Tidal Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
At Tidal Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we are very proud of our staff and dedicated to creating a positive experience for your child. Here are some of the happy faces you will see at Tidal Smiles Pediatric Dentistry.
Meet Our Team
Luke Winter, DDS
Dr. Winter is a native of Berryville, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural History and a minor in Architecture. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from West Virginia University and completed his Pediatric Dentistry specialty training at the Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. He is a member of the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Tidewater Dental Association.
Dr. Winter’s love of caring for children of all ages began when he worked as a pediatric dental assistant during college. While in dental school and residency Dr. Winter participated in a variety of volunteer opportunities including: Special Olympics, Missions of Mercy Project, Give Kids a Smile Program, and food drives with his church. After countless soccer tournaments, fishing expeditions, and golf outings, he is excited to finally call the Tidewater area home. Dr. Winter and his wife, Dr. Pam McDonald, also a pediatric dentist, enjoy spending time with their 3-year-old Australian shepherd, Layla.
Gail V. Plauka, DMD
Dr. Plauka is a Board Certified pediatric dentist and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar of Wake Forest University. She completed her dental degree at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in 1978; then completed a one-year residency in General Dentistry at Eugene Talmadge Memorial Hospital followed by a two-year residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia.
Dr. Plauka is on the staff of Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. She is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Virginia Dental Association, Tidewater Dental Association, Virginia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Plauka has enjoyed speaking at regional and national pediatric dental conferences. She is an active member of First Lutheran Church, Norfolk, where she has served as Church Council President. If she is not practicing dentistry, you will likely find her spending time with her two grown daughters or on the tennis court. Licensed to practice dentistry in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia, Dr. Plauka has practiced dentistry in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake since 1985.
Jordana Efland -Office Administrator
Jordie joined our team as Practice Administrator in 1992. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from University of Hartford in Connecticut. She enjoys working with our families to establish a lifetime of excellent oral health and education. Jordie has been married for over thirty years to her husband, Michael, an insurance agent. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her two beagles.
Dorrie Goss -Scheduling Coordinator
Dorrie has more than 20 years experience in scheduling. She enjoys consulting with families to coordinate the best possible schedule for them. Whether you are present or call into the office, Dorrie is always available to work with you to find the most appropriate solution to any schedule. Outside of work she enjoys puzzles and making greeting cards.
Karen Gresham - Financial Coordinator
Karen has been in the dental field for 17 years. She loves to travel and play board games. It is also her love to play Minecraft with her son. She enjoys the challenge of coordinating insurance and finances.
Victoria Brooks -Clinical Coordinator, Social Media Director
Victoria joined our team in 2011. Her passion is working with children and helping to create a lifetime of good oral health in a positive and fun environment. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, three year old daughter, and two dogs.
Cheryl Boyles - Dental Assistant
We welcomed Cheryl back to our team this year. She has a broad range of experience in the dental field from children to adults. Her passion is working with children and providing them with fun and lasting experiences. Outside of work she enjoys baking and spending time with her husband, daughter, and son.
Miranda Fountain - Dental Assistant
Miranda joined our team in 2016. She has a passion of working with children. She has been helping children create healthy dental habits since 2009. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her three boys.
Kirby Ngo -Dental Assistant
Kirby joined our team in 2014. She enjoys working with children and demonstrating good dental health. Outside of work she enjoys playing video games, disc golf, reading novels, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Olivera Radovanovic - Dental Assistant
Olivera joined our team this year. Children bring her joy and is grateful to be a part of the dental health journey. Outside of work Olivera enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and dog, Charlie. Charlie is a very playful dog and enjoys playing outside.
Stacey Smith - Dental Assistant, Lab Coordinator
Stacey joined our team in 2005. She has worked with kids most of her life and can put them at ease for any dental procedure. Stacey married her high school sweetheart in 2012 and they welcomed their daughter in 2014 and son in 2017. When not working, Stacey enjoys the beach, and spending time with her husband, daughter, son, and dog.