I was here Svetlana "Lana" Lavrenyuk - K Black Smiles

Svetlana “Lana” Lavrenyuk

Svetlana “Lana” Lavrenyuk

Lana joined the team in 2010 after graduating from the dental program at A-B Tech. She is our Clinical Coordinator and serves as Dr. Black’s “right hand”—helping him put braces on patients’ teeth, take them off when treatment is done, and everything else in between.

She is the youngest daughter of 14 children and grew up in Ukraine. She and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 13; following in her uncle’s footsteps as he had moved here in search of religious freedom more than a decade before them. She is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and English.

Lana loves spending time with her husband and their 3 children, Ben, Ella, and Samuel. They like to go hiking and ride their bikes together. “Family time is really cherished,” she says, as is time with her “work family.” Her favorite thing is helping Dr. Black take braces off. “I love it because the patients are so excited and happy to be there! They’ve looked forward to seeing their new and improved smile.”

What does Lana want everyone to know about orthodontics? “It’s not just for aesthetics, it really benefits overall health. Also, the more you smile, the more positive you are, and people love it; they want to be around you.”