Get to know our team, and learn how Virginia Dental Center can exceed your dental needs.
Meet Our Team
Amin ShahnaDental Assistant
What I enjoy most about being a dental assistant is being able to creatively solve problems, and contribute to a fun, laid-back dental practice. I enjoy getting to know the patients that come in, and try to give them the best visit to the dentist they've ever had.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and exploring the community.
April MossDental Hygienist
I bring over eight years of experience to Virginia Dental Center. I earned my degree in Dental Hygiene from Idaho State University, where I was a four-year presidential scholar and student representative for the College of Health Professions for three years. I also served as the dental education coordinator for Condor Humanitarian Services for three years and even traveled with them to Peru.
Outside of work, I instruct fitness, Zumba, barre, and boot camp classes. I'm a running fanatic and non-fiction enthusiast. If I'm not at home or in the office, I might be exploring a mountain.
Ashley CarterDental Hygienist
I was born and raised in Central Virginia, and have lived in Northern Virginia for over 4 years. I graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Dental Hygiene, and am working towards my MBA at Liberty University.
In my free time, I like getting lost in a good book or biking. Sometimes I'll indulge my creativity through painting. I try to explore new places as often as I can.
Brittany StoneOffice Manager
I grew up in Arizona and new I wanted to work in healthcare since I was a child. I attended Northern Arizona University and graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene. After 10 years as a hygienist, I attended George Mason University obtaining a Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration. I really enjoy getting to know our patients and promoting excellent oral health! In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors and exploring new places.
Danielle BerardiDental Hygienist
Danielle was born and raised in New York, and moved to Virginia in 2004. She has always had an interest in dentistry, and started her career as a dental assistant for an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. After working as an assistant she decided to pursue her passion to become a dental hygienist, graduating in 2015. In her free time, Danielle enjoys running, traveling and exploring new places with her friends, family and two dogs.
Elizabeth RennerDental Hygienist
I was born and raised in Fairmont, West Virginia. I attended high school in Sterling, VA and moved back to the Washington, D.D. area after college. I graduated in 2015 from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering for the WVU Mountaineers!
Heather HagueDental Hygienist
I was born in Derry, New Hampshire but was raised in Woodbridge, Virginia. I've worked in the dental field since 2006 and received my degree in Dental Hygiene in 2012.
In my free time, I can be found in the gym or the bowling alley. I'm a dancing enthusiast and am working on growing my sense of humor.
I grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I moved to Virginia in 2015 and have come to really love the DMV area - except for the winter! I love to run and take spinning classes. I am also an avid reader and during my spare time, I volunteer at the library of Congress. My boyfriend and I are big DC United Fans and try to go to as many games as we can. If I am not at the local public library, you can probably find me at Gypsy Sally's listening to live music. I love Virginia Dental Center and wouldn't trade this office for anything.
Jim GreenamyerDental Assistant
I began working in the dental field in 1979 after I received my certification from the San Diego Naval School of Dental Assisting and Technology. I started working with Virginia Dental Center in 2007, and love being in Arlington.
In my free time, I enjoy taking care of my bird and dog.
Mario Fajardo GatellDental Assistant
Mario obtained a doctoral degree in stomatology and a Master’s Degree in Prosthetic Dentistry from the University of Havana. He then went on to receive a degree in Dentistry and Surgery from the University of Santiago de Compostela. He has been working as a dental assistant since 2015 and loves providing quality care to our patients. In his free times he enjoys spending time with his family experiencing music and sports. He loves spending time with his grandchildren.
Mercedes VelasquezDental Assistant
Nikki PensingerDental Hygienist
I was born in Delaware and moved to Virginia in 2008. I received my degree in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University. My favorite part of my job is meeting patients and being able to help them get a lasting, healthy smile.
In my free time, I'm avid runner, bookworm, and film fanatic!
Rick MinistreDental Assistant
Stephanie BullockTreatment Coordinator
I've worked in the dental field for over 20 years. Before coming to Virginia Dental Center, I worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Dental Adjudicator and served in the US Navy. I attended the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, and the Ritz Carlton for Leadership training.
In my free time, I try to feed my travel-bug or visit nearby wineries. Something I look forward to every year is taking a vacation with my girl friends.
Wanda GarlandClinical Coordinator
I'm originally from Maine and moved to the DC area in 1999. I graduated from Northeastern University with my dental hygiene degree and taught clinical dental hygiene at Northern Virginia Community College for 8 years. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and keeping my very active dog from getting bored.