Meet Karine Stevenson. She was born in Newton, New Jersey but they lived in Peapack Gladstone. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She’s been working at Smile Tampa with Dr. Iranmanesh for 20 years now. After graduating with Honors from St. Petersburg Jr. College in 1993, she joined the practice in 2000.
She’s a bubbly person, incredibly well experienced in her field, and well loved by her patients. During her free time, aside from watching football, she also likes to run or play with her dog, Boomer. Using her binoculars, she likes looking at the nature in her backyard. She loves to travel especially with her husband who is an amateur photographer.
Thank you, Karine for bringing your great “smile” to the community and for your love for Tampa.
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: I am a dental hygienist. I had broken up with a boyfriend and I said that I need to do something with my life. I worked in a hospital pharmacy and I didn’t want weekends, odd hours and stuff like that. My girlfriend was going to nursing school at a local vo-tech and I said: “Let me see your booklet.” I liked health care but I didn’t want to be a nurse, and there was something in the booklet about dental assisting and it sounded good, so I did it. It was like an 8-month course or something and shortly into it, I realized that really it wasn’t what I wanted to do but at that period I learned what dental hygienists do, which suited me better. I worked for 2 other offices for about 6 years before I landed at Dr. Iranmanesh’s.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in North Tampa, and what do you love there?
Q: How long have you lived or worked in North Tampa?
A: I’ve been in here since 1992 when I came up here to finish school, and I moved to Harbor Island right after that. I’ve been in Carrollwood now, I bought my home, 13 years ago.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in North Tampa?
A: I would probably say, Dr. Iranmanesh because I’ve never known a person before that tells such greatest stories about home and different cultures.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: I’d say Hawaii because that was supposed to be our honeymoon, but we haven’t made it yet. I just love it and I think that even though I live in a tropical climate, Hawaii would just be an amplified version.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: My favorite movie is Forrest Gump. It just works so well with the time.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Go for your goals but keep your integrity while doing it.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: I wanted to go to the Superbowl.
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: Country music, Top 40 and alternative.
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative with whom would you love to have lunch? Why and where would you have lunch?
A: I can’t think of anyone right now.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about North Tampa?
A: It’s not congested like South Tampa is. I have a beautiful backyard so I have a lot of space. Definitely, I like having some space, being near things, everything I need is here and it’s a diverse environment.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I don’t think I’m going to be able to retire yet, so hopefully still with Dr. Iranmanesh.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
Spending time with my dog Boomer.
A: Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: Most people don’t know that I moved quite a bit when I was young, I moved every year and I was in a new school and sometimes 3 schools per year.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Safe, Happy and Easy.
Q: If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: It would either be Driver or Physical Fitness Coach. I don’t like to drive, I’d rather look around or fall asleep.
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: Definitely Jason Momoa!