Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Tanya Wall earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Carolina A & T State University. It was during her time at Howard University College of Dentistry where she received both a Doctorate in Dental Surgery degree as well as a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry that she realized she could combine her love of children and dentistry to create the perfect career choice.
Dr. Wall’s commitment to excellence is illustrated in her work ethic and dedication to her patients and the community. Dr. Wall is currently licensed to practice dentistry in Florida and the US Virgin Islands.
Dr. Wall has one child, Brandon who is a constant source of motivation for her to provide the best care possible for all children. Although North Carolina will always be home, Jacksonville families have captured her heart and she is incredibly proud to work and live on Florida’s first coast.
Undergraduate Degree- BS, Biology
NC A&T State University
Doctorate in Dental Surgery Degree
Howard University College of Dentistry
Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry
Howard University College of Dentistry
Diplomate, College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Originally from New York City, Dr. Kevin Vera earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Puerto Rico. It was during his time at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry where he received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery degree and decided to pursue his career as a general dentist. He did not imagine at that time that his passion would take him from Puerto Rico to Florida but it did and he has licenses to practice in both.
Dr. Vera’s commitment to professionalism and care for his patients can be seen in his incredibly calm and caring demeanor. He immediately puts his patients at ease. And it is likely his vast array of experience spanning work in both traditional practices as well as for the US Navy right here at Jacksonville Naval Air Station that has helped him develop a comprehensive ability to diagnose and create treatment plans for the most complex cases.
Dr. Vera loves his community and takes great pride in treating each and every patient like a member of the Brushes & Brackets family. Fluent in both English and Spanish he is a constant source of motivation for everyone that works with him to provide the best care possible for children and adults alike. We could not be more grateful that he has been a key contributor to our team since early 2020.
Undergraduate Degree- BS, Biology
University of Puerto Rico
Doctorate in Dental Surgery Degree
University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry
Florida and Puerto Rico
Dr. Jennifer Woodling, aka Dr. Jen, is a general dentist and Jacksonville native that joined us here at Brushes and Brackets in February of 2022. She received her undergraduate degree from the University oft Florida in Public Health and Health Professions and received her DMD from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 2015.
After graduation she worked in a Pediatric Dental office in Louisville, Kentucky until 2019 and completed a GPR residency program in 2020. She took call for the Hospital and managed patients with dental trauma, dental infections, and treated patients of all ages during this time. She understands that going to the Dentist can bring anxiety to some and always strives to decrease that fear and make the Dental office a happy and pleasant environment for children and adults to return to year after year.
Dr. Woodling met her husband, Dr. Tyler Woodling, in Dental School. They have been married since 2015 and now have a 4 year old son and 1 year old daughter. They moved to Florida at the end of 2021 and enjoy being outside in the sun as much as possible! She’s so excited to be a part of our practice, get to
know all of our wonderful families, and treat them as if they were her own!
Dr. Marlys Cabrera is our Orthodontist Specialist. She feels honored to serve her patients and loves improving people's smiles while creating long-lasting relationships. Being very passionate about new, cutting-edge technology, she invests many hours of continuing education every year to better serve the community.
Dr. Cabrera is originally from Cuba, where she practiced as a Dentist with Advanced Education in General Dentistry, since 2004. After relocating to the United States, she completed an Advanced Standing Dental Program at the prestigious Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, graduating with Honors and earning an International Dentist Award. Dr. Cabrera received her orthodontic training and Master's degree from Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics. Due to her outstanding performance, Dr. Cabrera was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.
Dr. Cabrera fell so much in love with the city and the people's good vibes that she decided to call Jacksonville her forever home. In her free time, you can find her exploring the city or enjoying nature with her family.
Dr. Andreea-Alexandra Cosma was born in Romania and relocated to Florida as a teenager where soon after she began her professional journey. She graduated Magna Cum Lude from Florida Atlantic University where she was awarded her Bachelor's Degree in Biological sciences. She later attended Nova Southeastern University in beautiful South Florida where she completed her dental school education program and received the distinction of being inducted into the National Dental Honor Society. She further pursued her passion for Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Florida in Naples, Florida. Upon graduation Dr. Cosma had the opportunity to grow a team of dental professionals to care for the pediatric population of Richmond, Texas. With love and compassion, she built a pediatric dental practice that was centered on providing exceptional dental care in a caring manner with a focus on patient experience. She is now back in the Sunshine state where she is excited to provide the same exceptional care to the pediatric population of Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Cosma enjoys learning new languages and as such now speaks fluent Spanish in addition to Romanian, her native language. She also likes to stay active by attending Pilates classes, playing Tennis and Rollerblading. Nevertheless she enjoys spending time with friends, family and their furry pets.
Dr. Maryak received her medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, GA in 2009. She completed her internship and residency in Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL in 2013 where she served as chief resident. Dr. Maryak was certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 2014 and completed her Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL in 2015. She lives in Jacksonville, FL with her husband and 2 beautiful daughters.
We are available
Monday thru Friday 8-5.
For after hours emergencies,
please call 904.751.5126
and listen to our message.
Our office will do its best to schedule appointments at your convenience. We find that young or anxious children have a better experience in the morning. At this time of day, children are well rested, refreshed, and more cooperative.
