Our Team

Seacrest Dental Santa Rosa Beach

Seacrest Dental is a family dental practice in every sense of the word. From our family to yours, welcome!

We can't wait to get to know you better. We'd also like to introduce ourselves to you so that you can learn more about who we are before your appointment.

If you have any questions about our practice, just give us a call at (850) 213-2626 for our office in Miramar Beach or at (850) 231-3736 for our Santa Rosa Beach office. We're always happy to help!

Meet the Team

Dr. Fred Ruder & Melanie Ruder

Dr. Fred Ruder & Melanie Ruder


Husband and wife team Fred and Melanie Ruder are co-owners of Seacrest Dental.

Dr. Fred Ruder has been a dentist for more than thirty years, receiving his DDS from the University of Maryland in 1981, and he loves his job even more today than when he was fresh out of school. His love for his work is apparent in his commitment to both his patients and his family. Even patients who have moved to other states return to our Santa Rosa Beach dental practice to see Dr. Ruder!

Dr. Ruder's rewarding career has played a huge role in the career choices of his children, with both of his and Mel's sons, Reese and Ross, becoming dentists. Reese recently joined Seacrest Dental and Ross began dental school at the University of Maryland in 2014.

Throughout Dr. Ruder's career, he has made a point of continuing his education and staying on top of the latest technology and improvements in techniques so that he can always provide his patients with the most modern, up-to-date, efficient, and comfortable dentistry possible.

Melanie Ruder is our office manager, and she keeps us organized so that the practice can operate effectively and efficiently. This makes it easier for meet our patients' needs and take our time caring for them. Melanie has received training in expanded function for dental auxiliary. She knows our patients well and is always ready to help. She loves caring for our patients and working together with her husband and son.

Dr. Ruder and Mel are parents to Reese, Ross, and Ellee Ruder. The Ruders love animals, at home they have three dogs, two cats, two birds, a lizard, and a hedgehog! Dr. Ruder also enjoys playing sports, including racquetball, tennis, and biking. He is constantly renovating his home, and our office features several of Dr. Ruder's watercolor and oil paintings.

When Mel is not in the office, she enjoys taking the time to relax and unwind.



Reception & Dental Assistant

Flexible Alexis can be found either behind the counter assisting you with scheduling and insurance or beside you, getting you all set for your appointment. Originally from Pineville, Louisiana, Alexis received her expanded functions dental auxiliary training from Northwest Florida State, and she's been with our practice since 2012.

Alexis loves the friendly atmosphere at Seacrest Dental and the excellent teamwork that goes on between our skilled staff. "Everyone puts the patients first," she says, and this contributes to the helpful and happy, family-oriented workplace.

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