Happy New Year from Virginia Family Dentistry!
2017 has been another busy year for VFD. We would like to take the time to thank our patients and staff for another wonderful year allowing us to provide comprehensive dental care to the Greater Richmond area.
Construction of our new Short Pump location was completed in May and the West End general dentists moved into their new location. Over the summer, Dr. Jen Tran joined the Short Pump team from dental school. The existing location on Three Chopt Road underwent extensive renovations to transform into VFD’s first Orthodontic and Pediatric Specialty Center.
Pediatrics will be a continued focus for the practice in future years. On December 4th, Dr. Ethan Puryear joined VFD as our second Pediatric Dentist. In an effort to create more kid-friendly spaces, we have begun expansion on the Atlee building to create a dedicated pediatric wing. Construction is also underway across the street from our Huguenot location to build our second Pediatric and Orthodontic Specialty Center. Once construction is complete, we will have 4 dedicated spaces for pediatrics in the West End, Ironbridge, Atlee, and Huguenot offices.
The specialties have continued to expand in 2017 with the addition of Periodontist Dr. Danielle McCormack and Endodontist Dr. Daniel Bartling. VFD has also expanded the number of locations offering specialty care with Chester, Tri-Cities, and Short Pump being added to the list. To learn more about the various specialties we offer, visit our services page.
Dr. Vicki Tibbs and her team joined VFD in October, creating our first location in New Kent located right off Route 60 near the Bottoms Bridge exit. Dr. Tibbs brings over 30 years of experience to the practice and an active involvement in the dental education community.
The VFD Dental Lab has continued to grow in CAD CAM dentistry in 2017. The lab added a 3D printer to create surgical guides to aid with placing dental implants. We also have added three additional intra-oral scanners to the practice to reduce the need for traditional impressions during crown and bridge procedures.
After struggling with arthritis in her hands for years, we were saddened to announce the retirement of Dr. Kit Sullivan in August this year. Dr. Erin Sharkey joined the Ironbridge location in Spring of 2017 in anticipation of Dr. Sullivan’s retirement. Also, from the Ironbridge location we were sorry that Office Manager Teresa Lewis moved to Ronoake and we wish her and her family well. Cathy Suda has returned from Tri-Cities to manage the Ironbridge location again.
Another big retirement announcement came from VFD’s founder, Dr. W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr. At the end of 2017 Dr. Perkinson is hanging up the handpiece and retiring from practicing dentistry. He will still be involved with VFD in many other ways – and be on the lookout for him on our seminar circuit.
Speaking of our seminars, we have received great responses from our patient education series and will be continuing the program in 2018. We would like to know what topics you are interested in so please complete a 2 minute survey at https://vadentist.com/seminar/seminar-interest-survey/.
More additions and improvements will be coming to the practice in 2018. We always welcome your feedback for things you would like to see in the future. If you have suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To stay in the loop with our latest news, be sure to like us on facebook.