Meet the Team

Lysandro Ordonez Tapnio, D.M.D.

Dr. Lysandro “Sonny” Tapnio graduated in 1977 from University of East Philippines and earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree (D.M.D.) He did a postdoctoral residency at the New York University Dental Center from 1983 to 1984, studying clinical courses in general dentistry. After he completed his courses at New York University, he began his own dental practice in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1985.

Since 1985, he has completed several hundred hours in post-graduate continuing education courses, including hands-on training courses all over the country. These courses include orthodontic courses for general dentists, comprehensive cosmetic and restorative techniques, concept of complete dentistry, and current developments in restorative materials and techniques, just to name a few. He has earned Mastership and Fellowship status in the American Dental Implant Association, and is proud to offer dental implant placements and restorations as part of his list of services.

Dr. Tapnio remains committed to high ethics and quality dentistry. He pampers his patients with personal attention and customer service. with a calm and caring chairside manner. Because Dr. Tapnio is the only dentist in the office, you may expect great attention to detail and the peace of mind that one person knows your specific case and is the one you will always see.

Known to many as the “Gentle Dentist,” Dr. Tapnio has a very calm and reassuring manner with both children and adults. The dental anxiety that many experience is soon overcome, and visiting the dentist becomes a pleasant experience for the whole family.

His gentle and soft touch is especially appreciated when there is need for local anesthesia. In fact, it is not uncommon to hear, “Did you already give me a shot Doc? I didn’t even feel it!”

Dr. Tapnio has been happily married for 31 years to Nicca Tapnio, with two kids, and three grandchildren. The recreational activities he enjoys most are fishing and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Leah Colella - Office Manager

Leah graduated from Orlando Technical institute in 2005 as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA). She was a dental assistant in Orlando for four years prior to moving to Jacksonville in 2009. With her move, she decided to try her hand at working the administrative side of dentistry, where she found her strength. She joined Beacon Family Dentistry in August of 2012, bringing with her in-depth knowledge of insurance, dental experience, and passion for the field of dentistry.

Leah enjoys greeting our patients, scheduling appointments, answering questions, helping with insurance, and staying in communication with patients. Leah is proud to say that Beacon Family Dental “is an amazing place with a great dentist, work flow, and the quality dentistry you can trust.”

In her free time, Leah writes songs, plays guitar, does gymnastics, blogs, reads, and is an extreme couponer! She is also the proud mama of two Jack Russell Terriers, Bella and Ziggy.

Inga Hysaj - Patient Coordinator

Inga joined the practice in 2008. She moved to the United States when she was 11 years old from Albania. Inga is currently in college finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Inga enjoys welcoming patients and making them feeling comfortable. She also enjoys walking patients through their visit from the initial phone call up until they walk out the front door. Inga looks forward to coming to work every day knowing she will help patients attain the healthy and beautiful smile they deserve.

Jennifer Hubbard – EFDA Dental Assistant

Jennifer graduated from Florida State College of Jacksonville in 2008 with a certificate in Dental assisting earning her Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA). Jennifer assisted for 8 years before joining Beacon Family Dentistry in February 2016. Jennifer is a Subject Matter Expert when it comes to her career. She’s courteous, professional, and takes a personal interest in patient needs. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and son, reading, and watching movies. “It’s like one big family”, says Jennifer. “I enjoy working for Beacon Family Dentistry. It’s amazing working with such a great group of people.”