Gainesville FL dentist office, Millhopper Family Dentistry
Meet the Staff

Doctors

Registered Dental Hygienists

Dental and Sterilization Assistants

Front Office


Doctors

Dr. Kenneth W. Knopf

 

Kenneth W. Knopf, D.M.D.

Dr. 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.

 


Dr. Alecia Skipper McDonald

 

Alecia Skipper McDonald, D.M.D.

Alecia 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, and Jack.


Dr. Richard G. Spooner

Richard G. Spooner, D.M.D.

Dr. 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.

 


Dr. Christopher Kuhns, DMD

Christopher S. Kuhns, D.M.D.

Christopher S. Kuhns, DMD was raised in Stuart, Florida, graduated from the University of Florida, College of Dentistry with Research High Honors, The Academy of General Dentistry award, the Pierre Fauchard award, and the OKU Ethics award. He completed his undergraduate studies at UF with a major in Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Dr. Kuhns is a member of the Alachua County Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Florida Dental Association.

When Dr. Kuhns is not practicing he enjoys playing disc golf, traveling, and attending Gator sporting events with his wife, Mary. He enjoys science, technology, and building computers.

 

Dental Hygienists

Millhopper Family Hygienists


Nancy

Nancy, R.D.H.
Registered Dental Hygienist

Nancy 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.


Tammy

Tammy, R.D.H.
Registered Dental Hygienist

Tammy 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.


Kelly

Kelly, R.D.H.
Registered Dental Hygienist

Kelly'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.


Jenna

Jenna, R.D.H.
Registered Dental Hygienist

Jenna 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.


Addie

Addie, R.D.H.
Registered Dental Hygienist

Addie 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.


Whitney

Whitney, R.D.H.
Registered Dental Hygienist

Whitney 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."


Miranda

Maranda, R.D.H.
Registered Dental Hygienist

Maranda is one of our many dental hygienists. She graduated from Santa Fe Community college with an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. 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.


Susan

Susan, R.D.H.
Registered Dental Hygienist

Susan 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.

 

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Dental Assistants

Millhopper Family Assistants


Sterilization Assistant

Vanessa

Vanessa
Dental Assistant


Vanessa has been living in Gainesville since 1988. She started working at Millhopper Family Dentistry in 2007. She graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at Santa Fe Community College in June 2008. Vanessa enjoys working as a sterilization tech and a dental assistant. In her free time she likes to make jewelry, go to the beach, and spend time with her cat, Kyo.


Dental Assistants

Brenda

Brenda
Dental Assistant

Brenda is an experienced dental assistant and has over 30 years of experience. She has been with Millhopper Family Dentistry since 2001, and her favorite aspect of her job is cultivating lasting relationships with her patients.

Brenda has been a Gainesville resident for over 25 years. She is happily married and has been for 20 years. In her spare time, she likes spend time with her two beautiful daughters, and her granddaughter. Brenda loves to garden and had a beautiful collection of orchids.


Tami

Tami, C.D.A.
Certified Dental Assistant

Tami 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.


Natalie S.

Natalie,
Dental Assistant

Natalie 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.


Jenny

Jenny, C.D.A.
Certified Dental Assistant

Jenny 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."


Wendy

Wendy,
Dental Assistant

Wendy is one of our Dental Assistants. She joined our office in January, 2010. She was born and raised in Gainesville, FL then moved to Lake City, FL where she currently lives. Wendy always wants to help anywhere she can. She does many things for the office. She works on the front desk and in sterilization whenever needed. She really loves working with people and helping them make the best decisions for all their dental needs, and most of all she loves to see people smile.

Wendy has three teenage children, Autumn, Kailie, and Brett. Besides spending time with her family and friends, Wendy loves to go to the beach, and she heads for the waves every chance she gets. She loves hunting, fishing, and raising animals on her family farm. Football and baseball are her favorite sports, and she is a die-hard Gator Girl. Wendy has a very special, spoiled companion named "Zanie" who gets lots of "Scooby Snacks' and kisses on a daily basis.


Traci

Traci,
Dental Assistant

Traci began her dental experience in 1995 as a dental assistant. She assisted for 5 years before graduating from Santa Fe College in 2000 eith a 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!"

   

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Front Office


Jessica

Jessica
Office Administator

Jessica 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."


Cheryl

Cheryl
Office Administrator

Cheryl is one of our office administrators. She has been a part of our Millhopper family since 2005 when she and her family moved here from New York. With her kind and outgoing personality she is always eager to assist our patients and staff in any way she can.

 


Amanda

Amanda
Administrative Assistant

Amanda 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, taking her kids to the park, and going on family vacations.


Sharon

Sharon
Administrative Assistant

Sharon is one of many smiling faces to greet you when visiting Millhopper Family Dentistry. Sharon became part of our Adminsitrative 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.


Timothy

Timothy Murphy
Administrative Assistant

Timothy Murphy was born in Gainesville, 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.


Chanté

Chanté
Administrative Assistant

Chanté is one of our Administrative Assistants. She began working at Millhopper Family Dentistry in 2008. Chanté is always enthusiastic in welcoming you when you walk through our door. She is happy and eager to help all of our patients with a friendly smile.

Chanté attends Santa Fe Community College where she is earning her Associate of Science Degree in Health Information Management. Chanté was born in Virginia, but has been in Florida for 20 years.

Chanté loves to go to the beach and hang out with her family.

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