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Our Doctors

Kathleen Williams, D.M.D.

Kathleen Williams, D.M.D.
Dr. Williams, a native of Orlando, Florida, is the owner/operator of Palm Ridge Dental in The Villages and has practiced as a general dentist there since 2004. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and D.M.D. degrees at the University of Florida. While in Dental school, she served as class Vice President and the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) class representative and was the recipient of the Omicron Award for Ethics. Dr. Williams also holds memberships in the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Central Florida Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentists. Before her education at UF, Dr. Williams spent eight years living and working in the dental profession in Zurich, Switzerland, and speaks German fluently.

Dr. Williams also devotes considerable time throughout the year attending continuing education courses on oral pathology, restorative dentistry, and aesthetics as well as on the latest in dental research and technology so that she may provide her patients the best in comprehensive dental care and oral health education.

She also gives lectures throughout The Villages on such topics as the oral health implications of Sjogren’s Syndrome, dry mouth, and Parkinson’s Disease. She has also been an annual sponsor of The Lily golf tournament to benefit Alzheimer’s research.

The tradition of dentistry has been in Dr. Williams’ family for over three generations. She is devoted to the care of her patients, and it is her number one priority to ensure that they receive the best standard of care and are completely satisfied with their experiences at her practice.


Reem Jaber, D.M.D.

Reem Jaber, D.M.D.
Dr. Reem Jaber, an Orlando, Florida native, is an experienced clinician focused on providing individualized and compassionate care for all of her patients. A Golden Knight and a Gator, Dr. Jaber completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida, majoring in Molecular and Microbiology, before receiving her Doctorate from the University of Florida College of Dentistry, where she was a classmate of Dr. Williams. Before joining Palm Ridge Dental, Dr. Jaber practiced dentistry in the Greater Orlando area.

Dr. Jaber is committed to keeping up with the newest advances in dental research and technology and frequently attends dental continuing education courses. As a result, she can provide her patients with gentle yet comprehensive dental care as well as educate her patients on maintaining their oral health.

Following her belief in giving back to the community, Dr. Jaber has provided dental care through the Give Kids a Smile program, community clinics, and participated in international humanitarian relief efforts in providing dental care to those in impoverished areas.


Joana Halilaj, D.M.D.

Joana Halilaj, D.M.D.
Dr. Halilaj vividly remembers what it was like to be on "the other side of the chair." When she was in high school, she developed a severe underbite, which required dental treatment, and later on, jaw surgery, all of which impacted her life in a very positive way. Having spent so much time under the care of such great providers, she was inspired to pursue an education in dentistry as well as follow in her mother's footsteps, who was a general dentist in Albania for 20 years before relocating to the United States.

Dr. Halilaj earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Florida where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and then went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry where she was on the dean's list for high academic and clinical capabilities.

Dr. Halilaj is committed to providing her patients with the quality of care they deserve. She does so by remaining current on the latest techniques and innovations in dentistry, and she believes that educating patients and building relationships with them is important to achieving long term success in their treatment.

When Dr. Halilaj is not in the dental office, she most likely is spending time with her family and Winston, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She also dedicates time to volunteering locally and abroad on dental mission trips.