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Meet Our Doctors

At Luma Dentistry, the our team of experienced, caring doctors are truly invested in providing all of Central Alabama with quality, comfortable dentistry. Find out who these doctors are!

Meet Our Birmingham Dental Team

At Luma Dentistry, we want you to Smile out loud. This means to show the world how optimal oral health leads to both a boost in overall health and more importantly — your confidence.

Jake Nolen, DMD

Jake Nolen, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Nolen attended Auburn University and graduated magna cum laude in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. He went on to earn his dental degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry in 2013. After graduation, he completed a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the Foundry…

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Ted Poczatek, DMD

Ted Poczatek, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Ted grew up with his brother, John, in Birmingham, Alabama. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 2003. After working for several years as an associate dentist at Oneonta Dental Center, he founded Luma Dentistry with his brother, John….

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Harry Haring, DMD

Harry Haring, DMD

Prosthodontist

Dr. Haring is a native of Auburn, Alabama where he graduated from Auburn High School. He played collegiate baseball at Jefferson Davis Community College before receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in 2013. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School…

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John Poczatek, DMD

John Poczatek, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. John grew up with his brother, Ted, in the Birmingham area. He graduated summa cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in computer science before receiving a DMD with honors from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, where he met and married fellow graduate, Dr. Wendy. He received a Certificate in Advanced…

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Wendy Poczatek, DMD

Wendy Poczatek, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Wendy is from a military family; she was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in Biloxi, Mississippi. She graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, and from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 2004, where she also met and married Dr. John….

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Holt Gray, DMD

Holt Gray, DMD

Prosthodontist

Dr. Gray was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. He completed an additional three years of study as a Prosthodontic Resident at UAB School of Dentistry. Dr. Gray taught as part-time faculty at the UAB School of Dentistry in the…

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Benjamin Crunk, DDS

Benjamin Crunk, DDS

General Dentist

Dr. Crunk received his undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 1975 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Temple University in 1979. He then completed a year-long General Practice Residency at Saint Joseph Hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1980. After practicing for 6 years in Pennsylvania, Dr. Crunk moved back to his…

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Soon Yoon, DMD

Soon Yoon, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Soon Yoon graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in Chemistry. He went on to graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry in 2007 through a Naval Dental scholarship. He served as a dental officer in the Navy for five years before going into private practice. Dr. Yoon has been…

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Harrison Filler, DMD

Harrison Filler, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Filler was born and raised in Hoover, Alabama. As a college student, he spent one year living in Argentina and studied Spanish in an immersion program before returning to Southern Adventist University in Tennessee to complete Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Spanish in 2014. He graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham…

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Nitin Chhabra, MD

Nitin Chhabra, MD

Anesthesiologist

Dr. Chhabra is double board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the North American Neuromodulation Society. Dr. Chhabra grew up in Birmingham and is proud to be able to give back…

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R. Daniel Chang, MD

R. Daniel Chang, MD

Anesthesiologist

Dr. Chang is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He completed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York and received advanced training by leaders in the field during his pain medicine fellowship at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Chang enjoys helping fearful patients feel…

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Deborah Sema, DMD

Deborah Sema, DMD

Orthodontist

Dr. Deborah Sema is a native of the Mobile area and has been helping create beautiful smiles with braces and Invisalign® since 1998. She is a graduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile and received her dental degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994. She remained at UAB for an additional four…

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Phillip Huggins, DMD

Phillip Huggins, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Huggins was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.  He attended Auburn University, graduating with honors in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He went on to earn his dental degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, in 1980. After graduation, Dr Huggins began his private practice in eastern Birmingham, in…

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Aaron Yarnell, DMD

Aaron Yarnell, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Aaron Yarnell grew up in Harvest, AL where he graduated from Sparkman High School in 2002. In 2006, he completed his undergraduate work at Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences. He continued his education at the University Of Alabama School Of Dentistry in Birmingham. After graduating in 2010, he was an…

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Marta Poczatek, DMD, PhD

Marta Poczatek, DMD, PhD

General Dentist

Dr. Marta moved to Birmingham in 1994 where she attended Graduate School at UAB and earned a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology. During this time, she developed a passion for direct patient interaction, which prompted her to pursue a career in dentistry. Dr. Marta graduated from the UAB School of Dentistry in 2005 and…

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Larry G. Deep, DMD

Larry G. Deep, DMD

General Dentist

A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Larry Deep attended the University of Alabama for his undergraduate degree. He then received a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the UAB – School of Dentistry in Birmingham. Dr. Deep is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Alabama Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry,…

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Nathalie Gomez, DMD

Nathalie Gomez, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Gomez was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She completed a five–year dental program in 2013 where she obtained her first dental diploma. She later moved to the United States where she attended the International Dentist Program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Dentistry and obtained her Doctor of Dental Medicine…

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Dhaval Shah, DDS

Dhaval Shah, DDS

General Dentist

Dr. Dhaval Shah was raised in Mumbai, India and also completed his initial dental training back in India.  He moved to the United States to pursue dentistry and to learn dentistry the American way.  He got accepted into the IDEP program in San Antonio, Texas in February 2013.  After completing the program in 2016 Dr….

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Amanda Spradley, DMD

Amanda Spradley, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Amanda Spradley was born and raised in Michigan, but she has called Alabama home for the last 11 years. Dr. Spradley attended the University of Alabama for undergrad, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She continued her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry and received a…

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Ayah Alkhatib, DMD

Ayah Alkhatib, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Ayah Alkhatib was born and raised in Indiana, but has called Birmingham, Alabama her home for the last 10 years. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Psychology. Dr. Ayah continued her education at UAB School of…

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Lauren Cabaniss, DMD

Lauren Cabaniss, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Lauren was born and raised in Northwest Alabama in the Shoals area. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. There she completed undergraduate research pertaining to periodontal disease and craniofacial genetics and received UAB’s Presidential Scholarship and Institute of Oral Health Research Trainee Award….

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We Accept Most Insurances

We believe that everyone should have access to affordable dental care. That’s why we accept most insurances, offer third-party financing, and have our own discount dental plan for those without insurance.

"Luma Dentistry has treated me like family."