Our entire staff is highly qualified and very professional in their work. We endeavor to be a one-stop facility for all your dental needs and strive to serve all your requirements at all times.

Our Doctors

Kenneth W. Knopf, D.M.D.

Kenneth W. KnopfDr. Kenneth W. Knopf graduated from the University Of Florida College Of Dentistry in 1980. He has been practicing dentistry here in Gainesville since his graduation. Dr. Knopf attended Cornell University in New York for his undergraduate. He also has his masters and PhD in Entomology. Dr. Knopf is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Alachua County Dental Association and the Central District Association.

Dr. Knopf and his wife, Debby, together have four children, Craig, Jessica, Kyle and Marissa. Two of the four work in various capacities in the office.

In his spare time, Dr. Knopf enjoys running, fishing, hunting and woodworking.

Alecia Skipper McDonald, D.M.D.

Alecia Skipper McDonaldAlecia Skipper McDonald, D.M.D. is a graduate of the University of Florida, College of Dentistry. She also completed her undergraduate studies at UF with a major in microbiology. She is a huge GATOR fan and has fallen in love with the city of Gainesville so much so that she has decided to practice here in Gainesville.

Dr. McDonald is a member of the Alachua County Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association and the Central District Dental Association.

Dr. McDonald was born in Pensacola, Florida, the cradle of aviation. She comes from a military family and relocated to a new adventure every five years, living in many areas of the country as well as overseas in the Philippines. Of course, traveling has become her passion and she is always planning for the next holiday or family vacation.

In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, and spending time with her husband, Brady and their children, Chesley, Elle, Jack and Skip.

Richard G. Spooner, D.M.D.

Richard G. SpoonerDr. Spooner was born in Colorado, but raised in Citrus County Florida. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida in Nutritional Science. He went on to graduate from the University Of Florida College Of Dentistry.

Dr. Spooner is a member of the American Dental Association and the Florida Dental Association.

In his spare time he enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife and children.

Valentina Ayala, D.M.D.

Valentina Ayala, D.M.D. Dr. Ayala was born in California, USA but raised in Venezuela. She attended dental school in Caracas, Venezuela where she graduated as a Dentist for the first time. However, later that year, the political situation in Venezuela became unstable and Dr. Ayala decided to move to the United States to improve her English, in hopes that the situation would eventually get better for her to move back. However, she met her husband, and then she knew she was not going back to Venezuela. She worked as a dental assistant, and later as a dental hygienist until she was accepted into the University Of Florida College Of Dentistry.

She completed the Comprehensive Dentistry program, a Certificate in Public Health at the University of Florida, and she committed to the 4 year DMD program at the University of Florida where she obtained her second dental degree.

Dr. Ayala and her husband Andres have two beautiful daughters, and they have made Gainesville their home. They enjoy camping, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Ayala is a member of the American Dental Association, The Florida Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Alachua County Dental Association.

Our Dental Hygienists

Gainesville hygiene group


Registered Dental Hygienist

NancyNancy is one of our dental hygienists. She attended St. Petersburg College where she received an Associate of Arts degree. After eleven years as a dental assistant Nancy attended Northern Virginia Community College and received a degree in Dental Hygiene in 1990.

As a hygienist at Millhopper Family Dentistry since 1992, Nancy enjoys many long term patients and is always eager to educate them on their everyday oral care needs.

Nancy has been happily married for forty years to Greg. They have a wonderful daughter and son-in-law and a two granddaughters, who they love to spoil. For relaxation, Nancy enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


Registered Dental Hygienist

TammyTammy is one of our dental hygienists. She is very personable and makes all patients feel at home. Tammy grew up in High Springs, and is currently living in Alachua. While in her senior year of high school she began her dental hygiene education. She graduated in 1992 with her Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Santa Fe Community College. Tammy has been a part of our team since 1995.

Tammy is married to Scotty and they have a son, Zach, and a daughter, Savannah.

Tammy’s hobbies include scrap-booking, boating, and spending quality time with her family.


Registered Dental Hygienist

KellyKelly’s dental experience began in 1995 when she worked as one of our sterilization assistants. It was during that time that she became motivated to pursue a dental hygiene career. She graduated in 1999 with honors from Santa Fe Community College with an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She rejoined our team in December of 1999 as a full time hygienist.

Kelly loves spending time with her family. She and her husband, Kevin were raised in Gainesville. They have two very energetic kids, Megan and Jacob who keep them laughing. They love to play with their big brother, Ruger, their blonde Labrador.

