Get to know our team, and learn how Virginia Dental Center can exceed your dental needs.
Meet Our Team
Anne Hetz MHAPractice Administrator
Anne is our Practice Administrator at Virginia Dental Center. She has worked in the dental field since 2005 in both clinical and administrative aspects.
Anne graduated from George Mason University with her Bachelor of Science in BioChemistry as well as her Master of Science in Health Administration and Policy. In her time apart from work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, friends, and two dogs.
Stephanie BullockPatient Coordinator
Stephanie has been in the dental field for over 20 years. Stephanie is always striving to expand her knowledge so that she may continue to offer exceptional service to our patients. She has worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Dental Adjudicator and proudly served in the US Navy. Stephanie has attended the Las Vegas Institute for advanced dental studies, as well as the Ritz Carlton leadership training . She is married to the love of her life, and has two children and two granddaughters who are the center of her world. Her other loves include travel, visiting nearby wineries, and her annual girl trips.
Ashley CarterDental Hygienist
Ashley was born and raised in Central Virginia and has lived in Northern Virginia for 4 years. She graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S in Dental Hygiene. Currently, she is studying for her Master's in Business Administration at Liberty University.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, biking, painting, and traveling.
Heather SaldanaDental Hygienist
Heather was born in Derry, New Hampshire and raised in Woodbridge, VA. She has been working in the dental field in 2006 and received her Dental Hygiene degree in 2012.
In her free time, she enjoys lifting weights like the beast that she is, bowling, dancing 'til she drops, and working on her sense of humor.
Nikki PensingerDental Hygienist
Nikki was born in Delaware and moved to Virginia in 2008. She received her B.S in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University. In her spare time, she enjoys running freely outside, reading, and watching movies.
Brittany StoneDental Hygienist
Brittany grew up in Arizona wanting to work in health care from a young age. She decided to follow that passion into the dental field and attended Northern Arizona University where she graduated with a BS in Dental Hygiene. Her favorite part of being a Dental Hygienist is getting to know her patients and promoting oral health.
On the weekends, Brittany loves exploring new places.
April MossDental Hygienist
April brings eight years of experience to Virginia Dental Center. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene from Idaho State University. April was a 4 year presidential scholar at ISU and a student representative for the College of Health Professions for 3 years. She also served as the dental education coordinator for Condor Humanitarian Services from 2008-2011 and traveled with them to serve in Peru.
Outside of work, April is a certified fitness instructor and teaches Zumba, barre, and boot camp classes. She also loves to run, spend time in the mountains, and read non-fiction.
Jim GreenamyerDental Assistant
Jim was trained at the San Diego Naval School of Dental Assisting and Technology, in San Diego, California, from which he was certified in 1979. He has been working in the dental field ever since.
Jim met and began working with Virginia Dental Center in 2007, in Washington, D.C., and is happy to be working here again in Arlington.
Jim has pets, a dog named Casey, who is 11 years old, and a Yellow headed Amazon parrot named Sweetie, who is six years old. He also has a pair of cockatiels, Marco and Pooh, who are about two years old now.
Mercedes VelasquezDental Assistant
Rick MinistreDental Assistant
Amin ShahnaDental Assistant
Amin is a proven professional with experience in all aspects of Dental Assisting. He's a creative problem solver with the ability to resolve conflicts and improve moral.
In his free time, Amin likes to spend time with his family and friends.
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 baking, traveling and exploring new places with her friends, family, and two dogs.
Irene MedinaPatient Coordinator
Irene grew up in South Florida and moved to Virginia at the end of 2015. She attended Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL where she got a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism in 2012. Although she hasn't been in the dental field for long, she has great passion and love for dentistry and really enjoys her role as a Patient Coordinator at Virginia Dental Center. In her spare time, Irene likes to exercise, read books and explore the different museums and bookstores in the D.C. area. She currently resides in Arlington with her boyfriend.
Mario Fajardo GatellDental Assistant
I first came to see Dr. Kern to get my caps replaced from an accident when I was younger. Dr. Kern was very helpful in showing me all the ways in which we could replace and revitalize my smile, which was something I had been ashamed of for quite sometime. She was even patient with me when I went back and forth several times to see the difference between replacing two of the crowns or perhaps changing and having four crowns, to align my smile. I chose to move forward with four crowns. I explained to Dr. Kern that I was to be in several weddings in the near future. Dr. Kern made sure to create a timeline which ensured that all the dental work would be completed in time. At the first wedding the bride (my sister) commented on how white and beautiful my teeth were. She told me she had been whitening her teeth for about two months but they still weren’t as white as mine. At the second wedding two months later, several people commented on how white my teeth were, even though I drank red wine. My experience with Dr. Kern was amazing! She is very personal and always makes sure to say hello when I see her outside of the dentist office. I would recommend her to anyone!Best, Morgan