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Hygiene Philosophy

The Hygiene philosophy at Michael Fernandez Family Dentistry is centered on trust between our caring providers and our family of patients. We help each patient improve his or her overall health and well-being by optimizing their oral health. Through an aligned approach, we strive to provide high quality care tailored to specific patient needs based on the periodontal diagnosis, derived from a complete patient examination.

We truly enjoy teaching our patients the skills to maintain long-term dental health and seeing the results of our shared commitment. We believe this partnership between patients and providers fosters benefits for a lifetime.

Kelly Fox RDHKelly Fox, RDH

Kelly joined our practice in March 2017. Her passion for dentistry began in 1998 when she became a dental assistant. She then went on to further her passion for providing oral health care and education to patients and graduated from Old Dominion in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene. Kelly has been a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association since 2013 and is very active in her state and local component.

In her spare time Kelly enjoys camping and anything to do with the outdoors with her husband Chris and two kids Riley and Olivia.

Kelly Fox RDHMelanie Allen, RDH

Melanie started her career in healthcare as a nursing assistant in 1993. She moved to the dental field and graduated Old Dominion University School of Hygiene in 2002. Melanie strives to put her patients at ease by listening to their concerns while providing gentle and thorough care in a relaxed atmosphere.

Melanie loves spending time outdoors in or near the water and she volunteers as a scuba diver feeding the fish at the Virginia Aquarium. Melanie also enjoys traveling, watching her nephews play sports and relaxing with her dogs and family.

Grace Costello, RDHGrace Costello, RDH

Grace has been a passionate and active part of the dental field since 1999. At 16, Grace started her dental career as a registered dental assistant. Her passion inspired her to further her education by earning her Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygienist in 2016. We were fortunate to welcome her to our practice in August 2022. Earning her degree did not come easy, juggling full-time work, full-time mommy, and school life was a challenge. Grace’s determination proves that regardless of the struggles one may face in life, strength and determination will be the fuel to overcome any obstacle. Grace utilizes that passion to help her patients overcome their dental anxiety through encouragement, building confidence, and trust with each patient. Her empathy and understanding nature makes it easy for patients to feel comfortable. She is extremely devoted to educating patients on their individual needs.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, arts and crafts, aromatherapy, and spending time with her husband Brian, and their three beautiful children.

Kelly Fox RDHJulie Scott, RDH

Julie earned her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University in 1998 and she has been practicing dental hygiene ever since. We were excited to have her join our team in August 2022. Julie is devoted to helping each patient accomplish good oral health by taking her time educating, understanding and encouraging them.

She and her husband value time spent with their three daughters, watching them grow and thrive. In her leisure time, Julie enjoys swimming, running and hanging out with friends and family. “Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.” -Connie Stevens



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