Lynn Haven Panama City Beach

Meet the Team

We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.

Front Office Team | Clinical Team | Hygienist Team

Front Office Team


Practice Manager

Our patients will always be my favorite part of dentistry. My biggest reward is being able to help them renew their smile, and helping figure out how to make that happen. I manage all of our dental offices, staffing, and patient treatment coordination.

My dental field career started in 1992. I have a business management degree, along with having completed a dental assisting program. I have also attended many dental-related training courses. I started with Bay Smile Docs in 2008 and love that our doctors truly care about their team and patients. Our office is like one big family, and we make sure our patients get the best care possible.

Originally from Wheelersburg, Ohio, I love living in the Panama City area. Stan, my husband, is the perfect man for me. We enjoy time with our sons, bonus daughter, and their families. Our six grandchildren are the best part of any day! I also enjoy church activities, reading, crafting, and watching sports, especially my Ohio State Buckeyes and my grandchildren’s teams.


Insurance Specialist, Front Desk

I enjoy working with our patients and seeing how pleased they are with the care our team provides. At the front desk, I answer the phones, schedule appointments, and handle paperwork. I also verify insurance, file claims, and post insurance payments.

I went through dental assisting training and have worked in the field since 1998. I joined Bay Smile Docs in 2008. We have very caring doctors and staff: When a patient is in the office, our focus is on them and their comfort.

My husband and best friend in life, John, and I have been married for almost 20 years. We have a daughter, Morgan, and two dogs who like walks and swimming in the bay. I love crafts, volunteering with Morgan’s Girl Scout troop, and being with family and friends.


Scheduling Specialist

I enjoy interacting with our patients. I’m the first smiling face they see when they arrive, and I make sure they feel welcome. I update their records, collect insurance information, answer questions, and schedule appointments. I also review treatment plans and discuss financing options with our patients.

I’ve worked in the dental field since 2008, went through training in Dallas, and have completed training in HIPAA, OSHA, and implant education. I joined Bay Smile Docs in 2013. Our dentists are the best: They are dedicated to serving their patients and care about their patients and employees. Our staff feels like a family and it shows in the care we have for our patients.

Outside of work, I love time with my family, especially when we vacation together. God has blessed me with wonderful children, children-in-law, and grandbabies. I always want to be the person that people know by my actions that I am a Christian and dedicate my life to Christ.


Patient Specialist

I enjoy seeing our patients smiling and happy at the end of a visit. We offer the best care and always make sure our patients are comfortable during treatment. I help patients over the phone and in the office with paperwork and gathering information. I then put everything into our database and handle schedules and documents.

I started working in the dental field in 2012. I have received training in OSHA and HIPAA and completed an implant educational course. I joined Bay Smile Docs in 2016. It is a blessing to work for doctors who genuinely care for and respect their patients and employees. Our staff is warm and inviting, too. I appreciate the attentive care everyone provides to each patient.

Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I’ve spent much of my life in the Panama City area. I’m an avid Arizona Cardinals fan and love animals; in fact, I volunteer at our local animal shelter. I also love time with family and friends, relaxing at the pool or beach, and cooking.

Clinical Team

CatelynCatelyn (Catie)

Dental Assistant

I work hard to make sure each patient feels comfortable throughout the visit. In the clinic, I seat and prepare patients for treatment, obtain their dental records, and work chairside to assist the dentists with examinations and procedures.

I graduated from Gulf Coast State College in 2009 and joined Bay Smile Docs in 2011. Dr. Melzer (my doctor), is a very caring and conservative dentist who does what is best for each patient. It’s a great feeling to work with a friendly, supportive group of people who really care.

I was born in Alabama, grew up in Florida, and graduated from Mosley High School. Outside of work, I enjoy time with my husband Justin and daughter Madison. We love camping, kayaking, going to the lake, and watching and attending Alabama football games.


Certified Dental Assistant

I enjoy building trust with our patients, especially when helping someone overcome their fears and anxiety by providing a positive experience. I prepare the treatment room, seat and prep the patient, and assist the doctor with the procedure while supporting our patient.

I started working in the field in 2007, have a certificate from NWF State College, and take continuing education courses. In 2014 I found my professional home at Bay Smile Docs. The phrase “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life,” has been true since starting here. This is my home away from home and these are the kindest people I have ever known.

My husband Matt and I have four sons: Kaeden, Mason, Rue, and Dean, as well as a Maine Coon, Ollie. I love kayaking, fishing, learning about astronomy, and spending time with the kids. I’m a big nerd at heart and love Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Marvel Comics.


Dental Assistant

I enjoy being part of a team that changes people’s lives by improving their smiles and giving them more self-confidence. I assist the doctors with procedures, help patients understand the treatment and their options, and design, mill, and glaze same-day crowns.