School-aged children can be scheduled throughout the day for routine visits. Sedation appointments are only scheduled in the morning. We would appreciate a 48 hour
Payment for professional services is due at the time dental treatment is provided. This includes deductibles and
co-insurance. We accept cash, personal checks,
and most major credit cards.
We create an individualized treatment plan for all patients. Our treatment coordinator will review the recommended treatment and the estimation of your dental insurance reimbursement.
Every effort will be made to provide a treatment plan that fits your timetable and budget and gives your child
the best possible care.
•Our team is dedicated to providing the best care for
•We treat each child as if they are our own!
•An atmosphere that ensures a fun and relaxing
visit for patients and parents including:
- TVs above each dental chair to watch your favorite show
- Games in the waiting area
- Prizes at the end of each visit
•Provide a dental home for your child and instill
good oral health habits in your child.
•On-Call availability for after-hours emergencies.
We are dedicated to
great dental experiences.
We, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend you bring your child in by his or her first birthday.
During your first visit, you will be introduced to our Pediatric Dental Team, given an office tour and discuss your child’s unique smile and ways to keep it beautiful for years to come.
Depending on the age of your child, he or she will either be given a knee-to-knee examination (where your baby’s head will rest on our doctor’s knee while their body is on your lap) or a regular exam in the doctor’s chair.
We request that you complete our First Visit Forms prior to arriving for your appointment. This helps our office keep your and everyone else’s scheduled visit on time.
Your initial exam will last approximately 1 hour. Oral hygiene instructions will also be given with suggestions to help your child care for their own teeth. In most cases, we will also clean their teeth on this visit, and provide an evaluation that will outline any existing dental problems and proposed treatment.
Dr. Tanya is a pediatric dentist, specializing in the treatment and prevention of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health of children. Through extra years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents.
A pediatric patient not only has a different dentition than adults but he/she may have specific dental and behavioral needs that are unique to a child. These needs may include orthodontics, dental sealants, fluoride applications or home treatments, or just simply education in oral hygiene. In addition to treating existing dental problems, our office focuses on prevention through patient and parent education.
We like to feel that you and your child do not come to our office to have their “cavities fixed” but rather to prevent them. Our mission is to provide all of the educational tools necessary for our patients to enjoy a cavity-free future.
When a Pediatric Dentist is Board Certified it means that the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry or ABPD certifies that the dental care being provided is based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality oral health care for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs. Certification by the ABPD provides assurance to the public that a Pediatric Dentist, like
Dr. Tanya, has successfully completed accredited training and a voluntary examination process designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to the delivery of quality patient care.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages parents and other care providers to help every child establish a dental home by 12 months of age. Establishing a dental home provides some key components to dental care for your child including...
• Comprehensive oral health care including acute
care and preventive services.
• Individualized preventive dental health program
based upon a caries-risk assessment.
• Anticipatory guidance regarding growth
• Plan for acute dental trauma (emergencies).
• Dietary counseling.
• Referrals to dental specialists when care cannot
directly be provided within the dental home.
• Referral at an age determined by patient, parent,
and pediatric dentist.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommend that every child have an orthodontic evaluation
by the age of 7.
Early detection and treatment gives your child the edge - a much better chance for natural and normal development. By working with the natural growth instead of against it, we can prevent problems from becoming worse, and ensure your child a lifetime of healthy smiles!
Studies have shown that people who have straight teeth are more likely to smile more. This leads to a greater self esteem which may lead to a more fulfilling life.
"I absolutelyl LOVE Dr. Wall..She see's my daughter Anniston who is 6 and today my son Clayton who is 18 was seen today. Their staff is so polite and sweet to us. We Love Pediatric Smiles and have referred patients to them for their Hospitality and Great work!"
- Clayton S.
"Excellent place for the kids! Everyone is so nice and helpful."
- Xiomara V. via Google
"I absolutely love this dentist office and staff. Everyone is friendly and professional."
- Karla L. via Google
"Amazing experience with my daughters first dentist visit!!"
- C. J. via Google
"Awesome staff. Very friendly. Professional and awesome environment. We have been looking all over town for a great dentist and this place is it. My 10 year old always had fear of going to the dentist. But this place made her feel comfortable and worry free. Thank you for providing the best service for my daughter."
- Jeffrey F. via Google
"BEST DENTIST FOR KIDS EVER!!! ❤️ MY DAUGHTER LOVES TO GO TO THE DENTIST.."
- Liz Marie M. via Google
"My son has been here since he was 3yrs old, he loves watching the movies while they check and clean his teeth. Very kid friendly, always keep the parent informed on progress, treatment and next visits. Would never go anywhere else!!!"
- Christopher III E.
"Everyone in this office is so nice and helpful. I've only been twice with my son and they have both been Amazing experiences. Thanks for taking care of my baby !! ❤️"
- Aaden R.
2255 Dunn Avenue
Tanya C. Wall, DDS
Kevin Vera, DDS
Dr. Jennifer Woodling, DMD
Dr. Marlys Cabrera, DMD, MS
Andreea-Alexandra Cosma, DMD
Brooke Maryak, MD