“Working at Millhopper Family Dentistry has been great! I have the best of both worlds. Working part-time after the birth of my kids has allowed me to really appreciate the love I have for my time with my babies and continuing my career with great patients and fantastic staff. I feel very blessed.”
Kelly works hard at making her patients feel welcome.


Registered Dental Hygienist

JennaJenna is one of our many dental hygienists. She graduated from SFCC in 2001 and was a dental assistant before entering the dental hygiene program.

Jenna loves spending time with (and chasing after) her Son, Ethan, and three mini-dachshunds (Daisy, Lily, and Audie). Jenna enjoys the outdoors and in her spare time heads to the gym for an intense workout.

Jenna loves working with children as well as adults trying to achieve exceptional dental health and in building a long lasting friendship with our patients.


Registered Dental Hygienist

AddieAddie has been working in the dental field since she was 15 years old. She began her career as a dental assistant and then completed the Dental Hygiene Program at SFCC in 2006. Addie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education from the University of Florida.

Addie was born and raised in Bradenton, Florida and has been living in Gainesville since 2002. She enjoys playing the violin, exercising and spending time with her friends, family and pets.

Addie enjoys seeing patients of all ages and helps to make their dental visits as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.


Registered Dental Hygienist

WhitneyWhitney is one of our many dental hygienists. She graduated in May 2007 from Santa Fe Community College with an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.

Whitney is a life long resident of Lake City, Florida where she lives with her husband, Dustin and their daughter, Peyton who was born in summer 2008. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

“I am enthusiastic and love interacting with my patients, helping them achieve optimal dental health.”


Registered Dental Hygienist

MarandaMaranda is one of our many dental hygienists. She graduated from Santa Fe Community college with an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She is also currently working on her Bachelors of Dental hygiene to better treat her patients with the latest advancements and treatments of periodontology. On her days off from Millhopper Family Dentistry she also teaches at Santa Fe College as an adjunct clinical dental hygiene professor. Before her days as a hygienist she worked at Millhopper Family Dentistry as a dental assistant.

Maranda was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. In her spare time she likes to read literature about the dental field to stay on top of the newest research and developments for her patients. Maranda and her husband, James are true animal lovers and currently have three dogs that they have adopted from local animal shelters.


Registered Dental Hygienist

SusanSusan is one of our many dental hygienists. She graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Santa Fe College. She also graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Travel and Tourism Management in 2005.

Susan was raised here in Gainesville and loves spending her free time with her son.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Certified Dental Assistant

NatalieNatalie has truly been a part of the Millhopper “Family”. At the age of three, Natalie had her first Dental visit and has been coming to the office since, and continues as a Dental Assistant now with two years past Sterilization experience in the office. Natalie is in school currently working towards becoming a dental hygienist at Santa Fe Community College.

Natalie was raised here in Gainesville and loves to spend time with her family, watch the Gators play, and play with her little dogs, Bradley and Carlee.


Our Dental Assistants

Gainesville dental assistants


Certified Dental Assistant

TamiTami is one of our expanded functions dental assistants. One of Tami’s biggest responsibilities is being our head assistant. She is our implant coordinator and goes beyond the call of duty wherever necessary. She has been employed since 1998. Tami is a sincere, polite, and friendly person who prides herself on making your appointment as soothing as possible.

Tami attended Jacksonville dental assisting school and has been working as an assistant since 1991. She also attended the University of Florida where she received her Expanded Duties Certification.
Tami is from Keystone Heights, Florida and is the youngest of five children in her family. She is married and has a daughter, Alexis.

Spending time with her husband and daughter consume most of Tami’s free time, along with waterskiing with her husband and friends.


Certified Dental Assistant

JennyJenny is one of our expanded duties dental assistants. She has been a dental assistant since 1994. Jenny loves to make our patients feel welcome and comfortable during their dental treatment. Jenny received her expanded duties certification and radiology license from the University of Florida. She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida.

Jenny is originally from Palm Beach, Florida and she grew up in beautiful Jupiter, Florida. Jenny moved to Gainesville in 2003 and has since made Gainesville her home. She and her husband, Justin enjoy spending time together with their family and friends, exercising, cooking, and spoiling their dogs Lady and Percy. Jenny and Justin are proud parents of two boys, Justin Too and Jackson.

“I enjoy providing quality care for our patients and I love being a part of the Millhopper team.”


Registered Dental Hygienist

Dental Assistant

TraciTraci began her dental experience in 1995 as a dental assistant. She assisted for 5 years before graduating from Santa Fe College in 2000 with an AS degree in Dental Hygiene. She joined our team in 1998 and worked with us until 2008 when she decided to stay home with her children for a few years. She rejoined our family in 2012.

