Originally from northern California, I practically grew up in a periodontal office. My first job was front office helper in a practice where my mom worked as a periodontal assistant. I attended Yuba College and the University of Nebraska for my undergraduate studies, and received my Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) and a certificate in public health from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in Mesa.
I have a passion for helping others and was drawn to periodontics because it intertwines relationships with patients, science, surgery, medicine, and the ability to make a difference.
I achieved dual certification for advanced specialty training in periodontics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Birmingham. During my residency, I met my husband, Dr. Thanos Ntounis; he assisted me with my very first soft tissue graft procedure!
After my residency, I received one of the most prestigious awards granted by the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation: the Gerald M. Kramer Scholar Award for Excellence. The Kramer Award is given to the nation’s top periodontal graduate who has demonstrated personal motivation for excellence in character, academic achievement, and integrity. I feel extremely grateful and honored to be part of the Kramer family.
At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, I received extensive training in periodontal therapy, advanced bone grafting (such as sinus lifts and ridge augmentation), dental implants, and IV sedation. I especially enjoy performing soft-tissue grafting around teeth and implants. I achieved board certification by the American Board of Periodontology, which is the highest level of achievement in our specialty.
Community health and organized dentistry is important to me. I am an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, Academy of Osseointegration, and Southern Academy of Periodontology. I also belong to the Virginia Dental Association and our local Rappahannock Valley Dental Society. I currently serve as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Virginia Society of Periodontists. I am honored to be an active Rotarian in the Rappahannock Rotary Club; I love working to better our community!
At home, we have an eight-year-old lab mix rescue named Sophie. In my free time, I can most likely be found doing something active outdoors, reading, or traveling. Dr. Ntounis and I look forward to meeting you in our practice soon!