Sarasota Dental Arts

Meet the Team that works with Kaya Aygen, DMD

Welcome to Sarasota Dental Arts, a premier dentistry destination in Sarasota FL! We'd like to take a moment to introduce the members of our team so that you can get to know us before your visit. We love getting to know our patients and learning more about what's important to you!



As a team, we value ongoing education and are fully committed to providing you with a great experience every time you visit our office. We believe in offering a stress-free, relaxed approach to dentistry, and this is reflected in our calm personalities. We listen to your goals and your concerns, and we'll always recommend the treatment that we best believe will help you meet those goals – without pressure. 

Come on in and talk to us! We're looking forward to meeting you!


Kaya Aygen, DMD

Originally from Essexville, Michigan, Dr. Kaya Aygen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology with a minor in Health and Humanities from Michigan State University. While Dr. Aygen was in college, his father retired from his medical practice and moved to southwest Florida. Dr. Aygen decided to join his parents and received his DMD from the University of Florida.

When job opportunities opened up in Chicago and Washington DC, Dr. Aygen headed north again to pursue them and build his career. He had a taste of big city practices and life and decided that he preferred Florida. He returned to the Sarasota area and practiced in Venice, Florida, until the opportunity arose to join this practice, which has been caring for patients in Sarasota for twenty years. When the senior dentist retired, Dr. Aygen was chosen to succeed her.

Dr. Aygen strives to be the best dentist in Sarasota FL and has gained many advanced qualifications, including certification in IV sedation, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Six Month Smiles, and Invisalign. He has also been awarded the title of Top Dentist from Sarasota Magazine.

In order to stay on top of developments in the dental field so that he can bring advanced, modern care to his patients, Dr. Aygen is a member of several professional dental associations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • West Coast Dental Association
  • Sarasota County Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Society of Dental Anesthesiologists
  • Seattle Study Club
  • Spear Study Club

Dr. Aygen became a dentist because he knew that he could make a difference and help his patients come to see dentistry differently. He believes in quality and durable cosmetic dentistry. His passion for continuing education has given him the necessary skills and experience to earn his patients’ ongoing trust. A caring and compassionate dentist, Dr. Aygen always puts his patients’ comfort and wellbeing first. He believes strongly in educating patients and helping them become empowered advocates for their own care. At our practice, you will always have a say in your treatment.

Dr. Aygen is happily married to his amazing wife, Jamie. They have two beautiful (and far too smart!) little girls, as well as a family cat. When Dr. Aygen is not caring for patients, you can probably find him playing with his kids or cooking, exercising, or reading. 


Dental Hygienist | Sarasota Dental Arts


Dental Hygienist

Hello, I'm Michelle, your dental hygienist.  I have over 25 years in the dental field. First, being a dental assistant for many years working in general dentistry as well as specialty prior to becoming a hygienist. I love providing my patients with excellent care and educating them in their oral health.  

Originally from Pennsylvania, I have lived in Sarasota since 1987 and also am a blessed Mom of two wonderful daughters, Brittany and Brooke.

Patient Coordinator | Sarasota Dental Arts


Patient Coordinator

Hi I'm Karen.  I am Dr. Aygen's patient coordinator! I am usually the first person you meet when you call or visit our office!

With more than 20 years of clinical experience, I still enjoy the wonderful transformations that dentistry can provide.  Dentistry has come a long way over the years so if you are having any dental concerns, dental insurance questions, or just want to know how we can accommodate your busy schedule with a cleaning, just give us a call!

Originally from New York, I enjoy living in Lakewood Ranch with my husband, Max, We have two amazing sons, Nicholas and Zachariah and a beautiful new daughter-in-law, Veronika.  When I am not at the dental office I stay very busy with my wedding & event floral business, Event Designing by KJ, and enjoy volunteering my time on the Executive Board for Lakewood Ranch Community Activities. I also enjoy educating friends and family about the benefits of essential oils and working out at the gym.

Financial Coordinator | Sarasota Dental Arts


Financial Coordinator

Hello, I am Victoria. I’m Dr. Aygen's financial coordinator; I work closely with Karen in the front office and Dr. Aygen in consultations. I am here to help you review any financial questions or concerns you may have and am always available to consult with you regarding your treatment.

I have worked in the healthcare industry since 2002, in both clinical assisting and administrative billing roles. I have a vast knowledge of billing practices and experience with insurance companies; I would be happy to help you better understand your benefits at any time!

I grew up in rural Vermont spending most of my time outdoors. Hiking the many mountains, rock climbing on Mt. Mansfield, biking remote trails and kayaking on beautiful Lake Champlain. I relocated to Sarasota with my daughter, Adriana, in early 2016 and have been a part of Dr. Aygen’s team since. We love traveling, exploring new places and all things animal-related. We've especially enjoyed our volunteer work with rescues in both Vermont and Florida!


Dental Hygienist

Hello, I’m Tia. I have been a Dental Hygienist since 2004. I received  my education at East Tennessee State University. We are learning more everyday how our oral health affects our overall wellness and I am excited to help you reach your oral health goals! 

I am originally from Knoxville, Tennessee and have now lived in Florida for 6 years. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Brian for 14 years. We have two energetic children Henslee (8) and Bo (6). I enjoy spending time on the beautiful beaches of Sarasota, boating and hiking in The Great Smoky Mountains.

Dental Assistant | Sarasota Dental Arts


Dental Assistant

Hi I'm Sandra! I'm a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) with 9 years of dental experience. I started my career in the field as an administrative assistant and continued my education to become a CDA. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping anxious or fearful patients overcome their dental anxiety.

I'm a Florida native born in Jacksonville. I moved to Southwest Florida 6 years ago with my husband Jeremy, son Kaleb, daughter Kameron and 2 dogs Max & Miley. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, boating, the beach, and volunteering for various youth organizations.

Dental Assistant | Sarasota Dental Arts


Dental Assistant

Hi everyone, I'm Shannon! I've been in the dental field since 1998, even though I don't look old enough for doing what I love for so long!  I was trained by some great dentists along the and am certified as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant since 2000.  I am compassionate and caring and my goal is to make you comfortable and be your advocate in your dental health.

When I'm not working, I'm at the beach and spending time with my family.

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