All professionals at Shenandoah Dental Studio maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.
Omar Paredes DDS
Born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, he earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery in1996 from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH). After graduation, he joined the academic staff of the School of Dentistry, raising to a Professor of restorative dentistry and established a booming practice focusing on cosmetic dentistry and rehabilitation.
He migrated to New Orleans in 2003 to join Louisiana State University School Medical Center completing two years of postgraduate training at the Medical Center of Louisiana /LSU Charity Hospital focusing on the care of medically compromised patients, conscious sedation and hospital operating room dental management and treatment.
In 2005, he joined East Carolina University as Associate Professor of Family Medicine and adjunct Professor in the Department of Dental Ecology UNC School of Dentistry to direct the post-graduate Dental General Practice Residency Program. During his tenure, he helped write the curriculum and establish the East Carolina University, School of Dentistry in Greenville, NC., doubling the size of the residency program.
In June of 2011 he retired from academics and set into private practice developing a patient centered state of the art facility in Lexington, VA, introducing the first CEREC /GALILEOS system, with full digital integration for treatment planning and three-dimensional imaging diagnostics to the Rockbridge area in 2012.
An avid learner he currently focuses his time on patient care, as well as working as an independent CEREC/ GALILEOS trainer and practice developer across the state of Virginia. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his wife and three daughters, reading, getting in the kitchen as a gourmet cook and primarily enjoys escaping on his motorcycle every chance he gets.
Sarah - Office Manager
Sarah has been working in the field of dentistry in 2002 and has been with Dr. Paredes since he opened Shenandoah Dental Studio in 2011, starting out as his dental assistant before transitioning to the front desk and then to office manager. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management and is a member of the AADOM (American Association of Dental Office Managers). During her free time, she enjoys gardening, canning, crafting and spending time with her family.
Somer - Dental Assistant
Somer was born and raised in Rockbridge County and continues to live on her family farm with her two children. She has been dental assisting since 2002 and joined our team in 2016. Although she has an A.A.S. Degree in Psychology she has found that dentistry is her passion. She enjoys working alongside Dr. Paredes with our patients to make sure that they have a pleasant experience at our office. She is always willing to answer patient questions and with her friendly personality, it seems as if she has never met a stranger. Outside of dentistry, she loves gardening, junk shopping, and re-purposing her junk finds.
Mady - Dental Hygienist
Mady graduated from Virginia Western Community College in 2016 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She joined our team in March of 2017. She enjoys the interaction with her patients and finds satisfaction in being able to help them move toward achieving their best smile by teaching them how to properly care for their teeth. Always with a smile on her face, she works diligently to calm patient fears and is always willing to answer any questions about possible treatment. She is gentle, yet thorough in her work and often takes continuing education courses so that she may improve her skills to better care for her patients.
During her off time Mady enjoys drag racing and spending time with her family. She also loves catering to her puppy, Ava.
Crystal – Receptionist
Crystal is a native of Rockbridge County and a 1997 graduate of Parry McCluer High School. During her free time she enjoys being active in her church activities, canning, fishing, boating, and most of all spending time with her husband and two sons. She started working in the dental field before graduating high school and enjoys working with the public and enjoys helping our patients with any questions they may have about insurance benefits and any financial questions they may have. Crystal will be happy to go over financial options with you and if you do not have insurance ask her about our Quality Dental Plan, our in-house savings program.
Ruthann - Dental Assistant
Ruthann grew up locally, just outside of Lexington. She worked as a barista for a few years before pursuing a dental assistant position that had become available at our office. She says that Dr. Paredes has graciously trained her for that position. She enjoys caring for our patients and does a wonderful job while helping to design the CEREC same day crowns. During her free time, she enjoys gardening, pampering her houseplants and hiking with her puppy, Oakley.
Brooke was born and raised in Rockbridge County. She started working as a dental assistant in 2010 and has been working with Dr. Paredes since 2011 and transitioned to the front desk as a receptionist in 2016. Her clinical skills and experience working alongside Dr. Paredes makes her a wonderful asset to our front desk. She does a great job at coordinating treatment and scheduling options for our patients. Stop by or call and ask for Brooke, she will be more than happy to go over financial and treatment options with you. She lovesmeeting and talking with patients. Brooke spends most of her free time with her family and enjoys playing outside with her dog Darcy!
Lisa graduated from Virginia Western Community College in 2000 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. she also has an active license to practice Dental Hygiene in Florida. Lisa has worked in many different dental settings from public health clinics to private practice. She brings her experience and knowledge to our practice to work closely with patients to educate and help them achieve their optimal dental health. She listens to her patients' needs, fears, and expectations. Lisa excels at nutritional and total body health in correlation to dental health. She is very thorough and detailed in her work and patient interactions to assure that her patients understand every treatment procedure that is being done. In her free time, Lisa enjoys traveling through the Caribbean with her husband and finding the best islands to snorkel and enjoy the beach.