About Your Team

Melissa - Practice Manager of Operations

Quote about dentistry: "A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear."

Mission: To provide the highest quality care and top-notch customer service.

Educational and professional background: Associates degree in Healthcare Administration.  I have been in the dental field for about 10 years.

Life & Hobbies: I have 2 kids that keep me busy.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cheering on my kids' activities, going to concerts and playing board games.

Wendy - Registered Dental Hygienist

Mission:  To make routine dental visits fun and educational.  I want my patients to feel confident with their smiles.

Education and Professional Background:

Virginia Commonwealth University

Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry - Dental Hygiene

Life & Hobbies: I have been working at South River Dentistry since 2013. My life revolves around my cat and happy hour.

Barbara - Registered Dental Hygienist

Quote about dentistry: "Floss the teeth you want to keep."

Mission: To provide quality care to each and every patient by listening to their concerns and/or needs.

Education and Professional Background:

Lees-McRae College - Banner Elk, NC

Virginia WesternCommunity College - Roanoke, VA - Associates in Applied Science/Registered Dental Hygienist

30 years at South River Dentistry as of Jan 1, 2021

Life & Hobbies: As a native of Virginia, I grew up in Western, VA and moved to Richmond in 1988.  I enjoy snow skiing, swimming, life guarding, biking, traveling to Hilton Head, SC with my family. I also enjoy traveling in and out of the US with my closest, life-long friends.

Alicia - Dental Assistant

Quote about dentistry: "You've gotta floss to be a boss."

Mission:  To assist in changing lives one smile at a time.

Educational and professional background: I started working in the dental field in 1997, while attending high school.

Life & Hobbies: I've been married for 5 years to my husband George.  We have two daughters, Alivia and Ava.  We own a residential/commercial cleaning company.  I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family, experiencing fine dining and fishing.

Kari - Dental Assistant

Sherry - Dental Assistant

Mission: I am knowledgeable with a friendly chair-side manner that helps patients feel more relaxed and comfortable at their visit. 

Educational and professional background: 

Virginia Medical Institute - Hopewell, VA

I have been in the dental field since graduation in 1989.

Life & Hobbies: I am a Virginia native and was born and raised in Dinwiddie, VA. Outside of the office, I enjoy baseball, basketball, playing softball on a co-ed team and spending time with my 2 daughters and family.

Christina - Dental Assistant

Quote about dentistry: "Everyday I'm suctioning."

Mission:  To assist and encourage patients that have a fear of dental procedures.

Education and Professional Background: I started working in the dental industry after graduating high school in 2001 and have taken continuing education courses for radiographs, sedation dentistry, etc.

Life & Hobbies: I am very involved in my church and teach Kindergarten through 1st Graders.  I am also the childcare coordinator for a non-profit organization for teen moms.  In my spare time, I like to hang out with friends and my dog, Sincy.

Laurel - Business Assistant/ Insurance Coordinator

Quote about dentistry: "Life is short.  Smile while you still have teeth."

Mission: To help patients maximize their benefits and make their visits as seamless as possible.

Educational and professional background: 

Lloyd C Bird High School - Chesterfield, VA

 Richard Bland College of William & Mary - Associates Degree - Petersburg, VA

Southern New Hampshire University - Associates Degree - Manchester, NH  

15 years of experience in the dental field.

Life & Hobbies: I am married with two cats. I love to travel, spend time with family and friends, & spoil my nieces and nephews.  I also enjoy reading, baking and jigsaw puzzles.

Elizabeth - Business Assistant

Mission: To spend as much time possible with my family, friends, and fur babies.

Education and Professional Background: Graduate of Manchester High School class of 1996.  Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Chesterfield and Colonial Heights.

Life & Hobbies: I enjoy camping, playing cards, reading, and listening to my son play guitar.  I am a proud member of Steelers Nation!

Gina - Business Assistant

Quote about dentistry: "Smile. It lets your teeth breathe."

Mission: To be the reason someone smiles when they walk in the front door and after they check out after an appointment,

Educational and professional background:  

Longwood University - Farmville, VA

I began my dental career in 1981 in Clarksville, Virginia and moved to Richmond in 1986.

Life & Hobbies: I love the outdoors, gardening, spending time at the lake or beach and being a Nana to 2 beautiful grandchildren.

Lisa - Business Assistant