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 Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, she is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery. 

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. Dr. Khurana finds so much joy in helping mothers and their babies and looks forward to helping in any way she can. 

After receiving her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Khurana spent several 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.

Nirali Mehta, DMD, IBCLC

Dr. Nirali Mehta was born and raised in beautiful Northern Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree 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 Dean's award for general dentistry. She was also able to complete a dental mission trip to the country of Tonga where she treated local patients in need. Also, she volunteered with multiple philanthropic organizations, and continues to do so whenever she can.

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, and 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 be a part of the Sporting Smiles team! 

Monica Dinh, DDS, MS

As a skilled, board certified orthodontic provider, Dr. Monica Dinh is committed to providing patients with the highest quality of orthodontic care. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Dr. Dinh graduated from the College of William & Mary with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience; she earned her Doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, and specialized in Orthodontics and Dento-Facial Orthopedics at Nova Southeastern University. During her residency, Dr. Dinh also received her Master of Science Degree.

Dr. Dinh has gone through orthodontic treatment herself, using headgear and rubberbands, which has given her a first-hand understanding of what challenges may arise from being in braces as a teenager. She recognizes the value orthodontics has on one's facial appearance and self-confidence long after the braces are removed. 

Dr. Dinh enjoys serving her community, volunteering her time with the Virginia Missions of Mercy Project and Give Kids a Smile. She is a current member of the American Association of Orthodontics, Southern Association of Orthodontics, Virginia Association of Orthodontics as well as the Northern Virginia Dental Society. Similar to her own positive experience with braces, Dr. Dinh’s goal is to make her patients’ treatment fun and comfortable. Outside of the office, she enjoys spin class, wedding planning, trying out fun, new recipes, playing her dan tranh (a Vietnamese 16 stringed instrument), spending quality time with friends and family (which include all 17 cousins!) and she is an oyster enthusiast!

Our Team

Each of our clinical team members have a minimum 3-5 years of experience working with pediatric patients. They have either completed or are currently registered with the Dental Assisting National Board where they are required to take a series of 4 examinations to be considered ‘certified’ and/or ‘registered’ and nationally recognized in their field - this includes all aspects of dentistry. Our clinical staff also undergo patient sensitivity training before being allowed to work with any children or patients with special needs or different abilities.

Team members are required to complete additional digital radiography, OSHA and HIPAA training. Our practice takes the national recognition and additional certifications very seriously and actually pay for this additional education for our team members.

All team members (both clinical and administrative) routinely accompany our team of doctors to three annual continuing education conferences. Our doctors personally work with, train and supervise all of our team members to ensure our patients are receiving the best care possible.

Our practice follows all state guidelines and mandates very strictly. This is exactly the reason why so many local dental hygienists and general dentists actually bring their children to our practice for routine cleanings and treatment!

We really are so proud of our hardworking staff and their commitment to the children of our practice.

Britnee

Assistant Office Manager

Britnee plays a very special role at our office. With a degree in Hospitality Management from JMU, Britnee enjoys meeting each family that enters our doors and serves as an excellent patient advocate. Starting with our practice as a Patient Care Coordinator, Britnee strives to make your scheduling experience as stress-free as possible. 

Born in Fairfax County, Britnee has extensive knowledge of the area and is personally vested in reaching out to the community in which she was raised and surrounding areas. As an aunt herself, she understands the importance of establishing a warm and inviting dental home that makes every visit exciting for even our youngest of patients.

In her free time, Britnee enjoys reading (especially the Harry Potter books) and watching movies!

 

Katie

Administrative Manager

Katie is an administrative manager and has been working in pediatric dental for 15 years. Her favorite part is connecting with patients about their interests; she has tried some new hobbies based on patient recommendations and loves sharing about it when they visit! 

Katie loves spending time with her boyfriend, their dog, Mac and cat, Quincy, as well as both of their large extended families. Her favorite place to go is their family beach house in Cape May, New Jersey. Katie loves to travel and has been to many Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Canada and 26 of the United States!  She loves working with the Sporting Smiles family so much, she even commutes from her home in Maryland!

Amber

Senior Administrative Support

As our most senior administrative team member, 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 the 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 four sweet children, and their cuddly German Shepherd-mix, Spike!

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.

Vivian Owens, TD

Vivian is an experienced emotional support animal, as well as a certified and insured therapy dog through The Alliance of Therapy Dogs. A true Chic-Fil-A connoisseur, Vivian finds comfort eating her favorite grilled nuggets. Vivian and her mom, Tracy, are two peas in a pod; truly inseparable pair. She has very few call-outs and is usually here to help our patients Monday-Friday, however, some mornings she hides behind the couch indicating she would rather be home with her dad, Chris.

At Sporting Smiles, Vivian has the BEST job. She loves to spend her days snuggling and giving the best pug hugs to our pediatric dental patients. Her calm demeanor provides ease and comfort, making her a very special part of our dental family. We are so lucky to be able to watch her work her magic everyday, and the way she brings a smile to every face.

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 retired 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.

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.

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.

Morgan

Clinical Manager

Morgan has worked in general dentistry and pediatric dentistry, but finds pediatrics to be her true passion. Morgan adores children and is a strong advocate for providing a positive experience to achieve optimal oral health. Morgan enjoys working with our youngest patients, showing them how fun and easy dental visits can be while also educating them on the importance of excellent oral hygiene.

Morgan is a huge Marvel fan and can relate to many of her patients that are also superhero fans! She enjoys relaxing evenings outdoors with her two pugs, Louie and Sammy. She is a huge movie buff. On the weekends, she is often busy fighting in an all out prank war with her dad! When you meet her, be sure to ask her for one of her many funny stories!  

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Always the best care, staff is friendly and understanding of the big feelings kids may have while visiting the dentist. Thank you for making each visit wonderful!

-Petria via Google Reviews

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