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Con te n t s august 2014

Features 60

a shore thing Photo Essay Back roads and byways, characters, cottage industries and culinary finds ... Join us as we uncover the secret splendor of the Eastern Shore. By mark edward atkinson


man & machine

Tractor pulling is not about speed. Distance and power carry the contest, fueled by grit and raw determination. The lowdown on where to find the heaviest motorsport in the Commonwealth this summer. By Greg A. Lohr


dental health special!

The latest in cosmetic dentistry options for adults, treating dental anxiety, the oral-systemic health connection, dentistry’s role in treating sleep apnea and more. Plus, Top Dentists 2014!

On the Cover Obediah Sample, manager of the Nandua Seafood Co. in Hacksneck.

Oyster watch house, near Smith Island on the Eastern Shore.

Departments 15 | u p f r o n t

photo by mark edward atkinson

Bayou Bakery’s David Guas, mushroom roulette, the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, swimming holes, a liquor and lingerie switcheroo, Bellwether and more!

35 | a b o u t t o w n

Galas and gatherings around the state, supporting art, institutions and charities.

39 | s t y l e

Stay chic during the long hot summer in fresh styles for pool and beach.

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Our picks for the most interesting goings-on this season.

43 | d i n i n g

After 80 years of delish for Melito’s World Famous Hot Dogs, current owner and Richmonder Richard Melito still won’t spill the secret ingredient behind this family hot dog dynasty.

By Lisa Antonelli Bacon

48 | f o o d

Music superstar and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams helps kids in his hometown of Virginia Beach believe in the power of possibility. By joan tupponce

96 | d e pa r t u r e A backward glance at all the books the author has loved before, and some thoughts about guilt-free bingeing ... binge reading, that is. By Dean King

Greens dress for dinner with our recipes for artful salads, including green mango and shrimp, and watermelon and tomato. Salad, prepare to take centerstage!

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greg a. lohr “Tractor and truck pulls are a bit like baseball games,”

says Richmond-based Lohr, a veteran reporter who spent months attending pulls for his story in this issue (page 66). “There’s a lot of down time.” He says he observed that the waiting—for each vehicle to be hooked to the heavy sled and between classes of vehicles, as well as for ruts carved by tires in the clay track to be smoothed out—encourages socializing, a key part of the sport. Plus, he says, the careful attention to each detail makes a full pull, this sport’s home run, all the more special when it happens.


John-Lawrence Smith EDITORIAL STAFF editor Erin Parkhurst Art Director Sonda Andersson Pappan associate editor Taylor Pilkington associate editor Lisa Antonelli Bacon assistant art director Megan Mullsteff assistant editor special projects Eden Stuart


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E ditor ’ s letter Pride of Place You can always come home again.


Our two feature stories, I hope, will also convey pride of place. The first is our cover story (page 60), a photo essay about the Eastern Shore by Mark Edward Atkinson. He shows us his favorite haunts and hangouts and introduces us to some of the interesting folks he has come to know there. I think you’ll find that his shots reflect his love for this stunningly beautiful and culturally rich area of our state. To round out Mark’s visual journey, please go to for our guide to where to go and what to do at the Shore. I hope you’ll hop in the car and explore it before summer’s end. I plan to. Then there is our story about tractor pulling (page 66), written by Greg A. Lohr, who spent months traveling to pulls around the state to find out more about the sport. This issue is filled with discovery for me, as I learned that pulling began in the 1800s when farmers competed to be able to say they owned the strongest horse. Unlike the racier motorsports, tractor pulling—and its more modern counterpart, truck pulling—requires patience, calculation and strength. It strikes me as a very American pastime. Greg’s story is accompanied by a list of pulls happening around the state over the next months, and there are many. Don’t miss out. Also in this issue are recipes for cool summer salads (page 48), stories about Richmond’s Hot Dog King, Richard Melito (page 43), and Arlington’s celebrity chef, David Guas (page 15), as well as great guides to summertime favorites in our UpFront section (page 21), including swimming holes, sandwiches and soft shell crabs. Plus, we present a special supplement with stories devoted to dental health (page 73), including a look at the newest in cosmetic dentistry procedures by contributing editor Sandra Shelley, and offer our annual list of Top Virginia Dentists. I hope you enjoy it! Erin Parkhurst, Editor

harrell has never forgotten where he came from.” That’s what Joan Tupponce told me when she first pitched the idea of a story about the superstar and his Virginia Beach-based foundation, From One Hand to AnOTHER (page 52). Joan learned this from talking with his mother, Dr. Carolyn Williams, an educator in the Virginia Beach public school system who is now director of education for the foundation. When Joan finally met the soft-spoken singer during a visit to Virginia Beach in June, as he was accepting keys to the city from Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, he even said, “I identify myself as a local, not a celebrity.” When we started working on the story, my knowledge about the songwriter and producer, I confess, was limited. Of course, I knew his big hit this year, “Happy” (which I can hear now blaring from a car parked in front of my office on Richmond’s Cary Street … I have been singing along) and his singular fashion sense. (Who doesn’t love the hats?) I had seen him on covers from GQ and Billboard to Fast Company and read articles about his clothing lines and, most recently, an exhibition of modern art he curated at a Paris gallery. All impressive, but it was what I later learned—that he established FOHTA in 2008 to help kids in the Virginia Beach area explore career opportunities— that caught my attention. FOHTA has brought in folks like NASA astronaut Leland Melvin (Williams’ friend and a fellow Virginian, from Lynchburg) and reps from organizations as diverse as the FBI and the William Morris Agency to work with kids in their after-school and summer programs. The kids do projects, and they learn concrete strategies for mapping out their own career paths. They are encouraged to dream, but they are also taught how to do. A formula for success, don’t you think? Up until a few months ago, I didn’t know how passionately Williams feels about education or that he plans to expand his foundation to other cities around the country. There was a lot about this man that surprised me. Despite his crazy schedule and the world clamoring for his work, he returns to Virginia Beach frequently to work with the kids in FOHTA’s programs. He is a Virginian born and bred, remaining closely connected to his home and family, and we are pleased to be able to bring you his story.

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In our special issue, Best of Virginia 2014, the style credits for the Shenandoah Valley region photo were incorrect. They are: women’s lamb leather motorcycle jacket by IRO from Frances Kahn; t-shirt by Jella Couture from Need Supply Co.; black diamond ring and atomic Eames-era sphere earrings from Anthill Antiques; Bearcat and Cottrell styles of denim by Shockoe Denim; and vintage leather boots and belt from Yesterday's Heroes Vintage, all from Richmond; leather backpack by Moore & Giles, Lynchburg; black Sammy Miller jacket in vintage waxed cotton by Belstaff.

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UpFront Serving collards and cappuccinos, beignets and boudin, and grits and grillades out of an order-atthe-counter kitchen may make a chef sound confused, unless you’ve met David Guas. For him, the items on the menu at his Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington do more than demonstrate his New Orleans roots (and keep diners coming in the door from early morning to late night); they express who he is. “I’ve tried to jam what I know about food into a casual operation where no one wants to wait more than eight minutes for a sandwich,” Guas says over a cup of coffee, a Mardi Gras-masked gator hanging over his head as the eatery comes to life on a recent Friday morning. The bakery opens at 7 a.m., when the jazzy riffs of a saxophone waft over the speakers, and freshly ground coffee and pillowy beignets are served piping hot with piles of powdered sugar. Later, around lunch, the bakery will transform into a red beans and rice haunt until dinner time, when salads and hot boudin are plated (instead of boxed to-go) until closing at 9 p.m. The 39-year-old chef behind it all came to Washington, D.C., from New Orleans at age 23 to serve as the first pastry chef at the seafood restaurant DC Coast. And while Guas may have left his hometown, where he also went to culinary school, he brought its cooking and culture with him. Guas fell into pastry chefdom after culinary school, because the kitchen at New Orleans’ Windsor Court Hotel wasn’t hiring; the pastry department, however, was. He served as an associate pastry chef there until Passion Food Hospitality, which now operates seven restaurants in the District, recruited Guas to DC Coast, where he eventually rose to corporate pastry chef before penning his 2009 cookbook, DamGoodSweet. Opening Bayou Bakery in 2010 gave Guas a chance to cook what he knows best. “I think David’s talents would be wasted on solely doing pastries,” says Guas’ friend of more than a decade, David Wizenberg, co-owner of Passion Food Hospitality. “I don’t claim to know how to cook everything,” says Guas, “but I definitely know how to cook Louisiana, New Orleans and Southern food. It’s not meant to be fussy. That’s the beauty of what I do.” And the critics agree. Bon Appetit, Southern Living and other national magazines have heaped praise upon Guas, and last year Arlington Magazine readers voted him the city’s best chef. His Muffa-lotta (the chef’s version of the classic New Orleans sandwich), desserts and casual dining ethos have earned him “best of” titles in a slew of publications. After years of planning, Guas is set to open a second Bayou Bakery by the end of the year at D.C.’s Hill Center at the Old Navy Hospital. A darling of television media, with his dimpled smile, signature sideburns and charisma, he has competed on cooking shows Chopped and Iron Chef and regularly appears on The Today Show to demonstrate Mardi Gras dishes or, recently, to show viewers how to cook the perfect burger. When asked to do the burger segment, Guas referenced his logbook of handwritten notes on the subject of the perfect patty, which he grinds himself, blending various meats: “I’ve got a third chuck, a third brisket, a third spare rib. “So I present all this to them and they’re like, ‘Whoa, whoa. We just want something that, like, Mom can do,’” Guas says, recalling a conversation with the show’s producers for the 2- to 3-minute segment. But somehow, his grilling prowess still came through in those few minutes. Last year, the Travel Channel asked Guas to host its new reality show, American Grilled, which premiered July 2. He spent more than five straight weeks traveling to various cities, including Charlottesville and Annapolis, to film the show’s 13 episodes in which “regular Joes” from across the country compete for a $10,000 prize. “He loves this show, because it’s so much a part of him. He grew up grilling,” says Simone Rathlé, Guas’ wife of 14 years, mother of their two children, aged 10 and 12, and his publicist. “He’s not branded for just one thing.” au gust 2 0 14

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Guas learned to grill from his father, Mariano, a home cook and veterinarian by trade whose garlic-studded roast pork grabbed the cover of the Washington Post’s Thanksgiving edition in 2012. (The Post got the idea from a Food & Wine Magazine article that followed Guas on a long-planned journey to his father’s birthplace in Cuba; a trip finally made possible by a shift in U.S. policy that eased travel restrictions.) As his wife puts it, Guas has “a passion for the origins of things,” a passion that originated with the women in his family. Guas tells stories about his Great Aunt Patty’s nutmeg-infused apple pies and his Aunt Boo’s legendary wooden roux spoons, which inspired him to

Beignets and coffee along with Bayou Bakery's signature Muff-a-lotta.

Guas has “a passion for the origins of things,” a passion that originated with the women in his family.


ban metal spoons at his own restaurant. “This food is all about soul, right?” Guas says, placing a hand on his chest. Then, running the hand down his arm to an imaginary stirring spoon, he explains how only wooden spoons can truly conduct heat, flavor and importantly, soul, into the roux that takes two hours to create. The thought of a metal spoon scraping on cast iron makes the chef wince. “There’s something disconnected about that,” he says. It’s hard to ignore the sizable tattoo peeking out from his T-shirt sleeve as he demonstrates the motion of the spoon. Prompted, he pulls up the sleeve to reveal the bootshaped state of Louisiana partially covered by the stylized lily of the fleur-de-lis. “That’s my birthplace,” he says. “It’s where everything I do on a daily basis comes from.” ❉

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remnants of a fallen oak, a splash of brilliant orange bursts forth from a choking tangle of English ivy. It’s a rigid, rubbery mass, silky smooth to the touch, with a creamy pale underbelly. To the uninitiated, it looks a little sinister, a bit otherworldly; like a bouquet from The Addams Family garden. To Steve Haas, however, it is a bounty. “Laetiporus sulphureus,” he says, tearing away two-handed chunks, also known as sulfur shelf mushroom or “chicken of the woods.” Apparently meaty and quite delicious, it is just one among the remarkable variety of edible (and some decidedly inedible) mushrooms to be found within the Commonwealth. Haas should know. A native Virginian and professional cultivator of mushrooms at Steve Haas Mushrooms, he grew up in a family of wild mushroom foragers. “I started

hunting as soon as I could crawl,” he says. What does he hunt? Edible wild mushrooms in Virginia include morels, chanterelles, oyster mushrooms, champignons and also “hen of the woods,” which, confusingly, is entirely different from chicken of the woods. To wild mushroom hunters, the delight of these fungi is how they pop up where they will, nature’s savory bounty hidden in plain sight to everyone but the people who take the time to learn, to look and to see. “It is kind of like being part of a secret society with very select and minimal membership,” says mushroom hunter Carter Neville of Warrenton. “Once you head down the rabbit hole, mushrooms get curiouser and curiouser.” What you see, the mushroom itself, is only the “fruiting body” of the organism. As with other kinds of fruit, the mushroom’s purpose is to help the organism reproduce—in the case of fungi, by releasing spores. A single mushroom can release au gust 2 0 14



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literally billions of spores, and while some simply drop them, others, like the tasty morel, actually forcibly eject them; a mushroom blogger (yes, these exist) in Missouri writes of laying out his morels, “only to come back and find the entire room covered from the walls to the floor.” What the mushroom fruits from is the mycelium, the “vegetative body” of the organism. It’s the mycelium that spreads through the soil or in your garden mulch or insinuates itself into the body of a tree. And spread it can; in Oregon, scientists discovered a single honey mushroom organism that is estimated to be some 2,400 years old and covers more than 2,300 acres. Depending on the species, mushroom mycelia can play different roles in the ecosystem. Some mushrooms are saprophytes, which break down dead organic material. Other mushrooms (like the famous truffle) are mycorrhizal; they form a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship with a host plant’s root system. Some mushrooms, though, are parasitic, attacking a living host— interestingly, chicken of the woods is one species that can be both saprophytic and parasitic. Mushrooms capture the human imagination— Once you look at the lively lexicon head down the of their common names, from the whimsical rabbit hole, (bearded hedgehog, old man of the woods, fairy mushrooms cap) to the evocative get curiouser (stinkhorn, fuzzy foot, train wrecker) to the and curiouser.” sinister (lead poisoner, witches’ butter, trumpet of death). Mushrooms come in a dizzying variety of shapes and forms and colors, beautiful to downright disgusting (look up, for example, the “elegant stinkhorn”). And then of course, there’s the always interesting fact that some mushrooms can kill you. Most won’t, but the wild mushroom’s reputation as the last dinner you’ll ever regret looms large in the mind of the public. There’s even a word for fear of mushrooms: mycophobia. “Mention that you are going out hunting mushrooms, and people look at you like you are planning to juggle angry rattlesnakes in a patch of poison ivy,” observes Neville. The deadliest mushrooms you’ll find in Virginia are both of the genus amanita: the aptly if prosaically named “death cap” (Amanita phalloides, an invasive species in the U.S.) and the bone-white “destroying angel,” a native encompassing several different species, the most common of which in eastern North America is probably Amanita bisporigera. The nasty thing about amatoxin is that it’s insidious. The first bout of illness, which comes some hours after consumption, is comparable to a very, very bad case of food poisoning. Ironically, it’s when you’re starting to feel better that you are, in fact, dying; your liver and kidneys go down for the count due to some complicated business with enzyme RNA polymerase II and protein synthesis. You don’t want to go there. The moral of the story? If you want to venture among the wild mushrooms, go with an expert. “The beauty of mushrooms,” says Steve Haas, “is they make their own rules. As soon as we think we understand them, they show us we don’t.” ❉

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in the mountains along the Tennessee-Virginia border—musical gold, that is. That’s why the New York City producer for the Victor Talking Machine Company set up microphones in an old warehouse along Bristol’s State Street in July and August of 1927 and put an advertisement in a local newspaper inviting musicians to come and make their “hillbilly music” immortal. A parade of string bands, family groups and various singers answered Peer’s ad to record at what famously became known as the “Bristol Sessions.” But two acts that summer would be heard louder than the

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comin’ down the track the railfan community—train enthusiasts who visit railroad tracks in order to spot (and photograph) specific trains of historical, aesthetic or rare import. “It’s almost become like a competitive sport; so many guys want to be the first to see this train or that train,” says Charles Curley, president of the Richmond-based Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, which has about 130 members. “I like to say it’s similar to NASCAR—big, powerful machines that make a lot of noise,” au gust 2 0 14


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powerful racehorses get injured or too old to compete? Some are neglected or abused; sadly, some are even put down. But the Second Chances program, administered by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, gives rescued horses a new lease on life sending them to low-security prisons, where they serve as instructional models for inmates learning equine care and grooming skills. “Our program is all about second chances for both the men and the horses,” says Anne Tucker, president of the James River chapter of the TRF, which oversees the program at the James River Work Center in Goochland. Inmates who complete the program receive a Groom Elite certification, and many go on to work in the horse industry after their release. Since its start in 2007, the James River Second Chances program has graduated more than 60 inmates and adopted out 90 horses; 21 retired racers are currently in the program (nationally, the TRF harbors about 1,000 horses). This year, the James River TRF will host its first Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show July 25-27 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell. The benefit show will feature hunter, jumper, dressage and trail events. Admission is free. —By Taylor Pilkington

noting that many lines converge in Richmond and Roanoke. “We have both CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway here,” so there is a lot of history. But the real appeal for railfans? “Most little boys love trains,” says Curley, “some of us just never grew out of it.”

Railfans gather to spot the Old 611. Five thousand fans gathered in Roanoke over Memorial Day weekend to catch a glimpse of fame. The celebrity wasn’t a Hollywood star but a hulking steam locomotive, originally built in 1950, known as “Old 611.” The engine set off from the Virginia Museum of Transportation for the North Carolina Transportation Museum, where it will undergo approximately $750,000 worth of restorations over the following six to nine months before returning to Roanoke. The celebration surrounding Old 611 is no surprise to members of

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Soft Shell Central For the freshest of summer’s bounty from the Bay, head to Saxis.

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Roanoke serves the Showalter. It might seem like just (just?!) a premium Wagyu burger with applewood bacon, cheese and a fried egg, but instead of a bun, all this comes between two halves of a glazed doughnut (pictured above). $6.99, served only on Sundays,


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Eastern Shore, on the outskirts of Saxis Island in Accomack County, Kenny Linton, 55, holds a pair of dripping wet Chesapeake blue crabs, one male, one female, in front of me as we stand on the dock behind the lifelong waterman’s shack, built of the same gray and weathered wood as the dock. He has been out on his boat this morning, as he will be every morning through the summer, pulling hundreds of crabs from his traps off the Saxis shoreline and water nearby. For soft-shell connoisseurs who wait all year for this harbinger of summer’s bounty, Saxis could just be the closest thing to paradise. Here, Linton and the roughly 20 watermen like him keep a close eye on the crabs, which lie in shallow, baywater fed wooden bins, sorting them as they go through the molting process every spring and summer. They look for “busters,” the ones about to bust out of their shells; there is a small window of time when they must be removed from

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usually standing-room only around lunchtime. The reason? The Betty, named after owner Laura Parker’s mother, mixes roasted nuts with cream cheese and tops it with bacon and tomato, serving all between two slices of raisin bread. $6, —By Taylor Pilkington

It’s all about single origin at Springfield’s Cervantes Coffee.

Even though the floor is concrete and the

shop is located in a warehouse in a Springfield business park, co-owner Marialy Justiniano makes you feel as though you’re walking into her living room when you enter Cervantes Coffee. She makes easy conversation over quiet music as customers cozy up to the bar for a latte or a French-press cup. But this isn’t your regular old cup-a-joe. The Bolivian-born Justiniano and her husband, Alex Escobar, from Peru, know their

java. The pair first met in the coffee fields of South America, where they helped farmers break into international markets. They moved to the U.S. and started Cervantes Coffee in 2012 before expanding their roasting business to its present location last year. Now the couple, both 45, work with some of those same farmers to sell their beans stateside. These connections allow the shop to directly source “single origin” beans—a step above fair trade—from Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru and

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other coffee countries. Single origin beans are produced on micro lots with premium soil and fetch a higher price for farmers, who, says Escobar, “get really excited that they have someone they know buying their coffee.” See, smell and taste the result for yourself at Cervantes’ weekly “cuppings”—a chance to experience the flavor and aroma of the coffee in five stages, from whole bean to coarse ground to finished cup. —By Whitney Pipkin

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of symmetrical swimming pools, before the relentless roar of neon waterslides, cooling off on a scorching summer day meant heading off to the nearest swimming hole. And it still can. Secluded oases with tree-lined borders and spring-fed water, these cool hideaways scattered throughout the state bring to mind lazy, sun-splashed afternoons when the success of the day was measured in the height of cannonball splashes and the number of tadpoles caught. So pack a bag and come on in; the water is fine.

Gooney Creek Campground,

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Whiteoak Canyon Trail in Shenandoah is a 4½-mile loop with at least five waterfalls and accompanying swimming holes. Several of the falls are hidden from sight of the path, so hikers will have to listen carefully, but the drops are steep enough that the falling water makes plenty of noise. $5 entry fee for Skyline Drive. Rooms and cabins available for rent at Skyland Resort. —By Mac Carey 540-999-3500,

More places to swim, sun and be happy.

