Experience makes a big difference!
Our staff consists of a group of highly trained dental professionals with decades of experience. With years of training to their credit and the latest technology at their disposal, our dentists have the expertise and the equipment to perform a wide range of dental services. Having earned their degrees from the most distinguished dental schools in the country, our dentists and professional staff continue to improve their skills through extensive and ongoing educational programs. Our caring and considerate staff knows you have many questions about dental services. They will take the time to answer each question and also ask some questions of their own. By listening to you and learning what your needs are, they can find the solution that works best for you.
Dr. Geoffrey Stefko
At the heart of our practice is Dr. Geoffrey L. Stefko. Dr. Stefko is originally from the Avon area and has practiced in Lorain, Medina, and Cuyahoga counties. Holy Trinity Grade School is where the long educational journey started. After graduation from St. Ignatius High School, he decided to pursue dentistry as a career. He attended the University of Toledo for four years and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Two years was spent at The Ohio State University working on Orthodontic research and graduate studies. Dr. Stefko then continued his education at The University of Detroit Mercy for an additional four years and obtained a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. Two years of experience at Detroit Receiving Hospital prepared him to provide exceptional care to all of his patients. He continues to update and expand his training through multiple continuing education courses on a consistent basis. Dr. Stefko is currently pursuing a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. He participates in many professional and community organizations such as the American Dental Association, American Orthodontic Society, The Commemorative Airforce and The French Creek Development Association.
Dr. Matthew Rasanow
Dr. Rasanow is a North Ridgeville native and has spent most of his life in the Cleveland Ohio area. After completing his schooling in the North Ridgeville school district, he was accepted into Cleveland State University’s honors program, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology. During his final two years at CSU, Dr. Rasanow had the privilege of completing biomedical research through the Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Following completion of undergraduate training, Dr. Rasanow completed four years of dental training at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in Detroit, Michigan. He is excited to be back in his hometown area and to be a member of the great team at Buckeye Dental and Braces.
Dr. Elsie Hinz
Dr. Elsie Hinz is originally from the Cleveland area and obtained her undergraduate degree from Kent State University in 2005. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 2010. After dental school, Dr. Hinz was commissioned into the United States Army. She was stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky where she completed a year of AEGD residency. Following residency, Dr. Hinz was assigned to the Army post in Schweinfurt, Germany where she served as head of the Pediatric Dental Department, providing dental care to over 900 pediatric patients. Her final duty station was Fort Eustis, Virginia, where she was the clinic supervisor of a large multi-specialty dental clinic. After entering back into civilian life, Dr. Hinz became the dental director for a community health center on the West Side of Cleveland which provided dental treatment to underserved members of the surrounding communities. In 2018, Dr. Hinz joined the team at Buckeye Dental and Braces and is looking forward to providing dental care in a caring and friendly environment. Dr. Hinz attends multiple CE courses each year to expand her skills and stay on top of the latest dental advancements. When she is not in the dental office, Dr. Hinz can be found spending time with her husband and 2 children.