Meet Our Staff                                                            

Friendly…Caring…Knowledgeable - All words that describe our staff here at The Dental Institute. Our team is professionally trained and licensed with many years of experience. We work together as a team to ensure your comfort on every level. Come meet our staff and you will see what makes The Dental Institute so special! 


Laura Segura, Practice Administrator

Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Laura has lived off and on in the United States. As our practice administrator, she will oversee all administrative duties within the office.  A self identified, social butterfly, she enjoys the constant interaction that is involved with this position.  She recently attained her B.S. degree in Psychology from Argosy University.  In her spare time, Laura enjoys singing, cooking, tennis and horseback riding.  Laura can be contacted via e-mail at


Brandy Pena, Patient Care Coordinator

Brandy was born in Boston, Massachusetts and at the age of 5 moved with her family to Maryland.  As our patient care coordinator, she will be responsible for scheduling patients and verifying insurances amongst other duties.  She is currently attending Montgomery College and is pursuing a degree in biology.  In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading and traveling.


Maryam Malekzadeh, B.S., RDH (Registered Dental Hygenist)

Maryam was born in Iran and moved to the Untied States in 2002. In her native country, she earned her B.S. degree in Computer Engineering. She then went on to the University of Maryland-Baltimore College of Dentistry and received a B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene and has gained over 5 years of experience in the field. When Maryam isn't busy at the office, she enjoys traveling the country and abroad and her hobbies include snorkeling, exercising and dancing.


Eleni Zewdie, B.S., RDH (Registered Dental Hygenist)             

Born in Ethiopia, Eleni brings to our office over 13 years of dental hygiene experience.  She earned her B.S. degree in Biology from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and her certificate in Dental Hygiene from Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington D.C.   She really loves the career path she took in life and enjoys taking care of all her patients.  Eleni is happily married with one child and enjoys every moment she has being with them and also traveling in her spare time.  She says that if she wins the lottery one day she would love to travel all over the world. 


Bless Y. Crabbe, CDA (Certified Dental Assistant)                                                                                   

Bless comes to us from the West African country of Ghana. She is a registered dental assistant with 13 years of experience in the field and has loved every moment of it.  She is happily married and has 3 beautiful children. In her spare time she enjoys singing, dancing, reading and cooking. 


Luna (Official Office Mascot)                                                                                   

Luna is a full bred Huskie and was born on April 13, 2014.  She is the office's official mascot.  Although you will never see Luna in the office; stories of her will be heard on a regular basis.  In her spare time, which is 24/7, she enjoys sleeping, eating, chewing on everything and car rides.


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William A. Lanza, D.D.S. - 4330 East West Hwy. - Suite 316 - Bethesda, MD 20814 - (301) 654-7808