Stephanie L. Santos, DDS, a General & Cosmetic Dentist with Smile by Design

Get to know General & Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Stephanie L. Santos, who serves patients in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Dr. Santos is a general & cosmetic dentist who is currently serving patients’ dental needs at Smile by Design in Virginia Beach, Virginia. There, she works alongside Dr. Vinita J. Folck, DDS. “At Smile by Design, you’ll discover right away that Dr. Santos and Dr. Folck truly embody the phrase “two heads are better than one!” Both dentists bring unique skills, advanced education, and particular talents to the table while sharing the same genuine passion for comfortable, friendly patient care that gives families new reasons to smile brightly” as stated on the dental practice’s website. 

Dr. Santos understands better than most that going to the dentist isn’t exactly everyone’s favorite activity. That’s why she feels that the best part about practicing dentistry in Virginia Beach is helping people overcome their dental fears through gentle and compassionate care. For her, nothing is more fulfilling than helping a person achieve a beautiful smile while also gaining peace of mind at the dentist. 

Dr. Santos’ hometown is Norfolk, Virginia, and she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Old Dominion University. After working as a chemist for a few years, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She then went on to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency and was an army dentist for 3 years. Furthermore, Dr. Santos is a member of the American Dental Association and the Spear Education Center Study Club.

Dr. Santos’ dental career actually began while she was in college working as a part-time dental assistant. She became really fascinated watching the dentist work and decided she wanted to become one herself. So, right after she graduated, she immediately went to dental school and has been practicing ever since. She still has the same passion for helping people just like when she was an assistant, but she’s happy to have so much more knowledge and skill to offer her patients now. She consistently goes above and beyond for patients, even calling them at home to make sure they are feeling alright after a treatment.

Dentistry, also known as Dental and Oral Medicine, is a branch of medicine that consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the oral cavity. As a general & cosmetic dentist, Dr. Santos has the skills needed to complete an array of procedures that are both simple or complex in nature. 

Dr. Santos is married to her practice’s business manager, David Santos. They have two children, Madison and Matthew. Outside of being a mother, Dr. Santos likes to spend most of her free time cooking. She also enjoys gardening, reading, going to the gym, walking the dog, and spending time with her numerous pets.

Learn More about Dr. Stephanie L. Santos:

Through her findatopdoc profile, or through Smile by Design,


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