Dr. Kira Gekht was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 19. They settled in Silvers Spring, Maryland. Just a few years later Dr. Gekht met her husband, Gennady. That’s right. She moved thousands of miles to America and yet she somehow wound up marrying a guy from Moscow. Ask her about it sometime: it’s a heck of a story.

In 2002, Dr. Gekht qualified as a dentist, graduating with a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. After graduating, Dr. Gekht moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she concentrated on honing her clinical skills, gaining experience in all aspects of general dentistry, dental implant technology, and pediatrics. A few years later Dr. Gekht and her husband were delighted to become the parents of two children. The family moved to Sarasota, Florida in 2007. They all adore being part of this community and are definitely here to stay.

Dr. Gekht warmly welcomes you to her practice, Simply Smiles. She and her dedicated team look forward to helping you reach and maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.


Dr. Jade Rivera studied biology at the University of South Florida, where she received a Bachelor’s degree and graduated with honors. Dr. Rivera attended dental school at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, where she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.

Dr. Rivera has always loved the beach, and was drawn to the beautiful Sarasota area which she now loves to call home. In her limited free time, you’ll find her paddle boarding, traveling, discovering the next best show on Netflix, or reading a good book. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, David, and their Yorkie, Sadie.

Dr. Rivera strives to treat her patients with the best care possible by staying current with the latest techniques, education, and technology in dentistry. She is passionate about patient education, comprehensive care, cosmetic dentistry, and providing her patients with a pain-free dental experience. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association for Women Dentists, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Rivera looks forward to treating your family today!


Leanne is our lead hygienist. When painting on fluoride, she pretends she’s Bob Ross. Does that make your teeth happy little trees?

Hannah loves accents! Wait… how can she tell the difference? Mnn ñm unm úr uhmnr… yup sounds the same to me.

Ashley is a plaque addict–I mean hygienist! There is a 99% chance she will floss your teeth to a Motown beat.

Cori is our part-time hygienist. She’s why there are so many songs about how great Friday is.



I mean who wouldn't want to get their dentistry from such a great team? They're all so precious to me, ilu guys