Virginia Dental Care - Meet the Doctors and Staff
The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.
Dr. Mona Adams DDS, MS
Dr. Mona Adams received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from
University of Gothenburg
Institute of Odontology
in Sweden. Prior to moving to US she practiced in prestigious multi-specialty private practices in Sweden and UK. In 2005, she joined
Eastman Institute of Oral Health
at the University of Rochester Medical Center earning certificate of Advance Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) with focus on cosmetic and restorative procedures.
In 2007 she started Virginia Dental Care with focus on prevention as the key aspect for patient care. One of the key ingredients implemented in her practices was making sure patients have easy and direct access to specialist in particular in the field of periodontics to address growing health risk associated with periodontitis. Since inception of Virginia Dental Care she has made sure to have a Periodontist on her permanent staff.
Dr. Adams believes continued education is the key in providing the best and advanced care. In pursue of higher education she attended UCLA, School of Dentistry and graduated with Master of Science degree in June of 2017. Dr. Adams in June 2019 joined Case Western Reserve University for specialist training in the filed of Endodontics. She will be returning to Virginia Dental Care as an Endodontist in 2021.
Dr. Adams is an active member of various local dental societies, along with national dental associations.She enjoys reading classic literature and keeping active, running every day.
Dr. Omer Akmal DDS, Periodontist
Dr. Akmal completed his bachelor’s in Psychology at The
George Washington University
. After which, he pursued his DDS degree at The
Baltimore College of Dental Surgery
. He continued on to earn a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), where he learned advanced cosmetic and restorative procedures. During this time he found his passion for the surgical aspect of dentistry, and completed an additional 3 years of surgical training in Periodontics and Implant Surgery, at the
University of Pittsburgh
Dr.Akmal’s compassion and understanding of the fears and anxiety of a visit to the dentist in conjunction with his background in Psychology make him an excellent caregiver. He will put your fears at ease, and help you to understand the issues with your teeth, and how he will work to solve them. His approach to dentistry revolves around a strong relationship with his patients, a strong emphasis on patient understanding of their disease process, and active participation in their own treatment.
Dr. Akmal is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontics (of which he is a Board Certified member). In his free time, Dr.Akmal enjoys exploring the various arts and food nooks around DC, football, soccer, travelling, and rock climbing.
Dr. Shutong Hartsell, DMD
Dr. Hartsell completed her bachelor's in Chemistry and Mathematics at Duke University. She then pursued her DMD Degree at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated with Honors in Clinical Dentistry and Community Health.
Dr. Hartsell is passionate about providing the best comprehensive dental care to all of her patients. She is a very caring and humble dentist, who listens to her patient's concerns and ensures they are informed and involved throughout treatment. Her goal is to help everyone have their best smile.
Dr. Hartsell believes strongly in the value of continuing education. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Greater Washington Academy of Dental Studies. In her free time, Dr. Hartsell enjoys cooking, gardening, Argentine Tango, and spending time with her friends and family.
Dr. Nino Tsintsadze, DDS
Dr. Tsintsadze earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree with highest honors at the Tbilisi State University. After graduation she received a scholarship from International Association for Dental Research (IADR) for PhD in Dental Biomaterials at the University of Siena, Siena, Italy.
Dr. Nino Tsintsadze was born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia. She moved to Washington, DC with her husband in 2014. She enrolled and successfully graduated from Advanced Education in General Dentistry Postgraduate program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA.
Dr. Tsintsadze is very passionate about her profession. Dr. Tsintsadze thinks that being a dentist gives her the unique opportunity to be a doctor and artist at the same time and loves to help her patients achieve having beautiful smile and good oral health. She strives to stay up to date in her profession and attends as well as participates in dental conferences, congresses and courses for continuing education worldwide.
In her free time, Dr. Tsintsadze likes to spend time with her little daughter Anna, family and friends, go to ski and travel the world.
Alejandra Marquez. Office Manager
Alejandra brings over 19 years of experience in the field of dentistry and a passion for patient care. She leads our team since 2013 and is an essential part of VDC Patient care. Alejandra takes pride in helping patients with their dental care planning and financials. She is committed to ensure patients receive highest quality care and insurance benefits they deserve and paid for.
Her years of experience in all aspects of the dental office operation ensure that our patients get the best experience, most attention, and feel being part of our extended family.
Alejandra is a native to Virginia and lives with her husband and three lovely kids. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and family functions.