Blowing Springs Recreation Area, Bath Nine miles west of Warm Springs on Virginia Highway 39. 540-839-2521 High Knob Lake, Wise Six miles south of Norton on Virginia State Route 619. 276-328-2931


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Belle Isle in downtown Richmond may not be the first location that springs to mind when thinking of rural retreats, but the shallow pools of the James River offer an opportunity to lounge in the cool water while taking in a view of the capital city’s skyline. 804-646-5733,

Historic Port of Falmouth Park Located off River Road near Cambridge Street in Falmouth. 540-373-7909,

Moorman’s River, Charlottesville Sixteen miles north of Charlottesville on Barracks Road. 800-732-0911, SNP/MoormansRiver Whitetop Laurel Creek, Virginia Creeper Trail Area, Damascus Enter trail from Route 58 in downtown Damascus. 276-388-3642, Safety tips for swimming holes: Check local bulletins for news of closings; check water depth before jumping or diving in; assess current by throwing a branch or large stick into the middle of the stream; and always swim with a companion.

Taking the Long Wide View A new panoramic book captures the many landscapes of Virginia. book published this spring, Natural Virginia, Ben Greenberg describes staking out a spot on the James River near Pony Pasture in early morning darkness and spotting a Great Blue Heron fishing in the rapids. He snapped a picture in the rising pre-dawn mists, hoping the image would capture the sharp grace of the heron against the pale blue of the coming sunrise. The image of the heron on the James is now the cover photo for

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Shirley Hendricks, of Grit, in Pittsylvania County, is fit to be tied over roaming dogs that are terrorizing her geese. While she stops short of espousing a leash law—all she wants is for folks to take responsibility for their animals—she does call the Altavista Journal to complain. The county dog warden, who “can’t get around to everybody,” tells Shirley to “shoot a dog if it has a bird in its mouth,” but she says, “I hate to shoot somebody’s dog.” Even without a leash law, owners ought to confine their animals to their land, she says, but they don’t, and last year, dogs killed several Hendricks kittens. (The Hendrickses keep cows, chickens and birds as well.) “I get real aggravated,” she says.

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Clifton Forge one Sunday when two men got their suitcases mixed up on a busy train and a former U.S. marshal wound up with a case brimming with alcohol. The marshal, Staunton’s R.A. Fulwiler, was the “innocent cause” of a “drouth” in Clifton Forge, because the spirited cargo never arrived. Fulwiler turned it over to the cops, who took it out of circulation. “PRESTO! CHANGO! FULWILER HAS NEW MAGIC STUNT, SUITCASE OF LINGERIE, SHIRTS, ETC., BECOMES FOUNTAIN OF BOOZE FOR EX-MARSHAL,” headed the story in the Staunton Daily Leader. Who, then, was in possession of Fulwiler’s bag, stuffed with his clothes and his wife’s lingerie? Our marshal, returning home of a Sunday evening from a “little vacation,” had boarded a C&O car at Basic City (yes, Virginia, there was a Basic City, in Augusta County, but it has since been subsumed by Waynesboro), and laid his suitcase to rest with those of the other passengers. Debarking, he grabbed what he thought was his luggage and “abstracted” it from the train, but it wasn’t until the next day that he discovered the suitcase switch. He opened the case to select a shirt for the day and instead found that it contained “a dozen bottles of Schlitz” and a number of quarts of “old rye.” At this point, Fulwiler finally thought to check the luggage tag, on which he read the name of a well-known denizen of Clifton Forge, who went unnamed in the article but evidently had high hopes of averting an “incipient drouth” in his hometown. By this time, the Clifton Forge man must have been parched indeed, having discovered

only shirts and lingerie in his case. Amends were ultimately made and each suitcase returned to its rightful owner. The paper would not reveal what was in the bottles that were finally delivered to the Clifton Forge man but suggested that he would be smart to examine carefully their contents before sampling, lest they contain only water, which he “can get at home, fresh from the mountainside, and does not have to go to Norfolk to obtain.” Why didn’t Fulwiler suspect that he had been the victim of a switcheroo? He said he noticed that the case seemed heavy; didn’t that give him pause? Perhaps he had indulged in a nip or two in the dining car. “Ardent spirits” were not illegal in Virginia. Not yet. What was illegal was such ardent transport of spirits, even within the Commonwealth— too much liquor from too far away. Teetotaling became law here following a 1916 referendum, three years before the rest of the country went dry, according to the Journal of the Brewery History Society. The vote made a success out of the political rages led by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and the Anti-Saloon League. Temperance had been on the back burner in the antebellum period but picked up momentum around the turn of the century. Once it kicked in, Prohibition in Virginia lasted until 1933, but the Clifton Forge booze traveler must have felt this shock ahead of schedule when he discovered the facultative dryness that had befallen him. He must have been sad, too, because when you’re out of Schlitz ...


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A Richmond Ice Company horse and wagon stand outside a customer’s place on Richmond’s South Side. Suddenly the horse, bored, revs up and proceeds to haul ice through alleys and main thoroughfares, even for a while tearing down busy Hull Street. While onlookers thrill to the spectacle, Patrolman Gordon Smith, trying to stop the animal, decidedly does not. A few years back, before there were automobiles, this wasn’t a rare, or remarkable, occurrence, and the main concern was to keep “Johnny or Billy” out of the path of the charging steed. Things are trickier now. Smith finally nabs the nag on McDonough, but not before the horse and the rig have damaged nine cars, reports the Southside News. Whoa, Nelly!


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After Carol Wall’s children leave home and she finds herself an empty nester living in a lily-white neighborhood in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, she hires Giles Owita, a dark-skinned man from Kenya, to resurrect her yard from the blight it has become. Before long, Giles is transforming not only Carol’s yard but also her life. This is a wonderful memoir with the heart of Driving Miss Daisy, minus the crotchety leading lady.

very clear to the reader in the historical note at the end of the book.” As Gower searches, whispered word of the prophecies passes through London like a chill wind—and powerful men who would profit from the 19-year-old King’s death plot assassination. Some commoners do the same, including one butcher who believes he is “the kingmaker” referred to in the book’s prophecy. These events occur “only four years after the great Rising, the Peasants Revolt,” says Holsinger, when tens of thousands of urban workers flowed in from the surrounding shires and killed a number of royal officials and almost killed King Richard. “So we are only four years out from that, and the discontent is very much a part of the urban culture of London.” In addition to ever-present paranoia, the city exudes sorrow. Even more lives have been lost to plague than to revolution. Of Gower’s four children, only his son, Simon, survives childhood. Grief lingers in the background throughout the story, but Holsinger occasionally brings it to the fore, as when Gower finds his wife behaving strangely in the middle of the night: “She went to her knees and reached for the window. Her fingers stretched along the sill. She put her face to the bottom of the opening. Her cheek moved slowly along the rough board. I watched her, the strange sweeping movements of her hands as they whisked from wood to her face, as she sniffed like some chained lunatic at her fingers and palms. It came to me then, the meaning of Sarah’s actions. She was gleaning the dust of our daughter. Discovering those places where Bet’s hands had played, gathering the last particles of her skin, the final remnants of her scent as they lingered on the windowsill.” The story itself is engrossing, but Holsinger’s real strength lies in his portrayal of a

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London far different from the gloried modern capital it has become. “Medieval London was actually three cities,” says Holsinger, that formed one metropolis. In his research, Holsinger discovered new facets of the period that had been foreign to him. He researched details like the lingo of 14th-century prostitutes and the types of saddles used on horses in the era. It’s these myriad little particulars that imbue his novel with veracity. But, says Holsinger. “It’s a thriller after all, not a work of history,” and his hope is that readers will know “they’ve gotten a great story.” A Burnable Book comes out just as interest in medieval culture is exploding. When Holsinger taught a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled “Plagues, Witches and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction,” more than 20,000 students enrolled worldwide. All those students, plus readers of A Burnable Book, will be thrilled to hear Holsinger is working on a sequel. But he’ll only give one tantalizing hint about its plot: It involves the beginning of gun violence in the Western world. Consider that his fourteenth prophecy.

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“Wordfall” by Francie Hester and Lisa Hill.


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Maryland-based artist Francie Hester’s works are cerebral ruminations on memory and time and the phenomenon of patterns that emerge from within seemingly random events. “With each series I begin, I find science offers invaluable perspective when digging into life’s most challenging questions— the study of the brain for example, or the perception of time first as linear and then fluid. Once I have done a body of research and reading, my own artistic interpretation and perceptions take over.” Hester’s newest show will run June 26-August 3 at the Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria. Hester, 55, holds an MFA in painting from

exhibits around the state

■ Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, “Multiplicity.”

the University of Maryland, College Park, and has been painting for 30 years. She has received grants from the Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County arts councils, and produced a number of commissioned works, including pieces for Airbus headquarters at Dulles and the corporate collections of the World Bank, IMF and Philips International. “Francie is a master of creating work that appears both spontaneous and meticulously planned,” says Twig Murray, the show’s curator. “Drips, dribbles and organic paint patterns are punctuated with mathematic precision and machine tooling. The overall effect is random and lyrical—but far from accidental. I was immediately drawn to the works on their appearance alone, but after talking to Francie about her fascination with concepts relating to time and memory, her art became even more powerful to me.” Hester primarily works on steel and aluminum disks and panels, her process a carefully meted out choreography between addition and subtraction. Setting down layers and layers of acrylic paint, in some cases as many as 20, she sands, heats and drills the surface between them to create a variety of round, exposed metal areas, finally finishing the pieces with pigment and wax, resulting in a richly textural effect. The pieces look as if they were mined from beneath the earth or made from some exotic bits of celestial material dropped from the sky. One piece that stands out from the others is “Wordfall,” a 16-foot curtain of wrapped paperclips on which Hester collaborated with Washington D.C.-based visual artist Lisa Hill. The piece is a memorial to two members of Hester and Hill’s circle of friends: Brendan Ogg, a gifted young poet who was Hester’s son’s best friend, and Diane Granat Yalowitz, senior

■ Fralin Museum, Charlottesville, “Postwar British Prints.”

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Francie Hester’s work explores the concepts of time and memory.


Elegantly Rendered

editor of Washingtonian Magazine. Both people of letters, the two succumbed to brain cancer just a few years apart. The disease ravaged their memory, robbing them of their ability to communicate with the very tools of their trade. “Wordfall” is about grief and memory, and the role memory plays in grief. The piece is composed of more than 60,000 paperclips individually wrapped by the friends and family of Ogg and Yalowitz, and others. The wrapping is made from pages of Yalowitz’s articles and Ogg’s book of poetry, Summer Becomes Absurd. Hester learned the ingenious fold used to secure the paper in China, where resourceful rice farmers create strips of wrapped paperclips to hang in doorways to keep flies out. The stunning “Wordfall” is free standing, and when it moves it creates a distinct sound (much like that of a rain stick) that gives life to the words that help form the sculpture. Hester began studying memory after witnessing Ogg’s struggle with the loss of his following surgery. “The pieces prior to Brendan’s illness were more about the sequencing of time. But after I saw the transformation in him as he tried to piece his memory together, I began to study where memory is stored.” Her “Connectome” series, which includes brain scans etched into aluminum panels, takes its ‘Wordfall’ is name from the electrical currents that are a major key about grief to unlocking the mysteries and memory, of the mind: memory, intelligence, emotions and the role and mental disorders. For memory plays Hester, brain scans made as part of a project to map the in grief.” brain by Sebastian Seung while he was a professor at MIT, proved inspirational. She says, “I want to evoke the sense of something being solvable— that what might seem random has an equation. One thought triggers the next thought.” Brain scans also figure largely in Hester’s “Portals,” a series inspired by looking into a microscope and seeing a complex, unique and intricate world. Each portal is mounted on a hinged arm so that the piece “pops” off the wall, making the experience of it more immediate. The soaring interior space and natural light of Alexandria’s Athenaeum, home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA), a satellite affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since 1964, provide a fitting setting for Hester’s work. Hester’s new show continues her practice of grappling with powerful topics like memory loss and grief—an emotion she sees not as specific to one event, but as an ongoing part of life. Her approach may appear dispassionate, but the contemplative nature of the art and the elegance of its rendering resonate powerfully, creating work that stays with you long after you have left its presence.,

■ National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, “Foxcroft School: The Art of Women and the Sporting Life.”

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An art exhibit in downtown Lynchburg is getting lots of attention, thanks to the art itself and the identity of the artists. “Keys to the Hill City” is comprised of five pianos creatively painted by students from five area high schools and placed along the sidewalks in front of Main Street businesses. Sponsored by the James River Council for the Arts & Humanities, the exhibit, which runs through September, invites passers-by to express themselves musically. “Some play very well and others play not so well, but we’ve had a lot of people stop every day,” says Dorothy Garrett of the spinet outside Telitha Apothecary and Spa where she works. One man told her that he made a point to play every one. In inclement weather, employees of host businesses cover the pianos with tarpaulins, so don’t expect to hear singin' in the rain.

Embattled Battlefield It’s a good thing, as Martha Stewart would say, even when it doesn’t sound that way. The historic Williamsburg Battlefield, site of the 1862 Battle of Williamsburg, during which nearly 4,000 Civil War soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing, has earned a place on Preservation Virginia’s list of the state’s most endangered historic sites. Since the early 1990s, much of the battlefield has been lost to development. So why is making the endangered list good? Because it calls attention to the plight of this shrinking piece of history. Preservation Virginia has proposed comprehensive planning that includes the interests of government, citizens, development and “historically-minded organizations.” Who can argue with that?

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‘Road Show’ Redux If you’re one of the disappointed many who didn’t get your mysterious antiques appraised last year when PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow” came to Richmond, the Virginia Historical Society is offering a chance at a similar experience. And the odds for appraisal might be better than when “AR” filmed in River City last August, when more than 22,000 people entered to win tickets to have their heirlooms and yard sale finds appraised by the experts. September 6, VHS’s “With a Collector’s Eye” institute will have on hand Ken Farmer of Quinn & Farmer Auctions in Charlottesville to appraise the objects of 10 ticket purchasers. (Tickets are $150 for VHS members; $175 for non-members.) If you want to be one of the 10 selected, send a photo of your quilt-furniture-folk artdecorative art treasure (along with any history that you know in 500 words or fewer) in advance.

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Trouble in Margaritaville Were you missing your margarita this spring? Earlier this year, the price of limes skyrocketed from around 20 cents to as high as $1 apiece in grocery stores. “We used to buy them by the box,” says Sydney Meers, chef-owner of Stove Restaurant in Portsmouth. “We started buying them by the halfdozen.” About 98 percent of limes sold in Virginia are imported from Mexico, where bacteria, bad weather and prices fixed by drug cartels created a nationwide shortage, driving the price of limes to record-breaking highs. Stove even stopped serving its signature Stovejito (Stove’s version of the mojito) for about six weeks. By mid-June, the cartels and bacteria had retreated, lime prices were crawling back down, and the Stovejito was back on the menu. Cheers to that!

HUMANS 1-BEES 0 It was like a Hitchcock film—“The Birds,” only with bees—in May, when several thousand bees swarmed Marion’s Main Street. For some unknown reason, they honed in on the car of a local business owner, snarling traffic for about an hour. Director of Community and Economic Development Ken Heath called a local beekeeper, who gently removed the bees by sweeping them into a hive box. No one was stung during the incident, and no damage to the car was reported. Says Heath, “There were a few stragglers, but the beekeeper got a new hive, the businesses got a lot of press, and I'm getting a jar of honey out of the deal. Pretty good day at the office, I’d say.”

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Comfort Zone Camp Comfort Zone Camp raised more than $220,000 for its children’s bereavement camps at its 15th annual Grief Relief Gala. The March 22 event, attended by 300, was held at The Country Club of Virginia.

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Jean-Christophe Castelli, associate producer for the Academy Award-winning film Life of Pi, addressed a crowd of 350 in the museum’s Great Hall of Steam. Castelli spoke about his book, The Making of Life of Pi, chronicling the fouryear journey to complete the movie.

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More than 400 turned out to support the Greater Richmond ARC’s annual Ladybug Winetasting and Silent Auction at the Richmond Raceway Complex’s Torque Club. The April 5 event raised $99,000.

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Riverball VIII, the biennial fundraiser hosted by the Main Street Committee of Mathews County Virginia, raised more than $10,000 to help revitalize the village of Mathews. Held at Aldendale in Susan, the June 7 event drew 171 supporters.

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Dancing with the Richmond Stars raised more than $100,000 for the Virginia Treatment Center for Children at Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Nearly 500 attended the March 14 event at VCU’s W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. Leslie Wyatt, Matt and Jenny Brady

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Get your fair fill at the Prince William County Fair, the largest county fair in the Commonwealth. Oh, there are the expected thrill rides, arts and crafts, and live music, but there’s also much more, from diving dogs to chainsaw art to lawn mower racing. Seriously, can you bear to miss it?

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Who doesn’t love Lyle? His wit and wordplay belie a much more sophisticated soul than you might expect from a country boy. Considering the four-time Grammy winner’s multi-genre songbook and His Large Band, the beloved “Cowboy Man” and Texas’ official State Musician has big, broad appeal. At Wolf Trap’s Filene Center.

July 23-27 FloydFest Lite, Ferrum

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Just 30 miles from the original, FloydFestPLUS! offers a more grown-up version of the beloved bacchanal down the road. FloydFestPLUS! offers overnight accommodations in a Ferrum College dorm, shuttle service to and from FloydFest, breakfast at the campus dining hall and convenient parking, as well as tours of the Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum. Elevators, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and easy access to campus fast food vendors make FloydFestPLUS! just the right additive for FloydFest purists.

July 11, 13, 16 Oh! An Operatic Susannah Charlottesville

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Susannah certainly wasn't the first mountain girl to dream of going "beyond them mountains where the folks talk nice an' the folks dress nice," but she's surely among the best loved. Ash Lawn Opera’s performance of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah captures that slice of American mountain culture, presented by the seasoned theater company approaching its fourth decade. At the Paramount Theater.

Go nuts and pig out at the Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival, when Surry celebrates its most prominent products all at once. More than 100 artisans and musicians will entertain for two days at Chippokes State Park, giving fest-goers a relaxing breather between munching. In case your tastes don’t run to any of the above, there will be local food vendors too, providing plenty of alternatives.

Can you train a crab to compete? Find out at the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge, when more than 300 “crabtestants” line up oceanfront to find out who's the fastest. Crabs—er, entrants come from around the country to compete in the Crustacean 500. There are other competitions, like the Miss Curvaceous Crustacean Beauty Pageant, for those whose racing days are past.

...claimed tap dancing as an American art form, it was practiced in its purest form in the mountains of Appalachia. See what all the racket is about when the Appalachian Hoedowners bring their authentically American clogging to Big Walker Lookout & BW Country Store. Pull up a lawnchair. It’s free!

Aug. 8-10 doin' doah fest, Luray Do-ah favor for someone you like, and take them to Doah Fest, three fun-filled days of music between the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Headliners include Tauk, The Good Thing, Emma Leigh and others. Days begin with meditation (optional) and end with nightly bonfires (also optional), with lots of music and art in between. Tickets are $40.

