Professional Excellence is the Konikoff Team Standard. We’re proud of the team we’ve cultivated over the years. We are diligent, even relentless in our mission to ensure that our staff of professionals practices the highest standards in dental care. One of the top criteria for becoming a member of our team is being a professional who shares our same philosophy of quality care, patience, continuing education, and good humor. It’s worth noting that career wise, many of our staff have been with us right from the start. We have a loyal group and fun loving group, just check out our Facebook page. If you believe you have what it takes to be one of our team members, please check out our Careers page on this site.
Jenny V. Bozman, D.D.S.
Jenny earned her D.D.S. degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry after earning her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mary Washington. Before beginning her civilian dental career, Dr. Bozman completed five years of service in the United States Air Force. The decision to come home to Great Bridge and join Konikoff Dentistry was an easy one.
Jenny cited our team orientation and great respect within the community as key factors, as well as the Konikoff commitment to deliver ultimate oral health care to our patients. She is one of our dentists that specializes in Invisalign®. She and her husband have traveled extensively throughout Europe and the U.S., but their hearts are in hometown Great Bridge where they are raising twin daughters and a son. When they do manage a break, they enjoy skiing and scuba diving.
Mason Campbell, D.D.S.
Dr. Campbell earned her B.S. degree at the University of Richmond and her D.D.S. from the Medical College of Virginia. A Lynchburg, VA native, Campbell joined us in 2008 and now calls Virginia Beach her home.
Dr. Campbell loves her job, especially working with all types of people to create new smiles; she believes that you need to be both a science maven and an artist to create winning smiles. When not in the office, Campbell enjoys running, travel of any kind, hanging at the beach and playing the violin.
Seema Chawla-Miranda, D.M.D.
Dr. Chawla joins us from Mississauga, Canada. An Honors B.S. grad from the University of Toronto, Seema came to the U.S. to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and decided to stay. She served her residency at the Navajo Reservation in Flagstaff, Arizona after receiving her A.E.G.D. from the LMC Department of Dental Medicine. Now, she is one of our Invisalign® specialists.
Seema knew she wanted to be a dentist ever since she watched with a mirror as her dentist removed her wisdom teeth.
When not at Konikoff Dentistry, Seema enjoys spending time with husband, Dr. Joshua Miranda (also a Konikoff dentist), learning to cook Indian food, and playing golf.
Peter Colella, D.M.D., MD, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr. Colella was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Colella earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Alfred University and his D.M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. He earned his M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. After completing his general practice residency at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD Dr. Colella completed residency for oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth. Dr. Colella is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. It’s obvious that Dr. Colella loves and enjoys his work. He loves challenging cases and the ability to help others; he has been practicing dentistry for more than 18 years and performing oral surgery for more than 13 years. He chose Konikoff Dentistry because he shares the same values and vision as our practice. He believes that working directly with our dentists in-house provides the best level of care for the patient. It ensures harmonious continuity of care and convenience. When not working, Dr. Colella enjoys renovating his home and spending time with his wife and two children.
Emily Dimitroff, D.D.S.
Patients aren’t the only ones attracted to our practice for its high standards. Dr. Emily Dimitroff, DDS, joined Konikoff Dentistry because she upholds the same values and commitment to her patients.
“I don’t ever want to practice anywhere else,” Dimitroff says. “This is my forever dental home. I love the energy here.”
Raised in West Virginia, Dr. Dimitroff earned her DDS from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. She entered dental school while working on her bachelor’s of science degree at Fairmont State University in West Virginia.
Dr. Dimitroff came to Konikoff after practicing dentistry for five years in the Hampton Roads area. She is one of our Invisalign® specialists.
When she’s not hard at work in the office, you can find Dr. Dimitroff spending time with her family and kayaking. Her husband, a teacher, loves to cook for her and their daughter. Self-described foodies, the couple loves to try new dishes and experiment with barbecue recipes and techniques.
Joseph C. Dobson, III, D.D.S.
Joe is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He followed that up with a D.D.S. degree from the Medical College of Virginia, where he graduated Cum Laude. In spite of what appears to be a very focused and disciplined background, Dr. Dobson is known for his easy-going manner and love for his patients.
Joe made Konikoff Dentistry his first job upon graduation in 1999. He appreciates how we act like a smaller practice with personal attention in spite of our large practice. Dr. Dobson enjoys the artistry of his profession, as well as helping people feel better and having a pleasant dental experience. He is one of our Invisalign® specialists. In his spare time, Joe enjoys boating and fishing, even fabricating his own tackle.
