Meet Our Staff


Whenever you visit us here at the dental office of Drs. Acker, Lehninger & Holbrook, we want you to feel right at home. Whether you’re coming in for your regularly scheduled cleaning, or you’re starting the process of getting a brand-new implant, you’ll always be greeted with a smile from our dental staff the moment you walk through our office doors. The unique and wonderful individuals that make up our staff all share a passion for helping our patients achieve healthy smiles, and they have proudly worked with Drs. Acker, Lehninger & Holbrook for years to do just that. They also have specialized training, multiple certifications, and years of experience treating patients, which allows us to provide only the highest level of care for the families of Venice, FL.

For our staff, the comfort of you and your family is top priority, which is why they are always available and more than happy to help you get everything you need. From getting you scheduled for your next appointments to providing you more information about the kind of treatments you’ll be getting with us and financing options that we offer, our dental staff is there to ensure that your experience here in our office as smooth as possible.

To learn more about the amazing people that make up our dental staff here at the dental office of Drs. Acker, Lehninger & Holbrook, check out their personal bios below! You’ll also get to meet them all face-to-face when you come in our office for your regular visits!



Ruby is the jewel of our office and has been working with Dr. Acker and Dr. Lehninger for 26 years. As the Office Manager, Ruby keeps track of our schedule and is constantly striving to make each patient's experience the best it can be. She also maintains and repairs our computers and works closely with equipment manufacturers and support staff for all of our state-of-the-art technology.

Ruby has lived in Florida for 26 years with her husband, Marty. She is an avid fisher person, enjoys making jewelry and is an accomplished bowler. 



Deb grew up in Eastern Connecticut and has been in Florida since 1989. Deb has been in the Dental field for over 30 years and has worked in multiple practices in Connecticut and Florida. She joined our team in March of 2013 as our Office Coordinator and also helps with the Marketing of the office as well as many other functions.

Deb enjoys gardening, reading, boating and attending sporting events. She has a grown son named Shay who attends Law School.



Paula joined our practice in August, 2015 shortly after moving to the Suncoast from South Carolina. She graduated with honors in 2003 from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina with an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. After graduation, Paula began her dental hygiene career in South Carolina where she practiced for over 12 years in the same dental office. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed sharing her knowledge and care of dental hygiene not only in the United States, but in Central America as well, where she aided impoverished communities on multiple medical mission trips.

Paula enjoys exercising, spending time outdoors with her husband boating and fishing and relaxing on the beach. 



Originally hailing from Colorado, Ben has spent 15 years living in Sarasota. He completed the Dental Hygiene program at State College of Florida and holds both an A.S and A.A. degree. After graduating, Ben worked as a temporary hygienist filling in at offices between the Bradenton and Venice area.  During this time he met and worked with several dentists of different specialties.  In 2016, he decided to make his home at the office of Drs. Acker and Lehninger where he could focus on developing patient relationships and continue to learn state-of-the-art advancements in dental care.
Outside of work, he spends most of his time with his dog, cats and the love of his life. Ben also enjoys working out, fostering animals, and finding new places to kayak.



Karen relocated to Venice from Buffalo, New York where she was a Dental Assistant for over 25 years. She joined our team in January 2016. Karen attended Niagara Community College and graduated with her degree in dental assisting.

Karen enjoys spending most of her free time with her sister, Kathleen, and her brother, Nick. She loves the beach and enjoys the gym and dancing. 



Carrie is a lifelong resident of Venice and joined our team in December of 2016. She is a certified Dental Assistant and has over 20 years in the Dental field. She loves to keep learning the latest in dentistry and works chairside as Dr. Acker's Dental Assistant.

In her free time Carrie enjoy bicycling, fishing and boating and spending as much time outdoors with her friends and family, especially her grown daughter Melodie.



Jacqueline grew up in Long Island, New York. She joined our office in July of 2017 and has been a Dental Assistant since 2001. Her favorite part of Dentistry is surgery and she has worked with Oral Surgeons and Periodontists and has recently become a certified Phlebotomist. She also works with Dr. Acker at Implant Educators.

She is married to her husband Kris and has 3 children, Gianna, Dominic and Sophia. Jacqueline enjoys going to the beach, fishing, camping and kayaking.



Lola celebrated her second birthday on February 3, 2019. She was a rescue and arrived at our home on June 30, 2017.

Her favorite things are people, rope pulls, coming to the office on Thursdays, being the star of the show, Ruby and Deb, and anyone who feeds her or brings her toys she can destroy.

She is quite the accomplished student and has successfully completed behavioral classes at several levels. Lola has become an AKC Community Canine and an AKC Good Citizen. She visits assisted living facilities and proudly shows off during agility training.

Her claim to fame is that every Thursday, while at the office, she makes many people very happy. It is impossible to visit with Lola and not smile. Patients who do not even have appointments come to the office on Thursdays to have a cup of coffee with Ruby and Deb, and to walk and spoil Lola.

Get A Better, Brighter Smile Today!

If you’re ready to get the high-quality dental care that you deserve, plus the support from a team of experienced doctors and dental professionals that all want you to have the best smile possible, contact us today. You’ll be connected with a member of our team, who will assist you in getting your first appointment scheduled with us, and answering any questions that you may have about the treatments that we offer. Whether you’re looking for general, cosmetic, preventative, or restorative dentistry like dental implants, you can find it all right here at our local office in Venice, FL. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon, introducing you to our team, and getting you started on the path to a healthier smile!

Arthur I. Acker, D.M.D., Nicole R. Lehninger, D.M.D., and Ryan S. Holbrook, D.M.D.

  • Arthur I. Acker, D.M.D., Nicole R. Lehninger, D.M.D., and Ryan S. Holbrook, D.M.D. - 200 Capri Isles Blvd., Venice, FL 34192 Phone: 941-484-3885

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