Meet Our Team



Welcome to Cypress Lake Dental Associates, where our team is dedicated to building a caring and trustworthy relationship with patients and the community we serve. We understand the benefits of proper oral health, and strive to provide affordable, quality care. We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have regarding our services or any treatments you may need. For inquires or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (239) 482-0252 or you may submit a message on our contact page.

Dr. B.J. Sams, D.D.S. | Dentist


Dr. Sams enjoys providing dentistry to his patients, and he feels truly blessed that this is what he does each day. The relationships he gets to develop over time with each of his patients are what he values most. Dr. Sams strives to provide exceptional care to all his patients and is excited to help you maintain healthy mouths and more confident smiles!

Dr. Sams, his wife, and family moved to Fort Myers in 2013 to be close to family. He worked for a dental practice in east Fort Myers for three and a half years before transitioning to owner of Cypress Lake Dental Associates. He is committed to upholding the reputation that Dr. Grumbach earned over the 40 years that he owned the practice. Dr. Sams is dedicated to providing the same outstanding results for his patients who call Southwest Florida home for all or part of the year!


Dr. B.J. Sams attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, earning a degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked as an engineer and manager for International Paper Company for 10 years before going to dental school. He attended Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry and graduated with his degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery.

Professional Associations

  • American Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • West Coast Dental District Association
  • Lee County Dental Society
  • International Team of Implantology
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • City of Palms Study Club

Continuing Education

Dr. Sams is always reading, studying, and researching to make sure that he brings his patients the best dentistry possible. He attends numerous training sessions each year and studies online to learn as well. Dr. Sams is committed to always being a student and delivering excellent dental care to his patients.

Dr. Sams holds advanced training in implants and is a member of the International Team of Implantology and the American Association of Implant Dentistry.

Outside the Office

Dr. Sams supports and sponsors various nonprofit organizations throughout each year. Most of his free time is spent with his children’s activities and school programs at this time. Dr. Sams enjoys spending time with his children – attending their sporting and extra-curricular events. He also likes to fish whenever he gets time. You will find him cheering for the Texas A&M Aggies all year long!

Rachelle | Office Manager

After becoming a certified dental assistant in 1994, I started working with the doctor assisting with patients. After many years, I transitioned to the front desk to help my patients in a different capacity. I truly ENJOY what I do for a living! Being part of the process it takes to keep or put a beautiful smile on a patient’s face will ALWAYS put a smile on mine.

I moved to Florida from the amazing Great Lake area of Michigan to be closer to my daughter and grandkids. I love spending my free time with the family and on the water.


Donna | Administrative Assistant

I love to be able to meet and visit with all the patients each day at the office.

I graduated from Port Charlotte Technical College as a certified dental assistant in 1983. I have been with Cypress Lake Dental Associates since 2015. I am trained both clinically and administratively so you may see me in either area of the office! I love being able to meet and visit with all the patients each day.

Donna is married and her and her husband have one daughter. I love my family, the outdoors, and UF! Go GATORS!


Jessica | Dental Assistant & Office Coordinator

I graduated from Sanford Brown Institute in 2010 with my Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certification and worked as a dental assistant for several years before deciding to continue my education. In 2017, I graduated from University of South Florida with by Bachelor Degree in Business with a focus in Marketing. Over the years, I transitioned to the administrative side of dentistry to help educate patients on their dental needs and help them maximize their insurance benefits.

I am originally from Tampa, Florida and relocated to Ft. Myers in 2017. When I’m not at work, I love traveling, gardening, cooking and spending time with my friends and family. My husband and I are very excited to welcome our first baby (boy!) this August.

Tara | Registered Dental Hygienist

I am a graduate of Ithaca College and Florida Southwestern College. Originally from New Jersey, I have called Fort Myers home since 2000. When I am not at work, you will find me biking, running, attempting pickle ball, fishing, traveling or going to concerts.

Let me help you keep your mouth in optimal health – I love to teach new techniques and educate about new dental tools available to you!



Shanna | Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated dental hygiene school from Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas, in 2009. I moved to California where I became certified in local anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation, and diode lasers. After four years in California, I decided to relocate to Florida so that I could be closer to my family. I soon met my now husband and relocated to Cape Coral.

Growing up in a small town in west Texas, my parents saw the importance of oral hygiene and made sure we had regular dental appointments. I was fortunate to have access to dental care and was never afraid of seeing my dentist. I knew from a young age that I wanted to pursue a career in the dental field so I could help people feel confident about their smiles. I strive to give my patients the most thorough yet gentle care possible.

I love the water and go out on the boat regularly. I enjoy scuba diving, hunting sharks’ teeth, and fishing with my husband. I have three schnauzers that are absolutely spoiled, but I do save plenty of attention for my 6-year-old niece and 4-year-old nephew who I love dearly. I look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy smile!

Linda | Registered Dental Hygienist

I enjoy helping my patients maintain a healthy mouth by providing a comfortable and thorough cleaning and also passing along the way to benefit through your dental care at home.

I am a graduate of The Ohio State University with a minor in psychology. I love music and play a few instruments. I love to read and of course, Buckeye football!! Most important is time spent with friends and family and the happiness grandchildren have brought into our lives. I highly recommend it☺

Deanna | Dental Assistant

I graduated from Lindsay Hopkins Technical School in Miami, FL in 1994 as a Certified Dental Assistant. I love helping patients and making them feel comfortable in the dental chair.

I’ve lived in Ft. Myers since 2008 and love being so close to the water. In my spare time I love working in my vegetable garden, fishing, spending time on the water with my husband and son, and playing pickle ball with my friends and family.

Tami, Dental Assistant

Tami | Dental Assistant

I have been a Dental Assistant since 1985. While I was a junior in high school, I received my certification from Nova University in Davie, Florida. I enjoy making patients feel comfortable in the chair while we are taking care of their dental needs.

I am a true Florida girl born in North Miami beach. I was involved with thoroughbred horse racing and have lived all over the East and West coast throughout my life. I love my Jeep, swimming in my pool and going on cruises with my husband, Brad and daughter, MacKenzie when I’m not at work.