Our Team

South Goldenrod Dental Care aims to provide individuals with a comfortable and relaxing environment where we strive to exceed your expectations through professional results and our friendly staff.

Dr. Stephen Shafer 

Dr. Stephen Shafer received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D. M. D.) degree from the University of Louisville Dental School in 1974. He has completed over 500 hours of continuing education courses in order to stay up to date on modern techniques and technologies.  One of Dr. Shafer’s interests is restoring implants. He has studied at the Zimmer Institute for Dental Implants learning techniques for implant retained dentures and hybrid bridges.  Dr. Shafer graduated from Edgewater High School here in Orlando.  His pre-dental education was done at the University of West Florida in Pensacola where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Dr. Shafer has been married to Mrs. Shafer for 41 years.  They have two daughters and three grandchildren.  In his time away from the office Dr. Shafer’s  greatest passion is coaching high school basketball.  He has spent 25 years working with student athletes here in Orange County.  It is practically a second career.    

Deborah Robinson (Dental Hygienist)

Hi I’m Deborah originally from Gainesville Florida. I’ve been in the Dental field for over forty years. I’ve been practicing Dental Hygiene for 29 years I came to work with Dr. Shafer nine years ago. I can say I can wake up every day and say, “I love what I do.” I enjoy making people feel more comfortable while they have dental treatment. I enjoy the challenges of educating patients about their dental health and feel rewarded when they are compliant and give 100% effort. I feel having the proper and up to date tools at my fingertips at Dr. Shafer’s office allows me to provide the best care. Over the years I’ve met some of the nicest families here, and I’m looking forward to meeting yours.
I enjoy cruising, enjoying my quite times and spending time with my family and friends.

Alicia Sanchez (Dental Assistant)

My name is Alicia Sanchez. I was born and raised in Costa Rica. I have been married for thirty years, and I have two daughters that are currently in college. I started working with Dr. Shafer ten years ago, and I enjoy working in this practice very much. We have a friendly environment, and very loyal patients that have been with this office for many years. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with my family especially my Golden doodle, Messi. 

Barbara Koplin (Receptionist / Appointment Secretary)

Barbara Koplin was born in New Jersey where she lived for most of her life before relocating to Georgia and now in Florida. While living in New Jersey she started her dental career 13 years ago in a Pediatric Dentist Office, working as a Front Office Patient Coordinator and later on became Operation Manager. After moving to Georgia she expanded her horizon and went into General and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Barbara has been happily married for thirty-one years now and has two beautiful children, a wonderful son in law and precious granddaughter. During her spare time she enjoys cleaning, biking, swimming, boating, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also a Life Member of the First Aid and rescue Squad where her calling for taking care of others started along time ago.

Loannie Sanchez (Front Desk Assistant)