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Meet the Team


Terri Deffenbaugh
Practice Administrator

I’ve lived in the Hampton Roads area since the age of 2. My career in the dental field started in 1982 as a chairside assistant . Over the years I discovered that organization and paperwork were more my niche. So I moved to the front desk handling insurance claims and accounts. I have been happily working for Dr. Caravas since February, 1997.
I am married and have a grown son in the U.S. Coast Guard. In my spare time I love to travel, cook, and play with my cat, Stewie.

Rena Lovely-Williams
Scheduling Coordinator

I come to the dental field with 15 years of front office experience. I’ve been with Dr. Caravas’ office for over 4 years. There is nothing I like more than the interaction and helping of patients.
I’ve lived in Norfolk, VA most of my life. I have been married since 1991 and have two wonderful children. In my spare time you will find me baking and decorating cakes.

Anna Haupt
Registered Dental Hygienist

I knew I wanted to be a dental hygienist since the 7th grade. After graduating from Trinity Episcopal High School in Richmond, I attended Old Dominion University where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in May 1980. In 1981 I married my husband Kelly and moved to Virginia Beach. While raising our son Stephen (who is now attending dental school in Richmond), I continued my career. I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Caravas since 1986. I have enjoyed assisting our patients in maintaining their oral health from their youth, through adulthood and parenthood. I now see many of my patients’ children!
In my spare time I enjoy traveling, playing tennis, and I’m learning to play golf.

Karen Slowik
Registered Dental Hygienist

My journey in dentistry began in Annapolis, Maryland in 1969 when I started working after school and on weekends as a dental assistant. Our hygienist encouraged me to consider a career in dental hygiene, and upon noticing that she was the happiest person in the office I decided that was the choice for me.
My Navy pilot husband and I received orders to Florida where I completed dental hygiene training and graduated in 1975. Our next duty station was Virginia Beach. I’ve had the privilege of working for Dr. Caravas since 1985.
I have been married since 1971; my husband is a Delta Air Lines captain. We have a grown daughter and son, and two grand-puppies:  Oliver and Annabelle.

Melinda Smith
Certified Dental Assistant

I’ve been Dr. Caravas’ assistant since 2000. I love working chairside directly with all of our wonderful patients. I have over 20 years experience as a dental assistant, earning my certification at Pitt Community College in North Carolina.
A Virginia Beach native, I love reading, traveling with family and friends, and spending time at the oceanfront. I have been married since 1988, and have a daughter attending college.

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