Dental Services

As an essential part of Medical care our Dentists and dental hygienists will take care of your oral health to treat and prevent any dental problems. Our dental professionals provide a full range of comprehensive dental care for children and adults; emergency treatment for pain, swelling and broken teeth and prenatal dental care. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your family dentist for a checkup a minimum of two times each year. We use state-of the art technology with up to date dental equipment and materials to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care. Our office has been designed for patient comfort, soothing atmosphere that enhance your overall experience.

Such checkups provide routine or deep cleanings to eliminate plaque buildup and prevent tooth decay. If necessary, they also provide fluoride treatments to help coat the teeth, a procedure also important in the prevention of tooth decay. Preventative dental checkups can help with the detection of oral health problems long before the onset of symptoms.

Dental care for children should begin even before they are born. This starts with a mother’s good oral health during pregnancy. After a baby is born, the Center wants children to see the dentist as soon as they have a sign of a first tooth.  

We offer the following services: 

  • Exams
  • Dental Cleanings
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Digital X-Rays
  • Periodontal Therapy ( deep cleaning)
  • Sealants
  • Restorative Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Space Maintainers
  • Root Canals
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Dentures (full and partial)

Meet Our Providers


Ian Lam, DDS
Dental Director

Dr. Ian Lam holds his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from George Mason University, where he graduated cum laude in 2014. He then continued his education at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, where he graduated with his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2018. He has participated in outreach programs that provided free dental care to various populations, such as an international dental trip to Managua, Nicaragua where he provided dental exams, education, and fluoride varnish.

Dr. Lam has also shown a spirit of volunteerism and commitment to the community by participating as a volunteer in Northern Virginia Dental Clinic, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and Iowa City Free Dental Clinic. 

Fluent in Vietnamese.

Athra Khalaf, DDS

Dr. Khalaf received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from University of Baghdad, Iraq and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from Virginia Commonwealth University.
She practiced in Richmond, Virginia prior to moving to Northern Virginia. Dr. Khalaf likes to give back to the community. She has volunteered at Virginia free dental clinic and participated in donated dental services.

On her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and travel.

Fluent in Arabic.

Timothy Spitzer, DDS

Dr. Spitzer is a graduate of Northwestern University Dental School. He brings with him many years of practice experience working here in the DMV. Additionally, he spent more than four years working at an overseas military base and took advantage of the excellent ARMY training programs while there. He enjoyed teaching the dental hygiene program locally here at the Northern Virginia Community College as well .
When not working , Dr. Spitzer enjoys many of the hiking trails throughout our beautiful state. He is thankful for the opportunity to be working now with the dynamic and cooperative interdisciplinary clinic atmosphere here at GPW.

Sachi Patel, DDS

Dr. Patel is a native of Northern Virginia. After attending Virginia Tech for undergrad, she attended Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington DC. She went on to complete a rigorous General Practice Residency at King’s County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY where she was able to practice all phases of dentistry more in depth. Dr. Patel has practiced in various offices across the New York City and Northern Virginia Metropolitan area. This has allowed her to be exposed to all the different people and cultures in the region.

When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her kids, traveling, and reading books.

Pablo Ruck, DDS
General Dentist

Dr. Pablo Ruck earned his dental degree from Universidad Nuestra Senora de La Paz (La Paz, Bolivia) in 2006 with Honors. After working as a general dentist in a private clinic, he was accepted at NYU Langone Dental Medicine for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD). Dr. Ruck is well trained in diagnosis and treatment of a full range of dental health care challenges frequently seen in our days. He is also an active member of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Ruck's mission in life is to always give his best to his community by educating them toward a state of optimal health. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children.

Fluent in Spanish.

Maria Carmen Ocasio
Dental Hygenist

Mrs. Ocasio achieved her Certificate in Dental Assistant with honors from the National Education Center in 1996. Following this achievement, she worked in various roles in the field of dentistry to gain experience. For Example, John Huriega, DDS-Dental Assistant, Kathy M. Brittingham as a dental assistant. In 2007 she furthered her education by receiving a certificate in Dental Hygiene and thereafter finishing a degree completion program to attain her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Maria Carmen has over 20 years of Dental experience working all over the United States as her family served in the US Army.

Mrs. Ocasio has worked with The Orsatti Dental Group and Executive Dental Staffing as a dental hygienist and has even participated in a dental radio program educating the Spanish community about proper oral hygiene, just to name a few of her roles.

Mrs. Ocasio enjoys spending time and traveling with her family, exercising and meditating.

Fluent in Spanish.