Meet the Team
Dr. Chip Edwards
Dr. Earle Edwards has been creating beautiful smiles since 1979. Born and raised in Clewiston, Dr. Edwards is proud to serve the community he grew up in as well as the surrounding areas. He truly enjoys his work as well as the many friendships he’s built over the years with his patients and their families. He believes being an orthodontist is the best job he could ever have and loves seeing his patients show off their gorgeous smiles.
Dr. Edwards has received extensive training in dentistry and orthodontics in order to provide you with the best quality of care. He completed his undergraduate studies at Florida State. He then earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. After completing a General Practice Dental Residency at Baltimore City Hospital/Johns Hopkins University, he continued his studies at VCU, completing post Doctorate training in Orthodontics.
Dr. Edwards serves on the volunteer faculty for the University of Florida School of Dentistry – Pediatric Dental Residency Program.
To keep up to date on the latest orthodontic advancements, he maintains memberships in the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists and the Southern Association of Orthodontists.
In giving back to the community, Dr. Edwards volunteers with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (since 1983) and Rotary International. He also participates in fundraisers for local private and public schools and numerous charity organizations.
Dr. Edwards and his wife, Mary, have four sons: Eric, Nathan, Jeffrey, and Samuel. Dr. Edwards also enjoys hunting, fishing, cycling, fitness-related activities, and motorcycles.
Dr. Ed Cronauer
Born and raised in South Florida, Dr. Cronauer comes from a family of orthodontists. His father practiced in Davie and Pembroke Pines, FL, for 32 years, and his sister and uncle are also orthodontists.
Dr. C received a degree in computer science from Duke University. He is a 2014 graduate from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and attended the University of Connecticut for his orthodontic certificate and Masters in Dental Science. In addition to his academic degrees, he is board certified and a diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics. Only 1 in 3 orthodontists in the country are board-certified.
In his residency, Dr. C’s research focused on creating 3D models of individual patients’ teeth for use in engineering software to calculate movements of the teeth from orthodontic forces.
These models were developed using the
cone-beam CT 3D x-rays, and this process that Dr. C began in his residency is currently being published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.
One of Dr. C’s hobbies is computers and technology. Orthodontics is changing rapidly, and new technology is an important part of the evolving field. Dr. C is excited to integrate new 3D scanning technology into Glades Orthodontics and has years of experience with intraoral scanners, 3D printing, and clear aligners to offer the Clewiston, LaBelle, and Belle Glade communities.
Being a great orthodontist requires keeping up with advancements in the field, which is why Dr. C is a member of the American Board of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Florida Association of Orthodontists, Florida Dental Association, and the Southern Association of Orthodontists, where he often attends continuing education courses to keep current on the newest and most effective treatments in the field.
When not moving teeth, Dr. C enjoys working on cars, playing tennis and racquetball, and traveling and spending time at the beach with his wife Megan.
Financial Coordinator and Office Manager
If you’ve been in the office or called on the phone, you know Chris. She started with Dr. Edwards in 1988 and has continued with Glades Orthodontics. Chris has done it all: she started her career assisting and has since transitioned into managing the front office from reception to financial. She keeps us all organized and on task, a feat not easy to do!
Chris and her husband are staples of the Clewiston community as co-owners of Jimmy Pittman Electrical, Inc of Clewiston, which has helped us in the office quite a number of times as we have renovated and gone digital.
They are both involved with the chamber of commerce, and her husband, John, is an integral member of the Lion’s Club.
Her hobbies include physical fitness and spending time at the beach.
Debbie is a certified orthodontic assistant as well as a licensed dental radiographer who has been with Dr. Edwards since 1995 and has continued with us at Glades Orthodontics. They say no plaque sneaks by Debbie. If it’s there, you’ll know it, and it won’t be there for long.
She was born and raised in Clewiston, which is how she helps our office be the place “where everyone (i.e. Debbie) knows your name.” Dr. C is learning that if there is a problem, Debbie knows someone who can fix it.
Debbie is married and has two sons. She enjoys physical fitness and spending time with family and friends.
Yesenia joined the team as a certified orthodontic assistant in 2006. She speaks English and Spanish, which is extremely helpful because Dr. C’s Spanish is very rusty. Patients are always in great hands with Yesenia and full of smiles.
Outside the office, she keeps busy with her husband and two children. Her hobbies include helping her husband coach their son’s T-Ball league and spending time with family.
Ortho Assistant and Lab Tech