Meet Our Team

The staff at Mandarin Dental Professionals is a team of dental professionals who share a common vision of compassion, knowledge, and dedication to the comfort of our patients. We have been serving the Jacksonville, FL area since 1991. Request an appointment today by calling (904) 685-8851.

Our Dentists


Dr. Sam N. Hanania, DMD, FAGD

Dr. Sam N. Hanania, DMD, FAGD

Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry

Dr. Hanania attended the University of Florida for both his Doctor of Dental Medicine and undergraduate degrees. He has practiced cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry in Jacksonville since 1991.
In addition to his practice, Dr. Hanania is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Florida Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and is a former president on the Northeast District Dental Association. Dr. Hanania received a Fellowship to the Academy of General Dentistry in 2002 and is the past President of the Florida Academy of General Dentistry. He is also a past Affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry where he instructed resident doctors in reconstructive dentistry. In 2002 and 2003 he was awarded “Best Clinical Faculty”.
Dr. Hanania enjoys being active in the community. He is a Member of San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church, a Charter Member of Rotary of Bartram Trail, a Volunteer for Creeks Athletic Association, a leader with the Boy Scouts of North East Florida and a Member of Mandarin Museum and Historical Society. Dr. Hanania is married with four children and lives in the Fruit Cove / Julington Creek and Switzerland area. He volunteers at Healing Hands and Sulzbacher center.

Dr. Laura M. Weaver, DMD

Dr. Laura M. Weaver, DMD

Dr. Weaver is a Jacksonville native and grew up in the Mandarin area. After attending Mandarin High school, she graduated as valedictorian with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, where she also earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.
She is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Northeast District Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry. Since completing dental school in 2012, she regularly attends continuing education courses to expand her clinical skills and provide her patients with optimal care.
Locally, Dr. Weaver is a member of Deermeadows Baptist Church and the Junior League of Jacksonville. She volunteered at the 2016 Mission of Mercy event here in Jacksonville where dental treatment was provided to over 3,000 people and has travelled to Guatemala to treat patients who lack regular access to dental care.
Dr. Weaver lives in Julington Creek with her husband and two young sons. She is excited to now be practicing in the area she has always thought of as home.

Our Friendly Administrative Team


Jennifer - Office Manager

Jennifer, EDA, Office Manager

Jennifer first joined the practice in 2000 as a dental assistant and is now the office manager. She is an expert in patient coordination and handles the day to day operation of our practice. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Pam - Front Desk Administrator

Pam, Front Desk Administrator

Pam joined the practice in 2015. After being a stay at home mom for many years she decided that she wanted to pursue dentistry. Pam specializes in accounts receivable, treatment plans, and many aspects of the front desk. In her leisure time she enjoys volunteering for the community and spending time with her family and friends.

Knowledgeable Dental Assistants


Margarita - Certified Expanded Duties Dental Assistant & Clinical Coordinator

Margarita, Certified Expanded Duties Dental Assistant & Clinical Coordinator

Margarita joined our practice in 2009 and is the most senior dental assistant in the office. Margarita is certified in Clear Correct, Invisalign, Zoom, Implants and chair side assisting. Margarita also has a culinary degree and enjoys cooking for her family and friends.

Licensed Dental Hygienists


Pam - Registered Dental Hygienist

Pam, Registered Dental Hygienist

Pam joined our practice in 1994 and has been practicing dental hygiene for over 20 years. Her primary focus is preventive care, periodontal therapy, homecare instructions and patient relations. Pam enjoys spending her leisure time with her friends and family.

Emily - Certified Registered Dental Hygienist

Emily, Certified Registered Dental Hygienist

Emily joined the practice in June 2016. She is a graduate from FSCJ and is certified to administer local anesthesia. Emily enjoys educating her patients on good oral health. In her free time Emily spends time at Disney and enjoys being with her family and friends.

Why Choose Mandarin Dental?

The Finest Dental Team in Jacksonville, FL

At Mandarin Dental, our team of professionals works hard to provide exceptional dental care for every patient. Located in Jacksonville, FL, we also serve patients from Julington Creek, Fruit Cove, Switzerland, and nearby areas. Our comprehensive dental services include cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, tooth repair and restoration, dentures and partials, preventative cleanings and exams, and more.

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