Meet Our Staff


I first got my braces in 1980, and I loved my new smile so much that I came to work with Dr. Lastra in 1981. Over the years, I have met many wonderful patients, and now we are seeing the children of some of those patients. It has been so much fun to be in one place for so long and see the changes in the lives of these people and their families.

At work, I keep myself busy by making sure our bills are up-to-date and that your insurance claims are filed and filled. I also try to make sure we have the office supplies we need to run the business part of the office.

When I am not at work, I like going for walks, reading, Facebook and being with my friends and family. I am also kept busy with my cats, which are my children.


I was born in Cuba and then moved to New York, where I lived for many years. Since moving to Florida, I have come to love the outdoors, the beach and the warm weather.

I have worked for several years as a Dental Assistant in other specialties. I've been Dr. Lastra's Orthodontic Assistant since December 1989. I've watched many of our patients grow up.

I regularly fix Cuban coffee a couple of times per day for the staff and patients. Someday, I would like to go to cooking school. I am always searching for new recipes to make nice dishes for parties and holidays.


My name is Albania, but they call me Alba. I have been working here since 1988 as a Lab Technician. I make your models when you first start your treatment, and I sometimes make your retainers when you finish your treatment. Since I am always back in our lab, you might not see me often.

My daughter, Veronica, was only three years old when I started working here, and she has already graduated from college. She has grown up in our office and is our pride and joy.

I love working with my hands and am a talented seamstress. I also love decorating.


I have worked with Dr. Lastra since March 2000. For a short time, I worked in the Treatment Area, but I am now working as the Receptionist. I help Dr. Lastra keep up with her meetings and appointments. Sometimes, I get to be in the first exam appointment when Carmen is doing records. I like meeting and getting to know new people.

I have lots of fun at work. If it is your birthday, I will give you a birthday hat and sing "Happy Birthday" to you!

My favorite things in life are food, friends and family. I have two children and a little dog. My daughter is a graduate from the University of Miami and Florida International University's Law School. She is now a lawyer. My son is just starting college, and he is a typical guy. He loves having fun just like me.


I came to the United States in 2000 and have been working for Dr. Lastra since January 2001. I love my work as an Orthodontic Assistant because I enjoy working with the kids.

My husband, Ivan, and I have a daughter who is the joy of our lives. We share very special times together. We also have a dog named Barbie. I enjoy exercising, traveling and playing tricks on the rest of the staff.


I used to work for many years as a flight attendant. I started working for Dr. Lastra in June 2005. I am the Treatment Coordinator. I get to see all of our new patients. Part of my job is to help explain your treatment, the fees and payment schedules; take X-Rays, impressions and photos; and make up the files for all of our new patients. I also take the final records, so I get to see everyone from the beginning to the end of their treatment.

I like my workplace and co-workers, especially Dory, my daughter.

When I am not at work, I like watching movies, dancing and having a good time with my friends and family. I love animals, nature, kids and being with my family, especially my granddaughter.


I started working with Dr. Lastra part-time in June 2010 and help to sterilize instruments, assist chair side and also help at the front desk. I answer phones, confirm patients, help with computer issues, check patients in/out and type letters. My favorite thing at work is Millie's Cuban coffee and the snacks she brings.

I am a full-time student at FIU and am studying biology. In the little free time I have available, I like to read, watch movies, go to the park and hang out with friends. Also, I adore my little dog, Princess.


I began working at the reception desk in August 2012. I answer phones, schedule and confirm appointments, print letters and file patient charts. People say I am quiet, cheerful and make others laugh. I try to help everyone with wherever is needed.

In my spare time I like to go to the beach, dancing and see movies. I adore my black Lab mix named Bella. Currently, I am attending Miami Dade College and am preparing to become a vet because I love animals.