I graduated from Gulf Coast Community College in 1991. In 2001, I studied at the Nash Institute in Charlotte for cosmetic dentistry, and joined Bay Smile Docs in 2015. Our office feels like a family: we are here for each other and for our patients.

I moved to Panama City from Mississippi in 1987. My husband Ricky and I married in 2006. Together, we have two sons: Derek (and his wife Kelsey) and Zack, and a grandson, Roland. I am an animal lover and have three Golden Retrievers: Samuel, Numbers, and Susan. I love Major League Baseball (Go Braves!) and enjoy freshwater fishing.


Dental Assistant

I enjoy seeing someone’s life change by improving their smile and dental health. I assist Dr. Melzer with all dental procedures: working chairside and supporting our patient during the visit.

I started working in the field in 1983, completed the AL Dental Hygiene Program in 1992, and joined Bay Smile Docs in 2008. We are like a big family: supporting and encouraging each other as we provide outstanding care to our patients.

My husband Dewayne and I have three adult sons and I’m a proud Navy mom. Outside of work, I love being on or in the water: fishing, paddle boarding, and scuba diving. I also love to cook and bake.


Dental Assistant

I enjoy watching a person’s whole life change when we help transform their smile. I work in our clinic, assist Dr. Gangwisch with a range of procedures, help our other doctors and my teammates whenever needed, and make sure our patients are comfortable.

I studied dental assisting at Gulf Coast State College and started my career in 2004. In 2009 I joined Bay Smile Docs and feel that the doctors and staff are part of my family. We all work together to keep our patients smiling.

When I’m not in the office, I enjoy going to the beach, spending time with friends, and telling folks about Jesus.


Certified Dental Assistant

I feel so fortunate to be able to do something that I love and am passionate about every day. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the transformation that a person who has neglected their oral health go through to achieve the smile they now desire.

I graduated from dental assisting school and became DANB certified in 2004. I worked at an emergency dental clinic in Tennessee until 2011 when I moved to Florida and worked at an endodontic office. I’ve been proud to be a part of Bay Smile Docs since 2014.

When I’m not at work, my husband Mike, our son Ethan, and our dog Bentley enjoy water sports and camping.

Hygienist Team


Dental Hygienist

I enjoy bonding with our patients and forming lasting relationships. It’s fulfilling to take care of people: helping each improve their oral health and smile, and see how that changes their lives.

I started in the field as a dental assistant in 2002 and graduated from Gulf Coast State College in 2005 as a dental hygienist. In 2012, I found my professional home at Bay Smile Docs, where we offer loving, positive care to our patients.

My husband of almost two decades is a retired Air Force veteran. We have a young son, Rhett, who loves dinosaurs, animals, and family bike rides.


Dental Hygienist

My awesome patients are the highlight of my days. I appreciate all they bring to our office and partnering with them to achieve a healthy smile. I take radiographs, clean teeth, place sealants, and apply fluoride. I also offer a lot of patient education and encouragement.

I started working as a dental assistant in 2005, after graduating from Gulf Coast, and then returned to school for my dental hygiene degree in 2010. I found my perfect practice and coworkers at Bay Smile Docs in 2012. I enjoy working for honest and caring doctors and alongside people who really care about our patients.

I am a loyal wife and mom. When I’m not working, I enjoy being outdoors at the beach, on a boat, or kayaking. Spending time with family and friends is always a priority.


Dental Hygienist

I enjoy working closely with patients to improve their oral health. In addition to offering preventive and maintenance care, I teach patients about dental health so they can keep their smile healthy and strong.

I have an AS degree, am certified to administer local anesthesia, and started in the dental field in 2010. In 2014, I joined the amazing doctors and team at Bay Smile Docs. They make our office enjoyable and a positive space for our patients.

I am happily married and have a beautiful daughter. I love my family, my church, and the beautiful beach we are fortunate to live near.


Dental Hygienist

I was born and raised in Panama City. I attended Mosley High School before earning my certification as an expanded functions dental assistant from Gulf Coast Community College. After working as a hygienist’s assistant, I decided to pursue a career in dental hygiene. I returned to Gulf Coast and graduated with an A.S. in dental hygiene.

With more than a dozen years of experience in the dental field, I still enjoy making my patients feel comfortable as I provide them with thorough yet gentle cleanings.


Registered Dental Hygienist

I knew my passion for dentistry at an early age. My mom was a dental assistant for 20 years, so I practically grew up in a dental office! I earned my associate’s degree in dental hygiene in 2009 and joined Bay Smile Docs in 2018. In the past ten years, I’ve learned that it never gets old giving patients the smile they’ve always wanted.

While I am a CRDH by trade, I am an encourager by nature. The most important parts of my life are Jesus, my husband, family, and friends. In my spare time, you can usually find my husband and me somewhere on the water, usually fishing and spending time with family. Go Gators, Browns, and Steelers!

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