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.


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.


Crystal Wingo

Hi!! My family and I have been in the VA Beach area since 2002. In this time I took almost 10 years off to focus on my family. I am also a military wife of 13 years, I was lucky enough to marry my high school love. We have 3 beautiful children and our fur baby. I enjoy spending time with family near and far, as well as just hanging out at home building and crafting with my children and husband. I was welcomed back to the workforce with an office full of love, laughs and understanding. It's already been a year and I'm still excited to be a part of this team!


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