Debra purchased Reno Tahoe Dental from Patrick W. Seely, D.D.S. and is happy to continue providing the highest level of care for her patients in the Reno Tahoe area. Debra Markoff has been practicing dentistry over 25 years and loves working with her hands and working with people, so dentistry is her true calling. Debra Lynn Markoff, D.D.S. uses the latest technology to perform the most effective and advanced dental procedures. Debra Markoff has been practicing dentistry over 25 years.

Professional Resume of Debra Lynn Markoff, D.D.S.


1980 – 1982 Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
1982 – 1983 Loma Linda University, La Sierra, CA
1983 – 1987 Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Loma Linda, CA

Work Experience

June 2012 – Current – General Dentist –
Associate of Dr. Georgene Chase – Reno, NV

Sept 2002-June 2012 – General Dentist –
Dental Director at Health Access Washoe County – Reno, NV

August 1999-June 2002 – General Dentist –
Associate of Walter Niemeyer, DMD – Gardnerville, NV

January 1999-August 1999 – General Dentist –
Ind. contractor with Kevin Kwecian, DMD – Reno, NV

August 1995-August 1997 – General Dentist –
Independent contractor with Elissa Heard, DMD – Milton, MA

April 1998-July 1995 – General Dentist –
Partner with Randall Iwasiuk, DDS – Tahoe Paradise, CA

June 1998-April 1990 – General Dentist –
Independent contractor with Curtis Pontynen, DDS – Pioneer, CA

August 1987-April 1988 – General Dentist –
Independent contractor at San Juaquin –
Valley Dental Center – Stockton, CA

Summers, June, July, & August 1978-1981 – Dental Assistant for Williard Hodgkin, DDS – Visalia, CA

Community Contributions

1985 – Participated in a Loma Linda University elective off campus clinic program, providing oral surgery to remote villages in Chiapas, Mexico.

1988 & 1989 – Provided dental services, with the Aero Medicos organization , to the Potam Indian Reservation in Guymas, Mexico

1998-1995 – South Lake Tahoe High School health fair presentations.  Annual visits to Myers Elementary School with basic dental health information presentations.  Performed dental screenings for preschoolers in the Head Start Program.

1992-1995 – Member of Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe, a community service organization.

2002-2012 – As Dental Director in Reno’s community health center, I had many wonderful opportunities to get involved in community projects.  These included; speaking for public service announcements about dental health topics, participating in television interviews promoting dental health awareness.  Advising a local Head Start Program on good dental health practices for their students.  Mentoring dental students who spent time in our dental clinic gaining “off campus” experience.

2013 – Became a member of Rotary International by joining the Reno Sunrise Rotary Club.  This opens up opportunities for local and international community service.      

An Interview with Debra Lynn Markoff, D.D.S.

Tell us about how you got started in the industry

A dentist I knew from church hired me to be his dental assistant when I was 16.  I like working with my hands, science, and people.  After a while I noticed that dentistry might be a good fit for me.  But back then, on the 70s, I did not know of any women who had become dentists.

What is your passion?

I love my work.  The way that dentistry combines art and science is amazing.  My favorite procedure is restoring front teeth with bonding.  I love the way our new materials allow us to sculpt beautiful natural looking teeth.  The immediate gratification I get witnessing a dramatic improvement to someones’ smile in just one visit makes my whole day.

Tell us something interesting about you.

I am quite excited to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.  I truly enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, camping.  I’m also a dog lover.  Dogs love hiking, walking on the back of my snowshoes and camping.  We are made for each other

Who are your major influences in your life?

My parents and grandparents taught me about integrity, respect for others, self-discipline, and the importance of education.  Dr. Hodgkin, the dentists who hired me to assist him, was inspirational through his unselfish service to patients, and the kind respect he showed his staff.  I will always be grateful for such a wonderful role model coming into my life when I was just a teenager.

Where do you feel you relate in your industry?

I may be voted the worst salesperson in history.  I am not comfortable pressuring people to do anything.  I try to picture myself in the patient’s place and make recommendations according to what I would want done if it were my mouth. My goal is to keep all of the healthy tooth structure possible, and replace fractured, decayed,or missing teeth with materials that mimic natural ones.  I want people to know how to keep their teeth and gums healthy so they can enjoy a life without preventable dental pain.  But I don’t feel that it is my place to judge what patients decide to do for themselves.  I have practiced dentistry for over 25 years, and have seen patients with financial issues, dental anxiety, and a history of little or no dental care.  I have also seen patients who seem to have never missed a 6 month cleaning or check up since their first teeth erupted, and they love coming to the dentist.  They are all wonderful people, just different back stories.

What and who are your inspirations?

* People like Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela inspire me.  They stood firm on their moral principles, in spite of how unpopular or uncomfortable it made them.  And they seemingly did so without self-pity.  Impressive inner strength.
* I delight in little everyday inspirational events.
* Like the sunrise signaling a brand new day, so full of hope.
* Like a dog quivering with excitement and pride after chasing a rabbit, completely undaunted by the fact that he did not catch it. It helps me remember to enjoy the journey.
* Destinations aren’t everything.

Where do you see your future in this industry?

The future will bring even more dental innovations and technologies, making treatments easier on both myself and the patients while improving results.

State a favorite quote that relates to you.

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” – Nelson Mandela
“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

What is the most important thing you want people to know about you?

I try to live by “the golden rule” and, “Live, Love, Laugh.”

Where do you want to be in the next three years?

Enjoying work, balanced with play.

What is your education level?

Doctor of Dental Surgery

When is your birth-date?

May 23, 1962