Roberta L. Dobson, D.D.S.
Roberta earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from George Mason University before moving on to the Medical College of Virginia for her D.D.S. We were fortunate enough to give Dr. Dobson her first job in dentistry back in 1999, and we are pleased that she has remained a member of our family and is even one of our Invisalign® specialists.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that Roberta has stayed in one place so long – she was raised in the military and moved around quite a bit. Regarding dentistry, Dr. Dobson thinks that every visit to the dentist should be a pleasant one, and that she gets great satisfaction helping people feel confident about their smile and their oral health. A member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association and Tidewater Dental Association, Roberta also enjoys tennis, volleyball and boating.
Marcus W. Field, D.D.S.
A native of Hopewell, VA, Marcus earned his Bachelor of Science of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University and then received his D.D.S. from the Medical College of Virginia. He joined Konikoff Dentistry in 2005, his first job as a dentist. Dr. Field found the family atmosphere very appealing as well as the overall philosophy of making the patients’ oral health and their visit first-rate. And speaking of family, Marcus is also married to a dentist, Dr. Sheila Gillespie.
An energetic young dentist, Marcus enjoys mountain biking, volleyball, tennis, surfing, snowboarding and weight lifting. And, since he is trained in both Judo and Karate, the Konikoff staff always makes it a point to laugh at his jokes, no matter how corny. Marcus very much adds to the fun atmosphere of our office. Dr. Field is an Invisalign® specialist and a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Shantala Gowda, D.M.D.
Dedicated to staying abreast of the latest dental techniques, Dr. Shantala Gowda shares her passion for exceptional care with all her patients. Her commitment to dentistry makes her a natural fit to the Konikoff Dentistry team.
A lifelong learner, Dr. Gowda’s post-graduate studies have focused on orthodontic procedures, Invisalign® and dental implants, which have become the gold standard for replacing missing teeth.
With her years of experience caring for patients of all ages, Dr. Gowda appreciates helping young patients learn early on the importance of daily oral care. “There’s no greater goal than giving patients the very best care,” Dr. Gowda said.
Dr. Gowda received her DMD from the University of Connecticut in 1985. She is a Fellow with the Academy of General Dentistry and an Associate Fellow with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
When Dr. Gowda isn’t helping patients at the office, she loves to spend time with her family and play tennis. She also enjoys the outdoors, gardening and relaxing at the beach.
David B. Konikoff, D.D.S.
Born and raised in Norfolk, David is a product of Granby High School, the University of South Carolina, Old Dominion University, and the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry where he received his D.D.S. Dr. Konikoff opened his first office in Virginia Beach in 1980 and now has offices in that city, as well as in Chesapeake and Suffolk.
In addition to his skills as a dentist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Konikoff’s success can be attributed to his love for people, his engaging and humorous style around the office, and the respect with which he treats his staff and patients alike. Never one to take himself too seriously, Dr. Konikoff has been known to don costumes or wear cartoon character-embroidered shirts to make people, especially children, feel comfortable in the dental chair. David enjoys life with his family, golf and water sports in his leisure time.
Jackie Lanigan, D.M.D.
Dr. Lanigan has so many talents it’s hard to know where to begin. Apart from being a D.M.D., Jackie is a published author of a novel and has created a successful children’s magazine, all while getting her degrees!
Dr. Lanigan is a University of Virginia graduate and a NOVA Southeastern University Dental School grad as well. She loves being a mom, and when she is not juggling motherhood and work, she is writing or playing tennis. Jackie will tell you she just loves the artistic component of her job and gets a real kick out of watching children explore the Konikoff Dental offices. She specializes in many things including Invisalign®. Her husband Dr. Peter Lanigan works at our General Booth office, he too is a dentist.
Peter Lanigan, D.D.S.
Dr. Peter Lanigan hails from Brandywine, Pennsylvania. A former electrical and biomedical engineer, Dr. Lanigan found his true passion in dentistry because he loves to work with his hands and help people. He joined Konikoff Dentistry in 2013 after working at a private practice in Virginia Beach, where he lives with his wife and four children. His wife, Dr. Jackie Lanigan, also works for Konikoff Dentistry. The Lanigans love to spend time as a family enjoying the outdoors.
Dr. Lanigan earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia. He received his D.D.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, the Tidewater Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is one of our dentists that specializes in Invisalign®.
