Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

The Fee for Service Dentist Podcast

Welcome to the Fee for Service Dentist Podcast!

Feb 13, 2022

Hosted by Dr. Sonny Spera

Dr. Joanne Block Rief shares her story and how she has built a thriving practice.


In 1973 when I was only 13 years old, I spent one afternoon a week helping my father in his dental practice in Annapolis. I saw firsthand how passionate my father was about changing the lives of his patients, many of whom became his friends. This experience sparked my passion for dentistry and helping people with dental disease, leading me to earning my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1982. During my summers in dental hygiene school, I worked for many offices as a dental receptionist and dental assistant, and even worked for a dental staffing agency.

I graduated from The University of Maryland School of Dentistry with high honors in 1986 and became the third-generation dentist in my family. I practiced with my father and mother (who was the office manager) for 18 years, commuting from Owings Mills to Annapolis. In 2004, my family and I decided that I needed a change, and I purchased a small dental practice seven minutes from my home and seven minutes from my children’s school.

I am proud of how Crossroads Dental Arts has evolved and grown from two treatment rooms, two team members, one computer, and an appointment book to eight treatment rooms, a team of ten, and a high-tech, chartless office with too many computers to count. Our state-of-the-art facility allows us to give our patients the best possible dental care, and our patients become raving fans.

FFS Podcast Promotional Links: 

ONLY $397: Dental Membership Master Course with Dr. Chris Phelps

Dental Membership Direct

Dental Financing Direct


About Dr. Sonny Spera

Dr. Sonny Spera graduated from Union Endicott High School in 1981. With a four-year basketball scholarship he graduated from Syracuse University in 1985; majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He was also the co-captain of the 1984-1985 Syracuse basketball team.

Dr. Spera graduated from SUNY Buffalo Dental School in 1989 in the top 10% of his class. At SUNY Buffalo Dental School he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Society. He was also UB Graduate Assistant Basketball coach. 

Dr. Spera has been in private practice since 1989 and is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the Sixth District Dental Society and the Broome County Dental Society. He is also a member of the International Association of Orthodontics, the BC Dental Society and the BCDS Study Club.

Away from the office, he volunteers with several community organizations, including the Elks Club, the Son’s of Italy, the STNY Flyers, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Basketball Coaches Association of New York. He is the founder and president of ME Hoops Inc.

Dr. Spera currently resides with his wife Angela, whom he met at Syracuse University, and their three children, Marcus, Erica, and Carla. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, basketball, golf, music and movies.

607-624-2962 (Cell)

Do you have a FFS practice? Would you like to be interviewed? Fill out the FFS Stories request form here: