Meet Our Dental Team
At the office of Lorena M. Surber, D.D.S. in Charleston, WV, we offer a range of affordable dental services to help our patients achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Whether you're missing a tooth, need a filling, want teeth whitening, or need a routine dental cleaning; we have the tools and knowledge necessary to help you.
Dr. Lorena Surber
Lorena M. Surber, D.D.S. graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She practiced as a Dental Hygienist for 14 years before going to dental school. In 1990, Dr. Surber graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University School of Dentistry. She then completed a General Practice Residency at Charleston Area Medical Center.
Dr. Surber tells us, "I was inspired to become a dental hygienist by my aunt, a dental hygienist. She often talked to me about dental hygiene which motivated me to become a hygienist. I later decided to go to dental school because I enjoy caring for my patients and have truly found my niche as a dentist. The joy I see on my patients' faces when they complete their cosmetic dental plans never ceases to inspire me."
Today, Dr. Surber combines new technologies with gentle dental care to help her patients achieve proper dental health. Dr. Surber explains, "A beautiful smile begins on the inside. That's why I get to know my patient as a person before I treat them. I listen to their fears, concerns and expectations. Then I design a smile-enhancement plan just for them. By catering to individual needs, I can truly give my patients a reason to smile."
Dr. Surber is proud of her friendly and dedicated staff whose goal is to provide a comfortable, caring dental experience for patients. Patient comfort is a key aspect of Dr. Surber's dental practice. That means taking her patient's fears seriously and providing them with many comforts while being treated.
Dr. Surber enjoys challenging and technical cases. Dr. Surber has stayed up-to-date in her dental field by completing more than 500 hours of continuing education classes. She believes that education and training helps her provide the best dental care for her patients.
Besides being concerned with her patients' dental health, Dr. Surber also cares about their general health and well being. She also treats patients with sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. This has enabled them to have a better quality of life.
Her daughter, Claire, is a veterinarian living in Georgia. Mac is Dr. Surber's oldest son. He graduated from West Point. After serving in the Army, he is now living in Boston with his wife, Beth, and children Kenny, Evie, and Eleanor. Jonathan is Dr. Surber's youngest son. After graduating from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, he is now working near Los Angeles as a fireman.
Dr. Surber is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, WV Dental Association, Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Kanawha Valley Dental Society. She was president of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry Alumni Association. She is presently a Spear faculty club member at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry.
Lori Skinner – Dental Hygienist
Lori was raised in Ashford, West Virginia and graduated from Sherman High School in 1988. She received her degree in dental hygiene from the West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1990. She has been working for Dr. Surber since 2003. Lori takes pride in providing her patients with the best treatment possible using the latest in dental technology. She enjoys getting to know her patients and helping them improve their oral health. Lori says that she finds it very rewarding when she witnesses her patients’ progress. Lori is happily married to George and has three grown children: Skylar, Tait and Hannah. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and traveling. Their family also includes a dog, named Frankie, and a cat, named Flame, that they love.
Danyca Thomas - Dental Hygienist
Danyca was raised in Gauley Bridge WV and graduated from Valley High School in 2014. She earned her associates degree from BridgeValley CTC in May 2017 and has been a member of our team since February 2018. She is very meticulous in providing patient education and preventive care, as well as making patients feel comfortable and confident in the care she provides. Danyca loves interacting and getting to know her patients. In her spare time she enjoys WVU sports, spending time with family and traveling. She especially loves spending time with her nephew, Havoc James.
Wendy Sayre – Senior Assistant
Wendy was raised in Buffalo, WV. She started working at Dr. Surber's office in January 2004. Wendy attended Putnam Career and Technical Center two years for dental assisting. She enjoys working chairside with Dr. Surber. It is important to her that patients feel at ease and comfortable in the office. She loves being a part of changing a patient's smile and seeing how that makes a difference in their lives. Outside of the practice, Wendy enjoys spending time with her husband Chris and their children Branson and Brynlee. She also has a rescued brindle pit named Buddy.
Mindy Fleck – Financial/Scheduling Coordinator
Mindy was raised in Buffalo, WV. She started working for Dr. Surber in January 2004. She attended Putnam Career and Technical Center two years for dental assisting. Mindy enjoys seeing the patients gain more confidence within themselves after every visit. Patients are very important to us and are more like our family. Outside of the practice, Mindy enjoys spending time with her husband Bobby and their children Aubrey and Easton. She also has a white miniature Schnauzer named Snicker.
Paula Elliott – Financial/Scheduling Coordinator
Paula was raised in Charleston, WV. She graduated from DuPont High School and the Wilma Boyd School for Travel and Business. Paula joined Dr. Surber's team in 2012 and has 19 years of experience in the dental field. She loves working with patients one on one and knows each one by name as soon as they walk through the door. Paula is happily married to her husband Bobby and has two sons Kaleb and Hayden. She also has a Scottie named Lexi and a rescue dog named Oliver.