Dentist in Big Pine Key, FL

We are pleased to introduce to you our team of professionals. All staff members maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay on dentistry's leading edge.

Christopher D. Golden, D.M.D.

Dr. Golden was born in Sarasota and raised in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He attended the University of Florida for undergraduate studies in microbiology. In 1984, Dr. Golden was offered early admissions to the prestigious College of Dentistry at the University of Florida and graduated in 1988. Dr. Golden began his career as an Associate Dentist in Big Pine Key and in May of 1990 he established his own office.

Dr. Golden is a cosmetic and restorative dentist who is dedicated to providing the very highest quality dental care for his patients. He has endeavored to stay at the leading edge of advances in dental science and technology. He has accumulated extensive continuing education credits in all disciplines of dentistry including cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, restorative dentistry and implantology. Recent course work includes hands on training at the world renowned Las Vegas Institute (endodontics) and advances cosmetic and veneer training with masters such as Dr. Bill Dorfman of Extreme Makeover fame and Dr. Larry Rosenthal.

Dr. Golden is most sought after as a very kind and caring dentist who listens thoroughly and takes ample time to explain patient procedures and options. He is a member of The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The American Dental Association, The Florida Dental Association and The East Coast District Dental Society.


Halloween 2017- (Pictured from Left to Right: Dr. Chris Golden DMD, Sheri Golden in T-Rex Costume, Samantha Kloss, Deniece Ivey, Whitney Simmons, Jillian Farr)


Dental Hygienists:

Robin Sanger, RDH

Robin Sanger has been working with Dr. Golden since December of 2005 as a part time hygienist but in January of 2016 has become our full time hygienist.

An expert in periodontal/preventive therapy she enjoys working with patients to improve their dental health and beautify their smiles. Robin has also had the opportunity in the past to work with a vast majority of disabled patients, keeping their oral health in check.

Robin is a 1981 graduate of the School of Dental Hygiene from the University of Conneticut College of Dentistry in Farmington, CT. Robins main concern is the comfort and well being of all her patients. Her continuing studies have kept her on the forefront of dental health. Working with Dr. Golden she is pleased to provide patients with the finest of preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in a professional and welcome setting.

Robin is very passionate about her pets and her husband and loves to go boating and fishing with them both! 


Whitney Simmons CRDH, CDA

Whitney Simmons has been working full time with Dr. Golden since November of 2015, in his office she works on Tuesdays as a hygienist and during the rest of the week she works every other position in the office including assisting Dr. Golden and working front desk. When she is working with patients, whether she is cleaning teeth or checking patients out at the front desk, Whitney likes to create a comforting, relaxing and friendly atmosphere for her patients. She not only takes pride in keeping her patients teeth and gums healthy but also cares for their entire well being. 

Whitney is a 2008 graduate of the School of Dental Assisting from Brevard Community College in Cocoa, FL. After working as a dental assistant for 5 years Whitney decided to go back to school to become a Dental Hygienist and Graduated from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL in 2013. While in Dental Hygiene school Whitney received her certification to be able to administer local anesthesia to patients in order to further their comfort while in the chair.

When she is not taking care of her patients as a hygienist, Whitney loves to horseback ride, play golf and softball, catch fish, and scuba dive. She also enjoys woodworking, creating unique cornhole boards, refurbishing old furniture, creating stained glass and acrylic paintings. 



Dental Assistants:

Samantha Anderson, LDA

Sam joined our team in June 2017. She hails from Brainerd, Minnesota and is a huge Minnesota Wild hockey fan. She and her husband, J.R., fulfilled a lifelong dream of trading in their snow shovels for a set of some ocean kayaks! They sold the house, packed up the dogs and moved to our island paradise. Then, not even three months later, hurricane Irma introduced herself. House hunting for Sam and J.R. presented a very special type of challenge, but they persevered. They found the perfect piece of paradise and moved in the week before their April wedding.

While Sam will always be a Viking from Minnesota, her unflinching determination in the wake of Hurricane Irma and the fact that she moved AND got married in the same week prove that she has earned the right to the title "Local".

We are lucky to have her experience, kind heart, and dazzling smile!











Jillian Farr






Directors of First Impressions:

Deniece Ivey

Meet Deniece Ivey, the Southern Belle of our team. She and her husband moved to the Keys thirteen years ago, but her southern charm and Tennessee accent still ring loud and clear. You will hear it in her voice the minute you talk with her. 

Deniece had been a dental assistant for many years in Tennessee before coming to our office. Her knowledge of dentistry and compassion for our patients make her an MVP in our office. Out of the office, she loves to play “the instrument of peace," her ukulele. She owns seven of them! She loves all animals. Don’t be surprised if she remembers your pet’s name and asks you about them.

Sheri Golden

Meet Sheri Golden…..She moved to Big Pine with her mom and sister in 1968.  She and Dr. Golden married in 1993. Sheri will tell you she has been trying to get fired for twenty years, but she is joking, we think.

Chris and Sheri opened the office together in 1990, sketching out the floorplan sitting at their dinette set in an illegal downstairs apartment in Big Pine in 1989. Big Pine will always be her home, and the people of Big Pine will always be part of her family. Sheri and Chris started their own family in 1998, with a daughter, Samantha.    




Dr. Christopher Golden, D.M.D.
P.O. Box 430549
29872 Overseas Hwy
Big Pine Key, FL 33043

MM 29.75