Meet Our Team
We are a team of compassionate healthcare professionals who provide the highest quality of dentistry. Our joy is helping our guests achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. Safety and comfort are of vital importance to us, and we look forward to serving you!
Dr. Leesa Miyasato
Dr. Leesa Miyasato is a Big Island native. She was born and raised in Kona and grew up picking coffee on her grandparents’ coffee farm. Dr. Miyasato has been creating beautiful, healthy smiles since 1985.
A graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle Washington, Dr. Miyasato also attended the University’s Dental School where she graduated with honors. She went on to complete a two-year general practice residency at Wake Forest University’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After her residency, she moved to San Diego, California, where she associated with several general practices and a pediatric dental office. The lure of returning home to Hawaii was strong, and before finally settling on the Big Island, Dr. Miyasato practiced in Honolulu and Kailua, Oahu.
Dr. Miyasato is a member of various dental organizations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Dental Association. Dr. Miyasato believes strongly in continuing education and takes a multitude of classes year round. She also belongs to the Seattle Study Club and the Spear Education Study Club.
A volunteer for many years, Dr. Miyasato has given her time to the Senior Health Fair of North Hawaii, Girls Exploring Math and Science program as a mentor to young girls interested in careers involving Math and Science, preschool and elementary dental education, high school career day speaker, as well as a dental/medical mission to Honduras, Central America.
One of Dr. Miyasato’s passions is travel. She and her husband love traveling to different countries, learning their history and enjoying the different cultures. Her family includes two dogs, two cats, and two lovely daughters.
Paula Ferriera – Office Manager
Paula was born and raised in North Kohala. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health from Azusa Pacific University, she returned home to the Big Island. She has been with Waimea Smiles for more than fifteen years. The role of office manager suits her as she enjoys helping and motivating others. Her life passions include cooking, baking and creating lasting memories with family and friends.
Traci Souza – Financial Coordinator
Traci has been involved with dentistry for over three decades, with both back and front office experience. Here at Waimea Smiles, she prides herself in assisting our patient’s in understanding their treatment options, helping them with financial and scheduling needs as well as any insurance questions or concerns. Traci is originally from Monterey, California. In her spare time, she loves to explore all the beautiful places here on the Big Island and enjoys traveling to California to spend time with her family.
Tiffany Dayton-Smith – Dental Hygienist
Tiffany has been a team member at Waimea Smiles for about eight years. She provides gentle care with the most optimal treatment options. During her free time, Tiffany enjoys being involved in activities with her family.
Danori Villanueva – Dental Assistant
Danori has been a team member of Waimea Smiles since 2008. She enjoys working side-by-side with Dr. Miyasato to provide the most comfortable and caring experience for patients. Danori also loves the cosmetic aspect of dentistry, and helping tocreate beautiful smiles. Outside of work, she enjoys her time with her son and husband.
Shayla Carreira – Dental Assistant
Shayla has been passionate about dentistry since high school and is happy to pursue her career as a dental assistant here at Waimea Smiles. She enjoys learning and educating patients. In her free time, she loves being outdoors and is always up for an adventure.
Meesa Wong – Dental Assistant
Born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, Meesa has been dental assisting since 2004. She enjoys giving quality care to all her patients and making them feel comfortable. When not in our office she loves spending time with her cat, Jack and husband, Andrew.
Joni Hottell – Dental Hygienist
Joni’s love of nature has inspired a holistic approach to achieving oral health. She seeks to explore and implement the facets of balancing mind, body and spirit for overall well-being, while serving as a resource to others sharing the same journey.