Gloria E. Ward, DDS, MS, MIS
Dr. Gloria Ward earned her first D.D.S in her home country of Colombia, South America from CES University and received a Master of Science in Periodontal Prosthesis. She moved to Virginia in 1999 and obtained a Master of Science in Dental Materials and later on earned her second D.D.S. degree - Magna Cum Laude - at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003.
In addition to practicing dentistry, Dr. Ward is certified in Oral Conscious Sedation from VCU School of Dentistry and speaks Spanish fluently. She also has a special interest in Sleep Apnea and works with multiple Sleep Specialists in the area.
Dr. Ward has had a part time faculty appointment at VCU since 1999 (full time member from 2003 to 2006). Among other activities, she is Board member of the Richmond Dental Society, holds membership in the American Dental Association, American Association of Women Dentists, American Dental Education Association, American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honors Society. She belongs to multiple study clubs in town and participates on several mission projects with the Virginia Dental Association and VCU School of Dentistry. Most recently she became a member of the Board of Advisors for the General Practice Department at the VCU School of Dentistry.
Jessie Hernandez - Dental Assistant
Jessie Hernandez is originally from Peru, South America. She graduated from USMP Dental School and earned her DDS in her home country. She began working for Dr. Ward February 2016. She looks forward to joining the School of Dentistry at VCU to obtain a second dental degree and practice in the Richmond area. Jessie is an anesthesia assistant certified in CPR, radiology and continues OSHA training. She loves helping patients achieve a perfect smile and a healthy mouth. In her spare time, Jessie enjoys spending time with her puppy Luna, playing golf, and traveling.
Bre Roper - Dental Assistant
Tempestt Roper, a native of North Carolina settled in the Virginia area due to family military ties. Tempestt who goes by “Bre” is a high school graduate of Courtland High School in Fredericksburg Virginia. She had a desire to service patients as early as High School where she started her dental career in the Career Technical Vocational Center at her school. Bre received her Associated Degree in Applied Science in The Dental Assistance Program through ECPI University. She is certified in CPR and Frist Aid. She is excited to be working with a group of ladies that are passionate about helping patient needs. In addition to work Tempestt likes to be outside, ride four wheelers and spend time with her family and dogs.
Amanda Blevins - Patient Care and Treatment Coordinator
Amanda was born in Florida and has traveled the East Coast for her entire life to finally settle in Richmond, Virginia. Amanda attended the Dental Assisting program at Chesterfield Technical Center in 2001 and has developed into a very strong dental assistant with 17 years of experience. Amanda started working with Dr. Ward as a Dental Assistant in 2011. She is excited to work with Dr. Ward whom she thinks is an amazing dentist, who appreciates both her team and patients, and truly listens to her patient’s needs. Also, Amanda enjoys being part of such a caring and compassionate team. During her free time, Amanda enjoys fishing, spending time with friends, and skydiving.
Lisa Mason - Business and Insurance Coordinator
Lisa Mason joined Dr. Ward’s team with over 12 years of experience in the orthodontic/dental field. She strives to help all patients with any questions regarding insurance and financial related concerns. Lisa is originally from North Carolina and now resides in Mechanicsville, VA with her husband, Dave. She enjoys traveling and reading a good book. She also dabbles around with painting and loves spoiling her granddaughter, Agnes!
Kimberly Herndon - Dental Hygenist