Meet Our Staff

Vickie – Financial Coordinator

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.

Albania – Lab Technician

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.

Dory – Orthodontic Assistant/ Clinical Coordinator

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.

Carmen – Treatment Coordinator

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.

Victoria – Orthodontic Assistant

I started working with Dr. Lastra in the summer of 2016. However, I was a patient of hers about 10 years ago. At the office, I help sterilize instruments, assist chairside, make sure we have the supplies necessary, and help at the front desk. I help out wherever I can. I graduated with my bachelors from FIU with a major in psychology and minor in biology. I am currently enrolled in the FIU Masters of Public Health program, where I am majoring in epidemiology. I plan to apply to dental school when I graduate, and follow in Dr. Lastra’s footsteps and become an amazing doctor. On my free time I like to read, go out on the boat, play with the many animals on my farm, and just have a good time with family and friends.

Susan – Orthodontic Assistant

I was born and studied dentistry in Columbia. My husband and I moved to Puerto Rico in 2011, where we had our daughter, Maria Jose. We, then, moved to Miami in 2013. I am now a certified expanded duties dental assistant, and work as a chairside orthodontic assistant with Dr. Lastra. At the office I help the doctors with many tasks, from sterilizing instruments to bonding braces and retainers to scanning with our iTero machine. On my free time I love riding bike, running, and spending quality time with my husband and daughter.

Katherine – Receptionist

I was born and raised in Panama. I have such happy memories of growing up there and enjoying life with my family and friends. I am a proud mother of three FSU graduate daughters. I love to travel, spend time with my daughters, and watch FSU football. I have been at Dr. Lastra’s office since 2016 and I love working with my coworkers. At the office, I am a receptionist, where I take care of many things, like scheduling appointments, helping patients, gathering patient information, and making sure everyone is happy and being taken care of.

Yolaimy – Schedule Coordinator

I was born in Cuba and moved to France when I was 14 years old. I lived in France for 7 years, where I went to school and was able to perfect the French language. I moved to the United States in 2009 and have been living and enjoying life here ever since. Due to my adventurous past, I am able to speak 3 languages. I work as a receptionist at Dr. Lastra’s office; I answer phones and help patients schedule appointments and anything else they may need. I was blessed with a beautiful daughter that I love to spoil and spend all my time with. I really enjoy exercising, makeup, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends.