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Meet the Team

Our talented team helps patients feel at ease while at World Class Dentistry and Facial Esthetics®. Our patients can sit back and relax, because they know they are in good hands and will receive exemplary dental care in Sarasota.

Dr. Dixie Jernigan

Dixie hi res 4Meet Dr.  Dixie Jernigan

I have always known that I wanted to, not only be a dentist, but practice in a way that I could make a real difference in people’s lives. After 20 years in dentistry and the opportunity to join World Class Dentistry, that dream has finally come true. Surrounded by a team of talented and professional individuals, I am able to give patients the information they need to play an active role in their healthcare while providing the highest quality patient experience.

A perpetual learner, I am passionate about any new ways I can serve my patients. Having had the privilege to train with respected pioneers in their fields, I am able to offer Growth Orthodontics and Regenerative Endodontics using the Fotona Laser. As a member of IAOMT, I can confidently provide safe mercury removal and metal-free dentistry with the most biocompatible materials.

As a native Floridian, my whole career has been spent in the Sarasota area. It brings me incredible joy to live, work, and raise my family in such a beautiful place. I am excited to be a part of the World Class Dentistry team and take great pride in helping patients achieve their most beautiful and healthy smile.

The Range Of Services Provided By Dr. Jernigan Include

  • Regenerative and Laser Endodontics
  • Growth Orthodontics
  • Aesthetic Braces
  • Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal
  • Metal Free Restorations
  • Laser Periodontal Therapy
  • Facelift Dentures
  • S.M.A.R.T. certified with IAOMT


  • American Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
  • North American Association of Facial Orthotropics
Dental Hygiene Team

Dental Hygiene Team

Teresa N. joined the team in 2014. She has 28 years experience in private practice dentistry. She enjoys the opportunity to spend the time to get to know her patients and understand their specific needs and wants for their dental health. You will find her quick smile and cheerful optimistic attitude very refreshing! She strives to help her patients maintain oral health so they can have a beautiful smile for years to come. She has extensive training in laser, periodontal therapy, and cancer detecting systems.

Nataliya joined the Hygiene team in 2016 and brought extensive experience in helping patients of all ages with various dental conditions. She is focused on patient education to ensure our patients understand how even small changes in their oral care routine can affect their dental health and overall well-being. She always tries to make certain that patients are provided the best care possible in a stress-free, fun and friendly environment. Nataliya is certified in providing local anesthesia and has been trained extensively in utilizing ultrasonic cleaning technique. She speaks Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish.

Sarah K. joined our team in 2014. The most gratifying aspect of her job is being able to help her patients feel good about themselves through their smiles. She has experience in the field of both general dentistry and specialized areas of periodontal therapy. Her upbeat and calming personality will help to make you feel comfortable and relaxed during your office visits. She is also trained in the use of the Identifi Light cancer detecting system, DNA and blood testing for our periodontal patients.

As a team, these three ladies are achieving amazing results in the health of their patients and particularly in the non-surgical, painless treatment of gum disease. They are dedicated and love their work.

Dental Assistant Team

Dental Assistant Team

Jennifer joined our team in 2016 and is Dr. Morris’ second dental assistant. She graduated from the Dental Assisting program at MTI (Manatee Technical Institute) and has 11+ years of experience in private practice dentistry. She took a break from the dental field to devote more attention to her family and additional education. But, now she is happy to be back in the field she enjoys. She is thankful to be part of such an amazing dental practice and looks forward to continuing to provide exceptional patient care.

Bonnie has been Dr. Morris’s dental assistant for 30 years. Together they have grown to become one of the top cosmetic and reconstructive dental teams. They can communicate non-verbally and can read each other’s minds after working side by side all of these years. Bonnie’s years of experience have allowed her to become a wonderful patient care advocate. She and Dr. Morris have seen and treated just about every cosmetic and reconstructive situation imaginable.

Surgical Assistants

Surgical Assistants


Jaimie is a highly trained Registered Dental Assistant. Working at World Class Dentistry is not just a job, it is a commitment that she takes very seriously to help our patients maintain their dental health and to have a pleasant experience with their procedure. Patients appreciate her gentle and compassionate chairside manner. Jaimie enjoys spending time outdoors with her children.

Andrea has been Dr. Bakke’s surgical assistant for 13 years with 20 years of experience in dentistry. She is highly skilled and especially personable, getting to know her patients on a personal level.
Andrea, Jaimie and Dr. Bakke are a synchronized team, always making their patients feel comfortable and well taken care of during their dental experience.



Laura has 17 years of experience in the dental field with Orthodontics as her specialty. She also has a wellness background. She feels that combining the two backgrounds makes for a more balanced and rewarding experience. She loves what she does and the positive results that patients achieve. Laura enjoys working with adults as well as children of all ages.

Patient Care Facilitation Team

Patient Care Facilitation Team

The role of the patient treatment facilitator is to be with you throughout your entire plan of care, answering questions, gathering information, and making sure that all goes smoothly. The facilitators are there to listen to your needs starting with the initial consult, throughout the process and to the completion of your treatment plan.

Stacy is one of our patient treatment facilitators with 20+ years of chairside dental assisting experience and dental knowledge. She enjoys being able to help patients get a better understanding of their specific treatment needs by sharing her education and experience with them. She assists in the finance process and scheduling of appointments.

Melissa is one of our patient treatment facilitators and an expert in helping the patient budget or finance their treatment when needed. She is here to assist the patient progress smoothly through their treatment experience.

Office Administration

Office Administration

Tracy oversees operations and guides the implementation of systems, best practices and growth plans for our office. She brings extensive experience in operations management in the dental field. Prior to this role, she served as Director of Operations for a Florida-based dental support organization of 40 dental offices. With over 25 years of experience in the clinical, administration and management of dental, her role is strategic and includes shaping the philosophy and delivery of quality dental care along with implementing Clinical and Operational policies, Structure and Protocols for our team.

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World Class Dentistry®
3951 Swift Rd | Sarasota, FL 34231
Phone: 941.923.6363
Fax: (941) 922-3774