At Dr. Schafer Orthodontics we work hard to make you feel right at home. We put your needs first all the while achieving efficient and comprehensive treatment. Our staff is well trained and highly skilled. We strive to provide superlative service to each patient at every visit with us.

Deborah L. Schafer, DDS, PC

Dr. Schafer grew up in a small town in South Western New York near the Pennsylvania border, called Findley Lake. She attended Clymer Central School, a perennial Section VI athletic powerhouse. Dr. Schafer was a stand-out athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball during her high school years. Graduating at the top of her class, she then attended Colgate University majoring in Biology. Dr. Schafer graduated Magna Cum Laude and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society while at Colgate. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1985, Dr. Schafer attended Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry in Cleveland, Ohio, receiving a Presidential Scholarship based on her successful undergraduate experience and a top 1% score in NYS on the Dental School Admissions Test. She graduated in the top of her class and was elected into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the Honorary Dental Society.

Opting to attend the University of North Carolina for her orthodontic residency training Dr. Schafer spent 3 years in Chapel Hill learning many advanced clinical techniques and earning her Master of Science degree. She also enjoyed a multitude of awesome sporting events including watching Mia Hamm during her incredible collegiate soccer career and Dean Smith during his final years with the UNC Men’s Basketball team.

Upon returning to upstate New York, Dr. Schafer associated with a large orthodontic office in Canandaigua for 2 years prior to opening her own practice in Wayland in 1993. Dr. Schafer now resides in Wayland with her son, Gavin Burke. When not practicing orthodontics, Dr. Schafer enjoys walking for fitness, movies, reading, and supporting community activities. Of course she loves UNC basketball, Yankees baseball, and following WAY-CO and other local high school sport’s teams.

Dr. Schafer is a member of the New York State Dental Society, the American Dental Association, the North East Society of Orthodontists, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the World Federation of Orthodontists.

Katie – Office manager

When I began working for Dr. Schafer in 2000, I was a clinical orthodontic assistant. I currently am the financial and scheduling coordinator. I strive each day to make your visit to our office as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. My goal is to have each patient and parent leave happy and pleased with our staff.

In my free time, I try to spend as much time as possible with my daughter, Carson. She is currently obtaining her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy at Ithaca College. As a family, we enjoy traveling and trying new cuisines. I also love spending time with my black lab, Duke and my Mini Golden Doodle, Bentley. I look forward to the times I can walk for fitness, ski, work in my yard, and relax with a good book.


Sandra – Clinical Assistant

My name is Sandra Briggs.  I was born and raised in Cohocton where I now own a home with my husband and our three children Eythan, Caitlyn, and Jayce.
Our Children have always been involved in sports, so during our free time if we are not at one of Caitlyn’s dance recitals or an Ice Hockey game of Eythan’s and soon to be Jayce you can find camping during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

During the winter months we build a backyard ice rink where we spend a lot of time with family and friends.

I have been a part of Dr. Schafer’s Orthodontic team for 5years.  It has been great getting to know the faces and families of our community as well as the surrounding communities.

Orthodontist - Wayland
400 Washington Street
Wayland, NY 14572

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