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Hot Dog Dynasty A legendary restaurateur celebrates 80 years of history. — B y L i s a A n t o n e ll i B a c o n —

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hen richard melito left home

at 19, he thought the road to realizing his dream of becoming a sculptor would begin in Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University. Hopes were high. He was the only kid accepted there from the Suffolk High School class of ’71. Things didn’t turn out that way. His most significant piece of art to date is, shall we say, an interactive piece. People lean on it, eat off of it, spill drinks on it. In fact, it’s his only existing artwork. A few years into his art studies, you see, he answered the siren call of Richmond’s nightlife, dropped art and took up bartending. The one-of-a-kind, mixed-media creation is a bar

that he forged and installed at his restaurant, which has enjoyed near-historic stature in Richmond for the last 33 years. And while he no longer sculpts—or tends bar, for that matter—he has carved out a name for himself as the city’s Hot Dog King. Melito is what people who take the food business seriously call restaurant royalty. “I guess you could say the restaurant business is in my blood,” he says. Despite his mother’s admonishments to become a banker or a lawyer, the third generation restaurateur traces his roots in the business back to 1934, when his grandfather, James Melito Sr., an Italian immigrant who owned Melito’s Luncheonette au gust 2 0 14

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in Suffolk, concocted the basis for Melito’s longstanding success: the Melito’s hot dog. (The restaurant—and the hot dog—went on hiatus from 1964 to 1981, after both Melito’s father and grandfather had passed away and before he opened the current Melito’s on Three Chopt Road in the city’s West End.) Make no mistake: You cannot buy, steal or torture out of him the proprietary recipe that four generations of Melitos have staked the family name on. And even if you could find a hot dog made to his grandfather’s specifications, it wouldn’t be turned out the way a real Melito does it, with mustard, onions and (here’s the ringer) chili made from a recipe also devised by his grandfather. Richard Melito, 62, is the only living person to know the recipe, and it isn’t written anywhere. His nephew, Rich, doesn’t know it, even though he runs the kitchen. Even Richard’s sister Joanna, who still comes in to make the chili, doesn’t know the secret ingredient. Melito adds it himself, at the end of the process. The routine will continue to play out until the art student-turned-bartender-turnedrestaurateur retires. Then, he says, he’ll clue in the heir to the throne, nephew Richard the Fourth (as in generation). Getting the recipe was an accomplishment. When Melito decided to open his own restaurant, he knew the chili recipe was his insurance policy. After all, the family dynasty was built on that chili dog. But he couldn’t just assume that his now-deceased grandmother, James’ widow Minnie, would share the recipe, so he was careful to make all the right moves, lest his quest for the best chili slip through his fingers. First, he would have to clean up, get a haircut, and make the pilgrimage to Suffolk. “I needed her to know Hot Dog King how essential it was to have the Richard Melito recipe to continue the legacy of in front of his restaurant in the Melito’s hot dog,” he says, Richmond's recalling the day when they sat West End. at her kitchen table and he told her he had signed a lease. “I was nervous,” he says, “and I didn’t know if she would give it to me.” He told her he was opening a restaurant just like Grandad’s place. To his surprise, she didn’t hesitate. “She told my mother to get a pen and a recipe card, and she dictated it to my mother, who wrote it down and gave it to me. Then she said, ‘Now, I want you to know that there is one ingredient that I use that no one knows about.’” Privately, she told Melito that ingredient. It is not written on the recipe card or anywhere else. “I drove back to Richmond with the recipe in my back pocket,” he recalls. “I was the happiest guy in the world.” The other twist to the famous Melito hot dog, says the king, isn’t just what goes into the hot dog casing or how it’s dressed. It’s in the prep: The hot dog and the bun are steamed, making the hot dog tender and the bun soft with a little bit of tooth. A lone dog is a delicious $2.50. Two dogs and fresh-cut fries? $6.95. Up the ante to $7.95, and add another side. (The homemade cole slaw is a winner, consumed on the dog or on the side.) But no matter how beloved “Melito’s World Famous Hot Dogs” are, every day, hundreds of folks come for something else the restaurant is known for—plain, straight up, made-from-

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Dining scratch food: the kind you have to search to find, where there are no shortcuts, no pre-made dishes formulated identically for chain distribution, just honest, authentic, no-frills food. Melito’s turkey sandwiches are made from turkeys roasted that morning in the kitchen, not sliced from a loaf of pressed meat. Egg salad is made with eggs boiled that day, and green beans are cooked unapologetically with ham. There’s the occasional wild card, like snow peas or a jalapeno-deviled crab, to keep trendsters’ attention. But whatever the order, Melito lives by one rule: Make it fresh. Food aside, Melito himself is enough of a Sam Malone, “Cheers”-style proprietor to keep his base clientele coming back. For the first 10 years that the restaurant was open, Melito was the bartender—the only bartender. And he never told customers that he was the owner, which accomplished two things: He was comfortable telling customers looking for a free drink that the owner didn’t allow it, and customers felt a little less inhibited—be it sharing life histories or swapping war stories—when dishing with the bartender. By the time the cat was out of the bag, he had a stable of regulars, including many who had become close friends. “I still don’t give away drinks,” he says. “They know I’ll buy them a drink when we go out, but here, I’m pouring for the house.”

The world famous (and secret-ingredientharboring) Melito's chili dog.

Steve Granger, 63, a professional clothier for international haberdasher Tom James, has been such a big part of the scenery since the earliest days that other regulars refer to him as “the mayor.” He even has an unmarked yet undisputed seat at the corner of the bar. “I

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What’s Happening in Lexington?

Downtown Lexington has a new buzz with the opening this summer of Haywood’s, a piano bar on the first floor of The Georges—a new boutique hotel that features five suites in the AlexanderWithrow building on one side of Main Street, and another 18 suites and rooms in the works across the street. TAPS, the restaurant in the larger half of The Georges, will offer a full service menu devised by chefs James Harris and Chris Jack, who will share duties at both restaurants. Both did stints at Zynodoa in Staunton before joining The Georges, and Harris also worked at The Inn at Little Washington. VMI alumnus Teddy Gottwald and wife Ann Parker of Richmond are proprietors. Midnight Munchie Madness What do you do when you and your pals get that undeniable craving for something delicious, but it’s after midnight, and you can’t quite haul yourself out of your favorite cushy chair to go get something? In Richmond, Red Eye Cookie Co. has

solved that dilemma. It delivers fresh baked cookies, cold milk and hot coffee from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. If you’re feeling guilty about such indulgence, relax; the milk is hormone-free, the coffee is artisanal and both are locally sourced. It all balances out. 804-620-7280 Doughnut dish Following the yearlong success of its flagship store in Richmond's VCU area, a second Sugar Shack appeared in downtown Richmond last February. Cooler months will see another Shack opening off King Street in Old Town Alexandria. And plans for a winter opening in Southside Richmond are in the final stages, with

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bought my first house there,” says Granger, noting that, at one time, he was spending about $600 a month eating and drinking at Melito’s. Granger says it’s not just the food or the drinks or the atmosphere that keep people coming back, but rather the gestalt of the place. “It’s the whole experience. It’s a great place to see people and feel very at home. It’s not a pickup place.” And the food is reliably consistent. “I can order the same teriyaki chicken salad that I ordered 15 years ago, and it’ll be the same,” he says. Despite the no-free-drinks policy, the regulars remain loyal, treating Melito’s like a home away from home. “They get up and change the channel on the TV or lower the shades if they feel like it,” says Melito. “And they don’t mind rewriting the menu on the spot if something they want isn’t on there.” The most devoted are prone to parking behind the building, lest they be caught playing hooky from work or ducking honey-do lists. Sometimes it works, but not always. Says Melito, “Usually, people know where ❉ to call to find them.”

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Green beans, sugar snaps and snow peas. Opposite page: Roasted sweet potato, avocado and pine nuts.

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fine art,

Pollock-esque, thrown together in daring combinations of sweet and savory, muted pastels and spring brights, fluffy featherings and angled cuts. And like art, the creation is a personal but shared experience, perfectly cool and crisp for these days of high summer. It’s all about taste. au gust 2 0 14

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Clockwise from top: Green mango and shrimp; feta, flank steak and arugula; watermelon and tomato salads.

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Food Feta, Flank Steak and Arugula

Green Beans, Sugar Snaps and Snow Peas

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, chopped 2 teaspoons cumin salt and freshly cracked pepper 1 flank steak (1 to 2 pounds) 2-3 cups arugula 3 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves 2 green onions, thinly sliced ½ cup feta, crumbled

1 cup fresh green beans 1 cup fresh sugar snaps 1 cup fresh snow peas ½ cup macadamia nuts ¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil salt and freshly cracked pepper Trim all beans. Blanch each separately in rapidly boiling, salted water to desired crispness. Refresh in ice water. Dry well. Toss beans with green onions. Season with salt and pepper. Add vinegar and olive oil and mix well. Top with macadamia nuts.

Season meat with salt and pepper. For marinade, whisk together lemon juice, oil, garlic and cumin, and reserve half for later use. Marinate meat in other half for 30 minutes or overnight. Grill steak over charcoal or gas grill until medium rare, about 7-8 minutes.

Serves 4

In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients with reserved marinade and toss well. Slice meat and arrange on platter with arugula salad.

Watermelon and Tomato 1½ cups watermelon (red and yellow) 1 cup tomatoes (mixture of grape, cherry, Roma, etc.) ½ cup pitted black olives 1 tablespoon fresh mint 1 tablespoon fresh basil 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoon salt freshly cracked pepper

Serves 3-4

Green Mango and Shrimp 1 large green mango, peeled and grated 1 large carrot, peeled and grated 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and cooked ¼ cup shredded coconut, toasted ¼ cup toasted cashew pieces ¼ cup cilantro 3 tablespoons fish sauce ¼ cup fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 tablespoons brown sugar ½ teaspoon dried, crushed red pepper

Cut watermelon and tomatoes into small chunks. Drain olives. Slice mint and basil. Whisk together vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper. Combine all in a bowl and toss with vinegar and oil mixture. Serves 2-3

Mix fish sauce, lime juice, rice vinegar, brown sugar and red pepper. Toss with remaining ingredients. Serves 2-3

Roasted Sweet Potato, Avocado and Pine Nuts 2 sweet potatoes, peeled, sliced lengthwise 3 Roma tomatoes, halved 1 avocado, sliced 6 ounces baby spinach ½ cup pine nuts extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper 3 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Sprinkle sweet potatoes and tomatoes with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. In a hot skillet, toast pine nuts until golden brown. For dressing, mix honey, vinegar and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Arrange ingredients on plate and spoon dressing evenly over top. Serves 2-3

credits: victorian bowl with lid and platter (bean salad), and serving spoon with pearl handle from Wild Orchid Antiques; vintage linens from West End Antiques, both in richmond. Location: Courtesy of Lucy Williams, Select Properties, Richmond.

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Pharrell Williams' foundation, From One Hand to AnOTHER, serves kids in his home town of Virginia Beach.

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When Pharrell Williams walks into the school library at Parkway Elementary in Virginia Beach on a sunny Saturday morning in June, the first thing I notice is the hat. I’m not alone, as admirers—students and teachers— spot it, too, and push through crowded hallways to catch a glimpse. They smile. They clap. Later, they sway to the beat of “Happy,” the singer, songwriter and producer’s worldwide #1 hit this year, as it floats throughout the school’s auditorium, filling the room with energy. Many shout “Pharrell!” hoping for a glance or a handshake from the star who grew up near here, and whose elongated bowler has become an icon seen around the world. But the 41-year-old Williams is more than the hat, more than a pop culture star with A-list pals and a string of Grammy-award winning hits.

He’s a man here to meet and listen to fourth and fifth graders who have completed projects on the theme of “thinking green” for the after-school program sponsored by his Virginia Beach-based foundation, From One Hand to AnOTHER (FOHTA). It’s not unusual for Williams to drop in on the foundation’s programs to talk to the kids one-on-one despite a schedule chockablock with performances and appearances, but this time teachers at the school kept his visit a surprise. As the 40 students file in to the Title I school’s library, their eyes get large when they see him, and the usually boisterous group of 10-and 11-year-old boys and girls becomes surprisingly bashful. Then, one by one, they stand up at the front of the room and talk about their projects and the careers they have in mind. Basketball player, says one boy wearing a white recyclable t-shirt with an emblem he designed, his contribution to the think-green theme for the day. Dancer, veterinarian, football player, say others as they take their turns, the rest of the group quietly standing

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of Business Assistance under Gov. Tim Kaine, and the foundation’s executive director since 2012. At first, explains Strayhorn, Williams wanted to build an after-school center at the beach, but she advised him to build state-of-the-art programs first and then tackle the bricks and mortar. And he listened. “Pharrell’s tool was music, but so many of our children don’t have anyone to lead them to the tool they need,” says Strayhorn. Through FOHTA, Williams hopes to give kids the tools they need to realize their potential by introducing them to reps from heavy-hitting partners in the program, including the FBI, Jefferson Labs, French-Italian clothing company Moncler, jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, the William Morris Agency, and businessman and major Revlon-stakeholder Ron Perelman, who come to Virginia Beach to work hands-on with the kids. This summer EverFi, an education technology company in Washington, D.C., is providing interactive digital learning programs to students in the camps. In past camps, the FBI has conducted programs on forensic science and cyber security, and area chefs have taught the children about proper nutrition and growing their own food. Employees from Virginia Beach-based Crestline Hotels volunteer at the camps to help with projects as well. Students also participate in dream mapping, where they learn strategies and techniques that help them map out a career path. “We are of the belief, and Pharrell is big on this, that you don’t have to wait until high school to figure out what you want to do,” says Strayhorn. Williams found his path early, but “normalcy” is the word that best describes his youth, he says. “It wasn’t like being in New York where everything was super fast paced, and it wasn’t like being in Los Angeles where everything is super extravagant. It was normal, and music was basically as thick as the humidity.” The whole family—mom Carolyn, an educator who earned her Ph.D. from Regent University; father Pharoah, an entrepreneur; and brothers Cato, now 31, Psolon, 21, and Pharrell—attended New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ and many of them sang in the choir under Bishop Barnett Thoroughgood and Williams’ uncle, Ezekiel Williams, who served as minister of music. “Music was this thing you felt and you heard but you didn’t necessarily see. But you saw its effects,” says Williams. He played the snare drum in elementary school as well as at his middle school, Old Donation Center for the Gifted and Talented, and Princess Anne High School. He also played in the jazz bands in middle and high school. That’s where he met his business partner and fellow producer, Chad Hugo. “We liked all kinds of music. That’s what we had in common,” Williams says. “We made tracks. We always got a kick out of melding different styles together.” As a student, Williams did just enough to get by. That frustrated his mom, who is now board chair and director of education for FOHTA. (Williams did not attend college.) “You know the potential your child has,” she says. “He would rather joke and play around and make everybody laugh.” Williams concedes he was stubborn in school. “Even for all of my stubbornness, my teachers never gave up on me,” he says. “They kept telling me I could.” And that’s the message he relays this morning and, later, to the high school students who gather to hear him speak in the auditorium at his alma mater where his wife and 6-year-old son Rocket are waiting. “My grades weren’t that great. I had a lot of Cs and Ds, and that is not compact discs,” he says with a grin. There, he calls out his elementary school band teacher and mentor, Alan Sharps, who Williams says always pushed him to excel. “There was no music industry in Virginia at the time. There was no Hollywood.” So Williams wondered why Sharps continually pushed him so hard to be exceptional. “He believed in me. I had no idea where I was headed . . . but I learned discipline. I had to understand the importance of discipline.” Williams tells the teens in the auditorium the same thing he told the elementary students in the library earlier. “Never say I ‘wanna,’” he says. “Just say I’m ‘gonna.’”, ❉

and watching while they wait. One girl sheepishly admits she didn’t finish her project on time. “Deadlines aren’t everything,” says Williams, who is not only a music mogul but also an entrepreneur and fashion designer with two casual clothing lines, Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream (this is a guy who understands pressure to deliver). “A lot of times I miss deadlines,” he laughs. The kids smile. When another young girl gets up to talk about her project she speaks very softly, displaying little enthusiasm. “Do you enjoy the idea of that?” Williams asks. He takes a moment to offer some advice. “When you are presenting, be excited about what you are doing, and don’t worry about people like me. If you love it, you should express it that way.” The reassured girl breaks into a smile and answers with a hearty “okay.” “See how confident that ‘okay’ was,” he says. “That is what you need to be every day.”

“I wanted to provide people with the same opportunities I had; show them what is possible.”

The hard working and high energy Williams is the height of confidence on stage and in the production studio, working with everyone from Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake to Madonna and Britney Spears. But here, in his hometown, where he rode skateboards and learned to play the drums as a kid growing up in the Seatack neighborhood, he is reflective, laid-back, soft-spoken. He chooses his words carefully—as a songwriter, he knows that words matter. “The most important thing is how much you enjoy what you do,” he tells the kids. “If you really enjoy what you do, you will get a job connected to it. I don’t work, I just do what I love to do. You can be whatever you want to be. That is what FOHTA is all about, encouraging you to grow on the inside.” Williams started FOHTA in 2008, after several years of sponsoring annual school supply drives in Virginia Beach and distributing toys and turkeys during the holidays. “He’s always had a big heart,” his mother Carolyn says. “I wanted to provide people with the same opportunities I had, show them what is possible,” says Williams. The nonprofit supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning programs developed for underserved youth in at-risk communities. FOHTA currently runs nine summer camps in Title I schools in Virginia Beach as well as two ongoing after-school programs. Its Summer of Innovation camps draw approximately 500 kids each year. The after-school programs have worked with close to 2,000 students since 2008. The organization is now also working with a school in Norfolk and is hoping to extend the program nationwide, beginning in Miami, where Williams and his wife Helen, a former fashion model, own one of their several homes (including one in Virginia). “NASA, a partner in the program, has asked us to consider 10 sites where it has programs as well,” says Louisa Strayhorn, former director of the Department virginia living

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about the Eastern Shore: There is a big toll to pay, and it’s a little hard to get to (being still rather remote); watermen ply their trade in the always awe-inspiring waters of the Chesapeake Bay; and of course, wild ponies make a swim there once a year. What I know is that the folks who live here aren’t necessarily interested in encouraging broader thinking. They worry that their secrets might get out and their paradise could be ruined. I understand a little bit of what they’re talking about. I live in Virginia Beach, but six years ago, my business partner and I bought a house on the Shore, in Onancock on the bayside in Accomack County. It needed a lot of work, and that gave us a chance to get to know some of the people and places here. I’ve learned a lot in these last few years, and I can tell you that it is a special thing to get to hear Clarence Giddens, who was born and raised on the Shore, perform as Black Elvis; that the toll for the 23-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is worth it because driving that narrow expanse of suspended concrete at sunset reduces all manner of stress; and that here, farmlands and small towns and fishing villages seamlessly blend, one postcard into another. A more thorough history of the area can be found at the Ker Place Museum, an exquisite Federal-style mansion and home of the Eastern Shore Historical Society in Onancock, or in Eastville where the oldest continuous county court records in the U.S., dating from 1632, can be seen (there’s rarely a line). But, this is what I see when I am here, spending my time exploring back roads. I’ve met people like Furlong Baldwin, whose family has lived at Eyre Hall in Northampton County for 13 continuous generations since it was built in 1760—one family of many who are keepers of the area’s deep history. And 80-plusyear-old Bob Rittenhouse, who runs the 13-room Rittenhouse Motor Lodge in Cape Charles with the same enthusiasm he had when he built and opened the place in 1961. It’s beautifully set just off the highway, surrounded by mature azaleas, a creek trail and tall pines. A bucket list kind of spot. Its simple rooms are counterbalanced by the new and modern Hotel Cape Charles in the center of town, where glass balconies look out over the harbor and everything is just a walk away. To the north, in Onancock where my home is, I’ve met Johnny Mo, the guitar-playing chef at Mallard’s on the Wharf in the old Hopkins General Store, and Gary Cochran and Charlotte Heath whose 8-room Charlotte Hotel is fussed over and charming, with furnishings made by Gary and botanical artwork crafted by Charlotte. It is home to one of the best little bars in America, really. Then there is Amy Brandt, a well-known chef who ran a place called Lucky Star in Virginia Beach for years and then moved to the shore, where she now has a fabulous stand-alone kitchen adjacent to Eyre Hall. She caters events there, cooking and canning with the bounty from the vast fields all around (the summer wheat is extraordinary). These people live in a place where the salt-grass low country of the barrier islands is pristine and still largely undeveloped. And between the ocean and the bay, this intriguing mix of young and old whom I have come to know make their own stories, sharing some of them with me. ❉ Find a guide to the people and places photographed here at virginia living

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Photographer Mark Edward Atkinson shows us some of his favorite people and places on the Eastern Shore, a place where sea and sky converge in a burst of color, where the daily rhythm of hard work is rewarded in repasts and friendly ripostes shared among friends, and where living well comes naturally.

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Previous page: Paddle boarding from Cape Charles Yacht Center. Clockwise from right: Maurice “Mo� Spector, a painter and sculptor, lives and works on a farm in Pungoteague; fried soft shell, fish and crabcake at the Exmore Diner in Exmore; the Charlotte Hotel in Onancock.

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Clockwise from above left: Eyre Hall, built in 1760; Mary Onley, AKA Mama Girl, a folk artist in Painter who was a field worker until she was 40; Amy Brandt, in her commercial kitchen near Cheriton; Jimmy Kelly, waterman and owner of Broadwater Seafood based in Willis Wharf, rinsing oysters.

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Colckwise from right: Clarence Giddens, who lives near Painter, performs around the Shore as Black Elvis; Meredith Restein and her daughter Juliet on the pier leading up to the “Shack,� as they refer to their 100-yearold one-room oyster watch house, located close to Smith Island; shops in downtown Cape Charles.

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Jimmy Kelly takes his Boykin Spaniel, Conrack, boating by the now abandoned house on Fowling Point near Kelly's oyster beds on Hog Island where his father was born.

Clockwise from right: Obediah Sample, manager of Nandua Seafood Co. in Hacksneck where he has worked for 52 years; oyster roast at the Barrier Island Center in Machipongo; (left to right) Natalie McGill and Stewart Lundy, owners of Perennial Roots Farm near Accomack with Aric Lundy, Robert McGill and intern Anna Farb.

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man & machine

by Greg A. Lohr

Tractor pulling is about power, ingenuity and raw determination, having originated in the days when farmers vied for bragging rights to owning the strongest horse. Today, pulling remains true to its roots, rewarding those willing to shoulder a difficult load, dig in and see how far they can go. It is a quintessentially American sport.


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Bill Bolderson pulls the sled down the track at Dragon Motorsports Park in Dunnsville.

