Meet Our Team
Chesapeake Endodontic Center is a patient-centered practice in Annapolis, MD, specializing in surgical and non-surgical endodontic, or root canal, procedures. Our board-certified specialists are warm, caring, and highly trained to provide you with the most comfortable experience possible. We are committed to using cutting-edge technology that enhances precision, efficiency. and comfort. In fact, modern science has advanced the technology of endodontics to the point where procedures are typically pain-free.
Our endodontists work closely with your general dentist to ensure you receive comprehensive dental care.
Get to Know Us
Dr. Luzader attended West Liberty University in West Virginia for three years prior to early admittance into West Virginia University Dental School, where he earned his dental degree in 1983. After joining the United States Army, he practiced for nine years as a general dentist. Dr. Luzader received his advanced training in endodontics through the United States Army Advanced Education Program at Fort Gordon, Georgia, with academics at the Medical College of Georgia.
Dr. Luzader retired from the Army after 20 years of service. During his time as an endodontist with the United States Army, Dr. Luzader served as the Chief of Endodontics at Fort Bliss in Texas, Heidelberg Hospital in Germany, and Fort Meade in Maryland. He was the officer-in-charge of infection control at these posts and served as the consultant for infection control for the Army Dental Corp in Europe.
While at Fort Meade, Dr. Luzader was the endodontic mentor for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry training program. He was certified by the American Board of Endodontics in 1997 and maintains diplomat status with the board, which is the highest level of certification possible within the endodontic specialty. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Endodontists, American Board of Endodontics, Maryland State Dental Association, Anne Arundel County Dental Society, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.
Dr. Luzader is a continual learner and has averaged over 50 hours of continuing education every year for the last 10 years. He enjoys playing most sports, especially basketball, tennis, mountain biking, and autocross. Dr. Luzader and his wife, Ann, have two daughters, both graduates of the Annapolis Area Christian School. Brittany went on to get a dual degree from Pepperdine University and served as a missionary in Managua, Nicaragua for six years. Currently she lives in Annapolis and works for the Maryland Secretary of State’s office as the human trafficking specialist in the Address Confidentiality Program. Lindsay went on to graduate from MUD Make-up Designory School in New York City. She currently resides in Malibu, California, where she is the mother of Millicent Ann and owns a dog-walking business.
Dr. Frank Parreira spent his formative years bouncing around the globe as an “Army brat,” finally settling in Annapolis, Maryland. He earned his bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1980. After a brief stint in the Minnesota Twins farm system, he completed his DDS degree from the University of Maryland School of Dental Surgery in 1984. Frank entered the Navy’s 1925I dental student program during his junior year at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Parreira practiced as a Navy general dentist for seven years prior to being accepted to the Naval postgraduate program at Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Parreira graduated from Bethesda with a certificate in Endodontics in 1993. In 1996 he successfully challenged the board and received Board Certification in Endodontics. Dr. Parreira has served in numerous assignments in the Navy, including the Philippines, Dental Assignments Officer at Naval Personnel Command, and Executive Officer for the Gulf Coast Region. Dr. Parreira’s final duty station was as the Dental Clinic Director at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Parreira received numerous awards and recognitions during his illustrious 22-year Naval career, including the Commanding Officer’s award for clinical excellence and the Commanding Officer’s award for “Outstanding Mentor.”
During his Naval career, Dr. Parreira served in numerous capacities that have enhanced his private practice experience. He has served as the Command Infection Control Officer on two different tours and was directly responsible for all patient relations issues for over 10 years of his career. He continues to be committed to continuing education, averaging over 50 hours a year as well as annually attending the national conference for endodontists. Dr. Parreira is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Endodontists, American Board of Endodontics, Maryland State Dental Association, Anne Arundel County Dental Society, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. Prior to retiring from the Navy, Dr. Parreira started “moonlighting” with Dr. Luzader at the Chesapeake Endodontic Center. He was so impressed with the practices’ focus on compassionate care and the way the staff treated all of the patients as family that he became a full-time partner in 2008.
Personally, Dr. Parreira enjoys all sports, particularly the ones he can play with his children. He is married to his high-school sweetheart, the former Cheryl Fry, and has three children: Kristin, a Marine Corps wife married to Patrick (USNA 2011, currently serving in Quantico, VA) and a mom to grandchildren Camden, Charley ,and Hattie; Jimmy, a 2011 USNA graduate and F-18 pilot in Oceana, VA; and Brian, currently playing professional baseball with the Joliet Slammers.
Kari Levasseur, Office Manager
Kari has been working at Chesapeake Endodontics for seven years and came with a wealth of clinical and administrative experience. She is eager, bright and has boundless energy. She has expertise on the insurance side of the business and she works countless hours for the patient to answer any of their insurance or financial questions prior to their being treated.