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, DMD

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!

Amber

Office Manager

As the office manager of a busy specialty practice, Amber has gathered experience in many departments within the dental field. Amber began at the forefront of the practice, starting her career as a patient care coordinator, and has since grown into an abundance of knowledge within insurance benefits and verification, billing, hospital dentistry and pediatric and orthodontic treatment care. Amber strives to lead her fellow team members to growth and opportunity within the practice and within dental field, and provides support and leadership to the providers at Sporting Smiles. 

Amber strongly believes in promoting a very positive and inclusive dental environment. She follows this philosophy by encouraging both our patients and team members to trust themselves and help others, and works alongside the administrative and clinical teams to ensure a remarkable standard of care. 

Outside of the office, Amber devotes her time to her three sweet children, and their cuddly German Shepherd-mix, Spike!

Tara

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.

Lynn

Financial Manager

Lynn is proud to be the Financial Manager at Sporting Smiles. She has the privilege of assisting Dr. Khurana with her mission to provide the best pediatric dentistry to our patients. Her educational background is in Social Services, primarily with children, which contributes greatly in her interactions with our patients and their families. Lynn was born in England and attended college at Oxford College of Further Education, completing the first three years in general studies and continuing her education for two additional years at Oxford Polytechnic working toward a CQSW (Certificate of Qualification in Social Work).

Lynn has traveled extensively in Europe and North America both before and during her marriage. She enjoys spending time with her husband of 35 years, her two adult children and more recently her first grandchild! Lynn has resided in the northern Virginia area for the last 10 years and moved here from Colorado when her husband tired from the United States Air Force. She routinely attends continuing educational seminars and graduated in July 2019 with the Fellowship of American Associate of Dental Office Managers.

Tracy

Insurance and Billing Specialist

Tracy has been in the dental field for over 30 years. She started her career as a pediatric dental assistant and made the transition to the administrative aspect of the dental field several years ago. Working in both the clinical department and the administrative department has provided Tracy with a wealth of knowledge about the dental field.

Tracy recently graduated with the Fellowship of American Association of Dental Office Managers and takes advantage of each continuing education opportunity presented to her in order to increase her proficiency within our practice and our patients. Tracy finds joy in interacting with our patients on a daily basis with Vivian (her official ESA and our Sporting Smiles Therapy Dog) and enjoys travelling to warm beach destinations.

Jenna

Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator

Jenna is a member of our orthodontic administrative team and a COA (Certified Orthodontic Assistant). Jenna comes from a lengthy background in clinical and administrative care within the orthodontic field and contributes to both features in our office as well. She finds most rewarding, watching the most apprehensive patients find their confidence and growth during the course of treatment.

Jenna spends her time outside of work with her daughter, beloved parents, her 3 cats, 2 pups and their family turtle! She also volunteers monthly at the Humane Society of Front Royal with her daughter and has an endless compassion for animals.

Jessica

Hospital Dentistry Coordinator

Jessica plays an integral role in our office. With a background in insurance benefits, coding and verification, Jessica is extremely helpful when it comes to explaining and filing for insurance benefits on your child’s behalf. As the Hospital Dentistry Coordinator, Jessica’s mission is to help make your child’s dental experience as stress-free as possible.

Jessica also has a background in working with children, specifically those with special needs and different abilities and finds that to be her true passion. She continues to advocate for this demographic and exudes her kindness in working with the children in her family-run childcare. As a mother of two young children herself, Jessica understands the importance of establishing a warm, inviting, all-inclusive dental home that makes every visit serene for even our most apprehensive patients.

Karla

Patient Care Coordinator

Karla is one of the first faces you see as you enter the office - she is an extraordinary source of administrative support. She works diligently towards helping each of our families coordinate scheduling appointments, and is extremely helpful in reviewing and discussing details of your child’s treatment. Karla has an extensive history in customer service, and channels this expertise during each encounter she has with our Sporting Smiles patients. She is an asset to our team, as well as the families with very demanding schedules and/or scheduling restrictions, and constantly strives to accommodate each individual request.

Karla is an aunt of many nieces and nephews and contributes greatly to her family, and loved ones. She devotes her spare time to helping others by planning events and coordinating family activities. She loves making dessert dishes for everyone to enjoy, and can put together some delicious confections.

Ilham

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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