Jesse Lee, D.D.S., Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Born in North Carolina, Dr. Jesse W. Lee grew up in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. He earned his bachelor’s degree of science from the University of San Diego and his D.D.S. from Georgetown University. Dr. Lee has more than 30 years practicing dentistry and oral surgery privately and in the U.S. Navy. His longtime military career has taken him throughout the world where he honed his skills not only in dentistry and oral surgery but also in training dental residents. A decorated officer, Dr. Lee has frequently held positions as the head of oral surgery for the U.S. Navy. He also served as the regional dental officer for Navy Medicine East, overseeing dental operations for the east coast and Europe.
Today, he and his wife, Beth Jaklic, a retired U.S. Navy captain, reside in Virginia Beach where they are raising their two children. Dr. Lee wanted to join Konikoff Dentistry because he enjoys helping people and working as a team.
Dr. Lee is certified by both the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He serves on the board of directors of Access Partners and the ODU School of Dental Hygiene.
In his free time, he volunteers at the Hampton Roads Dental Center.
Ivetta Maclin, D.D.S.
Ivetta is a long way from her Houston hometown, but we’re thrilled that she joined Konikoff Dentistry back in 2002. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, and she earned her D.D.S. at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Dr. Maclin also completed a 1-year residency in hospital dentistry prior to spending four years as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy. With a quick and ready smile herself, genuine concern and gentle touch, Ivetta enjoys helping create beautiful smiles for her patients.
Her attraction to the Konikoff practice comes from our concern for our patients’ oral health and their overall happiness and outlook on life. Ivetta is married with two children and enjoys spending quality time with her family. Dr. Maclin is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Women’s Dental Network. She also specializes with Invisalign®.
Michele M. Mattioli, D.M.D.
Born and raised in Landisville, NJ, Michele has settled down in the more temperate and laid back lifestyle of Virginia Beach. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Glassboro State College (NJ), she obtained her Doctor of Medical Dentistry from the Medical University of South Carolina. She also served a year of residency at Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Haven, CT.
Dr. Mattioli wanted to be a dentist from an early age, and dentistry allows her two important advantages: to make a real difference in the health of her patients, and be able to spend quality time with her family. To that end, Michele enjoys the beach, backpacking, camping and hiking. She’s even a scuba diver.
Megan Mazarella, D.M.D.
Dr. Megan Mazzarella knew she wanted to be a dentist early on in life. Inspired by her own family’s dentist, Dr. Mazzarella loves being able to help patients enjoy good health.
Born in Vero Beach, Florida, Dr. Mazzarella grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. An avid soccer player, she played on the Division 1 soccer team all four of her college years at UNC Charlotte. After earning her BS in biology at UNC, she attended dental school at East Carolina University for her DMD.
After graduation, Dr. Mazzarella worked at family dental practice where she forged relationships with patients of all ages.
Today, Dr. Mazzarella still enjoys playing soccer. When she’s not helping patients at Konikoff Dentistry, she loves to travel, shop and spend time with her family.
Benjamin McCarty, D.D.S.
Growing up in Hawesville, a small town in western Kentucky, Dr. Benjamin McCarty knew that he wanted to help people through his profession. He attended the College of Wooster in Ohio for his undergraduate degree then proceeded on to the University of Louisville Dental School to follow his dreams.
Konikoff Dentistry is pleased Dr. McCarty is part of our team because of his love for dentistry. He is one of our valuable Invisalign® specialists. Dr. McCarty particularly enjoys being able to solve tricky cases helping patients back to their best form, function, and health. McCarty says that every case is unique and different. Seeing a patient happy with an outcome of treatment is what makes his day.
Joshua O. Miranda, D.M.D.
A Virginia Beach native, Joshua earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, his D.M.D. from Boston’s Tufts University and A.E.G.D. from the LMC Department of Dental Medicine. Prior to joining Konikoff Dentistry, Dr. Miranda served his residency in Flagstaff, Arizona on a Navajo Indian Reservation. He met his wife, Dr. Seema Chawla-Miranda (fortunately for us, also practicing at Konikoff Dentistry!), at Tufts. They live in Virginia Beach.
Joshua was inspired to be a dentist from a young age. His pediatric dentist was a very kind-hearted individual, and he tries to emulate his kind and caring approach. He is one of our Invisalign specialists. In his spare time, you can find Joshua playing the soprano saxophone, out on the golf course or spending time with his family.
