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

Hope King

Hope King has been with us for nearly 20 years. Hope is married with two grown children and four grandchildren. Originally hired as a receptionist, Hope was eager to learn more about clinical dentistry and quickly became cross-trained and certified as a dental assistant. She now serves mainly as the Front Desk Business Associate.In her spare time! Hope and her husband enjoy riding their motorcycles or traveling in their RV.



Hygiene Department

Robon Starling


Robon Starling is a Santa Fe College Dental Hygiene Program graduate. Robon trained as an in-office dental assistant and worked for over six years before beginning her dental hygiene studies. Robon loves spending time outdoors, and with her family, friends, pets and her crafts. She hopes some day to become a dentist.



Dental Assistant

Gretchen Black


Gretchen Black is originally from St. Petersburg, Florida.  She has been a certified dental assistant working in dentistry for over 23 years.  Gretchen is married to Dennis, a University Athletic Association sports producer at the University of Florida.  They have a beautiful little girl, now almost three years old.  Gretchen enjoys outdoors fun, especially Gator sporting events.


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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