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David Hall edges his Chevy, "Part Time Hooker," into position.


wilight has descended over Dragon Motorsports Park in Dunnsville, and the center of attention—a clay track 30 feet wide by 320 feet long—is illuminated by a series of lighted telephone poles. An enthusiastic crowd of several hundred people sits clustered on low metal bleachers and huddled against the quickly cooling night air in the beds of pickup trucks parked in an adjacent field. Everyone grows silent as a prayer comes over the loudspeakers, followed by the national anthem. Behind the bleachers, the breeze rustles a long string of Confederate and Gadsden flags, the latter’s familiar coiled rattlesnake warning, “Don’t Tread on Me.” its weights will move forward faster and competitors will bog down sooner. (For fairness’ sake, Hall will get to try again later.) The tightened sled takes its toll on the next competitor. Heart Attack, a blue Chevy truck emblazoned with a painted eagle and a man’s muscular arm, unleashes a deafening roar as it barrels down the track with the sled rolling behind like a toy. Then the truck’s engine dies, and the sled grinds to a halt at only 182 feet. “We’re gonna need a tow vehicle out on the track,” says the announcer, John Nicol of Prince George County, who has been announcing for Dragon Motorsports for eight years. “Something definitely went wrong.” But from the crowd’s point of view, everything is just right. They’ve come to this rural tract of land just west of the Rappahannock River on a beautiful Saturday in April to witness a loud, exhaust-spewing truck-and-tractor pull. And seeing a vehicle break an axle or belch fire can be even more exciting than seeing one succeed. Truck pulling, along with its older sibling, tractor pulling, is not about speed; it’s about distance and power. But perhaps even more so, it’s about effort. As a sport and as a culture, pulling rewards those who willingly shoulder a difficult load, dig into the dirt and go as far as they can. It is, as they say, the world’s heaviest motorsport. It’s “pretty awesome,” says Alicia Haggard, 23, who came to Dragon

“Are you ready for some pulling?” the announcer bellows. His call elicits applause from the multi-generational crowd­—families to 20-somethings. An excited grade-school boy comes tearing out of a portable toilet, whooping and letting the door slam shut behind him. Suddenly, the only thing audible is an engine—its roar fills the air. David Hall of Warsaw has edged his black, 4-wheel-drive Chevy truck to the starting line. Bearing the name Part Time Hooker, the truck reverses on the clay track and gets “hooked” via chains to a 42,000-pound metal sled, which is similar to a long, flat trailer, but with an operator sitting in an enclosed cockpit above its tail end, ready to hit an emergency cut-off switch if necessary. Hall, like all of the competitors this evening, hopes to pull the sled as far as possible down the track, ideally going all the way to achieve a full pull. The sled (and physics) will be working against him. Using 27 different gear selections, the sled’s operator will shift a variety of weights forward at the same rate during each competitor’s pull, slowly increasing friction by forcing the front of the sled into the dirt track. The rumble of the truck’s engine climbs, part thunderclap and part dentist’s drill. The pull attempt goes well ... too well. Hall ends up lugging the sled more than 323 feet, and that’s too far for the organizers’ liking. Full pulls should be tougher, more difficult, so they “tighten up” the sled so that virginia living



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From left, Alicia Haggard, Maria Gregory and Meghan Neale. left: David Harner, president of Shenandoah Valley Tractor Pullers Association.

The starting line at Dragon Motorsports Park.

Boogity Boogity doing a wheelie. right: Amanda Kaplett. above right: Kaplett competes.


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left: Andra WilsonWade. right: Glenn Riggleman and 14-yearold son Gabriel. bottom left: Kimberly Alexander and father Charles. bottom right: Wesley Howell and grandfather James Brammer.

an oyster roast in Hanover County and a benefit for a volunteer fire department in Lexington. Pulling events in general have come a long way. Trucks—and, to a lesser extent, tractors—often feature huge tires, enhanced safety features and modified engines (sometimes more than one engine per vehicle). They run on everything from gasoline and diesel to alcohol and jet fuel. The most powerful trucks can pull sleds weighing up to 65,000 pounds. The National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA), a governing body in Columbus, Ohio, now recognizes 14 competition classes, including Modified Tractors, Super Modified Four Wheel Drive Trucks and Pro Stock Semi, just to name a few. And yet tractor and truck pulls still express a defining aspect of their rural Midwestern origins more than a century ago. Families and friends still love getting together in wide-open spaces to socialize, snack, drink and compete— all the while celebrating the power and ingenuity that goes into building and driving tractors and trucks.

Motorsports Park with friends for her first-ever pull. Haggard, who works at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics in Richmond and plans to take classes this fall at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, anticipated a party atmosphere at the park, with few people paying attention to the trucks. As it turned out, the overwhelming noise and dust-spewing action commanded attention. “It was exciting—more than I thought it would be,” she says. Lounging with Haggard in the back of a pickup is Maria Gregory, also 23, who works at Mike Kelo Physical Therapy in Chester. Gregory grew up on a farm in Mechanicsville, and she and her dad have attended many pulls together. Although her male friends would rather watch four-wheel-drive trucks compete, she prefers tractors. “I like how the old Internationals sound,” she says, referring to the powerful, antique International Harvester brand. “It’s exciting—it gets you going.” Randa Jackson agrees, having seen the effects herself. During pulls, “you see old guys yelling and making the sounds of the trucks,” says Jackson, spokeswoman for the Powhatan Fair, which has featured a tractor and truck pull several years in a row. “They turn into little kids. And the little kids are jumping and yelling because their parents and grandparents are so excited.” Pulling originated in the late 1800s when American farmers competed to determine who owned the strongest horses. Contests included pulling heavy wagons or barn doors laid flat and weighted down by friends and neighbors. By the 1930s, horses had given way to stock tractors. It’s likely that the first tractor pulls were in Missouri and Ohio. Although truck pulls are the bigger draw these days, both tractor and truck events have maintained a foothold in Virginia and other agricultural areas of the country. They’re mainstays of fairs and rural fundraisers throughout the Commonwealth. Dragon Motorsports, for example, one of only a few such promoters statewide, has 30 pulls scheduled this year between April and September. And during the same time period, Stuarts Draft-based nonprofit Shenandoah Valley Tractor Pullers Association raises money for charity by putting on pulls at events like the Fredericksburg Fair, virginia living



n the early 1970s, Hylton Clark was teaching vocational agriculture at Winchester High School and looking for a novel way to raise money for the local Future Farmers of America chapter. One of his students suggested a truck pull. “We kicked it around a bit and decided to try it,” recalls Clark, now 71. They held their first event in 1974 at the Stonewall Ruritan Grounds, pulling Big Bertha, a sled they’d built in the high school’s 4-H shop. The next year, they organized five pulls. Clark and five other drivers in Winchester eventually formed a pulling group distinct from the high school, and they rented a better sled. Their competitions began attracting pullers from around the state. “It was always, ‘If you could win at Winchester, it was a big deal,’” Clark recalls. It wasn’t long before Winchester was America’s hub for truck pulling—the NTPA even calls Winchester “America’s truck pulling capital.” Forty years after the first Winchester truck pull, Clark is still competing. Though he has narrowed his role to mechanic, his wife, Charmayne, took his


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Tractor and Truck Pulling Resources Central Virginia Antique Tractor Pulling Association

Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League

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Wanta-Pull Productions

Upcoming Tractor and Truck Pulls

2013 Champ, John Kuykendall on left, with Nathan Bertz. above: Trucks on display.

July 16-19 Madison County Fair

August 8 Dragon Motorsports event, Fishersville,

July 17-20 Fauquier County Fair

August 8-16 Prince William County Fair

July 19 Dragon Motorsports event, Lexington,

August 10-16 Clarke County Fair

July 21-26 Loudon County Fair

August 11-16 Rockingham County Fair

July 25 Steam & Gas Engine Show in Berryville,

August 16 Dragon Motorsports event, Harrisonburg,

July 25-August 3 Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair,

August 22-30 Shenandoah County Fair

July 26 Dragon Motorsports event, South Boston,

August 27-30 Highland County Fair

August 1-9 Tazewell County Fair

September 6 Dragon Motorsports event, Isle of Wight County,

the Shenandoah Valley Tractor Pullers Association, the event, which includes an oyster roast, supports local fire and rescue squads. Waiting for his turn to pull a 10,000-pound sled, grandson Gabriel sits astride his 1972 Sears tractor, Easy Greasy, sporting braces and a camouflage jacket. (Tongue-in-cheek vehicle names like Easy Greasy, Widow Maker and Hardly-Able are common in pulling, and they give drivers and mechanics a chance to express their outlook—whether on life, the competition or both.) For his part, Gabriel offers a laid-back philosophy about pulling: “You’ve just got to think positive. You hold the brake down until they raise the green flag. Then you ease off on the clutch, and then mash on the gas.” Glenn Riggleman looks on, smiling. “We’ve been talking about this for a month now—to get out of the house and get away. When my cell phone rings here, I don’t answer it.” As Glenn and Gabriel wait their turn, Travis Gilpin watches the gardentractor competition with his 28-year-old sister, Kendrea Gilpin, and her 4-year-old son, Kameron Jones. Travis, a 30-year-old window installer from Beaver Dam, had previously attended truck and tractor pulls during the Virginia State Fair at Meadow Event Park. “It’s something good for the kids to watch,” he says. And participate in, too. Just then, 9-year-old Andra Wilson-Wade from Waynesboro comes chugging down the clay track looking determined at the helm of a red, 1976 garden tractor called Fire Horse in the 900-pound class. Afterward, he removes his helmet and softly says hello. Shy by nature, Andra (pronounced André) is an only child and was diagnosed as having ADHD, says his mother, Octavia Wade. Figuring that an active, social hobby would help him, she bought him a go-kart. After attending a truck and tractor pull for the first time, however, Andra wanted to trade his go-kart for a tractor. He started competing in pulls last year. “He was scared of it at first,” Octavia says. “But after a few times, he got over that.” She, too, was apprehensive: “The first time he pulled, it scared the living daylights out of me. Now I enjoy it. I kind of want a tractor for myself.” ❉


lenn Riggleman, a retired corporate truck driver, drove from Harrisonburg with his 14-year-old grandson in late March to compete during the 34th-annual Shuk-n-Pul at the Courthouse Ruritan Park in Hanover County. Organized by the Hanover Ruritan Club and featuring members of


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two years ago, Petersburg dentist Dr. Lori Wilson was concerned about declining minority enrollment in dental schools, particularly among African-Americans. “There weren’t many black dentists coming behind us,” says the 48-year-old, “not as many as we want.” So Wilson, who is president of the Peter B. Ramsey (PBR) Dental Society (a local chapter of the 101-year-old Old Dominion Dental Society), decided to do something about it: She joined with fellow society members to create a mentorship program designed to support underrepresented students during the dental school application process. “By being there and showing them the way,” explains Wilson, “we want to help them be successful in their dream of becoming a dentist.” In April, the Old Dominion Dental

Magic Man Alexandria orthodontist shares the art of illusion with his patients.

The new president of the Virginia Association of Orthodontists is certain to have some tricks up his sleeve. Dr. Herbert Hughes of Alexandria, a popular national speaker and a talented magician who performs at local charitable events, has combined his love of illusion with a thriving dental practice. “The magic started about 22 years ago, when I was playing cards with

Society—an organization first established to support minority dentists that is today recognized for its commitment to community service—named Wilson “Dentist of the Year” for her dedication, hard work and contributions to the organization and the profession of dentistry. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Wilson and other volunteer dentists worked with 15 college students and one high school student, providing them with tutoring, college guidance, lessons in business etiquette, shadowing opportunities at dental offices and study materials for the Dental Admission Test (DAT). “We give them resources so they will know what they need to do to get into dental school,” says Wilson. The mentors also connect the students with scholarships and summer medical and dental enrichment programs—competitive initiatives that grant selected students free tuition for a summer of classes, a living stipend and a chance to gain real world experience working in clinical settings. (Wilson, who has been practicing in Petersburg for nine years, participated in a similar program at Tulane when she was a student.) Recently, one of the program’s first students was accepted to dental school. Today, Wilson and her colleagues continue working with several other students still trying to gain admission, reviewing their entrance exams and offering encouragement. Wilson says she tells the students “not give up on their dreams, just because they didn’t get in the first time.” By Sandra Shelley

another dentist [Dr. Rick Stone of Alexandria],” he says. “I said, ‘Rick, do you know any card tricks?’” Hughes only knew one, but resolved to learn a few more by the next time they played cards together. He visited Al’s Magic Shop in D.C. and picked up some card tricks, then later expanded his repertoire. Following the theme of “There’s Magic in Your Smile,” the walls of his office are covered with framed posters of Harry Houdini (who shares his initials) and other magicians. He pulls wooden nickels out of the ears of new patients and also takes the occasional break to perform a “trick of the month” for them au gust 2 0 14

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Brushing for Your Life VCU researchers fight disease-causing bacteria.


ver thought brushing your teeth would make for a healthier heart? Poor oral health is linked with overall systemic health—in particular, cardiovascular health. Now, scientists at VCU’s Philips Institute for Oral Health Research in the School of Dentistry have discovered, in a joint study with MIT, that the oral bacteria causing certain types of heart disease need manganese, a metallic element, to survive in the human bloodstream—a discovery that may help find Dr. Todd Kitten new ways to combat these with his research bacteria. Streptococcus santeam at VCU's guinis lives in the mouth, but if Philips Institute. it gets into the bloodstream of a person with a pre-existing heart condition, it can cause infective endocarditis—a rare inflammation of the heart tissue with a fatality rate higher than 20 percent. Now, by identifying the bacteria’s need for manganese, Dr. Todd Kitten, the VCU Dental School associate professor who led the study, and his research team have identified a new way to fight infective endocarditis. Because the human bloodstream contains very little manganese (the human mouth contains more), these invaders must use a transporter protein to “steal” manganese from the blood. Says Kitten, “These proteins would be good targets ... with funding from the American Heart Association, we’re looking at drugs to attack that transport protein, so that the bacteria won’t be able to live in the bloodstream.” By Taylor Pilkington

at his magic stand. “It’s a way of breaking the ice with new patients .… it diffuses the anxiety that a patient might have,” he says. The magic is working—he’s in the process of expanding his office to accommodate the arrival of his son, Justin, the family’s fourth generation to go into the dental field. Hughes, 56, started practicing in 1986 with his father. Hughes sees connections between his two interests. “When a patient gets their braces off, and they see their smile for the first time .… it’s a time for celebration, and it can be a magical moment.” By Sandra Shelley


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Virtually Calm ODU Dental Hygiene Research Center explores the use of immersive visualization to soothe anxious patients. whether it’s the sound of drills or the discomfort of having a mouthful of dental instruments, more than 50 percent of Americans say they avoid going to the dentist due to fear, according to a survey by the American Association of Endodontists. “Dental fears and anxiety keep a lot of people from seeking dental treatment,” says Gayle McCombs, professor of 16 years at Old Dominion University’s School of Dental Hygiene and director of the Dental Hygiene Research Center, the first stand-alone center in the U.S. devoted exclusively to dental hygiene research. When individuals neglect treatment, “the problems just get worse and more costly,” says McCombs, herself a registered dental hygienist who explains that even a small cavity can become problematic over time and require a root canal. But virtual reality, a subject in which she is engaged in ongoing research, is helping patients calm their fears. Says McCombs: “While immersive visualization is not new, it’s new to apply it to dental hygiene.” In one recent clinical trial, graduate student Carmelo Padrino-Barrios, under the direction of McCombs and with the support of ODU Health Sciences associate professor and modeling and simulation expert Gianluca De Leo, studied 30 adults who came to the center for a dental cleaning. For half of the visit, participants wore special immersive visualization (IV) wrap sunglasses by Vusix, which are designed to simulate a big screen experience. During that time, they were surrounded by their choice of a music video, a TV show or a documentary and their responses were recorded. Padrino-Barrios, who graduated in December, presented the findings at the American Dental Hygienist’s Association’s annual session in Las Vegas in June. “Ninety-seven percent of the patients responded positively to the eyewear,” says McCombs. During the IV therapy, the patients perceived their appointments as moving faster and experienced less anxiety. Why? “They focused more on what they were watching and less on what was going on in their mouths.” Maybe someday we can all say goodbye to dental anxiety. By Sandra Shelley

It Takes A Village

The Northern Virginia Dental Clinic celebrates 20 years.

What does it take to keep a 20-year-old nonprofit dental practice in business? Some staggering numbers, according to the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic. Last year, area dentists, hygienists and dental assistants volunteered more than 5,000 hours to provide much-needed dental care to 2,500 patients during 10,000-plus individual appointments. “There is a tremendous and unmet need for dental healthcare services for low income

individuals,” says Thomas Wilson, the clinic’s executive director. A public-private partnership between charitable foundations and local governments, the clinic began in 1994 with four dental treatment rooms at a facility in Falls Church. It has since expanded to include a second location in Sterling, which opened in 2010. In 2013, the two facilities delivered $3.2 million worth of services to patients in need.

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n 2009, Dr. Mike McMunn attended a continuing education seminar on dental sleep medicine that spurred him into action. He learned that by looking in the mouth, a dentist could see physical signs such as enlarged tonsils or crowded front teeth that could be linked to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). “I’m thinking, ‘Here we are as dentists, upper airway specialists, and we never think about the upper airway problem called obstructive sleep apnea.’ It amazes me,” says the 67-year-old Richmond dentist. A VCU associate professor in oral surgery and former president of the Virginia Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, McMunn now lectures at dental societies on the need for dental professionals to incorporate screenings for OSA during checkups. Apnea occurs when one quits breathing for 10 seconds or longer and results in the blood’s failure to get the oxygen that the heart needs to pass through the body. Over the long term, the condition can cause sleepiness, high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. McMunn advises dentists to refer all suspected OSA cases to a sleep medicine doctor. Some will recommend a CPAP machine, but as an alternative, trained dentists, like McMunn, can create an oral appliance to help the apnea. The device, which resembles a sports mouth guard and is customized for each patient, pulls the jaw and tongue forward, opening the airway. Following treatment, many of McMunn’s patients have reported that they sleep better, quit snoring, and have even lowered their blood pressure. By Sandra Shelley


Two dentists are employed part-time by the clinic, which also partners with dental schools, including VCU and the University of Louisville whose students serve four- to six-week clinical rotations at one of the two locations. Says Wilson, “Our goal is to return individuals to an infection-free and functional state.” By Taylor Pilkington

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If you didn’t have braces as a teenager, is it too late to get the smile you always dreamed of? Not by a longshot. Sandra Shelley explores the latest in cosmetic dentistry.

when i was a teenager in the ’80s, i wanted braces. Back then, they were big and silver and you had to wear them forever—or so it seemed. They required frequent visits to the orthodontist for wire adjustments (reported to be painful) and sometimes, it was rumored, outlandish headgear (like the nerd in Sixteen Candles wore the morning after his big date). I didn’t care. I longed for the transformation—the big reveal— when the braces finally came off. I never did get those braces, and I have always wondered: “How would I look with straighter teeth?” Apparently, I am not alone in my reverie. As it turns out, a growing number of adults who never had braces when they were young—or who had them, but their teeth have shifted over time—are now vying with teens for space in the waiting rooms of orthodontists. Over the years, I’ve noticed that the options in orthodontics have grown increasingly more appealing (no more metal mouth). With no wires or headgear in sight, progressive invisible aligners, which are made by a number of companies and fitted by dentists, are a major reason for the growing number of adults seeking straighter teeth.

