Sporting Smiles
A Great Dentist

Meet the Team at Sporting Smiles

At Sporting Smiles, the doctors and staff implement patient-focused care, where a patient’s needs, preferences, and beliefs are respected at all times. Our staff is experienced, trained and sensitive to working with children and their parents. 

We are board-certified and board-eligible specialists providing pediatric and orthodontic dental services for infants, children, adolescents and patients of all ages with special and behavioral needs.

 A ‘Board Certified’ specialist or ‘Diplomate’ is a dentist with exceptional knowledge and expertise to a level above other dentists. Board certification requires verification of credentials and successful completion of written and oral examinations. A specialist with this level of certification or eligibility exhibits a drive to achieve excellence in their field.

At Sporting Smiles, our number one priority is ensuring that your child receives the support they need to become the best dental patient possible. When treating your loved ones, we make every effort to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for the whole family. By collaborating with your child’s pediatrician as well as other dental and medical specialists, we ensure that every patient receives the best comprehensive care possible.  

We are trained to ensure that your child has a safe and comfortable dental visit, and we hope to be part of the team that helps care for your family.  

We are conservative in our approach to treatment and believe that prevention is key to promoting healthy smiles. Through dental education, we strive to give every child the tools they need to live happy, healthy and cavity free!

We serve patients in Gainesville, Haymarket, Piedmont, Warrenton, and the surrounding areas.

Natasha Khurana, DDS, IBCLC

Dr. Khurana is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She earned her dental degree from the University of Maryland and attended New York University’s College of Dentistry for her specialty training. At NYU, Dr. Khurana supervised undergraduate dental students and provided treatment in complex cases involving patients with special needs.

To this day, she maintains a profound interest in her work with children and adults who have rare health conditions, syndromes, and genetic disorders. She enthusiastically collaborates with other dental and medical specialists, including occupational and speech therapists, to ensure that every patient receives the best comprehensive care possible.

Dr. Khurana is not only a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, she is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She is one of the first dual board certified pediatric dental and lactation specialists in the country.

As a mother of two young children herself, she draws from her personal experiences to cultivate a safe, supportive and loving relationship for her patients; nurturing the mother and infant dyad.

After receiving her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Khurana spent two years providing exceptional care to underserved children in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her experience there shaped Dr. Khurana’s approach to patient-focused care, where a patient’s needs, preferences, and beliefs are respected at all times.

Over the years, Dr. Khurana has made every effort to extend her services to those in need – even overseas! She has traveled extensively to India and countries in West and South Africa, where she has volunteered in dental and family health clinics.

Raised in the DC Metropolitan area, Dr. Khurana takes immense pride in serving the children of Northern Virginia.

Dr. Khurana is married to her high school sweetheart, Jason. Together, they are enjoying the excitement of raising their awesome son and daughter. Aside from her children, her dogs and dentistry, Dr. Khurana’s hobbies include world traveling and extreme sports (from sky diving and rock climbing to great white shark diving – you name it, she’s tried it). She enjoys running, biking, yoga and is also an avid skier.

Phillip Vahab, DDS, MS

Dr. Philip Vahab will tell you that he loves being an orthodontist. The best part of his job is utilizing the latest technology to give kids, teens, and adults gorgeous new smiles.

Dr. Vahab is a board-eligible orthodontist specializing in quality, personalized orthodontic care for children, teens, and adults at Sporting Smiles Pediatric Dentistry & Family Orthodontics, serving Gainesville and Haymarket, VA.

Dr. Vahab obtained his dental degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. To limit his practice to the specialty of orthodontics, he then completed a three-year residency at the University of Maryland where he met Dr. Khurana for the first time! In conjunction with his orthodontic residency, Dr. Vahab obtained a Masters of Science in Oral Biology.

In today’s world, where the doctor-patient relationship has become increasingly rushed, Dr. Vahab has made it a personal goal to give all of his patients his undivided attention at each appointment. To ensure that all his patients feel taken care of, Dr. Vahab is committed to being available to answer patient questions by e-mail, text, or phone – even during evenings, nights, and weekends.

