(727) 954-4431  |  5500 1st Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

The Team

Meet our St. Petersburg Dental Team

Christopher Saars, Practice Administrator

Chris is Dr. Gutu’s Office Administrator. He has been working in the dental field for nearly 20 years. He has held the role of office manager and administrator for private practice as well as corporate dentistry offices. He has also worked as a dental software trainer during his career. Chris is originally from the Washington, DC area and transplanted here in 2002. He feels that he is a Florida local after living in the Tampa Bay area for nearly 16 years. His hobbies include everything that is great about Florida -  boating, being outside, and beach bumming. Chris also enjoys traveling. His main goal for the office is to educate and deliver accurate information to the patients about their treatment.  


Maria Hough, Dental Hygienist

Originally from Russia, Maria came to the United States and graduated from St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has worked in dentistry since 2001. As a hygienist, Maria prides herself on great patient relationships and the resulting smiles she is able to produce on a daily basis. Maria enjoys kayaking, yoga, and running.


Natalia Moukhov, Dental Assistant

A native of Russia, Natalia moved to the United States with her husband and twin daughters in 1998. She has worked in the dental field in St Petersburg, Florida since 2000. As a dental assistant, she loves making a positive difference in our patients' lives. Her goal is to assist the doctor in creating beautiful and healthy smiles in a comfortable and trustworthy setting. Natalia fills her time away from the office with family and friends. She enjoys the beautiful Sunshine State through biking, crafting, photography, kayaking and spending time at the beach.

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