Meet Our Team
Dr. Stuart Dropkin
Dr Stuart Dropkin, D.M.D. graduated with Honors from The University of Florida College of Dentistry in 1978 and was accepted for a one year General Dentistry residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, now Carolinas Medical Center.
“I was invited to join the dental practice of Dr Alvin Savage, Chairman of the Florida State Board of Dental Examiners after he graded me on my state license exam. He was one of the world’s best restorative dentists and it was a privilege learning from him. Over my many years in private practice it has been both gratifying and exciting for me to build on this foundation, following advances in technology, techniques, and materials to restore the smiles and health of my patients.”
Dr Dropkin is passionate about having an impact on his patient’s appearance, wellbeing and function. Dentistry fulfills an artistic bent and allows for creativity. Dr Dropkin’s Psychology background aids him to successfully treat patients that may have become fearful from previous experiences.
A loyal Gator, Dr Dropkin loves treating sports fans of every stripe and color combination. He is a past President of the Central Florida Gator Club, Orlando Touchdown Club and on the Selection Committee of the Florida Citrus Sports Association. Dr Dropkin is an amateur chef and serves up delicious vegan meals and he plays golf poorly.
- Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry
- Fellow, International Congress of Oral Implantology
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- Central District Fental Association
- Dental Society of Greater Orlando
- Academy of General Dentistry
- International Congress of Oral Implantology
Originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts and has over 20 years experience in dentistry. She enjoys working with a great doctor and staff and has found that here in this office. On a personal note, she has a black belt in karate, and enjoys working out in the gym. The thing she enjoys most is spending time with her family.
Bernadette is the expanded functions dental assistant with over 30 years of experience in the dental field including Orthodontics and Dental Hygiene. Originally from and educated in New Jersey, Bernadette now thoroughly enjoys working with Dr Dropkin and being a part of his wonderful team. She strives to make our patients feel comfortable and happy with their personal dental experiences. She is an avid ultra marathoner and routinely runs distances over 26.2 miles.
Jackie Burt McDonough, CRDH, MS
Jackie’s passion for dental hygiene is unwavering. She strives for perfection while maintaining the comfort of her patients, many of whom have been with her for many years. “The patients feel like family. I work with them to successfully implement resolutions to challenging preventative oral issues.” A leader in her field, Jackie served two terms on the Florida State Board of Dentistry, is a past President of the Florida Dental Hygiene Association, Florida Allied Dental Educators, and the Orlando Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. Jackie is the current Director of Dental Operations for Community Health Centers, Inc.
Laura Mae Urban
Laura Mae is originally from a small rural town in Minnesota but has lived in Florida since 2001. She has been in the dental field for over 10 years and loves what she does. She enjoys the interaction with both her patients and her coworkers. In her down time you will find her rooting for her favorite football team, the Minnesota Vikings, at her daughter’s volleyball tournaments, relaxing on the beach, or running a 5K.
Terri Zickefoose, RDH
Terri likes to ride tandem on her Harley with her husband when she is not performing dental hygiene. She was Dr Dropkin’s chair side dental assistant before she returned to school for dental hygiene.