Dr. Vanessa Sturz attended Randolph-Macon College where she received her Bachelor’s in Chemistry. Later, she earned her Master of Science in Clinical Research at the University of Virginia as well as her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her combined experience in both the Public Health space and Dentistry space makes her a well-rounded practitioner who serves both her patients and her community well. In her dental work, she prioritizes empathy and compassion when working with her patients. Her goal at River Run is to help patients overcome dental anxiety and maintain their oral health.
Dr. Rubana Masood is a Virginia native, originally from Short Pump, VA. She earned her Master of Science in Physiology as well as her DDS from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. Later, she continued her dental education by completing her Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) at The University of California- Los Angeles where she stayed and practiced for several years before returning home to Virginia. She is a member of numerous organizations including the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She believes that by being attentive to a patient’s individual needs and goals, she is able to empower her patients and leave them feeling better than when they came in.
Dr. Jacob Fant completed his Bachelor’s of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology as well as his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Florida. Later, he relocated to Virginia and earned his Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) at Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, he is a member of the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is driven to provide comfort, trust, and support to his patients, with an emphasis on treating the whole person. Outside of River Run, he volunteers with free dental care clinics, community health centers, and Mission of Mercy projects.
Dr. Tarasidis grew up in North Carolina where she attended The University of North Carolina for her BS degree in Biology and DDS degree. While in dental school, she was heavily involved in research and philanthropy. After dental school, Dr. Tarasidis furthered her training with a hospital based General Practice Residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. She moved to Richmond afterwards and has practiced here ever since. Dr. Tarasidis believes in providing high quality care and enjoys forming lifelong relationships with her patients. She tailors each treatment to the individual patient for results that work for the patient’s unique needs.