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“We get many more adult patients getting orthodontics done, especially with the advent of Invisalign and Clear Correct,” says Dr. Christopher Hooper, a cosmetic dentist from Virginia Beach and a popular national speaker on aesthetic dentistry. “They take them off when they go out to a cocktail party, they can slip them off when they’re going out to dinner .… they work beautifully.” Cosmetic dentistry, which also includes procedures like whitening, crowns, veneers and implants, is on the rise. More than half of the patients electing for aesthetic procedures (56 percent) are between the ages of 31 and 60, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s benchmarking survey in 2013. “I think that’s linked to the fact that the public has been made more aware that there are cosmetic options out there, that dentistry just isn’t your old ‘go get a filling or a crown or a tooth pulled.’ There are multiple options now that we can use to change somebody’s smile,” explains Dr. Stephen Alouf, a dentist who shares the Alouf Aesthetics Medical Park facilities in Salem with his brother, a cosmetic surgeon. Alouf

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In a high-tech leap from traditional dental impressions, Berman can send the digital image from his computer to San Jose, California-based Align Technology, manufacturer of the popular Invisalign braces. The company then returns an “outcome simulation”—a digital “after” photo—of what my teeth would look like following treatment. The custom-made aligners arrive at the dental office about four weeks after the initial consultation. Patients wear the aligners for a few weeks, then they are replaced with another set. Treatment can take one to two years. The key is vigilance: Patients need to wear their aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, but I think the ability to take braces off at all is remarkably freeing. Overall, says Berman, “Invisalign is less noticeable than regular braces and more comfortable. It’s more hygienic because you can take them out [when you need] to brush and floss.” While there are many other alternatives for re-aligning your teeth—from clear ceramic and metal braces (with much smaller brackets than the old days) to the ultra-discreet lingual braces like the kind Miley Cyrus wore behind her teeth a few years ago—invisible aligners are the biggest draw for adults. “About 90 percent of our adult patients are Invisalign users,” says Berman—including him, I am surprised to learn. And the big reveal I hoped for as a teenager? Berman admits it’s somewhat anti-climactic because

“Veneers are an instant way to change your smile. And with the new porcelain technology, the veneers are extremely strong; they're extremely lifelike. So we're able to give you something that looks like nature itself put it there.” says he has experienced significant growth in his cosmetic and implant dentistry business since opening in 2004. “We get a lot of people who have raised their children, they’ve taken care of their children’s needs, and they’re empty nesters, their children have gone off to college,” says Alouf, “and now it’s time for them to take care of themselves.” With one of my own children leaving the nest for college this fall, this is beginning to sound familiar. But what is out there? To find out, I decided to visit dentists and orthodontists around the state, starting with Dr. Scott Berman, who shares two offices in Northern Virginia with his partner, Dr. Edwin Lee. The pair is known for cutting edge dentistry. “Go ahead and open real big, we’ll start

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on the lower right,” says Dr. Berman. I follow his directions as I recline in a chair at the Falls Church office of Berman & Lee Orthodontics. I’m about to get scanned. Berman’s hand-held iTero scanner beeps as he takes digital photographs of my teeth and gums. When he’s done, we look at a chairside computer screen, where the images have come together to create an incredibly detailed three-dimensional model of my teeth. I watch the model flip and rotate through space as he reviews it. “There’s a little crowding down here,” he says, pointing to my bottom teeth. Lower anterior crowding is common as people age, he says. “As we get older, starting late teens and twenties, there’s a tendency for teeth to drift to the middle.” I also have some wear on my enamel, common in those who clench or grind their teeth over time.

the invisibility of the braces means you can watch the gradual changes to your teeth. Though the “wow factor” at the end is somewhat muted, the aesthetics of invisible aligners are worth it. There are, however, other opportunities for fairly quick dental transformations. As we age, our teeth are prone to yellowing, and are vulnerable to coffee and other staining. They can also darken as a result of childhood or prolonged adult use of tetracycline (a form of antibiotics). One-hour whitening is the answer. “People are able to achieve anywhere from two to six shades difference in that one hour,” says Alouf, although it varies, depending upon the composition of the teeth. He uses Zoom! Whitening and explains the procedure begins with a dental cleaning. Then, he spreads a gel on the teeth and

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activates it using a high intensity light. The procedure includes portable trays for touchups at home. “We still have the patients who only do the at-home whitening, and that still works extremely well. But some people want an instant result, and that’s where the onehour whitening can come in,” he says. Cracked, badly shaped or discolored teeth can be fixed with same-day crowns. Dentists use Cerec and other in-house digital scanning and milling systems to create crowns and other restorations right in their own offices. According to Dr. Douglas Wright, a Harrisonburg dentist, the milling process takes about 25 minutes, and he can place the restoration that same day—as compared to a month later, when he used to send impressions to the lab. In addition to offering convenience to patients, he appreciates the fit of the Cerec crowns: “The margin—where the crown meets the tooth—is almost undetectable.” Same-day crowns hold special appeal for his senior clients because “many have trouble getting back and forth to the dentist.” According to Hooper, materials for crowns—which are placed right over teeth— are stronger today than when he first started practicing in 1990 (followed by a year of advanced training in 1991). “The gold standard, when I graduated dental school, was to put gold crowns on the back teeth,” he says. This evolved to porcelain-fused metal, then porcelain jacket crowns. Today, says Hooper, the best crowns are made of full porcelain, porcelain bonded to zirconium oxide (in the same family as cubic zirconia), and full zirconium. These crowns appear much more translucent and natural than the old metal crowns. “They look a lot better, and they’re much stronger, and we have to take away a little bit less of the tooth,” he explains. Bristol-based Dr. Scott Miller specializes

in dentures and implants. Between Roanoke and Knoxville, Tennessee, he is one of only two prosthodontists, whose specialty—dental prostheses—requires an additional three years of training following dental school. Most of his denture clients arrive in his office wearing “a little horseshoe-shaped acrylic denture that sits on gum tissue” and presses the gums uncomfortably. In addition to the discomfort, while the top denture usually fits all right, the bottom one “really has no suction on the lower jaw, so it moves.” Dental implants, made with small titanium posts, can be placed into the jaw to provide a retaining fixture for the dentures. “The oral surgeon places the implants,” says Miller, “and then the patients come to me and I hook the teeth to the implants the same day.” The appliance provides a more secure structure, he explains, and “it’s not touching the gum tissue anymore so it eliminates the pain.” Dentures also now come in a popular shade that gives the artificial teeth a bright white color, similar to natural teeth that have undergone a whitening process. Says Miller of implants, “That’s God’s gift to dentistry right there.” Back in Salem, Alouf tells me that improved, more natural-looking veneers are another way to achieve a smile makeover. A typical procedure involves eight to 10 veneers across the top front teeth. “Veneers are an instant way to change your smile. And with the new porcelain technology, the veneers are extremely strong; they’re extremely lifelike. So we’re able to give you something that looks like nature itself put it in there,” says Alouf. The veneers are thin—generally about onehalf millimeter thick—and bonded on with dental cement, says Hooper. The first visit takes about two hours, during which the dentist will prepare the teeth by reshaping

them and making impressions and temporary veneers. The next visit, when the dentist bonds on the permanent veneers, will take place about seven to 10 days later and last about 1½ to two hours. Generally, veneers cover just the front of the teeth, but three-fourths and full “jacket” veneers are also available. Hooper generally recommends going with at least 10 veneers. “One of the biggest mistakes I see is when people get too few teeth done.” Sometimes clients will seek a whole mouth restoration for functional or aesthetic reasons. The process can involve multiple products, including veneers, crowns, implants or fixed permanent bridges. Patients—including a growing number of men—begin to come in at early middle age, just as they are beginning to feel they look a little older, says Hooper. Life changes, such as divorces or the need to find a new job, “are generally the trigger points that will get patients to do things.” Says Alouf, “We’ve had patients who are at a point in their life where they feel like their smile is holding them back, either in their career or their social lives. We’ve created new smiles for people that have allowed them to have the confidence to go out and get the job they’ve always wanted .… Those are the big warm fuzzies right there. When you do something for someone and they come back and they say, ‘Listen, I not only love my smile—my smile has changed my life, because I’m so much more confident. People treat me differently now. People used to stare at my mouth, and they wouldn’t look me in the eye when they would talk to me. Now they’re looking at me.’” Hmm, maybe that’s just what I’ll be saying at my next high school reunion. ❉,,,,

The Price of Beauty Before electing a cosmetic procedure, it’s important to find the right dentist, says Hooper. Some things to look for include good referrals, before and after photos by the dentist, experience and a focus in cosmetic dentistry, professional memberships and a strong record with the Virginia Board of Dentistry. It’s always a good idea to meet with a dentist for a consultation first. “If the patient isn’t comfortable with that doctor or doesn’t get a good vibe, he should probably seek out a second opinion,” he says. “And be sure you don’t go to the cheapest one,” he says. “Generally, our patients really get what they pay for.” Many insurance companies do not cover cosmetic dental procedures, except for some cases of restorative care. Here’s what Hooper says you can expect to pay for some of these services around the state:

$250-$750 bonding $300-$500 for one front tooth invisalign $5,000-$6,000 veneers $6,000-$12,000 for 8-10 veneers across the top front teeth complete smile makeover $25,000-$40,000 whitening

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Central Virginia

Endodontics Richard D. Archer

520 North 12th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-628-1552

Steven J. Barbieri

8503 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23229-6442 804-740-1032

Donna Allen Burns

1507 Huguenot Road, Suite 203 Midlothian, VA 23113-2485 804-794-4644

Bridget Ellen Byrne

520 North 12th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-3784

David John Coon

277 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 205 Charlottesville, VA 22901-8127 434-973-4301

Steven G. Forte

3107 Hungary Spring Road Richmond, VA 23228-2421 804-501-0501

Robert E. Grover

240 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 103 Charlottesville, VA 22901-8130 434-973-1221

John Helleberg

277 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 205 Charlottesville, VA 22901-8127 434-973-4301h

Trisha Ann Krause

5318 Patterson Avenue, Suite B Richmond, VA 23226-2044 804-285-0400

Harold J. Martinez

Tony Agapis

David A. Beck

Ashley C. Epperly

Ellen Rives Oertel

Tawfiq M. Alkilani

Duane J. Bickers

James R. Farmer

3107 Hungary Spring Road Richmond, VA 23228-2421 804-501-0501 2425 Boulevard, Suite Eight Colonial Heights, VA 23834-2324 804-520-0000

Bruce W. Overton

6037 Harbour Park Drive Midlothian, VA 23112-2160 804-744-3636

Gardiner McKay Packer

6037 Harbour Lane Midlothian, VA 23112-2160 804-744-3636

James L. Stanley

3712 Old Forest Road, Building 100 Lynchburg, VA 24501-6900 434-385-0273

Ronald N. Vranas

3107 Hungary Spring Road Richmond, VA 23228-2421 804-501-0501

Michael J. Walker

3712 Old Forest Road, Building 100 Lynchburg, VA 24501-6900 434-385-0273

Thomas Leon Walker

101 Richeson Drive Lynchburg, VA 24501-2911 434-385-1117

David S. Wozniak

301 Twinridge Lane Richmond, VA 23235-5245 804-272-0041

General Dentistry William R. Adams III 4315 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23221 804-285-1378

2480 Osborne Road Chester, VA 23831-2264 804-302-6600 798 Southpark Blvd., Suite 26 Colonial Heights, VA 23834 804-869-7533

Frank Lee Angus

2400 Pagehurst Drive Midlothian, VA 23113-6411 804-794-6893

Frank Lee Angus, Jr.

2400 Pagehurst Drive Midlothian, VA 23113-6411 804-794-6893

Rebecca Angus

2400 Pagehurst Drive Midlothian, VA 23113-6411 804-794-6893

William H. Angus

2400 Pagehurst Drive Midlothian, VA 23113-6420 804-794-6893

Anthony D. Bailey

167 West Main Street Bedford, VA 24523-1950 540-586-5054

Shari Lynette Ball

8804 Patterson Avenue, Suite 100 Richmond, VA 23229-6361 804-740-7212

Charles H. Barrett

1230 Alverser Drive, Suite 104 Midlothian, VA 23113-2653 804-794-2144

Richard W. Bates

3610 Boulevard, Suite A Colonial Heights, VA 23834-1329 804-526-0937

4315 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23221 804-285-1378 320 Winding River Lane, Suite 201 Charlottesville, VA 22902-5353 434-984-6400

Wayne Joseph Browder

209 Temple Avenue Colonial Heights, VA 23834-2827 804-526-4822

William F. Callery

4516 West Hundred Road Chester, VA 23831-8469 804-748-8677

David Charles Circeo

6113 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA 23228-5236 804-262-9824

Shane R. Claiborne

20936 Timberlake Road Lynchburg, VA 24502-7240 434-237-0004

Stephen M. Clarke

1227 Cedars Court Charlottesville, VA 22903-4800 434-296-8043

Allen James Davia

501 Libbie Avenue Richmond, VA 23226-2617 804-282-4429

Jeffrey Day

10466 Georgetown Drive Spotsylvania, VA 22553-1748 540-898-8181

Campbell S. Delk

4440 Springfield Road, Suite 104 Glen Allen, VA 23060-3410 804-747-9511

David L. Ellis

3416 Woodlawn Street Hopewell, VA 23860-4738 804-458-6733

William A. Grupp II

4315 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23221-1801 804-285-1378

944 Glenwood Station Lane, Suite 203 Charlottesville, VA 22901-1480 434-973-7011

Marci S. Guthrie

1227 Cedars Court Charlottesville, VA 22903-4800 434-296-8043

2805 McRae Road, Suite 1-A Richmond, VA 23235-3049 804-323-4200

Kathryn S. Finley-Parker

4807 Hermitage Road, Suite 101 Richmond, VA 23227-0588 804-266-8547

Randall C. Foy

7229 Forest Avenue, Suite 105 Richmond, VA 23226-3765 804-288-0102

13295 Rivers Bend Boulevard Chester, VA 23836-8610 804-530-3539

Steven D. Hatch

8116 Timberlake Road Lynchburg, VA 24502-2608 434-239-2651

Mark S. Friedlander

300 Hickman Road, Suite 101 Charlottesville, VA 22911-3554 434-973-2520

Larry F. Hellman

520 North 12th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-2977

Jeffrey K. Friend

5204 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23226-1500 804-282-3838

Nelson Herring

5700 Old Richmond Avenue, Suite A-2 Richmond, VA 23226-1828 804-282-5031

Samuel W. Galstan

12290 Iron Bridge Road Chester, VA 23831-1531 804-796-1915

Jared Hoover

14431 Sommerville Court, Suite A Midlothian, VA 23113-6812 804-302-5981

Avi B. Gibberman

9830 Brook Road Glen Allen, VA 23059 804-264-7008

Terence Imbery

520 North 12th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-2977

Robert Eugene Gilliam

1801 Raintree Drive, Suite B Richmond, VA 23238-4236 804-740-8360

Charles P. Jewett

Richard K. Golden

692 Dillard Road Madison Heights, VA 24572-5384 434-846-1981

M. Scott Gore

Michael R. Hanley

14431 Sommerville Court, Suite A Midlothian, VA 23113-6812 804-302-5981

9021 Forest Hill Avenue, Suite 1D Richmond, VA 23235-3053 804-272-2955

Frank D. Jones

90 Whitewood Road, Suite Three Charlottesville, VA 22901-1668 434-973-7695

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Central Virginia Gregory K. Kontopanos 3525 Iron Bridge Road Richmond, VA 23234-2937 804-275-7477

Todd Kuhn

3250 Anderson Highway Powhatan, VA 23139-7307 804-598-2600

James F. Londrey

3605 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23221-2238 804-358-2480

Michael O. McMunn

8804 Patterson Avenue, Suite 100 Richmond, VA 23229-6361 804-740-7212

Anita M. Neel

900 Gardens Boulevard, Suite 600 Charlottesville, VA 22901-1487 434-984-3455

Paul A. Neumann

3107 Lady Marian Place Midlothian, VA 23113 804-358-4089

Andrew S. Norman

7229 Forest Avenue, Suite 105 Richmond, VA 23226-3765 804-288-0102

Clinton J. Norris III

4445 Cox Road Glen Allen, VA 23060-3326 804-747-0044

Olan D. Parr, Jr.

1043 Oaklawn Drive Culpeper, VA 22701-3339 540-829-9922

Bonnie Pearson

10545 South Crater Road Petersburg, VA 23805-7333 804-732-8557

Robert Penterson

5954 Harbour Park Drive Midlothian, VA 23112-2163 804-739-1600

W. Baxter Perkinson III

1612 Huguenot Road Midlothian, VA 23113-2427 804-794-9789

Wayne Remington

1522 Insurance Lane, Suite B Charlottesville, VA 22911-7229 434-973-7774

Elizabeth C. Reynolds

6901 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23226-3627 804-288-5324

Daniel R. Rhodes

456 Charles H Dimmock Parkway, Suite Five Colonial Heights, VA 23834-2936 804-520-4088

Michael A. Rossetti

2613 North Parham Road Richmond, VA 23294-4650 804-747-0090

Tore D. Steinberg

1807 Huguenot Road, Suite 120 Midlothian, VA 23113 804-354-1600

Al J. Stenger

William D. Dymon

7017 Old Jahnke Road Richmond, VA 23225-4126 804-320-7147

Henry I. Stewart

12091 Gayton Road Richmond, VA 23238-3401 804-740-9127

Pamela Kathleen Stover-Mejias 1522 B Insurance Lane Charlottesville, VA 22911-7229 434-973-7744

Kit Tucker Sullivan

6441 Iron Bridge Road Richmond, VA 23234-5205 804-743-8166

David Swett

900 Rio East Court, Suite B Charlottesville, VA 22901-8040 434-979-3940

Rebecca Swett

Michael E. States

1227 Cedars Court Charlottesville, VA 22903-4800 434-296-8043

Robert B. Steadman

9220 Forest Hill Avenue, Suite A5 Richmond, VA 23235-6800 804-272-3200

520 North 12th Street Lyons Building, Room 315 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-628-2271

W. Jackson Faircloth, Jr.

244 Hydraulic Ridge Road Charlottesville, VA 22901-8124 434-973-3348

John A. Svirsky

520 North 12th Street Lyons Building, Box 980566 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-0547

Andrew Ferguson

5942 Harbour Park Drive Midlothian, VA 23112 804-354-1600


James A. Giglio

520 North 12th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-3551

Mark Edward Blanchette 1925 Thomson Drive Lynchburg, VA 24501-1008 434-846-4014

Raj Guraya

1922 Thomson Drive Lynchburg, VA 24501 434-845-1121

Carlos R. Ibanez

5921 Harbour Lane, Suite 400 Midlothian, VA 23112-2158 804-739-9191

C. Sharone Ward

12290 Iron Bridge Road Chester, VA 23831-1531 804-796-1915

Gloria E. Ward

3701 Westerre Parkway, Suite D Richmond, VA 23233 804-270-7940

James P. Webb

104 North Main Street Hopewell, VA 23860-0757 804-541-1896

Leslie S. Webb, Jr.

6800 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23226-3626 804-282-9781

E. Alexander White

7481 Right Flank Road, Suite 120 Mechanicsville, VA 23116 804-559-5416

Michael E. Miller

8503 Patterson Avenue, Suite A Richmond, VA 23229-6442 804-354-1600

James F. Nelson

8503 Patterson Avenue, Suite A Richmond, VA 23229-6442 804-354-1600

Joseph Niamtu III

11319 Polo Place Midlothian, VA 23113-1434 804-934-3223

Robert L. O'Neill

595 Old Wagner Road Petersburg, VA 23805 804-732-6532

Thomas B. Padgett

5500 Whiteside Road Sandston, VA 23150-2040 804-737-4444

1680 Huguenot Road Midlothian, VA 23113-2427 804-379-7120

Joseph Scott White

Gary W. Smagalski

1690 Huguenot Road Midlothian, VA 23113-2427 804-302-5601

Paul M. Wiley

520 North 12th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-2977

Dennis C. Wong

10500 Atlee Station Road Ashland, VA 23005-7990 804-550-3324

Richard H. Wood

Omar A. Abubaker

521 North 11th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-3584

Paul W. Brinser III

595 Old Wagner Road Petersburg, VA 23805 804-732-6532

Jonathan E. Carlton

8917 Fargo Road, Suite C Henrico, VA 23229 804-740-5015

520 North 12th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-628-6637

Robert A. Strauss

521 North 12th Street Wood Building, Box 980566 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-0602

Bradley S. Trotter

595 Old Wagner Road Petersburg, VA 23805 804-732-6532

John Edward Truitt

Bryan A. Brassington

8503 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23229-6442 804-740-7281

Dwight Van Buelow

2625 Anderson Highway Powhatan, VA 23139 804-598-3000

George E. Davis III

10436 Iron Bridge Road Chester, VA 23831-1427 804-748-3234

William Graham Gardner 1206 Willow Lawn Drive Richmond, VA 23226-1409 804-282-0505

Michael B. Holbert

10200 Three Chopt Road, Suite B Richmond, VA 23233 804-270-7824

William Horbaly

240 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA 22901 434-973-6542

Frank P. Iuorno, Jr.

12000 Wyndham Lake Drive, Suite C Glen Allen, VA 23059-7072 804-364-8366

Kevin E. Kelleher

2412 Colony Crossing Place Midlothian, VA 23112 804-739-6673

John W. King

5921 Harbour Lane, Suite 300 Midlothian, VA 23112-2158 804-739-3399

Richard M. Marcus

12390 Three Chopt Road Richmond, VA 23233-7790 804-364-7010

Robert A. Miller

1100 Sunset Lane, Suite 1110 Culpeper, VA 22701-3375 540-825-6064

8249 Crown Colony Parkway Suite 103 John F. Monacell 1343 East Williamsburg Road Mechanicsville, VA 23116 Sandston, VA 23150-1723 804-789-0230 804-737-6757

James Curtis Wallace

1680 Huguenot Road Midlothian, VA 23113-2427 804-379-7120

D. Omar Watson

11319 Polo Place Midlothian, VA 23113-1434 804-794-0794

Ross N. Wlodawsky

6031 Harbour Park Drive Midlothian, VA 23113-1434 804-608-3200

Gregory M. Zoghby

1807 Huguenot Road, Suite 120 Midlothian, VA 23113 804-354-1600

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Neil Snow

130 Thompson Street Ashland, VA 23005 804-798-2776

7650 East Parham Road, Suite 110 Richmond, VA 23294-4376 804-270-5028

Richard S. Vacca

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Brian W. Spears

520 North 12th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-1778

675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 270 Charlottesville, VA 22911-8618 434-295-0911

David C. Sarrett

6901 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23226-3627 804-767-6912

James C. Burns

900 Rio East Court, Suite B Charlottesville, VA 22901-8040 434-979-3940

4440 Springfield Road, Suite 104 Glen Allen, VA 23060-3410 804-747-9511

521 North 12th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-3368

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Jeffrey E. Cyr

905 Rio East Court, Suite A Charlottesville, VA 22901-8040 434-974-9294

David J. Nyczepir

9015 Forest Hill Avenue Richmond, VA 23235-3050 804-272-7528

Ashton Wright Pond, Sr.

250 East Ellerslie Avenue Colonial Heights, VA 23834-1457 804-526-1241

Allison Smith Purcell

6441 Iron Bridge Road Richmond, VA 23234-5205 804-743-8189

James L. Riley

8503 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23229-6442 804-740-7281


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Thomas E. Koertge

4710 Puddledock Road Colonial Heights, VA 23875 804-526-4822

521 North 11th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-7952

Sharon K. Lanning

Barton D. Weis

1101 East Jefferson St., Suite Four Charlottesville, VA 22902-5353 434-971-9601

Curtis B. Wiltshire

Benita Atiyeh Miller

8503 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23229-6442 804-740-7281

5700 Old Richmond Ave., Suite C14 Richmond, VA 23226-1828 804-285-4867

Pediatric Dentistry 2560 Gaskins Road Richmond, VA 23238-1468 804-741-2226

Benjamin Overstreet 4909 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226 804-355-6593

Jeffrey P. Blair

12205 Gayton Road, Suite A Richmond, VA 23238-3219 804-741-1400

Christopher R. Richardson 4909 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226 804-355-6593

Tegwyn Hughes Brickhouse 521 North 11th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-827-2699

James L. Slagle, Jr.

