Meet Dr. Stephen H. Dunn
“Inspired by my sister’s career as a dental hygienist, I earned my dental degree in 1979 before joining the US Army Dental Corps. Helping people is my passion, so I continually upgrade my knowledge to bring you more convenient and predictable options for a healthy and beautiful smile.”
Dr. Dunn worked at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry as a researcher while working towards a dual undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1979. Because of his research, Dr. Dunn transitioned smoothly into dental school, and he earned his doctorate in 1983.
Military & Dental Career
Having received a commission in the USA Army Dental Corps, Dr. Dunn was assigned as a dental officer to the 24th Infantry Division at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. Seeing the immense value his contributions made to the health of our soldiers, Dr. Dunn remained in the Reserves after active duty for another four years, attached to the rapid deployment dental unit out of Savannah, GA. During his time with the reserves, Dr. Dunn also worked at a dental practice in Jacksonville.
In 1988, wanting to open a private practice, Dr. Dunn acquired the practice of Dr. Duane Seibert, here in Ocala. After 24 years and two expansions, Dr. Dunn moved Dentistry at Bridlewood to its present location.
Dr. Dunn and his wife Shelley have three grown children and three grandchildren. He enjoys cycling, running, and swimming to stay active, and supports our community in any way he can. Dr. Dunn has served as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County, Project Hope, and The Centers, and for 20 years has instructed the confirmation class at Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
Meet Dr. Guneshi de Mel
“I firmly believe that everyone should have access to the healthy, pain-free smile they deserve, so I give back whenever I can, both to the underserved in Florida and through annual mission trips to Guatemala.”
Originally from Sri Lanka, Dr. de Mel has lived in Florida since 2004. Her dental education began at Broward College, where she graduated with highest honors. Dr. de Mel then attended the University of Central Florida for her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Florida.
Dedicated and passionate, Dr. de Mel has the highest expectations of herself and her work. Her dedication both to learning and to always being the best she can be earned her entry into Burnett Honors College while at UCF, where she graduated Cum Laude. Dr. de Mel brings this passion and dedication to each person under her care.
Dr. de Mel’s passion for dentistry extends to helping members of our local Florida communities and internationally. In addition to her community support, Dr. de Mel gives back through annual mission trips to Guatemala to help people gain access to the dental care they need and deserve.
Meet Dr. Ann H. Kwok
“Growing up in the Tampa Bay area, I always wanted to help people. I’m thrilled to be in Ocala to help you improve your oral health and love your smile through preventive education and gentle, compassionate care.”
Dr. Kwok grew up in Tampa Bay before making Central Florida her home while attending the University of Florida in Gainesville. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition, Dr. Kwok achieved her master’s degree in Health Education and Behavior. She then went to the University of Florida, College of Dentistry, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. In order to stay current on the latest advances in dental care, Dr. Kwok maintains active memberships in the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association and the Florida Dental Association. She is currently pursuing her Fellowship in the Academy of the General Dentistry.
Dr. Kwok wanted to be a dentist to help people, but more importantly, ease people’s fear of the dentist by showing compassion, integrity, and empathy. She is determined to provide the best care for her patients through her commitment to continuing her education and improving her clinical skills. Because of her background in Food Science & Human Nutrition as well as Health Education, Dr. Kwok is perfectly suited to help you achieve the whole-body health that supports a healthy smile. Through education and support, her goal is to give you the tools you need for a healthy and beautiful smile.
When not helping others smile at Dentistry at Bridlewood, Dr. Kwok is involved in local dental community outreach programs including Freedom Clinic and Interfaith Dental Clinic. In her off time, she enjoys cheering on her Florida Gators and spending time with her husband Travis, daughter, Olivia, and the family goldendoodle, Bailey.
About Our Team
Supporting our talented doctors, our kind and generous team is always focused on helping you achieve your individual desires for a healthy and beautiful smile. Whether it’s to book an appointment time that is convenient to you, help you with your insurance questions, or to give you the information you need to choose the treatment option that is right for you, our team is here to help you achieve all you desire for a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile.