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, a delegate for the Virginia Dental Association and Secretary of the Richmond Dental Society. Dr. Ward has been selected multiple times by her peers and awarded “Top Doc” in Richmond Magazine and Virginia Living Magazine.
Dr. Robert Tart, General Dentist at Dr. Gloria Ward’s office, enjoys all aspects of dentistry including dental implants, crowns and bridges, cosmetic dentistry and pre-prosthetic surgery and grafting, as well as IV and oral sedation. He is certified in IV and oral sedation. Originally from Florida, Dr. Tart moved to Kentucky to attend the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, and later to Richmond to complete his residency at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Hospital.
Dr. Tart discovered dentistry after having cosmetic work done when he was a finance student. After that experience, he knew becoming a dentist would allow him to do the two things he enjoys most, working with his hands and connecting with people.
Dr. Tart is now accepting patients at Dr. Ward’s office. He emphasizes a tailored and individualized approach to each patient that focuses on the long-term outcomes, meeting patient needs from general dentistry to crowns, bridges or dental implants. Dr. Tart and his wife Dani married in 2019. Their 2-year-old German Shepherd, Quinn, keeps them company when they hike around favorite spots in Richmond.
Teresa Grisham - Dental Hygenist
Teresa has over 15 years’ experience in the dental field, including 9 years as a dental assistant and 6 years as a licensed dental hygienist. She studied at Virginia Commonwealth University and received her Dental Hygiene education from Northern Virginia Community College, where she graduated with honors and received the Colgate STAR Award, given for demonstrating excellence in patient care, education, compassion, and enthusiasm toward the profession. Teresa loves gardening, cooking, yoga, and spending time with her husband, two children, and her two pugs.
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.
Angela Villa - Lab and Clinical Assistant
Angela Joined our team in 2017. She is originally from Cali- Colombia where she earned her dental degree over 16 years ago. Angela is certified in dental x-rays , CPR and First Aid. She is helping with lab work and also assistant in the back. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her husband, her two children and the new family member their baby puddle. She also likes to go hiking, camping, roll skate, sing, paint and share time with her friends.
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!
Tasha Harris - Patient Services Coordinator
Tasha Harris was born in Richmond, VA, spent the majority of her childhood in Illinois, and relocated back to her home state of VA in high school. Tasha has dedicated herself to building a solid career in the dental industry spanning the last 16 years. With extensive front and back office knowledge as well as expertise in billing, medical and dental insurance, and customer care, Tasha brings a well-rounded diversity to our team. Weekends and evenings are reserved for the men in her life... her 6 year old son, Elden, and 8 year old and 4 year old Boxer boys: Therrin and Leopold.