Dr. Vahab resides in the DC Metropolitan area and has been faithfully serving the families of Northern Virginia for several years.


Mary Speicher, DMD

Dr. Mary Speicher has more than 29 years of experience in dentistry. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Dentistry, which she attended after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Biophysics at the University of Scranton. While at Temple, she served as President of the student body and Secretary of Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity. Dr. Speicher is a member of the American Dental Society, Virginia Academy of General Dentistry and Northern Virginia Dental Society.

After a twenty-five year career in Bethlehem, PA, Dr. Speicher relocated to Northern Virginia and joined the team at Sporting Smiles.

Dr. Speicher has two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travel, running, and golf.

Dr. Nirali Mehta

Dr. Nirali Mehta was born and raised in beautiful Northern Virginia. She attended undergrad at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Virginia (Go Hokies!) before moving to Glendale, Arizona, where she earned her dental degree at Midwestern University. During her time at Midwestern, Dr. Nirali proudly received the deans award for general dentistry. She was also able to join a dental mission trip to Tonga and volunteered with multiple philanthropic organizations including, Super Sealant Saturday and Give Kids a Smile.

Although Dr. Nirali enjoyed her time in Arizona chasing her career goals, she always knew she wanted to return home to Virginia where she would be surrounded by her amazing friends and family. Dr. Nirali’s love for pediatric dentistry is ever-growing, she prides herself on having a comprehensive and gentle outlook when treating patients. 

In her free time, she loves making memories with her friends and family, especially watching and attending local sporting events. Dr. Nirali also has a passion for music, travel and loves classic movies. She is so excited to become a part of the Sporting Smiles team and looks forward to meeting so many smiling faces!


Clinical Coordinator

Tara is a dual-certified pediatric and orthodontic assistant with over a decade of dental experience. Tara worked as a key member on the Ocean and Monmouth County Craniofacial Team in New Jersey focusing on cleft palate. She is also credentialed at various hospitals in Northern Virginia where she is able to assist Dr. Khurana in providing dentistry under general anesthesia for pediatric patients and patients with special needs and different abilities.

Tara’s husband, Kevin, is an active duty member of the US Air Force. Tara acts as a “Key Spouse” for the US Air Force, where she provides a support system for other military spouses and partners. Tara and Kevin have a beautiful daughter and son, and in their spare time, they enjoy spending time with their extended family. Tara is also an accomplished violinist, and her favorite pastime is watching football on Sundays.


Hospital Dentistry Coordinator

Amber plays a very special role at our office. With a background in insurance coding, Amber is extremely helpful when it comes to explaining and filing for insurance benefits on your child’s behalf. As the Hospital Dentistry Coordinator, Amber strives to make your child's dental experience as stress-free as possible.

Born in Fauquier County, Amber has extensive knowledge of the area and is personally vested in reaching out to the community in which she was raised. As a mother to three adorable children, she understands the importance of establishing a warm and inviting dental home that makes every visit exciting for even our youngest of patients.


Pediatric and Orthodontic Dental Assistant

Ilham is a dual-trained pediatric and orthodontic dental assistant with certifications in CPR and Radiation Safety. For the past several years, he has assisted for many different dental specialists. It was while volunteering for Missions of Mercy that Ilham met Dr. Khurana and began his foray into the world of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. Ilham has a knack for educating patients on the importance of good oral hygiene.

He is also credentialed at various hospitals in Northern Virginia. Like Tara, Ilham is able to assist Dr. Khurana in providing dentistry under general anesthesia for pediatric patients and patients with special needs and different abilities. 

A Northern Virginia native, Ilham is a graduate of the College of Science at George Mason University. He is an aspiring dentist. He enjoys being involved with Sporting Smiles sponsored events in the community, and when he is not busy volunteering, he enjoys working out.

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— Rachel R. via Facebook

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