Catherine Ashley Muldoon, D.M.D.
Dr. Muldoon has been around dental offices since she was 15 years old. “I feel like dentistry is an art, and teeth are my canvas. I love to make beauty in the world,” says Catherine. As a child, Dr. Muldoon learned about the importance of dentistry when she required multiple complex dental procedures to correct a congenital condition. Going through the transformational process allowed her to realize that changing a person’s smile not only improves self confidence, but also that change has the power to positively impact those around them. “Smiles are contagious”, she says.
Dr. Muldoon grew up all over the country including New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia and now finally Virginia Beach. She joined Konikoff Dentistry in 2011 after graduating from New York University, College of Arts and sciences graduating magna cum laude, and with honors in the DMD program from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She specializes in many things including Invisalign®. Catherine was also named Miss Virginia USA 2012.
Michael J. Newman, D.M.D.
We’re proud to introduce a smile team member who was an emerging dentist with the Konikoff practice for more than 8 years. Michael began with us as a pedio-hygienist, and spent his summers shadowing Dr. Konikoff. It didn’t take long for him to realize his passion was to pursue a career in dentistry.
Dr. Newman earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida Gulf Coast University and his DMD from the University of Florida. He loves being a dentist and loves his patients just as much. “I enjoy the opportunity to build life-long relationships with my colleagues and patients. It makes me feel good to see my patients feel good about themselves.” Michael has come full circle after all these years with the Konikoff family and we’re proud that he’s back with us lending his amazing personality and Invisalign® knowledge to our smile team.
Krystie Niver, D.D.S.
With her years of experience and commitment to patient care, Dr. Krystie Niver’s work ethic and passion fit perfectly at Konikoff Dentistry.
Dr. Niver joined Konikoff because she wanted to work in a practice that thrives on its collaborative environment. Dr. Niver enjoys working with other dentists, sharing ideas and staying abreast of new techniques. “All these strategies ultimately benefit patient care,” she said. Dr. Niver is now one of our Invisalign® specialists.
Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Dr. Niver graduated from the University of Rochester with two bachelor degrees: psychology and biology. She left the east coast for the west coast where she attended dental school at University of California, San Francisco.
An East Coast native at heart, she and her husband, a periodontist, moved back to pursue their careers and raise a family.
Dr. Niver loves living in Hampton Roads for its great access to the outdoors and surrounding waterways. When she’s not busy at the office, she and her husband love to travel, camp and take their young daughter to the beach.
Carolyn Norton, D.M.D.
Creating smiles inside and out is why Dr. Carolyn Norton comes to work. She loves helping her patients achieve oral health and confidence through their time together. Dr. Norton joined Konikoff Dentistry because she was attracted to the practice’s positive energy and team-based environment. Dr. Norton was born in Hartford, Conn., and grew up in Stuart, Fla. She earned her B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Miami and her D.M.D. from the University of Florida. She completed a general practice residency at the University of Chicago before finally settling in Virginia and becoming one of our Invisalign® specialists.
Fusing her love for dentistry and writing, Dr. Norton served two years as a national contributing editor for the American Student Dental Association. She remains involved in organized dentistry through the Virginia Dental Association and contributes to the American Dental Association’s New Dentist Blog. Dr. Norton loves to try new restaurants and go running in her spare time. She also loves the beach weather in South Hampton Roads, which she enjoys with plenty of sunscreen.
Dina Pearl, D.D.S.
Dr. Dina Pearl is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. A New York transplant, she moved here over 25 years ago and now calls Chesapeake, Virginia home. Earning patient trust, providing quality dental care and maintaining long term dental relationships are Dr. Pearl’s priority. She joined Konikoff Dentistry because she believes in our philosophy that any dentist can brighten your teeth, but her goal is to brighten your day as well – and she works to do just that.
Dr. Pearl stays very busy competing in triathlons (that’s the one where you bicycle, swim and run!) and she holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. Dr. Pearl is married with two sons.
Nabeel Rahman, D.D.S.
Growing up, Dr. Nabeel Rahman always pictured himself playing professional soccer someday. However, it was what his coaches taught him as a young player that ultimately led him away from the soccer field to practice in a dental office. “They taught me that if you had determination, motivation, desire, discipline, focus and passion, you could do anything,” Dr. Rahman said. “That encouraged me to consider a career path in dentistry.”
Dentistry appealed to him for the opportunity it provides to solve patients’ problems, restore their smiles and give them immediate solutions.