Nine Holly Hill Drive Petersburg, VA 23805-2559 804-733-9490

Jennifer M. Dixon

229 Connor Drive Charlottesville, VA 22911-5604 434-975-7336

Kevin C. Sweeney

8530 Mayland Drive Richmond, VA 23294-4700 804-270-3131

John A. Flowers

2400 Colony Crossing Place Midlothian, VA 23112-4281 804-639-6445

Thomas C. Waldrop

521 North 11th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-4867

Meera A. Gokli

13841 Hull Street Road Midlothian, VA 23112 804-739-0963


Amanda Bowen Kuhn

Robert F. Barnes, Jr.

2400 Colony Crossing Place Midlothian, VA 23112-4281 804-639-6445

521 North 11th Street Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-786-0977

Nicholas C. Lombardozzi

11601 Robious Road, Suite 130 Midlothian, VA 23113-5605 804-794-3498

Christopher L. Maestrello 2560 Gaskins Road Richmond, VA 23238-1468 804-741-2226

David R. Burns

521 North 11th Street Wood Building, Room 306B Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-3368

James P. Coffey

521 North 11th Street Wood Memorial Building, Room 304E Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-628-2229

Elizabeth Miller

2560 Gaskins Road Richmond, VA 23238-1468 804-741-2226

Michael L. Huband

1101 East Leigh Street Perkison Building, Room 4132 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-3584

Arthur P. Mourino

2560 Gaskins Road Richmond, VA 23238-1468 804-741-2226

Jeffrey L. Hudgins

5001 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226-1605 804-285-7726

Shepherd A. Sittason 105 Paulette Circle Lynchburg, VA 24502-3150 434-237-0125

Karen S. McAndrew

11601 Robious Road, Suite 130 Midlothian, VA 23113-5605 804-794-3498


Joy S. Moretti

1009 Crowder Drive Midlothian, VA 23113-4237 804-794-8745

Carl O. Atkins, Jr.

Roger E. Wood

521 North 11th Street Box 980566 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-7951

10442 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23238-5134 804-741-8689

David M. Schleider

8917 Fargo Road, Suite B Richmond, VA 23229-4500 804-346-3366

Carl M. Block

Harlan Schufeldt

Claire C. Kaugars

Joseph N. Tregaskes

Daniel R. Kelly

John Gregory Wall

Ellen Ramos Kelly

John Edwin Ward

2312 Robious Station Circle Midlothian, VA 23113-2124 804-378-2068

14431 Sommerville Court, Suite A Midlothian, VA 23113-6812 804-302-5981

2008 Bremo Road, Suite 104 5700 Old Richmond Avenue, Suite C14 Richmond, VA 23226 Richmond, VA 23226-1828 804-282-0510 804-285-4867 905 Rio East Court, Suite B Charlottesville, VA 22901-8040 434-977-4592 905 Rio East Court, Suite B Charlottesville, VA 22901-8040 434-977-4592

404 People Place, Suite 301 Charlottesville, VA 22911-8696 434-977-9836 1612 Huguenot Road Midlothian, VA 23113-2427 804-794-9789

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Drs. Christopher, Deutsch,

Favagehi & Traboulsi


Periodontics & Dental Implant Surgery Voted “Best Periodontist” or “Top Dentist” in surveys of dentists conducted by: Northern Virginia Magazine, Washingtonian, and Virginia Living. • Dental Implants: in house 3 D cone beam CT scan for computer guided surgery. • Gum graft to treat receding gums. Bone graft/Regenerative periodontics. • Board Certified Periodontists with strong academic and clinical backgrounds.

Orthodontics by Crutchfield (“OBC”), is the perfect blend of technology with a personal touch. Creating beautiful smiles using digital orthodontics and 3-K digital imaging for children, teens and adults is what OBC is all about. INVISALIGN, Suresmile, Damon Smile and i-Tero are hallmarks of this community’s favorite orthodontist. “Catch the wave to a great smile” is the motto reflected in a cool surf-themed office environment. Dr. Crutchfield takes in pride in offering a conservative approach to orthodontics ensuring “proper care at the proper time.” Not rushing into braces and using childrens’ own growth and development as a natural catalyst for change just makes sense. There is never a charge for following young patients until they are ready for braces.

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313 Park Avenue, Suite 103 | Falls Church, VA 22046 | 703-237-3700

Dr. Jennifer Waterman, DDS V I R G I N I A B E AC H , V I R G I N I A

Waterman Family Dentistry Waterman Family Dentistry is honored to be selected for excellence in Dentistry. We strive to help our patients maintain good dental health. We are focused on providing family-oriented, first-class dentistry in a caring, relaxed atmosphere. We share our patient’s goals and are passionate about encouraging them to be informed participants in their care. We offer restorative, cosmetic and full mouth rehabilitation. Dr. Waterman is happy

to answer calls, e-mails or texts. A mother of two young boys, Dr. Waterman and her husband graduated from West Point and served active duty, both continue to serve as Virginia National Guard officers. She graduated from VCU School of Dentistry, where she continues as parttime faculty. She completed an advanced residency at UT-San Antonio. Please stop by or call, we love to meet new patients.

525 N. Great Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23454 757-340-8155

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TOP Dentists 2014 Virginia’s

Eastern & Northern Virginia Eastern Virginia Endodontics Jeffrey C. Bailey

1432 North Great Neck Road, Suite 102 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-1342 757-486-7857

William S. Dodson, Jr.

1510 Breezeport Way, Suite 400 Suffolk, VA 23435 757-806-6311

Gregory T. Engel

J. Dwight Bradshaw

Lawrence C. Leibowitz

Trent P. Conelias

Stelianos A. Bredologos

David T. Marshall

William Leslie Davenport

5501 Bennetts Pasture Road, Suite D Suffolk, VA 23435-1500 757-484-1444 1917 Laskin Road, Suite 106 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-4283 757-425-1828

Corydon Baylor Butler, Jr.

1319 Jamestown Road Williamsburg, VA 23185-3365 757-229-7210

Henry A. Cathey, Jr.

710 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite 1C Newport News, VA 23608-4427 757-874-5511

1432 North Great Neck Road, Suite 102 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-1342 757-486-7857

C. G. Clayton

Pye P. Kyu

William W. Cox

1200 Battlefield Boulevard North, Suite 117 Chesapeake, VA 23320-4790 757-436-4227

Justin D. Martin

1200 First Colonial Road, Suite 201 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-2207 757-333-3399

William A. Meares II

621 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 170 Virginia Beach, VA 23452-7339 757-200-6222

Michael D. Trudeau

1510 Breezeport Way, Suite 400 Suffolk, VA 23435 757-638-4500

General Dentistry Richard A. Arnaudin

1000 First Colonial Road, Suite 104 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-3000 757-496-0993

J. Patrick Baker

1170 Lexan Avenue, Suite 187 Norfolk, VA 23508-1237 757-440-1360

James W. Baker

3326 Taylor Road, Suite 100 Chesapeake, VA 23321-2518 757-483-4700

Daniel M. Barton

1000 First Colonial Road, Suite 104 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-3000 757-496-0993

Sidney Becker

12821 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23608-3017 757-874-7155

William J. Bennett

1319 Jamestown Road Williamsburg, VA 23185-3365 757-229-7210

Deborah R. Blanchard

32nd and Holly Road, Suite 506 Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757-321-1300

Theodore A. Blaney

327 West 21st Street Norfolk, VA 23517-0298 757-624-1834 5717 Churchland Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23703-3308 757-484-1675

Robert A. Dreelin

3834 Kecoughtan Road Hampton, VA 23669-4402 757-727-7726

Gisela Krueger Fashing

325 McLaws Circle, Suite One Williamsburg, VA 23185-6341 757-229-8991

Miguel Fernandez

5121 Greenwich Road, Suite 102 Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6047 757-497-4825

Sheila R. Field

2100 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 100 Virginia Beach, VA 23456-1492 757-416-1400

Hunter C. Francis

2038 Nickerson Boulevard Hampton, VA 23663-1058 757-851-3530

Ross S. Fuller

1319 Jamestown Road Williamsburg, VA 23185-3365 757-229-7210

Frank B. Gigliotti

1000 First Colonial Road, Suite 104 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-3000 757-496-8223

William G. Harper

235 Wythe Creek Road Poquoson, VA 23662-1911 757-868-8152

A. Clayborn Hendricks 737 Little Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23452 757-486-4469

Harlan Kent Hendricks 737 Little Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23452 757-486-4469

Adam M. Hogan

113 Hampton Highway Yorktown, VA 23693-3510 757-867-8765

2021 Pleasure House Road Virginia Beach, VA 23455-2709 757-464-3514

Wayne Ernest Booker

Stephen E. Konikoff

6632 George Washington Memorial Highway Yorktown, VA 23692-4801 757-898-5468

7400 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505-3436 757-583-1535

Michael W. Bowler

6224 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701-1351 757-488-8884

4310 George Washington Memorial Highway, Suite A Yorktown, VA 23692-2880 757-898-1919

Shannon G. Bowman

5727 Allin Road Prince George, VA 23875-2343 804-862-4416

Steven L. Lang

Ronald Ira Lefton

4732 Larkspur Square Shop Center Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-467-6000

1932 Kempsville Road, Suite 101 Virginia Beach, VA 23464-6954 757-424-3555 110 Kingsley Lane Norfolk, VA 23505-4616 757-489-4221

Alicia Lang McClung

6224 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701-1351 757-488-8884

Michael P. McCormick, Jr.

901 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 500 Hampton, VA 23666-6253 757-896-5050

James W. Meares

716 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite C1 Newport News, VA 23608-4414 757-874-6501

Melvin L. Ford III

5720 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6518 757-499-6886

Klaus D. Guter

5720 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6518 757-499-6886

Paul K. Hartmann

4540 Princess Anne Road, Suite 101 Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6310 757-497-0450

1323 Jamestown Road, Suite 203 Williamsburg, VA 23185-3367 757-253-2393

Maria B. Mendrinos

Jeffrey N. Kenney

1917 Laskin Road, Suite 106 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-4283 757-425-1828

Brian P. Midgette

3326 Taylor Road, Suite 100 Chesapeake, VA 23321-2518 757-483-4700

12420 Warwick Boulevard, Suite 2A Newport News, VA 23606-3001 757-595-1457

James E. Krochmal

400 West Brambleton, Suite 310 Norfolk, VA 23510 757-440-7777

Michael S. Morgan

Shaun B. Rai

3145 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Suite 104 Virginia Beach, VA 23452-6950 757-340-7602

Thomas O'Hara

242 Mustang Trial, Suite Nine Virginia Beach, VA 23452-7515 757-340-1153

Tracy Oliver

2484 North Landing Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757-471-5480

E. James Reitano

6062 Indian River Road, Suite 103 Virginia Beach, VA 23464 757-424-0184

James L. Rutledge III

2025 Pleasure House Road Virginia Beach, VA 23455-2709 757-464-0271

Michael E. Sagman

933 First Colonial Road, Suite 205 Virginia Beach, VA 23454 757-425-5781

Vernon A. Sellers

3116 Tyre Neck Road Portsmouth, VA 23703-4512 757-483-2110

Kenneth L. Tankersley

716 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite C1 Newport News, VA 23608-4414 757-874-6501

Ronald L. Tankersley

716 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite C1 Newport News, VA 23608-4414 757-874-6501

C. Sergio Vendetti

1240 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 401 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5698 757-430-7690


732 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Suite 903 Newport News, VA 23606-4218 757-873-3600

Holly H. Andersen

3145 Virginia Beach Blvd., Suite 101 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 757-340-2881

Jayme David Tomchik

4624 Pembroke Boulevard, Suite 103 Virginia Beach, VA 23455-6450 757-460-2250

Jennifer Ross Waterman

303 35th Street, Suite 103 Virginia Beach, VA 23451-2868 757-425-2332

A. Jeffrey Weisberg

3221 Western Branch Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321-5219 757-483-6297

Barclay K. Weisberg

3221 Western Branch Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321-5219 757-483-6297

Kent Yandle

5727 Allin Road Prince George, VA 23875-2343 804-862-4416

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Robert E. Anderson

2490 Pruden Boulevard Suffolk, VA 23434-4206 757-934-3000

Jennifer Butterfoss Barton

4310 George Washington Memorial Highway, Suite B Grafton, VA 23692 757-898-5448

William Todd Bivins

220 Mount Pleasant Road, Suite 200 Chesapeake, VA 23322-4113 757-546-3888

Thomas W. Butterfoss

William R. Hatcher

729 Thimble Shoals Blvd, Suite 7A Newport News, VA 23606-4246 757-873-8800

Charles K. Cabaniss

238 Potomac Avenue Quantico, VA 22134-3459 703-640-1000

virginia living

Robert M. Edmonds

996 First Colonial Road Virginia Beach, VA 23454 757-495-3110

2995 Churchland Boulevard, Suite B Chesapeake, VA 23321-5642 757-484-4832

Louis J. Marconyak

Barry Lee Green

351 Edwin Drive, Suite 104 Virginia Beach, VA 23462-4559 757-499-3530

1319 Jamestown Road Williamsburg, VA 23185-3365 757-229-7210

William Rodney Parks

608 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite 802 Newport News, VA 23608-4458 757-874-6655

Gary Andrew Hartman

240 Mustang Trial, Suite One Virginia Beach, VA 23452-7516 757-498-5480

Michael J. Kokorelis

Anthony R. Peluso

711 Greenbrier Parkway, Suite 102 Chesapeake, VA 23320 757-547-7002

2113 Hartford Road Hampton, VA 23666-2575 757-827-1572

Albert B. Konikoff

477 Viking Drive, Suite 190 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 757-486-8611

Vicki A. Ross

401 Oyster Point Road, Suite D Newport News, VA 23602-6926 757-249-4203

Jon E. Piche

Carl P. Roy

4310 George Washington Memorial Highway Yorktown, VA 23692 757-874-1777

George Sabol

Rod M. Rogge

4388 Holland Road, Suite 200 Virginia Beach, VA 23456-1492 757-471-2900

762 Independence Boulevard, Suite 500 Virginia Beach, VA 23455-6242 757-333-7444

829 First Colonial Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451-6125 757-428-1110

Anthony W. Savage

John J. Ross

829 First Colonial Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451-6125 757-428-1110

621 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 255 Virginia Beach, VA 23452-7381 757-340-2356

Michael S. Schroer

Walker W. Shivar

302 E. Little Creek Road, Suite 300 Norfolk, VA 23505-2603 757-583-2333

James W. Taylor

5857 Trucker Street Portsmouth, VA 23703-4509 757-397-7038

1432 North Great Neck Road, Suite 104 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-1342 757-481-4323

Britt E. Visser

829 First Colonial Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451-6125 757-428-1110

Northern Virginia

Peter D. Wendell

4097 Ironbound Road, Suite A Williamsburg, VA 23188-2676 757-253-1200


Pediatric Dentistry Mitchell Allison Avent

12725 McManus Boulevard, Suite 1A Newport News, VA 23602-4402 757-874-0660 1300 Kempsville Road, Suite Five Virginia Beach, VA 23464-6199 757-467-7797 3145 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Suite 200 Virginia Beach, VA 23452-6950 757-340-2400

Randy J. Eberly

461 McLaws Circle, Suite One Williamsburg, VA 23185-6350 757-645-9565


Gary E. Taylor

Edward Besner

11359 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5275 703-437-6666

Rashin Bidgoli

21145 Whitfield Place Sterling, VA 20165 703-444-4229

John Douglas Bramwell 11359 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5275 703-437-6666

Edward Chun

801 West Little Creek Road, Suite 101 Norfolk, VA 23505-2036 757-423-3029 1806 Hampton Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23517-1682 757-627-7550


Gail V. Plauka


Marni Voorhees Husson

Daura Christopher Hamlin

710 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite 7D Newport News, VA 23608-4427 757-877-9325

238 Potomac Avenue Quantico, VA 22134-3459 703-640-1000 350 Johnstown Road, Suite C Chesapeake, VA 23322-5365 757-482-4777

Roger A. Hennigh

Thomas L. Cox

David L. Forrest

Herschel Jones

1034 Hillpoint Boulevard North Suffolk, VA 23434-8470 757-925-0407

George Curtis Dailey

350 Johnstown Road, Suite A Chesapeake, VA 23320 757-547-9725

12725 McManus Boulevard, Suite 1A Newport News, VA 23602-4402 757-874-0660

Steve Paul Hearne

Townsend Brown, Jr.

2118 Executive Drive Hampton, VA 23666-2402 757-826-5075

Mark Alan Huie

3253 Taylor Road, Suite 100 Chesapeake, VA 23321-2452 757-488-6080

4310 George Washington Memorial Highway, Suite B Grafton, VA 23692 757-898-5448

Frank Beale

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6033 Providence Road Virginia Beach, VA 23464-3815 757-424-2672

1313 Dolley Madison Boulevard, Suite 307 McLean, VA 22101-3926 703-847-0989

Albert A. Citron

307 Maple Avenue West, Suite H Vienna, VA 22180-4307 703-938-5920

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6/27/14 12:33 PM

Dr. Marci S. Guthrie, DDS

Dr. William



Stringham Dental Family Dentistry

James River Family Dentistry

Dr Stringham has established one of the finest Family and Cosmetic Dental practices in Northern Virginia. 34 years of clinical practice coupled with training in the latest technology and techniques makes this practice an excellent choice.

I am honored to be voted into the “Top Dentists of Virginia” by my colleagues. At James River Family Dentistry, our mission is to provide personalized, quality dental care for the entire family, in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. We have a passionate team, a state of the art all digital practice and a certified therapy dog to make each patient experience positive.


2805 McRae Road Richmond, VA 23235 804-323-4200

Thank you to our wonderful family of patients for trusting us with their dental needs. We are accepting New Patients; check out our 350+ online patient testimonials!

Dr. Stringham is highly trained and proficient at: • CAD-CAM dentistry using the CEREC system • Mini Implants for Denture Stabilization • Single Visit Porcelain Crowns, Veneers, and Inlays and Tooth Replacement • Zoom Tooth Whitening • 3D Catscan • Instant Smile Makeovers • Implants • WOW! Dentures in 1 Hour • Root Canal Treatments

Please call 804-323-4200 to schedule your appointment today.

3545 Chain Bridge Road Fairfax, VA 22030 703-273-5545 PMS 289

PMS 301


PMS 2975

Dr. Paul Hartmann WIL L IAM SB U RG , VIRG IN IA

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Williamsburg Dr. Paul Hartmann is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who loves his work. “Having the opportunity of helping patients navigate through a stressful surgical experience is a privilege,” he says. “We have many advantages of technology and training to improve outcomes for our patients”. Dr. Hartmann received his BS from Washington and Lee University, his DDS from Medical College of Virginia in 1981, and his residency in OMS at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio (1981-1985). He began his private practice in Williamsburg in

1985, achieving certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1986. Dr. Hartmann has been President of the Virginia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is also a member of the Williamsburg/JCC Medical Society. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at MCV and has served on boards for both Williamsburg Community Hospital and Riverside Doctors Hospital of Williamsburg. Visit for more information about our practice.

1323 Jamestown Rd. Suite 203, Williamsburg, VA 23185 757-253-2393 |

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TOP Dentists 2014 Virginia’s

Northern Virginia Richard J. Dellork

124 Park Street Southeast, Suite 205 Vienna, VA 22180-4654 703-281-5522

John S. Ehreth

10 Rock Point Lane, Suite 5 Warrenton, VA 20186 540-351-0009

Michael A. Fabio

6120 Brandon Avenue, Suite 314 Springfield, VA 22150-2522 703-569-0000

Timothy J. Golian

3925 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 304 Fairfax, VA 22030-7474 703-273-8798

Brian Lee

14149 Robert Paris Court, Suite B Chantilly, VA 20151 703-378-3115

Fernando J. Meza

307 Maple Avenue West, Suite H Vienna, VA 22180-4307 703-938-5920

Michael Charles Mocknick

6845 Elm Street, Suite 509 McLean, VA 22101-3851 703-734-0334

Margaret M. Mossler

2200 Opitz Boulevard, Suite 395 Woodbridge, VA 22191-3350 703-490-3631

Tu-Son Ngo

14149 Robert Paris Court, Suite B Chantilly, VA 20151 703-378-3115

David Palmieri

1650 King Street, Suite 300 Alexandria, VA 22314 703-836-0006

Jayesh S. Patel

4210 Fairfax Corner West Avenue, Suite 230 Fairfax, VA 22030-8620 703-631-1136

Michael V. Piccinino

10682 Crestwood Drive, Suite C Manassas, VA 20109-4401 703-368-8120

Frank R. Portell

1650 King Street, Suite 300 Alexandria, VA 22314 703-836-0006

Bruce Thayer Sallen

311 Park Avenue Falls Church, VA 22046-3300 703-534-4884

Brian Suh

8150 Leesburg Pike, Suite 502 Vienna, VA 22182 703-288-3299

Edward J. Strittmatter, Jr.

