Our Dental Care Team
At Bluffton Center for Dentistry, all our our Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants have been highly trained in their fields of work. Their compassion and treatment of their patients healthy, and keeps them returning year after year for all of their dental needs.
Alina O. Porcelli, RDH / Dental Hygienist
Alina O. Porcelli, RDH, is a dental hygienist and also manages the operations of Bluffton Center for Dentistry.
Alina was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, and she moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue her college degree. She was accepted at New York University and earned her degree in Dental Hygiene. Alina graduated top of her class from NYU, receiving numerous awards including the coveted “Dedication to the Dental Profession” award.
“It’s very important to me to motivate my patients,” Alina said. “I want them to understand that they must follow-up with their routine to maintain a healthy smile. I put everything into my work and am passionate about my patients’ well-being and care.”
After graduation, Alina worked in New York City for the renowned Rosenthal Institute and for celebrity clients in Dr. Jonathan Levine’s Park Avenue dental office.
In 2009, Alina and her husband, Dr. Richard Porcelli, relocated to Charleston, SC. She joined the dental care team and began practicing at the Bluffton Center for Dentistry after it opened in 2013.
When not working, Alina loves spending time with her husband and children-Matei and Mila. She also enjoys skiing, traveling, boating, fishing, modeling, ballroom dancing and volunteering in the community.
Irina Alexander, RDH / Dental Hygienist
Irina has been a part of the Bluffton Center for Dentistry team since the fall of 2015.
Originally from the Ukraine, Irina moved the the United States in 1993 and to the Lowcountry in 1994 to be closer to her family and church community. She worked as a dental assistant in Charleston before completing dental hygiene school at Trident Tech in 2006.
“Having had a lot of dental problems as a kid, and then later learning how preventable cavities and periodontal disease is, made me want to work in the dental field,” Alexander said. “I like to educate patients on how to properly take care of their teeth and how much it can affect their mouth and overall health.”
Irinia likes to spend time with her son, as well as playing tennis, going to the beach, shopping and gardening. She is also fluent in both Ukrainian and Russian.
Laura Provancha, RDH / Dental Hygienist
Laura joined Bluffton Center for Dentistry in January 2016.
Laura is a 2010 graduate of Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, where she was awarded the coveted “ODHA Professional Achievement Award” as voted by her peers. After graduation Laura worked as a dental hygienist in Oregon before relocating to the Lowcountry area in 2015.
“I went into the dental hygiene field because I enjoy the one-on-one with patients,” Provancha said. “So many people have apprehension about going to the dentist, and I like to be able to calm their fears and show them that going to the dentist doesn’t have to be anything that should cause them anxiety.”
An avid outdoors-woman, Laura enjoys backpacking, fishing, playing with her dogs and anything that puts her in the middle of nature.