Dr. Rahman earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of North Carolina Greensboro in 1987. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1992 from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Dentistry. After dental school, he completed an Advanced Education General Dentistry residency at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Rahman has been practicing and serving patients in Chesapeake since 1994. He is one of our Invisalign® specialists.
Today, at Konikoff Dentistry, he continues his tradition of finding solutions for patients by building personal connections with them. Dr. Rahman joined the practice because it has a similar philosophy to his own and places the same value on patients and staff.
When he’s not in the office helping patients, Dr. Rahman spends time with family and enjoys a variety of activities: travel, golf, exercise, water sports, cooking, barbecuing and volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America. Once a month, Dr. Rahman guest lectures at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center on diabetes and oral health. Dr. Rahman is a licensed youth soccer coach and plays in a men’s soccer league in Virginia Beach.
J. Mark Reichley, D.M.D.
Dr. Reichley lives his life by the following philosophy, “Greatness can be achieved as long as you give the present moment your heartfelt best and always strive to do better today than yesterday.”
Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Reichley now calls Virginia Beach home. He joins us from the US Navy, where he practiced dentistry for four years. Prior to that, he earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Maine in 2004 and his D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine in 2008.
Dr. Reichley has advanced training with Invisalign®, as well as placing and restoring dental implants and has been awarded fellowship credentials in the International Congress of Oral Implantology for demonstrating proficiency and excellence in implant placement surgery. He also has advanced training in Endodontics and enjoys furthering his clinical education and training to provide his patients with the latest treatment solutions.
On the personal side, Dr. Reichley loves being “on the go.” He enjoys golf, working out, and spending time with friends and family. He participated in Operation Unified Response in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake, and various other humanitarian missions. These missions have taken him all over the globe including Central America in Honduras, Guatemala, Columbia, Belize, Nicaragua, and Western Africa in Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, and Sao Tome. Dr. Reichley lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Jessica, and their two children.
Damdy C. Richards, D.D.S.
Damdy obtained her undergraduate degree from George Mason University and followed that with her D.D.S. degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Quite an achievement, considering she didn’t learn to speak English until she moved here from her native Laos at the age of 16. Dr. Richards joined Konikoff Dentistry in 1997 and loves workilang with – as she describes it – a great group of talented people in a friendly, rewarding environment.
Dr. Richards gets tremendous satisfaction from working to improve her patients’ smiles and, as a result, their confidence and happiness. In that same spirit, Damdy enjoys cooking and entertaining, and spending time with her husband and their two boys. Dr. Richards is a member of the Virginia Beach Dental Association and the Virginia Beach Professional Women’s Club. Dr. Richards also specializes in Invisalign® treatment.
Estelito “E.B.” Santos, Jr., D.D.S.
E.B. knew in his heart that he could do something special as a dentist. To him dentistry means providing the best oral health care possible to all of his patients in the most honest and caring manner. Born in Huntington, West Virginia, E.B. graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH (1994) with a B.S. Degree in Natural Sciences, and later he graduated from West Virginia University School of Dentistry in Morgantown, WV (2001) where he obtained a D.D.S. degree. He’s been in private practice for the past seven years, and we are glad that such an experienced dentist has joined Konikoff Dentistry. He is one of our Invisalign® specialists. E.B. enjoys the positive and professional atmosphere here and appreciates the team approach of all the doctors, hygienists, office staff and lab personnel. He and his beautiful wife, Beth, live in the Great Bridge/Chesapeake area and are truly excited about being here and starting a family.
Ashley Sara, D.M.D.
Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Ashley Sara was a double major at the University of Alabama, studying both biology and classics. She received her DMD from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. She is one of our dentists that specializes in Invisalign®.
Before joining Konikoff Dentistry, she worked at a family practice in Jacksonville, Florida for several years. Her husband is a physician with the U.S. Navy.
In her spare time, Dr. Sara reads as much as she can and belongs to a book club. Dr. Sara also enjoys knitting and making quilts. Although she loves relaxing with a good book, she also likes music, dancing and exercise. She is a licensed Zumba® instructor.
Jack Summerlin, D.D.S.
Dr. Summerlin was born and raised in Indiana, Ind. The son of a dentist, Dr. Summerlin followed his father’s career path. He earned his bachelor’s degree in science from Indiana University and his D.D.S. from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Summerlin served in the U.S. Navy for three years as a dentist. He also spent two years in private practice with his father. Dr. Summerlin’s wife is also a dentist. Dr. Summerlin joined Konikoff Dentistry after his U.S. Navy buddy Dr. Reichley, who is also a dentist at Konikoff Dentistry, recommended the practice.