5957 Centreville Crest Lane Centreville, VA 20121-2344 703-815-3636

Jeffrey R. Thorpe

10682 Crestwood Drive, Suite C Manassas, VA 20109-4401 703-368-8120

Todd E. Wynkoop

12510 Lake Ridge Drive, Suite C Woodbridge, VA 22192-7501 703-494-8624

General Dentistry Abbas Ahrabi

2969 Chain Bridge Road Oakton, VA 22124 703-938-3405

Rodney A. Alejandro

9297 Old Keene Mill Road Burke, VA 22015 703-912-9670

Hamid A. Avin

Faline Kaye Davenport

Joel C. Goldstein

4605B Pinecrest Office Park Drive Alexandria, VA 22312-1442 703-658-0550

Gary Kaihara

6845 Elm Street, Suite 475 McLean, VA 22101 703-356-3556

Stephen Andrew Mabry

Marjun Ayati

Henry Dean

Michael H. Gorman

Victoria I. Kay

Roger L. Marcellin

47100 Community Plaza, Suite 165 Sterling, VA 20164 703-444-5222

7521 Virginia Oaks Drive, Suite 230 Gainesville, VA 20155 703-754-7151

8316 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 226 Fairfax, VA 22031-5216 703-560-6301

24805 Pinebook Road, Suite 212 South Riding, VA 20152 703-327-9908

David T. Babington

David A. DeBenedetto

3910 Centreville Road, Suite 200 Chantilly, VA 20151-3280 703-378-5600

William W. Babington

3910 Centreville Road, Suite 200 Chantilly, VA 20151-3280 703-378-5600

Alonzo M. Bell

1454 Duke Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314-3403 703-836-3384

David Bertman

9005 Fern Park Drive Burke, VA 22015 703-425-6100

Katherine R. Bogacki

8344 Traford Lane, Suite 3D Springfield, VA 22152-1646 703-451-2867

Joseph M. Bolil

12908 Fitzwater Drive Nokesville, VA 20182 703-594-2151

Stephen R. Bradley

307 Maple Avenue West, Suite G Vienna, VA 22180-4307 703-242-8416

Sara T. Brendmoen

8988 Lorton Station Boulevard, Suite 101 Lorton, VA 22079 703-541-3110

Richard C. Brigleb

9006 Fern Park Drive, Suite A Burke, VA 22015 703-978-6000

8347 Greensboro Drive, Suite B McLean, VA 22102-3530 703-827-0644

Joseph G. Desio

Gary Greenspan

Jeremiah J. Kelliher, Jr.

510 North Washington Street, Suite 301 Falls Church, VA 22046-3537 703-237-3131

Daniel E. Cassidy, Jr.

2835 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314-4512 703-370-2333

Peter Cocolis, Jr.

5803 Rolling Road, Suite 211 Springfield, VA 22152 703-912-3800

Robert E. Copeland

4399 Old Dominion Drive, Suite B Arlington, VA 22207-3207 703-243-8288

Joseph Cusumano

4350 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 135 Arlington, VA 22203-1636 703-525-4071

Cynthia H. Dang

23071 Potomac Hill Square Sterling, VA 20166 703-953-3307

Quyen N. Dang

8303 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 107 Fairfax, VA 22031-2903 703-226-2222

Sandra Dawn Daniels

3801 Fairfax Drive, Suite 25 Arlington, VA 22203-1762 703-528-0444

Richard F. Donohue

10529 A Braddock Road, Suite A Fairfax, VA 22032-2245 703-250-2970

Mark Egber

7630 Little River Turnpike, Suite 115 Annandale, VA 22003-5349 703-256-2556

Bita A. Ellis

3930 Pender Drive, Suite 170 Fairfax, VA 22033 703-267-6627

John William Hall

133 Maple Avenue East, Suite 204 Vienna, VA 22180-5780 703-255-0040

Robert G. Hall

11325 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5205 703-437-8811

John W. Harre

Ten Rock Pointe Lane, Suite Two Warrenton, VA 20186-2630 540-349-1220

Melanie Wilson Hartman

Isam Bassam Estwani

1020 Elden Street, Suite 106 Herndon, VA 20170-4740 703-955-4221

Jason Farr Favagehi

8304-C Old Courthouse Road Vienna, VA 22182 703-356-1200

Raymund V. Favis

Charles M. Ferrara

Raymond J. Finnerty

1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 620 Arlington, VA 22209-2400 703-524-0288

Allen George Franks

6801 Whittier Avenue, Suite 202 McLean, VA 22101-4534 703-356-2336

Robert A. Gallegos

204 East Federal Street P.O. Box 386 Middleburg, VA 20117 540-687-6363

Mary-Stuart Gallian

10090 Main Street, Suite 201 Fairfax, VA 22031-3412 703-273-4500

Robert E. Gatens

11208 Waples Mill Road, Suite 100 Fairfax, VA 22030-6077 703-352-2073

James D. Geren

8101 Hinson Farm Road, Suite 114 Alexandria, VA 22306-3404 703-574-3046

Mohsen Ghanbari

50 South Pickett Street, Suite 118 Alexandria, VA 22304 703-370-2000

Paul Gibberman

6303 Little River Turnpike, Suite 205 Alexandria, VA 22312 703-823-6616

Fizzah Gocke

7601 Lewinsville Road, Suite 203 McLean, VA 22102 703-338-2805

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5212 Lyngate Court, Suite B Burke, VA 22015 703-978-5660

6035 Burke Centre Parkway, Suite 260 Burke, VA 22015 703-978-1446

Paul W. Callahan

1886 Metro Center Drive, Suite 600 Reston, VA 20190-5232 703-318-8200

James L. Gyuricza

5212 Lyngate Court, Suite B Burke, VA 22015 703-763-0313

Gary L. Hartz

11325 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5205 703-437-8811

Ronald S. Hauptman

311 Park Avenue, Second Floor Falls Church, VA 22046-3300 703-241-0666

Nada Hemedan

9671 A Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 703-978-0000

Henry J. Herrmann

1800 Michael Faraday Drive, Suite 204 Reston, VA 20190-5312 703-435-3030

Sean P. Kelliher

6120 Brandon Avenue, Suite Three Springfield, VA 22150-2504 703-451-5030

Nabeel A. Khan

9554 Old Keene Mill Road, Suite C Burke, VA 22015 703-440-5075

John D. Kling II

700 North Fairfax Street, Suite 210 Alexandria, VA 22314-2090 703-299-8444

Jeffrey I. Klioze

2719 Washington Boulevard Arlington, VA 22201-1942 703-243-1810

1886 Metro Center Drive, Suite 600 Reston, VA 20190 703-318-8200

Jeffrey Paul Miller

9942 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031-3901 703-273-6622

Mark A. Miller

450 West Broad Street, Suite 440 Falls Church, VA 22046-3318 703-241-2911

410 Pelham Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3539 540-373-2080

8918 Village Shops Drive Fairfax Station, VA 22039-2610 703-690-0102

Lawrence R. Muller

Gregory L. LaVecchia

1515 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 103 Arlington, VA 22209-2400 703-528-3336

Louis J. LaVecchia

1515 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 103 Arlington, VA 22209-2400 703-528-3336

Steven A. LeBeau

6707 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 240 McLean, VA 22101 703-734-2750

Paul Michael Lee

Michael Messina

Lloyd F. Moss, Jr.

Peter J. Lanzaro

Edward Hindman, Jr.

8996 Burke Lake Road, Suite 101 Burke, VA 22015 703-323-8200

11465 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 600 Reston, VA 20190 703-318-8200

John J. Krygowski

Chong W. Lee

Pamela Marzban

Anthony M. Moawad

9425 Braddock Road Burke, VA 22015 703-323-8820

510 North Washington Street, Suite 301 Falls Church, VA 22046-3537 703-237-3131

12011 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Suite 503 Fairfax, VA 22033-3310 703-293-9100

Carlene D. Marcus

12011 Lee Jackson Highway, Suite 105 6120 Brandon Avenue, Suite 211 Fairfax, VA 22033 Springfield, VA 22150-2504 703-671-1020 703-451-5030

Kristen A. Donohue

6711 Whittier Avenue, Suite 201 McLean, VA 22101-4540 703-356-2020

Emilio Canal, Jr.

Shohreh "Sherry" Kazerooni

8719 Stonewall Road Manassas, VA 20110 703-368-1000

Karen M. Callahan

14 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 200 The Lakeside Building at CountrySide Sterling, VA 20164 703-444-4104

Jerome Granato

10753 Ambassador Drive, Suite B Manassas, VA 20109-2627 703-369-7173

9380 Forestwood Lane, Suite E Manassas, VA 20110-4735 703-368-4344

3930 Pender Drive, Suite 170 Fairfax, VA 22030 703-267-6627

14 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 200 Sterling, VA 20164 703-444-4104

14245 Centreville Square, Suite P Centreville, VA 20121-2368 703-830-9110

3801 Fairfax Drive, Suite 22 Arlington, VA 22203-1762 703-527-3554

4141 North Henderson Road, Suite 16 Arlington, VA 22203-2452 703-527-1020

3302 Old Bridge Road, Suite F Woodbridge, VA 22192-5262 703-497-9709

Robert B. Murfree

1731 Clarendon Boulevard Arlington, VA 22201 703-812-8800

Arthur J. Novick

11325 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5205 703-437-8811

Kendra Novick

11325 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5205 703-437-8811

Paul T. Olenyn

5207 Lyngate Court, Suite A Burke, VA 22015 703-978-8560

8303 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 104 Fairfax, VA 22031-2903 703-207-0700

3975 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 305N Fairfax, VA 22033-2929 703-352-9600

David Hom

William Lessne

William Ossakow

David F. Huddle

Paul E. Levine

Hilary Pandak

9001 Braddock Road Springfield, VA 22151 703-425-6700

2501 North Glebe Road, Suite 102 Arlington, VA 22207-3558 703-526-9700

5651 Stone Road Centreville, VA 20120-1618 703-830-3092

1995 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 101 Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5299 540-899-5451

6707 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 230 McLean, VA 22101 703-356-3960

11208 Waples Mill Road, Suite 101 Fairfax, VA 22030-6077 703-691-1511

Bruce R. Hutchison

Robert A. Levine

3918 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 203 Fairfax, VA 22031-3333 703-280-1300

George Papastergiou

Scott P. Lindemann

Forough Parvizian-Yazdani

Richard Eugene Livesay

Eva M. Pleta

Maureen Locke

Susana Raygada

14245 Centreville Square, Suite P Centreville, VA 20121-2368 703-830-9110

Ronald D. Jackson

204 East Federal Street P.O. Box 1060 Middleburg, VA 20117 540-687-8075

Neal B. Jones

14001 Saint Germain Drive, Suite B Centreville, VA 20121-2338 703-802-0630

Leonard A. Jones, Jr.

5631 Burke Centre Parkway Burke, VA 22015 703-250-3111


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6845 Elm Street, Suite 610 McLean, VA 22101-3859 703-356-5512

124 Park Street Southeast, Suite 200 Vienna, VA 22180 703-938-7174 212 Park Street Southeast Vienna, VA 22180-4610 703-938-0774

10620 Courthouse Road Fredericksburg, VA 22407-1602 540-898-8616

8308 Old Courthouse Road, Suite C Vienna, VA 22182-3863 703-893-1100

1515 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 306 McLean, VA 22101-4421 703-356-1800

5211 Lyngate Court Burke, VA 22015 703-323-1400

Melanie R. Love

David R. Rogowski

450 West Broad Street, Suite 440 Falls Church, VA 22046-3318 703-241-2911

307 M Maple Avenue West Vienna, VA 22180-4307 703-281-1090

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TOP Dentists 2014 Virginia’s

Northern Virginia 6707 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 245 McLean, VA 22101-4503 703-356-3035

Kurt Rolf

5631 Burke Centre Parkway, Suite N Burke, VA 22015 703-425-4225

Philip J. Tomaselli, Jr.

Nazy Zahedi

Jeffrey R. Rothman

4660 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 204 Alexandria, VA 22304-1306 703-370-3012

6505 Sydenstricker Road, Suite B Burke, VA 22015 703-440-0100

James Ronis

Annah Phung Tran

Kimberly A. Silloway

D. Michael Ellis

3801 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 54 Arlington, VA 22203 703-525-0157

6845 Elm Street McLean, VA 22101 703-442-9199

12110 Monument Drive, Suite A Fairfax, VA 22033-5553 703-273-4505

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10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 111 Fairfax, VA 22030-2840 703-385-5777

Lawrence Rosenman

Julie D. Tran

Joseph Efren Arzadon

Daniel M. Theberge

5419 Backlick Road, Suite C Springfield, VA 22151 703-256-8554

Barry S. Rudolph

307 Maple Avenue West, Suite A Vienna, VA 22180-4307 703-281-7104

D. Gordon Rye

10614 Warwick Avenue, Suite A Fairfax, VA 22030-3060 703-352-2010

Evan R. Sapperstein

Four Herbert Street, Suite A Alexandria, VA 22305 703-836-2213

Keri Tran

6204 Little River Turnpike Alexandria, VA 22304 703-658-3000

Thomas G. Vaccaro

11130 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 201 Fairfax, VA 22030-5035 703-591-1007

Rachael M. Valltos

200 Little Falls Street, Suite 201B Falls Church, VA 22046-4302 703-534-1222

200 Little Falls Street, Suite 201B Falls Church, VA 22046-4302 703-534-1222

Grant H. Schneider II

Maribel M. Vann

2802 Sherwood Hall Lane Alexandria, VA 22306-3146 703-768-1223

3025 Hamaker Court, Suite 402 Fairfax, VA 22031-2237 703-204-1555

Craig Scimeca

Eric C. Vasey

2940 Hunter Mill Road, Suite 101 Oakton, VA 22124-1790 703-281-6201

13478 Minnieville Road, Suite 202 Woodbridge, VA 22192-4245 703-670-5376

Mojgan Shaafi

Olmedo I. Villavicencio

3541 Chain Bridge Road, Suite Three Fairfax, VA 22030-2793 703-273-3663

Theresa L. Shannon

5205 Leesburg Pike, Suite 101 Falls Church, VA 22041-3857 703-824-0055

Jeffrey A. Sisel

7501 Little River Turnpike, Suite 105 Annandale, VA 22003-2923 703-354-2878

Brittany L. Vo

1300 Beulah Road Vienna, VA 22182 703-757-1000

Duy Q. Vo

2800 South Shirlington Road, Suite 770 Arlington, VA 22206 703-931-5333

947 South George Mason Drive, Suite One Arlington, VA 22204-1556 703-521-0900

Kevin M. Skinner

Jeffrey D. Wagman

5651 Stone Road Centreville, VA 20120-1618 703-830-3092

Elaine K. Sours

8719 Plantation Lane Manassas, VA 20110-4506 703-369-5544

John G. Stephenson

7501 Little River Turnpike, Suite 201 Annandale, VA 22003-2923 703-256-4500

Richard T. Stone

203 East Oxford Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301-1333 703-548-5042

Steven D. Strickland

1720 Financial Loop Woodbridge, VA 22192-2459 703-494-6811

William R. Stringham

3545 Chain Bridge Road, Suite Five Fairfax, VA 22030-2708 703-273-5545

David R. Stuver

4350 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 135 Arlington, VA 22203-1636 703-525-4071

Amear M. Tadros

46090 Lake Center Plaza, Suite 202 Potomac Falls, VA 20165 703-430-2020

Larry Terango

10753 Ambassador Drive, Suite B Manassas, VA 20109-2627 703-369-7173

Judith A. Thomas

14245 Centreville Square, Suite F Centreville, VA 20121-2368 703-815-0775

3541 West Braddock Road, Suite 202 Alexandria, VA 22302-1902 703-379-6187

Yolonda L. Weaver

4000 Virginia Street Fairfax, VA 22032-1047 703-273-1443

Richard M. Whittington

212 Park Street Southeast, Suite A Vienna, VA 22180-4610 703-938-8333

Jon W. Williams, Jr.

5969 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA 22310-2247 703-960-1160

Bryan D. Wood

2000 Huntington Avenue, Suite 107 Alexandria, VA 22303-1728 703-960-8670

J. Douglas Wooddell

3299 Woodburn Road, Suite 440 Annandale, VA 22003-7329 703-698-9698

Jason S. Woodside

361 Walker Drive, Suite 204 Warrenton, VA 20186-4364 540-341-4111

Chang Yi

Harold A. Fleming

10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 111 Fairfax, VA 22030-2840 703-385-5777

2959 Sleepy Hollow Road Falls Church, VA 22044-2002 571-765-3522

Gene Vandervort, Jr.

44340 Premier Plaza, Suite 100 Ashburn, VA 20147-5074 703-729-8700

Harold L. Frank

Andrew E. Bluhm

44340 Premier Plaza, Suite 100 Ashburn, VA 20147-5074 703-729-8700

Christopher E. Bonacci

361 Maple Avenue West, Suite 200 Vienna, VA 22180-4311 703-255-9400

Theodore P. Corcoran

6400 Arlington Boulevard Falls Church, VA 22042 703-534-6500

Edward B. Delgado

3601 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 250 Alexandria, VA 22304 703-317-1717

Patrick J. Dolan

10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 111 Fairfax, VA 22030-2840 703-385-5777

Robert E. Doriot

4211 Fairfax Corner East Avenue, Suite 235 Fairfax, VA 22030-8623 703-449-8888

Hugh Bozorg Zadeh

7611 Little River Turnpike, Suite 101E Annandale, VA 22003-2630 703-256-2307

Oral Pathology Douglas M. Arendt

243 Church Street Northwest, Suite 200A P.O. Box 568 Vienna, VA 22183 703-281-5970

Diana M. Almy

Patrick D. Hart

Kolman P. Apt

44340 Premier Plaza, Suite 100 Ashburn, VA 20147-5074 703-729-8700

106 Elden Street, Suite 19 Herndon, VA 20170-4840 703-437-8700

Michael Tim Gocke

7601 Lewinsville Road, Suite 203 McLean, VA 22102 703-388-2805

Daria Hamrah

8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 601 McLean, VA 22102-3816 703-288-4495

Keyoumars Izadi

409 Chatham Square Office Park, Suite 201 Fredericksburg, VA 22405 540-371-4131

Michael D. Kuzmik

8230 Leesburg Pike, Suite 720 Tysons Corner, VA 22182-2641 703-506-1414

J. Daniel LaBriola

2020 Opitz Boulevard, Suite A Woodbridge, VA 22191-3356 703-494-9173

Jonathan Jinsung Park

10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 111 Fairfax, VA 22030-2840 703-385-5777

Adrian L. Patterson, Jr.

5206 Lyngate Court Burke, VA 22015 703-425-5010

Travis T. Patterson, III

M. Alan Bagden

6225 Brandon Avenue, Suite 170 Springfield, VA 22150-2504 703-451-3900

Rana Barakat

45745 Nokes Boulevard, Suite 175 Dulles, VA 20166-2493 703-433-9330

Gregory D. Bath

2535 Chain Bridge Road Vienna, VA 22181-5538 703-938-4614

Scott C. Berman

311 Park Avenue Falls Church, VA 22046-3300 703-241-9191

Paul J. Brosnan

5631-G Burke Centre Parkway Burke, VA 22015 703-250-7343

Matthew Harold Caspersen

408 Chatham Square Office Park Fredericksburg, VA 22405-2561 540-371-2611

William E. Crutchfield

14012 Sullyfield Circle, Suite E Chantilly, VA 20151-1681 703-263-0575

6400 Arlington Boulevard Plaza One Falls Church, VA 22042 703-534-6500

Garret Djeu

Cyrus Ramsey

Michael G. Dunegan

10875 Main Street, Suite 106 Fairfax, VA 22030-4732 703-691-8388

10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 111 Fairfax, VA 22030-2840 703-385-5777

8715 Stonewall Road Manassas, VA 20110-4534 703-361-5698

Brenda J. Young

Gerald Rothman

Henry F. Dutson, Jr.

