Best Of 2017

BEST CANINE-FRIENDLY DENTAL HYGIENIST: Anne Sellas

BEST CANINE-FRIENDLY DENTAL HYGIENIST

She’ll take expert care of your canines, as in teeth, but the delightful part about having Anne Sellas as your dental hygienist is how much she cares about your canines, as in dogs. Her enclave in the offices of Dr. Patrick Chase, the excellent St. Petersburg dentist, is distinguished by bulletin boards plastered with named photos of all of her patients’ pet pups, a visual that is lots more soothing than novocain. Plus, she’s full of stories about her own two Labs, Cabo and Tenny, and good if slightly odd advice. For instance, ask her about “popcorn toes” (it has to do with the smell, as she perceives it, of doggie paws) and using dryer sheets as an anti-panic technique for the thunder-shy. For dog lovers, having Anne as your dental hygienist is almost as good as a warm puppy. —David Warner