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 like 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.
Originally from Hartsville, SC, Sara has worked in the dental field for 25 years and counting. She has Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Francis Marion University and her MBA from the University of South Carolina. She loves that her job gives her the opportunity to meet such amazing people!
Sara’s family consists of her husband, one son, one daughter, and one daughter-in-law. Whenever she’s not busy at work, she spends her time exercising, quilting, playing golf, reading, and spending time with her two Pembroke Welsh Corgis and two cats. She is proud to have completed a 5k Warriors Dash Obstacle Race at the age of 54!
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’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 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 first joined our practice 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 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 office. She is bilingual!
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’s career in dentistry spans 36 years so far, with half of them spent working here at this practice. 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 practice and hearing all about their life experiences.
Valerie’s husband is a 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!