4660 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 204 Alexandria, VA 22304-1306 703-370-3012

4600 John Marr Drive, Suite 401 Annandale, VA 22003-3310 703-750-9393

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Pediatric Dentistry Angela L. Austin

6303 Little River Turnpike, Suite 345 Alexandria, VA 22312 703-942-8404

Robert M. Averne

11503 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191-1505 703-860-3200

Girish Banaji

2843 Hartland Road, Suite 200 Falls Church, VA 22043 703-849-1300

12600 Lake Ridge Drive Woodbridge, VA 22192-2335 703-491-4278

Dawn A. Crandall

David R. Hughes

8719 Stonewall Road Manassas, VA 20110 703-368-1000

Herbert M. Hughes

8345 Greensboro Drive McLean, VA 22102-3530 703-848-8444

8314 Traford Lane, Suite A Springfield, VA 22152 703-451-0502

Jeffrey P. Davis

7906 Andrus Road, Suite 19 Alexandria, VA 22306-3170 703-360-8660

Jayne Elizabeth Delaney

50 South Pickett Street, Suite 120 Alexandria, VA 22304-7206 703-370-5437

Mary A. Karau

1213 Belle Haven Road Alexandria, VA 22307-1218 703-765-5505

M. Catherine Dvorak

2010 Opitz Boulevard, Suite D Woodbridge, VA 22191-3359 703-494-6690

Rodney J. Klima

5204 Lyngate Court, Suite B Burke, VA 22015 703-425-5125

Alan H. Golden

3320 Noble Pond Way, Suite 109 Woodbridge, VA 22193 703-590-2526

Donald F. Larson

814 North Saint Asaph Street, Floor Two Alexandria, VA 22314-1779 John Han 703-838-8998 10614 Warwick Avenue, Suite B Fairfax, VA 22030-3060 Mark A. Luposello 703-383-3434 6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 100 McLean, VA 22101-3899 Neda Kalantar 703-356-8781 1984 Isaac Newton Square West, Suite 200 Robert B. Marzban Reston, VA 20190 6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 100 703-435-1500 McLean, VA 22101-3899 703-356-8781

Gary R. Kramer

5631 Burke Centre Parkway, Suite F Burke, VA 22015-2234 703-978-0051

Deirdre Maull

6845 Elm Street, Suite 505 McLean, VA 22101-3822 703-556-9400

Kevin M. McGrath

Lezley P. McIlveen

2968 Chain Bridge Road, Suite B Oakton, VA 22124-3038 703-938-1900

Juliana F. Miller

6101 Redwood Square Center, Suite 305 Centreville, VA 20121-4269 703-818-8860

Jina Naghdi

131 Elden Street, Suite 120 Herndon, VA 20170-4835 703-471-8333

Denise T. Nguyen

8298-C Old Courthouse Road Vienna, VA 22182 703-847-6544


46165 Westlake Drive, Suite 300 Sterling, VA 20165 703-444-9373

Ali Yousef Ghatri

179 Broadview Avenue Warrenton, VA 20186-2401 540-347-1888

10618 Spotsylvania Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22408-2637 540-898-7211

John C. Wiger

100 Church Street Northeast Vienna, VA 22180-4502 703-281-0466

3801 Fairfax Drive, Suite 60 Arlington, VA 22203-1762 703-522-0522

2501 North Globe Road, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22207 703-527-5654

7027 Evergreen Court, Suite 8A Annandale, VA 22003-3227 703-658-0330

Ashkan Ghaffari

Alfred C. Griffin, Jr.

Hani Thariani

Katherine Mei Vroom

427 Maple Avenue West Vienna, VA 22180-4222 703-281-4868

Curtis L. Abigail

6045 Burke Centre Parkway Burke, VA 22015 703-250-2208

11720 Plaza America Drive, Suite 110 Reston, VA 20190-4762 703-773-1200

Allen S. Garai

6564 Loisdale Court, Suite 325 Springfield, VA 22150 703-719-5828

Jack J. Rosenberg

Stephan Tisseront

4335 Ridgewood Center Drive Woodbridge, VA 22192-5308 703-590-6966


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4600 John Marr Drive, Suite 401 Annandale, VA 22003-3310 703-750-9393

611 South Carlin Springs Road, Suite 308 Arlington, VA 22204-1086 703-998-3971

4210 Fairfax Corner West Avenue, Suite 225 Fairfax, VA 22030-8620 703-222-2992 8316 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 226 Fairfax, VA 22031-5216 703-560-6301

Sherif N. Elhady

131 Elden Street, Suite 130 Herndon, VA 20170 703-689-3900

Niloofar Mofakhami

2944 Hunter Mill Road, Suite 202 Oakton, VA 22124 703-255-3424

Edward J. Nelson

2501 North Glebe Road, Suite 100 Arlington, VA 22207-3558 703-525-8200

Christine M. Reardon-Davis

801 North Quincy Street, Suite 110 Arlington, VA 22203-1708 703-778-7610

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At Atkins, Maestrello, Miller & Associates, our mission is to provide excellence in dental care to children, adolescents, and patients with special needs in a friendly and nurturing environment. We optimize the oral health of our patients with comprehensive preventive care, and provide innovative and effective therapeutic care in our state-of-the-art facility. Together we look forward to the opportunity to help your family create a lifetime of healthy smiles! 2560 Gaskins Road, Richmond, VA 23238 804-741-2226

Drs. Ashley C. Epperly, William R. Adams, III, and David A. Beck R I CH M O N D, VIRG IN IA DR. DAVID ALLAN BECK, D.D.S. graduated with honors from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1977 where he was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental academic honors society. He interned at Charity Hospital of Louisiana at New Orleans for one year and he joined the faculty of the School of Dentistry, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University in July 1980.

DR. ASHLEY EPPERLY graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Medical College of Virginia’s School of Dentistry. She completed her residency at the Medical College of Virginia’s School of Dentistry Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program, where she focused on comprehensive cosmetic and restorative dentistry. She has been in private practice continuously since graduation. Dr. Epperly is married to David, a Richmond attorney, and is the mother of four children and a Golden Doddle named Lucy. Outside of caring for her patients, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, and practicing pilates. Dr. Epperly believes that a healthy smile is an important part of a healthy life, and that a beautiful smile will enrich your life. She stresses the importance of patient education and strives to inform each patient about their dental needs, and share with them their dental care options.

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DR. WILLIAM ADAMS is a native of New Bern, North Carolina and resides in Studley, Virginia. Dr. Adams received his B.S. from East Carolina University, and continued work on a Masters in Molecular Biology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Dr. Adams graduated with honors from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry, and completed a general practice residency at the Medical College of Virginia and Hunter McGuire Veterans Hospital. During his two-year residency, he received advanced training in oral implantology, surgical periodontics, oral surgery, full mouth rehabilitation, and is certified in IV conscious sedation.

While on the faculty at VCU/MCV Dr. Beck attained tenure and specialty board certification in the same year. He was director of the Postgraduate Prosthodontics specialty training program for 6 years. Dr. Beck left VCU as an Associate Professor and entered full time private practice in July 2004.

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TOP Dentists 2014 Virginia’s

Northern, Shenandoah & Southwest Virginia S. Sarah Ganjavi-Rejali

Michael E. Oppenheimer

Ruksana Talaksi

Peter L. Passero

301 Maple Avenue West, Suite 400 Vienna, VA 22180-4301 703-938-6600

9938 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031-3901 703-591-6700

14245 Centreville Square, Suite M Centreville, VA 20121 703-266-9090

1430 Spring Hill Road, Suite 101 McLean, VA 22102 703-821-4040

Cris Ann Ternisky

Alfonso Patron

6711 Whittier Avenue, Suite 102 McLean, VA 22101-4538 703-356-1875

Jack Weil

1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 960 Arlington, VA 22209 703-465-5080

David C. Pfohl

402 Maple Avenue West, Suite B Vienna, VA 22182 703-255-2573

14 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 360 Sterling, VA 20165 703-430-0938

Carol B. Wooddell

Ronald M. Rosenberg

9295 Old Keene Mill Road Burke, VA 22015-4202 703-440-9701

Periodontics David C. Anderson

5288 Dawes Avenue Alexandria, VA 22311-1404 703-671-6060

Lillian Carpio

1355 Beverly Road, Suite 210 McLean, VA 22101 703-288-3570

Lourdes Ann Christopher

313 Park Avenue, Suite 103 Falls Church, VA 22046 703-237-3700

Vivek Doppalapudi

102 Elden Street, Suite 19 Herndon, VA 20170 703-464-0900

Harold H. Fagan

4660 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 300 Alexandria, VA 22304-1306 703-823-2422

Mehrdad Favagehi

313 Park Avenue, Suite 103 Falls Church, VA 22046-3303 703-237-3700

Brian A. Feeney

1430 Spring Hill Road, Suite 101 McLean, VA 22102 703-821-4040

Charles R. Fields

1886 Metro Center Drive, Suite 610 Reston, VA 20190-5232 703-689-4442

Michael L. Gannon

138 Church Street Northeast Vienna, VA 22180-4543 703-938-6022

Mark R. Gordon

2121 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 502 Alexandria, VA 22314-4688 703-683-0117

A. Garrett Gouldin

103 West Broad Street, Suite 601 Falls Church, VA 22046-4237 703-534-1766

Nicholas W. Ilchyshyn

8308 Old Courthouse Road, Suite D Vienna, VA 22182-3863 703-893-1640

David Sarment

4660 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 312 Alexandria, VA 22304-1306 703-823-2228

Karl Allen Smith

2500 North Van Dorn St., Suite 128 Alexandria, VA 22302-1601 703-650-9107

Richard G. Tami

2200 Opitz Boulevard, Suite 205 Woodbridge, VA 22191-3343 703-491-2974

James Alexander Withers

3998 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 130 Fairfax, VA 22033-2908 703-273-3300

Justin Zalewsky

4660 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 300 Alexandria, VA 22304 703-823-2422

Prosthodontics Brendan J. Bernhart

3020 Hamaker Court, Suite 510 Fairfax, VA 22031-2220 703-645-8001

Hugo A. Bonilla

3299 Woodburn Road, Suite 120 Annandale, VA 22003-7311 703-560-2672

Dean Gregory Har

10670 Crestwood Drive, Suite A Manassas, VA 20109-4408 703-392-8528

Brian A. Mahler

10550 Warwick Avenue Fairfax, VA 22030-3133 703-273-7846

Luis J. Martinez

11325 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5205 703-437-8811

Michael J. O'Shea

11503 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191-1505 703-860-3200

3701 South George Mason Drive, Suite C7N Falls Church, VA 22041-4722 703-998-8826

Jean Claude Kharmouche

Edward J. Plekavich

7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 207 Gainesville, VA 20155-3258 571-261-4867

Douglas H. Mahn

10610 Crestwood Drive, Suite B Manassas, VA 20109-4404 703-392-8844

Lisa A. Marvil

17341 Pickwick Drive, Suite B Purcellville, VA 20132-3178 540-338-4588

Robert F. McGrail

609 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 101 Fredericksburg, VA 22401-4436 540-373-3066

107 East Holly Avenue, Suite Two Sterling, VA 20164-5405 202-342-0442

Mariano Andres Polack

7431 New Linton Hall Road Gainesville, VA 20155 703-753-8753

Richard W. Toth

10550 Warwick Avenue Fairfax, VA 22030-3133 703-273-7846

Shenandoah Endodontics David Matthew Kenee

1880 Country Club Road Harrisonburg, VA 22802-8858 540-433-3636

Robert A. McKearney

1880 Country Club Road Harrisonburg, VA 22802-8858 540-433-3636

General Dentistry Kathleen A. Adams

502 North Coalter Street Staunton, VA 24401-3401 540-887-3304

Christopher Angelopulos 1705 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-438-1234

Robert L. Binda, Jr.

1327 Rosser Avenue Waynesboro, VA 22980-3338 540-942-2755

Nancy C. Bollinger

1817 West Plaza Drive Winchester, VA 22601-6365 540-545-4600

Maiko Daisy Broadhead 80 West Fourth Street Front Royal, VA 22630 540-635-4567

Michael G. Hunt

George Kevorkian, Jr.

Edward Ross Testerman, Jr.

Samuel Vincent Mesaros

Larry R. Meador

Douglas D. Wright

Edward Michael O'Keefe

Albert Parulis

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James H. Priest

2015 Reservoir Street, Suite C Harrisonburg, VA 22801-8739 540-434-2102 504 North Coalter Street Staunton, VA 24401-3401 540-885-1631

1451 Brookhaven Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3584 540-432-6616

Edward L. Amos

1002 Amherst Street, Suite A Winchester, VA 22601 540-667-8287

William C. Bigelow

110 MacTanly Place, Suite C Staunton, VA 24401 540-213-8750

M. Todd Brandt

54 South Medical Park Drive Fishersville, VA 22939 540-886-2956

David Eric Redmon

36 West Whitlock Avenue Winchester, VA 22601-4491 540-665-4432

James H. Whitney

2071 Pro Pointe Lane Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-437-1230

4910 Valley View Boulevard, Northwest Roanoke, VA 24012-2040 540-563-5858 115 Cottonwood Lane Danville, VA 24540-4127 434-791-4700

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Jay M. Bass

200 East Washington Street Blacksburg, VA 24060-4838 540-552-2551

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Richard L. Sherwood

990 Main Street, Suite 304 Danville, VA 24541-1825 434-792-4046

Richard Bradley

187 South Main Street Halifax, VA 24558 434-476-7885


Mark A. Crabtree

Timothy T. Janowicz

Barry K. Cutright

Maston R. McCorkle, Jr.

William A. Deyerle

Edward P. Snyder

Frank Thomas Grogan III

Bryan Randall Spurrier

407 Starling Avenue Martinsville, VA 24112-3731 276-632-9266

221 South Maple Street Vinton, VA 24179 540-342-9876

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5020 Grandin Road Ext. S.W. Roanoke, VA 24018-2203 540-989-4093

101 Cleveland Avenue, Suite Six Martinsville, VA 24112-3700 276-632-4144

Curtis R. Crowder, Jr.


288 Piney Forest Road Danville, VA 24540-4124 434-797-3598

Chanda M. Ashley

Nathan Houchins

Dennis L. Vaughan

Rusty K. Davis

211 Edgewood Road Staunton, VA 24401-3418 540-885-6815

Damon W. DeArment

41 Stoneridge Drive Waynesboro, VA 22980-6523 540-943-5211 400 South Magnolia Avenue Waynesboro, VA 22980-3649 540-943-2723

D. Clayton Devening, Jr.

112 Houston Street, Suite A Lexington, VA 24450-2451 540-463-2134

Steven E. Gardner

2342 Bluestone Hills Drive, Suite A Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3407 540-433-3625

William A. Gardner

300 North River Road Bridgewater, VA 22812-1221 540-828-4433

Mark A. Hammock

49 Tinkling Spring Road Fishersville, VA 22939-0387 540-942-9013

William B. Hanna

109 Tazewell Street Wytheville, VA 24382-2347 276-223-0006 206 Enterprise Drive Forest, VA 24551 434-316-9090

Franklin M. Wheelock

Frances M. Kray

Malcolm J. Mallery

Pediatric Dentistry

2505A Evelyn Byrd Avenue Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3493 540-433-8814

Brent E. Lenz

1500 Brookhaven Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3585 540-433-1060

Quay Parrott III

568 West Main Street Danville, VA 24541-3600 434-799-0121

3650 Colonial Avenue Southwest Roanoke, VA 24018-4004 540-989-3639

James Peyton Moore, Jr.

101 Cleveland Avenue, Suite E5 Martinsville, VA 24112-3700 276-632-3963


25 Cleveland Avenue, Suite A Martinsville, VA 24112-2935 276-632-6219

Michele K. Ah

Pediatric Dentistry

Michael C. Peer

Robert S. Carlish

Dennis C. Schnecker

John Ruffin Wheless III

James Wilbur Shearer

Barry Wolfe


Timothy E. Collins

Joseph M. McIntyre


25 Cleveland Avenue, Suite B Martinsville, VA 24112-2935 276-632-1296

Benjamin S. Hanson

Arthur T. Silvers

Samuel Rowe

1805 West Plaza Drive Winchester, VA 22601-6365 540-535-0401

2542 Jefferson Highway, Suite 104 Waynesboro, VA 22980-8502 540-943-8545


Michael E. Stout

3708 South Main Street, Suite H Blacksburg, VA 24060-7007 540-552-1100

Matthew Todd Ankrum

Robin Elizabeth Bagby

4102 Electric Road Roanoke, VA 24018-0614 540-772-9515


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140 Piney Forest Road, Suite Three Danville, VA 24540-4170 434-793-1400

614 South Main Street Blacksburg, VA 24060-5259 540-953-2980

119 University Boulevard, Suite C Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3753 540-433-0075


420 Hamilton Boulevard South Boston, VA 24592-5200 434-575-8488

1997 Hamliton Boulevard South Boston, VA 24592 434-575-5677

1010 Amherst Street Winchester, VA 22601-3308 540-667-9662

30 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 102 Waynesboro, VA 22980-6522 540-949-8053

A. Scott Anderson III

James K. Muehleck

Joseph M. Greene, Jr.

Rebecca H. Shin

3231 Electric Road, Southwest Roanoke, VA 24018-6425 540-989-5621

1115 Ivy Road Waynesboro, VA 22980 540-949-6600

Daniel J. Lill

Nine Pinnacle Drive, Suite A01 Fishersville, VA 22939 540-886-5371

600 Second Street Radford, VA 24141-1432 540-639-3002

Anne Libbey

616 Campus Drive, Suite 100 Abingdon, VA 24210 276-619-5020

115 Oakwood Drive Bridgewater, VA 22812-9544 540-828-2312

808 Piney Forest Road Danville, VA 24540-2812 434-792-0141

1010 Amherst Street Winchester, VA 22601-3308 540-667-9662

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311 Brown Street Martinsville, VA 24112-3801 276-632-3151 4405 Starkey Road, Suite A Roanoke, VA 24018-0616 540-772-2913

140 Piney Forest Road Suite One Danville, VA 24540-4126 434-793-4116

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

David Farley

5002 Brambleton Avenue Roanoke, VA 24018-4642 540-774-6667

Richard P. Boyle III

100 Professional Park Drive, Suite One Blacksburg, VA 24060-6736 540-951-8777

Clinton W. Howard

100 Professional Park Drive, Suite One Blacksburg, VA 24060-6736 540-951-8777

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D eparture The Binge is Back Summertime, and the readin’ is easy. B Y d e a n k i n g | i l l u s t r at i o n by pa t k i n s e l l a


seems like everyone is binge-watching television

these days. It started with the 2013 release of an entire season all at once of the Netflix series House of Cards. Or at least that galvanized a trend. No doubt prior to that, plenty of people like me, who were not quite on the crest of the “It TV” wave, binged on whole seasons of, say, The Wire, Homeland or Downton Abbey to get up to speed for an upcoming live season. I did with all three. But bingeing on the arts is by no means a new phenomenon. I have been binge-reading ever since I can remember. Melting into a beanbag chair, ignoring sunny days outside, and cranking the rock opera Tommy through big plastic headphones, I read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy virtually nonstop. The Hobbit was assigned in 7th grade English class,

but it wasn’t enough. These books swept me away, suspending time, at least in my mind, and turbo-charging my imagination. I raced through a thousand more pages, disregarding homework, meals and showers. Well, not really. I was a teenage boy. I had to eat. Before Tolkien, there was The Hardy Boys and those little red biographies about everybody from Genghis Khan to Clara Barton, and James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small series. To me, this sort of immersive reading is deepest when it involves a series of at least three books following the same characters on a journey, quest or some other spellbinding plot. A high school binge lowered the bar sufficiently to merit the guilt typically associated with bingeing—when responsibilities, no matter how pressing, are ignored for the sake of, ahem, artistic indulgence. I’ll blame it on my buddy Read (pun unavoidable), who roped me in. Before virginia living


the Robert Altman blockbuster movie M*A*S*H and resulting TV show, there was the book of the same name by Richard Hooker, in which the comedic-duo-in-scrubs Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John torment Hot Lips Houlihan and Frank Burns, and Radar O’Reilly provides the grease that keeps the 4077th MASH in Korea in gear. Hooker then wrote a racy sequel called M*A*S*H Goes to Maine, following the cast of characters back to the states. This gave birth to a gripping (at least to a 17-year-old boy) series written with a co-author chronicling the gang’s drunken and risqué escapades everywhere from Vegas to Moscow. By college, I was on to spymaster Robert Ludlum. While Professor Edge droned on about George Eliot’s venerable (I’m sure) Mill on the Floss (or was it Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders?), under my desk an open copy of The Matarese Circle had me in its thrall. After graduation (somehow, yes), traveling in Europe and reading number twelve, I hit my Ludlum limit. While lying on a train bunk, chugging through Italy on a moonlit night, the plot line seemed all too familiar. The window was cracked just enough to be tempting. I closed the book, squinted an eye, carefully aligned the book’s spine with the open air, and with a flick of the wrist, The Bourne Identity sailed into the great beyond. In the early ’90s, I imbibed deeply of Patrick O’Brian’s novels about the Napoleonic Wars-era Royal Navy captain Jack Aubrey and his particular friend, Stephen Maturin, reading 16 books in four months. Called the best historical novels ever written and the most profound on male friendship, the series contains a tangle of nautical and period terminology and real-life characters. I spent the next eight years on a binge of a different sort: writing companion books to O’Brian’s series, a biography of the enigmatic author (who turned out not to be who he claimed), and my book Skeletons on the Zahara, which blossomed from the research. While Hillary Mantel’s brilliant Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies have me eagerly awaiting the third of the expected trilogy, until recently, I was not sure I had the appetite to binge-read anymore. Oh, sure, I read the Harry Potter novels out loud with my daughters, one of whom finally said, “Dad, you’re too slow,” and devoured the second book in two days, but I was never really hooked. Then while on vacation, I These books picked up Andrea Camilleri’s Death in Sicily. The hook swept me away, set, and I read six of these humorous, sly and tantadetective novels in a few weeks, which encoursuspending lizing aged me to try another series I had heard much time, at least about: George R.R. Martin’s epic historical fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire—wherein there be dragons. in my mind, Sixteen hundred pages into the mesmerizing fiveseries, toward the end of the second of these and turbo- volume hefty tomes, I am blissfully binge-reading once again. charging my And now that I’ve finished the first book, I can bingewatch the first season of the HBO series. All I need imagination. is one good heat wave, a cranked AC, and the will to pull myself away from book two for nine hours. ❉


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