Dental Staff

Gainesville, FL Dental Staff

Welcome to RLS Dental! We invite you to meet Doctor Smith and his dedicated staff. Here at RLS Dental we strive to maintain the highest level of professionalism and joy while staying abreast of latest trends in dentistry. It would be our pleasure to have you join our dental family.

Dr. Richard L Smith

Dentist in Gainesville, FL

Richard L Smith, DDS

Dr. Richard Smith received his dental degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City with high honors. He was commissioned by the U.S. Public Health Service, serving in Gainesville, Florida and Portland, Maine. During these years, he researched the role of fluoride in the prevention of decay.

Dr. Smith returned to Gainesville as a post-doctoral fellow at Sunland Training Center, after which he began his long and successful career as a Gainesville dentist. Along the way he began the dental assistant program at Santa Fe College, served as its first supervising dentist, and taught clinical dentistry at the University of Florida College of Dentistry--all the while maintaining his dental practice.

He has been cited many times as one of "America's Top Dentists" by Consumer's Research Council, was elected to the membership in the International College of Dentists, the American Academy of Operative Dentistry and the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration. He has been recognized by his fellow Gainesville dentists as "Gainesville's Master of Dentistry." Dr. Smith's mission is to provide the best dental care he possibly can over the entire life of his clients, and to do so with joy and kindness.


Meet Our Wonderful and Caring Dental Staff:

When you arrive you will be meeted by our wonderful staff who will make you feel at home.



Front Desk

Tori Cook


Tori Cook is from Gainesville and has worked in dentistry for over nine years. Most of her experience has been as an administrative assistant, so she is excited to begin cross-training as a dental assistant here at RLS Dental. Tori enjoys playing the guitar, hanging out with family and friends, playing with her dog, and just being outdoor.



Hygiene Department

Robon Starling


Robon Starling is a Santa Fe College Dental Hygiene Program graduate. She trained in-office as a dental assistant and worked several years before beginning her dental hygiene studies. Recently, she married a local fireman, Christopher Trahan. They love spending "together time" outdoors and with their family, friends, and dogs. Robon hopes to become a dentist someday.



Dental Assistant

Cindi Bodiford


Cindi Bodiford has been a certified dental assistant for over 30 years. She began her career in Orlando, moved to Tallahassee, and then on to this area in 2016, here to stay! Cindi has been married to her husband, Dennis, for 31 years. They enjoy boating, camping, and any activity that takes them outdoors. They also enjoy time with family, friends, and their three dogs.


Office Hours
Tuesday:8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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