Doreen Turnas - Financial Coordinator

Doreen TurnasDoreen has been in dentistry for over 20 years with past experience in assisting and front desk duties. She is one of the newest members to join our team. Born and raised in Connecticut, she moved to Oviedo, Florida in 1993 with her husband and two children. Her children are now grown and married and have given her four grandchildren. Doreen loves to spend time with her family, garden and read novels. "Time with my family is the most important thing to me. We call it family bonding!"

MargaretAnn Malara-Appointment Coordinator

Margaret-Ann MalaraMargaret-Ann has been in the dental field for over 25 years. She was born and raised in New York and moved to Florida in 2002. She is married to Rob and has 3 boys, Anthony, Joey and Michael. She has been with Alafaya Family Dentistry since 2009. In her spare time she likes spending time with family, friends and reading novels.

Char Friese - C.D.A.

Char FrieseChar has been in dentistry since 1986 and joined the team at Alafaya Family Dentistry in 2009. She moved from New England to Florida in 1995 and has lived in Oviedo since 2000. Char enjoys spending her spare time with friends and family.


Becky Lyle - D.A.

Becky LyleBecky has been in dentistry since 1977. She has been with Alafaya Family Dentistry since 1995. She has been married to Ernie for over 25 years and 2 beautiful, grown sons, Sean and Corey. In her spare time she loves to garden and enjoys crafting.


Lori Miller - C.D.A.

Lori MillerLori has been a dental assistant since 1978. She joined Alafaya Family Dentistry in 1990. She was born in Reno, Nevada and grew up in northern California. In her spare time she works as a Jazzercise instructor.



Deborah Lenczyk - R.D.H.

Deborah LenczykDebbie has been working in dentistry since 1984. She has been a dental hygienist since 1992. Debbie is married to David and has 2 children, Jillian and Jameson. Jillian is married and has 2 little girls, Ava and Mia. Jameson will graduate from FSU in 2015. "Go Noles"! In her spare time, Debbie enjoys crafting and playing with her granddaughters. She has been with Alafaya Family dentistry since 1995.

Lori Barnett - R.D.H.

Lori BarnettLori has lived in Orlando since 1972. She graduated from Winter Park High School, Valencia College and St. Petersburg College. Lori has been a dental hygienist for over 30 years and has been with Alafaya Family Dentistry since 2006. She has 2 sons. Ted is a graduate of UCF, married to Meghan and lives in South Carolina. Tyler is a UF graduate and lives here in Orlando. Lori is married to Bill and in her spare time works with Special Olympics and enjoys funning, spending time at the beach and watching sports. “Go Knights” and “Go Gators”!

Karen Ruperto-Rodriquez - E.F.D.A.

Karen Ruperto-RodriquezKaren has been in dentistry for over 25 years. She is originally from New York and moved to Florida in 1996. She started with Alafaya Family Dentistry in 2000 and recently returned. She is married to Carlos and has 3 children. She enjoys the beach, reading and dancing the Argentine Tango.

Vanessa Huber - R.D.H.

Vanessa HuberVanessa joined our office with over 23 years of dental hygiene experience. She is married and has a 10 year old son. In her spare time she enjoys working out, jogging, and spending time with her family. Vanessa is the chairperson for the local Celiac Support Association.

Laurie Wich - Accounting

Laurie WichLaurie has been in dentistry for over 30 years. She moved to Clearwater in 1979 and has resided in the Orlando area for the last 25 years. She has been with Alafaya Family Dentistry for the last 11 years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her hobbies include: music and classic car shows. She owns a 1966 convertible Chevelle and a 1991 Firebird. She enjoys taking her cars to weekend car shows.

Prevention and Treatment of Root Canal Infections

By Dr. David Ross - 6/4/13

At Alafaya Family Dentistry, Dr. David Ross and Dr. Karen Schmitt help Oviedo patients avoid root canal infections, and they offer effective treatment when the condition does occur.

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Inlays and Onlays: What Are They?

By Dr. David Ross - 5/6/13

Our Oviedo dentists explain the differences between inlays and onlays, dental restorations that are used to replace lost tooth structure.

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Newly Expanded Dental Website to Better Serve Patients in Orlando

By Dr. David Ross - 5/1/13

For patients in the Orlando area, the Alafaya Family Dentistry website is now the premier resource for learning more about cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry.

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