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700 Independence Circle Suite 1A Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Meet Your Caring Dental Team in Virginia Beach

When you come to Lakeshore Dental, you’ll be looked after by a team of highly-experienced and friendly dental professionals who come to work every day with just one goal in mind: to ensure our patients’ comfort from check-in to checkout. They’ll make sure your appointments are always well-organized and flow efficiently, and any question you might have will quickly have an answer. They’ll treat you as an extension of their family, and you’ll learn to love them from your very first visit. Read on below to start getting to know our fantastic team.

Namrata, Accounting and Administrator

Accountant and administrator Namrata

Namrata is originally from India, and she earned her Master’s in Biology from Old Dominion University in 2017. What she enjoys most about her job at Lakeshore Dental is helping patients navigate their payments so that they can afford important dental care.

Namrata is married to Dr. Patel, and they have a daughter named Aanchal. She enjoys traveling and watching movies in her spare time.

Tami, Front Desk

Front desk Tami

Tami’s experience in dentistry covers 34 years, with the last five spent as a member of our team. She studied at Virginia Wesleyan University and is also trained as a dental assistant. Her favorite part of her job at Lakeshore Dental is being able to help patients and seeing their big smiles as they leave the dental office!

Tami is from right here in Virginia Beach, and she’s been married to her wonderful husband for 37 years. They have two grown sons and one beautiful granddaughter named Raleigh. Her hobbies outside of work include planting and gardening. Believe it or not, she once drove a pink-mini PT Cruiser!

Misty, Dental Assistant/Front Office

Dental assistnat Misty

Misty first joined our dental office two years ago, and she has 13 years of overall experience in the dental world. She received her education from the Pima Medical Institute and has also received additional training in progressive orthodontics and Invisalign Clear Braces. Her favorite part of her work here is getting to see the patient’s reaction after the doctors have transformed their smile! It’s always a very touching moment.

Misty is from Washington State and is currently engaged. Her hobbies outside of work include enjoying the outdoors, doing projects, and restoring furniture.

Marina, Dental Assistant

Dental assistant Marina

Marina has been a member of our dental family for a year so far. She attended Centura College at Norfolk. Her love of helping others makes her a great fit for the position.

Originally from Isabela, Puerto Rico, Marina and her husband have one daughter. She enjoys traveling, riding bikes with her family, and going to the range when she’s not busy at the dental office. She is bilingual!

Arielle, Dental Assistant

Dental assistant Robin

Arielle is our newest dental assistant, originally from right here in Virginia Beach. Arielle recently graduated from East Coast Polytechnic Institute with an Associates in Dental Assisting. She is certified as a Registered Dental Assistant and has achieved additional medical certifications including Infection Control and Radiation Health & Safety, Her favorite thing about being here at Lakeshore Dental is changing smiles.

Beyond her skills in dentistry, Arielle speaks fluent Tagalog. If she’s not at the dental office, you may find Arielle at the beach, trying new restaurants out to see what they offer, going to the movies, or even traveling!

Karin, Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienist Karin

Karin is originally from Boston, moving to Virginia in 1975. She attended Old Dominion University and is also certified in local anesthesia. Today, she’s been working in the dental world for over 30 years, having joined Lakeshore Dental four years ago. She loves helping people through her job!

Karin and her husband Ben have a son named Spencer. Whenever she has free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, going to the beach, and paddle boarding. In the past, she was also her son’s Den Leader for Cub Scouts.

Valerie, Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienist Valerie

Valerie’s career in dentistry spans 36 years so far, with half of them spent working here at this dental office. She completed her dental assisting education at Wayne Community College and then her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University. She is certified in both adult and infant CPR and takes continuing education yearly to keep her skills up-to-date. She really enjoys the diversity of people she meets here at the dental office and hearing all about their life experiences.

Valerie’s husband is retired from the Navy, and they have a daughter and a son. Her hobbies outside of the dental office include practicing the culinary arts, fishing for hours at a time, and hanging out with her family. She considers herself to be a very fair person!



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Tanya is a registered dental hygienist who joined our practice in 2019. She brings a few years of experience to our team. Tanya is great at connecting with patients and truly enjoys hearing everyone's incredible stories! She is a graduate of Old Dominion University and went to the ODU school of Dental Hygiene where she recieved her Bachlor's degree. Tanya is certified in local anesthesia and laser bacterial reduction, allowing us to provide unique, advanced and effective services to our patients.

Originally from Huntington, Indiana, Tanya has 3 siblings and 2 dogs. Outside of the office, she enjoys exercising, going to the beach, and is a competitive bowler. Tanya served in the US Air Force for 6 years, bringing veteran presence and leadership to our caring team.