About Your Dentist

Nastassia Shields, DMD

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs

My Mission

“I strive to deliver the highest quality of care by first understanding my patients’ needs and desires and then working collaboratively to optimize their oral health. I look forward to serving my patients with empathy, compassion, and an obsessive attention to detail.”


General Practice Residency
Faxton St. Luke's Hospital - Utica, New York

Doctorate in Dental Medicine
Nova Southeastern University - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Master of Science in Microbiology
Morehead State University - Morehead, Kentucky

Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Smith College - Northampton, Massachusetts

Life & Hobbies

After training and working for several years in the northern United States, Dr. Shields truly appreciates the sunshine and warm weather in Florida. She believes in total-body wellness and strives to maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit.  In her free time, Dr. Shields enjoys jogging, strength training at her gym, and exercising her mind with a good book.

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Abd Kara, DMD

“A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear.”

My Mission

“My mission in dentistry is to make a difference in a patient’s life. I love and believe in what I do and will go the extra mile for my patients. I care deeply about their dental needs and what I do to help them maintain dental health for a lifetime.”

Education & Continuing Education

Advanced Education in General Dentistry
NYU-Langone Medicine Postdoctoral Residency Program – Brooklyn, New York

Postgraduate Periodontics Program
Syrian Ministry of Health - Syria  

Doctor of Dental Medicine
Damascus University School of Dentistry – Damascus, Syria

Professional Memberships

Dr. Kara Hammoudeh is an active member of the American Dental Association.  

Life & Hobbies

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Kara Hammoudeh enjoys outdoor activities such as soccer and table tennis. He also loves traveling and spending quality time with friends.

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Charles Buist, DMD

Education & Continuing Education

Doctor of Dental Medicine
The University of Alabama School of Dentistry – Birmingham, Alabama

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Auburn University – Auburn, Alabama

Dr. Buist is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, a fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He is licensed to practice dentistry in 12 states and is an associate professor at both The University of Alabama School of Dentistry and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  

Life & Hobbies

In his free time, Dr. Buist is a man of many hobbies and interests.  His father was directly involved with NASA at the organization’s infancy, and as a result Dr. Buist has long held a fascination with engineering and product design. Other interests include carpentry, making jewelry, and designing dental instruments. He currently holds 6 patents related to dental instruments!