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, serving 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 five 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:

Hope King

Hope King has been with us for nearly 20 years. Hope is married with two grown children, one of whom is currently pursuing her dental career in another state. Equally comfortable in the reception area and assisting the doctor, her main role is Front Desk Business Associate. Hope loves dentistry and we love Hope!

Hygiene Department

Tara Ivie

Tara Ivie is a Santa Fe College Dental Hygiene Program graduate with a wealth of dental knowledge. Tara brings many years of dental hygiene experience to our office.  Interestingly, Tara is also a small business owner.  She sews quilts, purses and most anything else the customer requests.


Brittany Brower

Brittany Brower is also a Sante Fe College Hygiene program graduate with a second degree in Art Studio. She resides in Gainesville with her daughter and is pursuing her bachelor's degree in Health Sciences.

Dental Assistant

Laura Lipphardt

Laura Lipphardt has been in the dental field for 21 years. She has worked both as our receptionist/front desk person and as a dental assistant. She trained on the job and then got her certifications at the University of Florida. She has two children and five grandchildren. She spends her time traveling and loves any sort of outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, and hiking.

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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