Dr. Summerlin also enjoys volunteering his medical services. He was one of the first responders providing emergency dental care to those affected by the Haiti earthquake in 2010. He served on the USS Carl Vinson. The aircraft carrier arrived in Haiti two days after the hurricane struck. “It was an honor to help so many people who were in such great need,” Dr. Summerlin said, “Volunteering is very rewarding.”
Kaine Stokes, D.D.S., Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Taking care of patients as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a perfect fit for Dr. Kaine Stokes, DDS. The Wisconsin native has always enjoyed helping people – even in challenging circumstances.
During his residency with the U.S. Navy, Dr. Stokes spent six weeks on a mission trip in Belize, a country located on the eastern coast of Central America. By day, he took care of an entire school’s dental needs, treating students and faculty. At night, he would examine and treat the students’ parents to make sure the entire family had proper dental care.
Dr. Stokes discovered his passion for dentistry long before he ever went to college or trained to be a surgeon. Growing up in Barron, Wisconsin, he watched his uncle, also a dentist, improve the health of patients through his dentistry practice.
After earning two Bachelor of Science degrees at the University of Minnesota – one for biology and another for chemistry – Dr. Stokes pursued dentistry and oral surgery at the University of Minnesota Dental School. He completed his residency at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in 2014.
Today, Dr. Stokes finds great satisfaction working at Konikoff Dentistry. Not only does he love helping patients, he also appreciates working with the practice’s other dentists and surgeons who share the same high level of commitment to patient care.
At home, Dr. Stokes enjoys spending time with his wife, son and daughter. When he’s not coaching his son’s baseball team, he loves to bike outdoors and play golf.
Amy Tam, D.D.S.
After obtaining her B.S. in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan, Dr. Tam moved to New York City where she received her D.D.S. from Columbia University. Enthralled with the urban life, she continued her training and attained her A.E.G.D. from Columbia University as well. Amy knew she wanted to be a dentist when she compulsively brushed 7 times a day when she had braces.
Amy is one of our dentists specializing in Invisalign®. She really enjoys making a difference in people’s lives. The gratitude she receives from her work is seeing her patients smile. When not practicing dentistry, you can find Amy hiking, dining around town and laughing it up with friends. Amy’s guilty pleasure: singing karaoke!
Maria Victoria (Vicky) Throckmorton, D.D.S.
Her love of helping people is why Dr. Throckmorton decided to become a dentist. She enjoys interacting with her patients, making a difference in their oral health, and sharing her knowledge with her students.
Vicky grew up in Medellin, Colombia where she earned her dental degree in 1995 from CES University and later, in 2000, her MS in Prosthodontics and Periodontics. In 2002, she moved to Virginia and attended the Advanced Standing Program at VCU for two years. She obtained her D.D.S. in 2005 and stayed at VCU as part of the full-time faculty until two years later when she settled in Virginia Beach and joined the Konikoff family. Vicky enjoys scrapbooking and spending time with her husband and two sons.
Lucia Troisi, D.M.D.
A scientist at heart, Dr. Lucia Perez Troisi found dentistry the perfect career for her to combine her natural curiosity for the world and her commitment to caring for others.
Born in Venezuela, Dr. Troisi is fluent in Spanish and English. She started her dental career early, working in dental offices before she moved to the United States. She earned her DMD from Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine in Florida.
Her specialty interests include Invisalign® and orthodontics, which she studied at New York University. She uses this knowledge to help treat children who might have improper bites or crooked teeth.
Dr. Troisi’s devotion to dentistry runs in the family. She has two sisters pursuing their dental degrees. In her spare time, Dr. Troisi loves Flamenco dancing. A resident of Carrollton, she also enjoys boating and fishing.
Andrea Wissink, D.D.S.
Dr. Andrea Wissink was born and raised in upstate New York. After graduating from Cortland State University in Cortland, New York, with a degree in biology, she earned her DDS degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Working in Virginia appealed to her because she enjoys the state’s warmer climate compared to home. She chose Konikoff Dentistry for its continued emphasis on the patient. “Everyone is so genuine,” she said. In her spare time, Dr. Wissink enjoys riding horses and spending time with her lab mix dog.