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Dr. Karlene Wright is committed to providing you the best dental care possible with the latest technology available.
Karlene M. Wright, D.D.S.
She earned her dental degree in 2001 at Howard University College of Dentistry and completed her residency the following year at Howard University Hospital. Upon graduation, Dr. Wright received the prestigious Dr. E. Preston Lee Award for her proficiency in operative dentistry and the Dr. Coleman R. Tuckson and Mrs. Evelyn Tuckson Award to recognize her academic excellence in patient sensitivity and outstanding achievement in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.
Dr. Wright is a member of many professional organizations including the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Maryland State Dental Association, Southern Maryland Dental Society, and International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics. She values continuing education for herself and her staff.
She has served as a volunteer to treat patients in underserved areas in Jamaica and has also provided dental education to children in the local community. Dr. Wright is married and has three wonderful children who keep her young. She enjoys running, spending time outdoors, and traveling.
“I try to treat each patient as if they were a family member. From the moment you walk in our door, I want you to feel comfortable and relaxed knowing that we will take great care of you.”
-Dr. Karlene Wright
LORI- Dental Hygienist
We know that having an outstanding dental hygienist is critical and we're thrilled that Lori joined our practice in 2015. Lori has been practicing as a dental hygienist since 1988 when she graduated with a B.S. from University of Maryland. She is a Maryland native and lives in Laurel with her husband and three busy sons, Nicholas, Matthew, and Andrew.
HANNA- Dental Hygienist
Hanna has been a part of our team since March 2021. Hanna graduated from Dental Hygiene school in 2016. She provides compassionate care to patients and always wants them to leave feeling happy, comfortable and looking forward to their next dental visit! When she’s not cleaning teeth, she enjoys spending her weekends with her fiancé, Kevin, friends and family. Hanna is a foodie and a frequent brewery & winery visitor. She loves checking out different spots and enjoying all the tasty dishes!
JOANNA- Certified Dental Assistant
Joanna, our Lead Dental Assistant, has been in the dental field for almost 20 years and joined our team in 2017. She is passionate about her work and likes to make sure all patients have a comfortable experience by providing a calm and welcoming environment. Born and raised in Delaware, she has been living in DC/Baltimore area for the past several years. Outside of work she enjoys the outdoors, yoga, music, food and traveling!
SHELBY- Certified Dental Assistant
Shelby is an exceptional dental assistant that is also bilingual in English and Spanish. She is from the beautiful island of Roatan, Honduras. She began dental assisting in 2019 and joined AFDOC in 2020- she is an integral part of our team! Shelby enjoys caring for our patients and making them feel comfortable. Outside of work she enjoys beaches, sunshine, and being at the gym.
MARGO- Front Desk/Dental Assistant
Bio coming soon!
LAUREN- Practice Manager
Lauren, our Practice Manager, is the first person that you're likely to speak with and meet at our office. She joined our practice in 2013 and is very passionate about making our guests feel the highest level of comfort. As you get to know her, you'll likely find that coming to a dental office is more enjoyable than you imagined! She started her career in the dental field over 17 years ago and is always striving for superior service to ensure a great experience. Family, Vinny (woof!), Nyla (woof!), friends, nature, laughing, and wine are at the top of her list!