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. Clairise Cash is a Virginia native, originally from Williamsburg, VA. In 2013 she attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Later, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery. She enjoys dentistry as a means of improving her patient’s quality of life, by getting them out of discomfort, improving their self-confidence, or helping them achieve optimal oral health. She is passionate about how rewarding and impactful dentistry can be and often gives back to the community by participating in dental projects such as Missions of Mercy, Remote Area Medical projects, fundraising for The Jamaica Project at VCU, and supporting local free clinics. She remarks, “giving back is a responsibility that comes hand-in-hand with my training as a dentist.”
Dr. Chelsea Merritt began her educational journey at Virginia Polytechnic Institute where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, and later attended the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where she completed her DDS. Currently, she is a member of the American Dental Association, the Maryland Dental Association, and the American Association of Women Dentists. She is passionate about helping patients achieve comfortable and confident smiles. Her favorite thing about being a dentist is transforming smiles using top-of-the-line dental techniques such as Invisalign, veneers, or aesthetic crowns.
After obtaining his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida, Dr. Patel moved to Richmond, Virginia where he attended the VCU School of Dentistry. He served as Vice President of his dental school class, and also completed a fellowship in dental academia through the American Dental Education Association. Following graduation, Dr. Patel completed residency training at an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program located within the Medical University of South Carolina. He then spent a couple of years in private practice in Charlotte, NC prior to moving back to Richmond.
Dr. Wheeler is originally from Northern Virginia, but has lived in Richmond for the past 11 years. She was a recognized University Scholar during her undergraduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduating with a B.S. in Biology she completed her D.D.S degree at the VCU School of Dentistry. Dr. Wheeler serves as a volunteer dentist and adjunct faculty member overseeing VCU dental students at the Mechanicsville Free Dental Clinic. She is passionate about supporting Give Kids a Smile and routinely participates in additional projects to provide free dental care for underserved populations such as the local Mission of Mercy (MOM) projects as well as international mission trips.
Dr. Dane Dongieux is originally from Sterling,VA. She graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry after completing her Bachelors in Biology at the University of Mary Washington. She believes in practicing excellence by providing complete care to her patients and has taken numerous courses in Cosmetics, Implant Dentistry, Full Mouth Reconstruction and Sleep Dentistry. Dr. Dongieux gives back to the community through dental mission trips both locally in Virginia and internationally in Jamaica and El Salvador. In 2003, Dr. Dongieux received both the Loudoun Healthcare and the INOVA Health Systems Award for her research in Biomedical and Health Sciences. Dr. Dongieux is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and is working on her fellowship.
Founder of River Run Dental, Dr. Rusnak is an award winning dentist in Richmond VA who is well trained in the latest dental techniques. He places a strong emphasis on keeping up with dental technology advancements in order to consistently enhance his patient experience. As someone who is passionate about providing his community with healthy smiles, Dr. Rusnak regularly volunteers with the Mechanicsville Free Dental Clinic. He also works as an adjunct faculty member at the VCU School of Dentistry. Dr. Rusnak was named Top 40 Under 40 by Style Weekly in 2014 and has been named one of Richmond’s Top Dentists for the past 6 years by Richmond Magazine.