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.


Registered Dental Hygienist

I knew from a young age that I wanted to have a career in dental hygiene. I love helping my patients feel more confident in their smile.  I am very glad I ended up in the field of dentistry and love getting to meet new patients.  


I am originally from Panama City Florida which is where I graduated dental hygiene school.  I have moved to Virginia Beach in May 2023 due to my boyfriend Ian being stationed here.  Together we have a spoiled chocolate lab named Milo and love to spend our time outside!

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.

Cynthia Soto

I moved to the Virginia Beach area in June 2022. I married my high school sweetheart in 2019 and we have 2 fur babies. Originally from Delaware, we relocated here for my husband’s National Guard duties.

 I have a new found love for reading and we love spending time with our families. I am overjoyed to have been welcomed by such loving and caring team, along with amazing patients.

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