About Us

Luz-Elena Valencia, D.D.S.

Dr. Luz-Elena Valencia is originally from Colombia, South America. A graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry, she began practicing in Greenwood shortly after her graduation in 1992. In 2011, her practice was given the honor of “Best of Greenwood” by the U.S. Commerce Association.

In addition to running her practice, Dr. Valencia is currently the treasurer of the Southside Study Club. Dr. Valencia is also dedicated to continuing her education, usually completing more than the required amount of classes each year. She has completed courses on aesthetic dentistry, implants, oral pathology, dental emergencies, ethics, practice management, and Invisalign, among others.

As an immigrant, Dr. Valencia knows what it is like to transition from one culture to another. Her experience has taught her to be more sensitive towards different cultures and nationalities. She believes in treating patients the way that she would like to be treated. She aims to provide the best professional dental care possible by establishing and addressing each patient’s individual needs. Dr. Valencia loves having the opportunity to see how her patients become more confident after receiving their new smiles.

When not perfecting your smile, Dr. Valencia enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family. She has three sons. Her oldest son graduated from dental school (IUSD) in 2015 and opened his own practice. Her middle son graduated from Purdue University in 2016 and moved to Georgia to work as an aeronautical engineer. Her youngest graduated from Marion University with a degree in nursing, and he currently works for St. Francis hospital. She also has 3 beautiful grand-daughters. Together, Dr. Valencia and her family enjoy traveling, snorkeling, and skiing.

Carrie Foster – Financial Coordinator/Office Manager

183_CarrieI am the financial coordinator and office manager in this practice. I file insurance claims and create treatment plans. If you have any financial questions, I am here to address your concerns and work with your insurance to ensure you receive the necessary dental care. I have been with Dr. Valencia since 2006. I started my dental career as an assistant, so I  have clinical experience as well as front office.

I have 3 beautiful daughters and 1 granddaughter. My two older girls are happily married. My oldest gave me a beautiful grandbaby in May 2018.

I love working out, traveling, trying new foods, and being with my family. The best thing about working in this office is all the wonderful people I get to see every day!


Veronica Cardoza, Patient Coordinator
I started working with Dr. Valencia in May 2018. I graduated from IUPUI with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership, as well as certificates in Human Resources, and OSHA. I am bilingual and help translate treatment plans and financial options to our Spanish-speaker patients. I plan on pursuing a career in dental assisting by the end of this year.


I am married and have two sons. What I like best about being a part of this practice is that everyone is helpful and is willing to lend a hand when I have my hands full. I love baking,cooking and church is very important in my life.



Rafael Hamana, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

rafaelI have been with the office since 2005.

I always say my family is from the United Nations. I came from a random mix of cultures: Chinese, Lebanese, Spaniard, and Venezuelan. I have one brother and one sister. I am the oldest of us three with my sister being the youngest. I like to travel; it is something that brings me joy and makes me more knowledgeable about different cultures. I love the beach, hiking, dancing, and entertaining my friends every weekend.

I enjoy being a part of this office because its an amazing environment, organized, and a wonderful way we treat our patients. I contribute to this office by the knowledge that I have had for the past 13 years of practicing dentistry. I bring good humor and provide high quality in everything I do.

I dedicate my gift/talent to the church. In my spare time I have been directing the living way of the cross for 7 years, in the Eucharistic Ministry teaching Catechism classes to teens and RCIA program. I have been enrolled in a spiritual direction program in the Archdioceses of Indianapolis for the past two years.

Debra Allgood, Dental Hygienist

I joined Dr. Valencia’s team in 2017. In 2011, I graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry as a dental hygienist. Prior to this, I was a dental assistant for over 20 years. As a long-time Greenwood resident, I am dedicated to the health care profession and serving my community by keeping smiles bright and happy.

I have an adult daughter and two beautiful granddaughters who are the light of my life! Attending their softball games keeps me busy in the summer evenings. I am married, and my husband shares my passion for salsa dancing and scuba diving.

Shelby M Ruder, Dental Hygienist

My name is Shelby Ruder and I am a hygienist at Dr. Valencia’s office! I graduated from the IU School of Dentistry in 2017 and I am currently pursuing my bachelors in Public Health Dental Hygiene. I am married to Adam and dog mom to Nora, a mini Golden Doodle. I love being outdoors and camping, hiking, boating, and seeing new places. I also enjoy visiting new restaurants and trying new things! Dr. Valencia is awesome to work for and work with; she is very passionate and caring. I hope to bring my love for dental hygiene and oral health to the practice and watch patients improve under my care.

Michelle Workman, Expanded Dental Assistant

My name is Michelle and I am an EFDA here at Dr. Valencias office. I started in October of 2019 and I’ve loved it! I have been an assistant since 2000 and I’ve grown tremendously since then. I love meeting new patients and building a relationship with them. Dr. Valencias office is wonderful; I laugh and have fun everyday while learning and growing with my coworkers. In my spare time, I love to bake and cook and spend time with my 3 daughters and 2 grandkids. I live out in Shelbyville, IN and grew up on the East side of Indy. I genuinely enjoy coming into work everyday! I can’t wait to see where my career goes here at this great office!