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 StoneDental Hygienist
I grew up in Arizona. I knew I wanted to work in healthcare since I was a child, and followed that passion into dentistry. I attended Northern Arizona University, and graduated with my degree in Dental Hygiene. I really enjoy getting to know my patients and promote excellent oral health!
In my free time, I like to explore exciting places and try new things.
Danielle BerardiDental Hygienist
I was born and raised in New York and moved to Virginia in 2004. I've always had an interest in dentistry, and started as a dental assistant for an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. From there I went to pursue my passion for dental hygiene and graduated with my degree in 2015.
In my free time, I enjoy baking and trying new foods. I'm an avid adventurist and love spending time with friends, family and my two dogs.
Heather SaldanaDental 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.
Irene MedinaPatient Coordinator
I grew up in South Florida and moved to Virginia in 2015. I received my degree in Journalism from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida in 2012. Since then, I've discovered a passion for dentistry, and love how fulfilling patient coordination has been.
In my free time, I'm an exercise buff and bookworm. If I'm not at home, check the museum or the bookstore!
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
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 BullockPatient 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.