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.
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.
Nirali Mehta, DMD
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!
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.
Patient Care Coordinator
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. 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!
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Pediatric Dental and Orthodontic Assistant
Michi is a dual-trained pediatric and orthodontic dental assistant - she has over 6 years experience in pediatric care. As a dental assistant, Michi is continuously growing in her profession; fulfilling the most intricate and demanding tasks in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. Michi’s passion in helping her patients is evident as she brings warmth and dedication to each visit with an ultimate goal to educate each patient on optimal oral hygiene. Michi has learned how to navigate the personality of each individual patient to meet their needs.
She takes great pride in her work and her family, and enjoys her time outside of work with her two children.
Pediatric Dental and Orthodontic Assistant
Cinthya is a dual-qualified pediatric and orthodontic dental assistant. She began her journey as an orthodontic assistant in 2012 and later transitioned into pediatric dentistry. Cinthya appreciates being in a dual practice setting because she is able to work with all age groups from the youngest of patients, to adults. She is adamant about maintaining a healthy hygiene routine and loves to educate others about this as well.
Cinthya loves to spend her free time with her husband and three children, who all enjoy the outdoors - they spend most of their time outside exploring nature trails and local parks!
Pediatric Dental and Orthodontic Assistant
Isabella is a dual-trained pediatric and orthodontic dental assistant. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Isabella graduated with honors from high school where she led a project on reverse smoking damage and the effects this has on the oral cavity - this research drew Isabella towards dentistry. After moving back to the US from Colombia in 2015, Isabella started working as a front desk coordinator for a pediatric dental office and then later transferred into a clinical position. Isabella now loves working with children and has assisted many specialists in various procedures including full dental rehabilitation. Isabella is always working to learn and expand her knowledge in the field.
In her free time, Isabella loves working out and spending time outdoors with her husband and her dog Ginger. Isabella is a devoted animal lover and enjoys sharing stories with her patient’s about their fur-family members.
Pediatric Dental Assistant
Scarlet is a qualified pediatric dental assistant. She has grown to love the team atmosphere and support within the dental field, which she acknowledges and appreciates at Sporting Smiles. Scarlet loves meeting new families and interacting with all of the sweet little faces she sees every day.
Scarlet is an avid horse rider and spends her free time riding her horse and playing with her German Shepherd.
Pediatric Dental Assistant
Vannali is a qualified pediatric dental assistant. She began her dental career in pediatric dentistry and has gained a wealth of knowledge in both preventive dental care and restorative procedures. As a mother herself, Vannali understands the importance of making children feel comfortable during their dental visits. She takes a very patient, calm approach with each of her patients and aims for a positive experience on every occasion.
Vannali spends her time outside of work with her family, doing outdoor activities and reading.
Pediatric Dental Assistant
Morgan is a qualified pediatric dental assistant. Morgan has worked in general dentistry and pediatric dentistry, but finds pediatric dentistry to be her true passion. Morgan adores children and is a strong advocate towards children’s dental health by showing them how fun and easy the dental world can be and 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 a nice, relaxing evening outdoors with her two pugs, Louie and Sammy, and the lovely weather that each season brings.