Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Teresa Brigance

Dr Brigance Melbourne FL

Dr. Teresa K. Brigance is a Board Certified Orthodontist Her early years were spent as an Air Force brat and her family eventually settled in Shalimar, Florida. She decided in the eighth grade that she wanted to study orthodontics and this led her to the University of Florida. There she was a student in the honors program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology with high honors and a 4.0 grade average, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Awards She continued her education with four additional years at the UF College of Dentistry and graduated at the top of her class in 1990. She earned many awards, including best in oral pathology, dental materials, and prosthodontics, and was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the dental student honor society.

As a licensed dentist, she then practiced general dentistry in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. After her military service Dr. Brigance continued her specialty training with a 3 year residency in orthodontics at the UF College of Dentistry post-doctoral program where she also earned a Master of Science Degree. Her thesis focused on facial growth and the treatment of the under developed jaw in children.


Board Certified Dr. Brigance has been practicing orthodontics in Melbourne, Florida since 1996 and was Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics in 2007. This is the only board recognized by the American Dental Association and American Association of Orthodontists.

She is also a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Florida Orthodontic Association, Florida Dental Association and the Brevard County Dental Society.

Dr. Brigance is the proud mommy to Eli and Nathan and if they spare her a moment, she’d love to get back to ballroom dancing someday.

Dr. Stephen Ruso

Dr Brigance Melbourne FL

Dr. Ruso is excited to join the practice! He graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a degree in psychology, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society. After, he earned his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he graduated with honors, and was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.

After dental school, he continued his education at the Baylor College of Dentistry where he earned a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology and received his Certificate in Orthodontics. In 2012, the American Board of Orthodontics certified Dr. Ruso with diplomate status. Dr. Ruso has published several articles on accelerated orthodontic treatment, and is on staff at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital as a member of the of the Craniofacial and Cleft Palate Team.

As a board certified orthodontist, Dr. Ruso seeks to treat every patient to the highest standard of care and maintain a culture of excellence at the practice. With the latest advances, orthodontic care is now more efficient and comfortable than ever. Orthodontics also has the ability to improve one’s facial esthetics, airway/breathing, and function. All of these factors will be considered when designing your treatment.

Dr. Ruso is married to his beautiful wife Geri, who is an elementary school teacher. Together, they are happy to be a part of the Brevard community. Outside of the office he enjoys spending time with his hilarious dogs, as well as fishing, hiking, and Gator sports.