In her spare time Traci enjoys watching her son play baseball and her daughter play softball, as well as running and making rips to her favorite place on earth, the beach! “I am thankful to be a part of the Millhopper Family! This is truly home for me and I hope to make my patients feel the same way!”


Dental Assistant

Kim takes pride in the great dental assistant that she it! Kim has been in the dental field with a local Orthodontic office since 1999. She joined our practice in 2012. She is a great addition to our office family with the skills that she obtained from working in an orthodontic office. She loves working with people and helping them make the best decisions for all their dental needs.

Kim was born and raised just outside of the Gainesville area. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as her two doges, Emmitt and Lana. She gives to the community by volunteering at West Side Baptist Church at their Samaritan Clinic on Thursday nights as much as she can. She also enjoys going on Medical/Dental mission trips to Brazil. She enjoys helping people, making everyone smile, and loves being a part of this Millhopper Family Team.


SteveCertified Dental Assistant

Steve is one of Millhopper Family Dentistry’s dental assistants. He enjoys assisting patients with dental anxiety and answering questions to ensure our patients understand their dental procedures.

Steve graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s in Entomology and Nematology. After discovering his passion for dentistry he attended the Dental Assisting program at Santa Fe. Steve now loves being in the dental field and has aspirations to one day become a dentist himself.


Certified Dental Assistant

Information coming soon!Alyssa


Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Information coming soon!


Certified Dental Assistant
Sterilization Assistant

Information coming soon!


Our Sterilization Assistants

Sterilization Assistants


Sterilization Assistant
Savannah is one of our sterilization technicians. She was born and raised in Gainesville and has been a member of Millhopper Family Dentistry her whole life as her mom, Tammy is a dental hygienist in our office. She is currently attending Santa Fe College working on her AA, where she plans to pursue a career in dental media.

She enjoys going to concerts, photography, and spending time with her cat, Roxy.


Sterilization Assistant
Certified Dental Assistant

Lisa grew up in Middleburg and has moved to Gainesville to work as a dental assistant and further her education in the dental field. In 2014 she graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Florida State College in Jacksonville with each of the Dental Assisting Expanded Duties and her Radiology License.

At Millhopper Family Dentistry she is cross-trained in Assisting and Sterilization.
She enjoys spending her spare time with her sister, Tina, who inspired her to join the dental community. Lisa’s hobbies include competitive video-gaming and participating in Florida’s many comic book conventions.

Our Front Office Staff

Gainesville front desk


Office Administrator

jessicaJessica is one of our office administrators. She has been at Millhopper Family Dentistry since 2002. Jessica is always smiling and doing her best to make the office run smoothly.

Jessica has lived in the area all her life. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.

When Jessica is not working she enjoys spending time with her loving husband, Bob and traveling. Jessica and Bob have a sweet hound dog named Sugar.

“This office is like a big family and it is full of exciting people.”


Administrative Assistant

AmandaAmanda is one of our administrative assistants. She has been with our practice since 2005. Amanda has lived in Gainesville most of her life and attended Santa Fe Community College.

Outside the office Amanda loves spending time with her family. She and her husband, Frank, have 2 daughters, Anna and Ally, who are the light of their lives. Amanda enjoys movies with her husband, spending time with her kids, and going on family vacations.


Administrative Assistant

Sharon Sharon is one of many smiling faces to greet you when visiting Millhopper Family Dentistry. Sharon became part of our Administrative team in April 2007. She is happy to help you with any questions you may have regarding new patient appointments, insurance and scheduling dental procedures.

Sharon enjoys reading, nature, and taking day trips around the state. She is keen on family dinners featuring spicy dishes, shared with her husband, Keith, their two daughters, and their husbands.


Administrative Assistant

TimothyTimothy Murphy was born in Gainesville, and then grew up in Alachua.

He started working with MFD in 2007, and is planning to go to SFCC in January to further his education.

In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar and dancing.


Administrative Assistant


Erica is one of our administrative assistants. She started at Millhopper Family Dentistry in 2007. She is always happy to help with any scheduling or insurance questions.

Erica enjoys spending with with her husband, Kyle, and their two children, Kyleigh and Waylon. They are involved in their church and their favorite vacation spot is the beach! Erica also enjoys going out on the boat, shopping, and spending time with her friends.

“Millhopper allows me to have equal time with my work family, as well as my family at home. It truly is the best place to work!”

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