate studies at UCF in molecular and microbiology and then graduated from the University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA. She completed a one-year Advanced Education in general dentistry residency program at Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona where she pursued advanced training in all aspects of general dentistry including but not limited to surgical procedures such as bone grafts and implant placement, implant restorations, and cosmetic procedures.  

Dr. Kopatich is a member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. As part of her commitment, she regularly attends continuing education classes. Her mission is to always strive to provide comprehensive, timely, and culturally sensitive care; treating patients the way she would want to be treated.

When she is not in the office, Dr. Kopatich can be found spending time with her family, serving with her local church in various ministries. She has been on mission trips to Guatemala and Ecuador. Dr. Kopatich has been married to her husband and best friend, Jordan, for six years. Together they rescued a German Pinscher named Dakota. Her leisure activities include kayaking, exercising, DIY home projects, and arts and crafts.

Our Staff

Cassi 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


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


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


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


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 Sparks


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


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


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


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!

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