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Our Team

Monica - Practice Manager

Monica is a native of Virginia Beach where she currently resides with her husband and blended family, including fur babies. With 16 years of experience, Monica is our practice manager & patient care advocate. She is the one who greets you with a smile (behind a mask, of course) & keeps our office running smoothly. When she’s not in the office she likes to spend time crafting or by the campfire with friends and family.


Michelle is a native of western North Carolina. Inspired by the kindness and skill of her childhood dental team, her interest in dentistry began in the chair. She has been practicing as a dental hygienist since 2011 and with Total Care Dentistry since 2021. Outside of the office, Michelle enjoys reading, learning and outdoor recreation.


My name is Lydia, and I am currently a student at Old Dominion University studying Biology. I have been dental assisting for 8 years and my passion lies in the field of dentistry. I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Wardius in the past and I am proud to say that I have been part of the TCD team since May 2021! One of the main reasons I was drawn to Total Care Dentistry is that Dr. Patti exemplifies the upmost integrity to everyone she encounters, and her ethics are in line with my own. I love being able to help patients achieve and maintain their oral health goals. Establishing trusting relationships with each and every patient is very important to me. I consider myself fortunate to be a part of such an amazing office. Outside of dentistry and school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring new cities, hiking, biking, and as a native of Virginia Beach I love spending time at the beach.


Meet Lauren! Lauren is Dr. Patti’s lead assistant since May 2021. She found her love for dentistry when she started assisting in 2012. She strives to assist efficiently and loves to build relationships with her patients, so they are comfortable when they come to the office. Lauren was born and raised in Virginia Beach & is a rescued dog mom who can be found on the beach when not in the office.


Introducing Josephine! Josephine is our amazing Patient Care Advocate, who joined the Total Care Dentistry team in June of 2021. Josephine approaches each new day with an enthusiastic and positive attitude. When not in the office, you can find her spending time with her friends and family, shopping and being outdoors.


Tammy has lived in the Tidewater area all her life, and she has been in the dental profession for more than 25 years with a combination of administrative and clinical knowledge. Away from work, Tammy enjoys spending time beach combing, watching college football (GO HOKIES), and being with her family.


Courtney is a native of Pennsylvania but has called Virginia her home for the last 9 years. After graduating from high school, Courtney joined the US Navy, where she served 7 years. Courtney then went on to study dental hygiene at Old Dominion University where she graduated in May 2022. She is passionate about providing quality and individualized patient care to improve overall health. When not at work, you can findCourtney hanging out at the beach with her son, Atticus, or taking care of her ‘zoo’ which consists of her dog Jax, her cat Lucy, & her hamster Flash. Of course, Courtney also enjoys just spending time with her friends and family!

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