Our Staff

Dr. Markowitz

Dr. Markowitz evaluates your overall health, your risk factors and the personal goals you have for your smile. Then, he outlines exactly what he’s going to do ahead of time and uses only the most advanced tools and techniques available in dentistry to achieve wonderful results! There’s no guessing at Great Boca Smiles—Dr. Markowitz has a vision for what your smile will look like and implements the most advanced technologies to get your smile to where it needs to be on schedule!

Dr. Markowitz attended Dental School at The Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his post dental training and surgical residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY. He received his implant surgical training at the University of Miami’s Implant Dentistry Program. He has continued his dental education at the prestigious Rosenthal Institute and Aesthetic Advantage, Inc.

Dr. Sean Shkolnik

Hi, my name is Dr. Shkolnik and I am excited to be joining the Great Boca Smiles team! In order for us to get better acquainted, let me tell you a little about myself. After being born and raised in South Florida, I decided to attend the University of Florida for my undergraduate studies. While there, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I learned a lot at the University of Florida, but I gained the majority of my dental knowledge during the time I spent earning my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the prestigious University of Maryland College of Dentistry. While there, I worked hard and was lucky enough to begin the school’s highly competitive Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program the following year. As the first dental school in the world, the University of Maryland’s top notch clinical training allowed me to master root canals, crown, extractions, and implants.

After completing my residency program, I returned home to sunny south Florida, which is how I’ve ended up at this amazing dental practice. I believe in a person centered philosophy and I hope to educate each and every one of my patients on the state of their oral health while also providing them with numerous treatment options. All in all, I hope to guide my patients through every step towards achieving and maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile in a stress free environment!

However, dentistry isn’t the only thing that I love. I also love my wife, who also happens to be my high school sweetheart, and our beautiful daughter who we welcomed last October. On my days off, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends playing basketball, fishing, and working on my car. I’m also fluent in English, Russian, and conversational Spanish so you can speak with me in whichever language you prefer! I can’t wait to meet you soon!

Sue Lara

Dental Assistant

Susana Lara grew up in Madrid, Spain and attended the University of Castilla — La Mancha at Ciudad Real where she received a Bachelor degree of Arts. She then attended the prestigious Castilla — La Mancha University College where she obtained her Masters on Comparative Studies in 1998. At the same time she studied at the Official Language School where she studied English, French and German.
She moved to the US in 1998. She lived in Atlanta, Georgia where she practiced as a Head Dental Assistant in the same practice for 15 years. She attended to the Hinman Dental Convention.
Susana moved to Florida in 2014 with her family. She has two children Axel and Lara Amanda. She believes in the power of Dentistry to change people’s lives. She is caring and takes time to listen to our patients’ concerns. She is committed to attending dental conventions, seminars, and meetings year round.
Susana has been working in private practice since 1998. She received her Dental Assistant Radiology and her Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certifications.
Susana likes to run and she enjoys Qi Gong. She and her two children, Axel and Lara Amanda, love to travel, enjoy boating, scuba diving and snorkeling.

Assistant: Zoila

Boca Raton Team Member

Zoila enjoys the happy, friendly smiles from the staff  and all her patients.

Zoila graduated from Lindsey Hopkins Technical Institute and brings over 20 years of experience. One of the main reasons she loves her job is being able to see the smile on her patients face after their dental needs have been met. Zoila loves her patients and their well being is her only priority.

Zoila has been living in Coral Springs, Florida for over 10 years. In her free time, she loves to cook, read and spend quality time with her husband and two daughters.

The Great Boca Smiles Staff  & Dentist Dr. Alan Markowitz are Dedicated to Excellent Service – Proudly Serving Boca Raton, Parkland & West Boca

Dental Assistant: Luly

Boca Raton Team Member

A part of the Boca dental team, Luly has been in the field for 29 years.

As a teenager her father trained her in his lab as a Lab Technician. Inspired by this experience, Luly continued with dentistry and graduated as a Dental Assistant from Lindsay Hopkins Technical Institute in 1982.

She began working with Dr. Markowitz in March 2009, and enjoys the fun atmosphere. “We have a great team and great patients” she says, “and Dr. Markowitz  treats all of us as if we were family, we all love working for him.”

When asked why she does what’s she does she replies, “I enjoy seeing people’s smile and the confidence their beautiful smile gives them.”

Elizabeth Hyatt

Elizabeth Hyatt comes to Great Boca Smiles with over 16 years of experience in the dental field working as an Assistant and Office Manager for an Endodontist.

She is now working at Great Boca Smiles as our Insurance Coordinator with many additional responsibilities with our Front Office Staff.

Due to her vast experience, she has been able to contribute greatly to the operation of our office. Elizabeth has proven to be a valuable asset to Great Boca Smiles.

Leighanne D’Avanzo

Bio: Coming Soon!

Susan Torney

Practice Manager

A recent transplant from New York Susan was looking for another “home away from home” after being with the same Manhattan practice for 16 years.  She loves working with patients: helping them to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.  

Susan, along with her Doctor, was a guest lecturer at Columbia University School of Dentistry on Practice Management.  She was also the operations manager for a company that specializes in continuing education for dentists. 

The next chapter is with Dr. Markowitz and Susan is pleased to report that “I got lucky twice, I cannot be happier with my choice to join Dr. Markowitz and his amazing team”. 


  • 9325 Glades Road #102
  • Boca Raton, FL 33434

advanced technology

When it comes to utilizing the most advanced technologies available in the field of dentistry, Dr. Markowitz and the staff at Great Boca Smiles take pride in being at the leading edge. Our goal is to provide the best treatments to you and ultimately give you the smile of your dreams. With all the options we have available, we can give you the optimum treatment plan. We offer CEREC One Day Crowns, Dental Implants, 3D Cat Scans, L-PRF, New Teeth Today-New Teeth Tomorrow, Non-Surgical Gum Therapy, and Sleep Apnea Treatments.


  • Dental Implants

  • 3D Cat Scan for
    Implant Dentistry

  • L-PRF