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Meet the Team

Laura DeFazio, RDH

Like many people, Laura DeFazio wasn’t exactly a fan of the dentist while growing up. However, she always knew she wanted to be in a profession where she could help people in her community. Then, in high school, she had the opportunity to intern as a dental hygiene assistant. Thinking it would be a good way to face her fears and take a look at dentistry from a new perspective, she went for it. That did the trick! Her eyes were opened to how dentistry can truly change a person’s life, and she decided to join the field.

Laura is a Registered Dental Hygienist with a BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. While there, she was on the President’s List (GPA of 3.7 or higher) all four years. She also worked as an Assistant Instructor, training Dental Hygiene students in a clinical setting. Since then, she has been certified in CPR and become a member of the American Dental Association.

One thing Laura appreciates about working with Dr. Handa is that every part of a patient’s care is personalized and customized to fit their specific needs. She enjoys caring for people and has a special affinity for those with dental anxiety, tapping into her own experience to help them work through it. Laura feels that educating her patients empowers them to reach their optimal dental health. She loves helping patients accomplish their dental goals and watching them transform in front of her eyes.

Outside of work, Laura stays busy cooking and baking, shopping, and spending time with friends, family, and Nikko, her schnoodle (a schnauzer/poodle mix). She lives on a lake in Lunenburg, MA, and loves kayaking and boating. She also loves hockey, health and exercise, and traveling. She visits her mother in Florida often, has cruised the Caribbean, and has toured the U.S. Northwest and Canada. As you can see, Laura doesn’t like to sit still! She’s always up for an adventure or to try something new.

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