Meet The Team

S. Gopal Sirivolu, DDS, MS

Dr. S. Gopal Sirivolu is the CEO and Founder of Universal Smiles Dentistry. Dr. Sirivolu graduated from the prestigious Government Dental College and Hospital, at the University of Health Sciences, Hyderabad, India in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree of dental surgery. During his training at GDCH, Dr. Sirivolu presented several papers at national and international conferences and was awarded the Pierre Fauchard Academy “Outstanding Dentist in the Country” award in 1993.

Besides having several distinctions and gold medals in his academic curriculum, Dr. Sirivolu always wanted to help people in the form of community service by conducting medical/dental camps in rural areas and oral cancer screenings for children and adults. Dr. Sirivolu came to the United States in 1995 and was trained under renowned implant educator Dr. Jack Hahn in Cincinnati, Ohio, while pursuing his masters in Healthcare Planning/Administration. His master’s thesis at University of Cincinnati, “Integrated Healthcare Networks” was awarded a federal grant by the Bureau of Primary Healthcare in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the Southern Ohio Health Services Network serving 18 underserved counties in Ohio.

Dr. Sirivolu pursued his dreams of becoming a restorative dentist at the prestigious University of Southern California School of Dentistry through its Advanced Graduate Restorative Program in Los Angeles. After graduating from USC, he relocated with family to Orlando, Florida and ever since he has been in private practice seeing patients all over the world to help them in full-mouth rehabilitation with same-day implants. His office was featured as the best office in the country and offers state-of-the-art technology. To combine his interests in providing quality dental care and making it affordable to the community, he established Universal Smiles Dentistry in 2012. Universal Smiles Dentistry proudly serves Orange, Seminole, and Volusia counties with its two locations. As a Founder and CEO of the group practice, Dr. Sirivolu’s vision is to grow the size of the practices by providing comprehensive quality dental care at an affordable cost.

In his free time, Dr. Sirivolu enjoys spending time with family and friends and doing activities such as chess, tennis, music, and watching George Lucas’ Star Wars movies. He is also a member of the American Dental Association and the Florida Dental Association.

Tara Derakhshandeh, DMD

Dr. Tara Derakhshandeh’s ultimate mission is to provide patients with high quality dental care tailored to meet their individual needs. Dr. Derakhshandeh believes in ethical treatment and treats her patients as if she was treating a family member. Dr. Derakhshandeh believes excellent care starts with truly listening to patients and making them feel comfortable. 

In her spare time, Dr. Derakhshandeh enjoys the outdoors, visiting Disney, cooking, and relaxing with her family.


General Manager

Amber is a Volusia County Florida native. She started her career in dentistry 15 years ago as a receptionist and moved into dental assisting, where she received her expanded functions certification from University of Florida “Go Gators”. Amber started with Universal Smiles Dentistry as a scheduling coordinator and worked her way up to the general manager. Amber has completed the Power Program with MGE management experts to improve her ability to manage a great company that helps patients. Amber loves her job and pride herself in a smoothly running productive company that strives to help people maintain great oral health and beautiful smiles.

When not at the office, Amber loves the beach, boating, motorcycles, football, and especially spending time with her three children and three grandbabies.


Office Manager

Zaidelix, or Zaidy’s, goal as the office manager is to ensure every patient and coworker leave the office with a smile, as well as no questions or concerns on behalf of their appointments. Zaidy believes everyone that comes into the office is family the moment she meets them. Growing up, Zaidy always wanted to pursue a career that helps people and Universal Smiles gave her the opportunity to help in the community.

When not at work, Zaidy looks forward to taking on new adventures with family and her dog, as well as practicing her skills in culinary arts.


Dental Hygienist

Tammie has been a part of the team at Universal Smiles since 2015. She spent some time working as a nurse before deciding to continue her education and fulfill her dream of becoming a dental hygienist. Tammie has a true passion for providing quality service and enjoys getting to know patients and educating them on preventative care during their appointment. 

When she is not at work, Tammie enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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