Ralph M. Hoffmann, DMD, FACP
Dr. Hoffmann received his DMD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1985, having also received his BS from the same university. After practicing as a general dentist in central Massachusetts while his wife finished her graduate work, he entered a residency program in Prosthodontics at Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia’s School of Dentistry. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Hoffmann was asked to join the faculty in the Department of Prosthodontics at MCV. He spent ten years at MCV, two years as a full-time assistant professor, and the rest as a part-time assistant clinical professor in the undergraduate, Advanced Education General Dentistry, and Graduate Prosthodontics departments. He twice received the Clinical Instructor of the Year award while teaching at MCV. He also maintained a private practice limited to prosthodontics in Williamsburg, Virginia, during his eight years as a part-time professor.
In 1995, Dr. Hoffmann completed and achieved Board Certification, the highest level of professional certification attainable in each and any recognized medical/dental specialty. Recertification occurs every ten years, supported by annual and cumulative continuing education, making Dr. Hoffmann a Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists as officiated by the American Board of Prosthodontics.
In 1998, an opportunity was presented to Dr. Hoffmann to join an established prosthodontic practice in Charlotte, under the ownership of Dr. Robert A. Rucho. Partnership was established in 2001 as Robert A. Rucho, DDS and Ralph M. Hoffmann, DMD, P.A. As of today, this office, as it has evolved into Prosthodontics of the Carolinas, has been serving the Charlotte area close to 40 years. “Charlotte has been good to us, giving us a challenging level of business. POC-Charlotte is a trademarked patient care model that we will be developing to better serve the prosthodontic patient and the other dental professionals that serve those patients.”
Dr. Hoffmann continued his love of academics, serving as an Adjunct Clinical Professor at UNC School of Dentistry, Department of Graduate Prosthodontics in Chapel Hill for years. This gave him the opportunity to serve the students, as well as keep his finger on the cusp of the latest developments in prosthodontics. The Prosthodontic Graduate Program is recognized as one of the finest and most innovative in the country. He has also served as president of the North Carolina section of the ACP.
Dr. Hoffmann and his wife and high school sweetheart, Dianne, are involved parents of four wonderful, adult children. They have many interests shared with their children, but the two of them alone love to cook and share a fine meal together!
Meet the Team
Jessica Potts, CDA, Office Administrator, Treatment and Patient Finance Coordinator
My training to become a Certified Dental Assistant was completed in 1999 at Manatee Technical College in Bradenton, FL. My certification is renewed annually by completing the required continuing education hours and training through the Dental Assistants National Board. As a practice, we emphasize being at the top of our training and certification!
I have been blessed to be a part of Dr. Hoffmann’s practice since 2002. I have multiple roles in the office: Treatment Coordinator, Financial Coordinator, Office Administrator and Certified Dental Assistant. All of these positions allow me to assist patients in mapping the road of optimal dental care and maximizing their financial options. I enjoy working with Dr. Hoffmann because of the compassion and honesty he displays in interactions with our patients and staff.
Being the wife of a police officer, a mother of two daughters and a goldendoodle, my schedule beyond the dental world is also quite busy. I enjoy spending time together as a family, cooking and traveling in my spare time.
Debbie Stout, Office Administrator
I grew up in the beautiful Shenandoah Valle of Virginia. Our family moved to Charlotte in 1989, and I raised my children here. I love working with this wonderful and talented group of people. Watching lives transformed by the care and treatment that we strive to provide, and receiving calls from patients who are able to eat their favorite foods again, is such a joy. I value the mission and vision that Dr. Hoffmann has for our patients and employees.
My goal is for our patients to experience the highest level of care that we can provide to them, and to that end, I am here to help. In addition to spending time with my family and friends, I enjoy traveling, entertaining and hiking.
Michelle Albertini, CDA
I graduated from CPCC’s dental assisting program, which included a rotation with Dr. Hoffmann, in 2000. I started my career in pediatric dentistry, but then had the opportunity to work for a wonderful endodontist for 12 years until he retired. I then moved into oral surgery for 5 years. I am very happy to be back with Dr. Hoffmann. His care, compassion, honesty and perfection displayed towards the patients and staff is truly genuine and rewarding.
Outside of the office, I am a busy wife, mom of a son, daughter and two bonus daughters, and a doggie mom to a Chocolate Lab named Brody and a Golden Doodle named Bentley.
Shannon Hoffmann, Dental Assistant/Lab Technician
I was born in Williamsburg, VA, but was raised here in Charlotte. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA, I joined Dr. Hoffmann’s practice working and training as an in-house lab technician. I then received my certification in dental assisting. This enables me to be part of patient treatment clinically as well as being involved in the restoration and design process in the lab. I very much enjoy the attention to detail required for creating successful results for our patients and being a part of their life changing transformation. Dr. Hoffmann’s passion for his work, knowledge and experience in prosthodontics, and love for teaching, allows me to learn and experience something new every day.
I’ve been lucky enough to know most of the staff since I was little. I am very bless to have grown in the dental field with such a compassionate and talented group of people. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, spending time at the gym, decorating and eating with friends and family.