Dr. Bennett A. Thomas, DDS and Associates
A Great Dentist

Meet the Team at Bennett A. Thomas, DDS and Associates

For over 30 years, the team at Bennett A. Thomas, DDS and Associates has been providing exceptional dental care in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake and the surrounding areas of Hickory, Grassfield, Deep Creek, and Greenbrier.   We are also pleased to serve Northeastern North Carolina. 
 
When Drs. Thomas and Thomas, a husband and wife team, first opened the practice in 1989, they could be seen strolling through the nearby neighborhoods and introducing themselves.  They had a vision to become the “neighborhood dentists.” More than twenty years ago, Dr. Holwick joined the practice as their Associate.  Over the years, they formed a team of dental professionals committed to providing quality oral health to family members of all ages.  Many of their staff members have been with them for decades, with a handful of employees who actually retired from the practice.  Together they believe in the importance of listening to their patients and taking the time to truly understand their individual needs, goals, and lifestyles.  After understanding what a patient’s goals are, they customize solutions to create a healthier, more vibrant smile.  Due to this commitment, Drs. Thomas, Thomas, and Holwick have been reared “Best Dentist” on the NextDoor Neighborhood app.  
 
We are not only a team of dental professionals who will provide you with the highest standard of dental care, we are also your friends and neighbors! Many of our team members grew up in this area or have lived and served in the community for a long time. We are pleased to sponsor local schools and sports teams, and volunteer at local events.  We have a commitment to treating our patients as if they are family, providing you with the best dental care. 
 
Please take a few moments to get to know our team, then call us at  (757) 548-3238 to arrange a dental appointment.  We look forward to meeting you and starting a long-term, mutually rewarding relationship with you and your family.

Dr. Bennett A. Thomas

Dr. Bennett A. Thomas attended Ohio University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1983. In 1987, Dr. Thomas graduated from West Virginia University School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. To further advance his skills, Dr. Thomas entered a General Practice Residency at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV.

Dr. Thomas is committed to providing personalized, comfortable dental care in a warm and caring environment. He has over  30 years of experience in helping his patients achieve excellent oral health. His commitment to continually learning about the latest advancements in dentistry ensures that you always receive the highest quality, most up-to-date dental care possible.

A native of St. Albans, WV, Dr. Thomas enjoys golfing, surfing, deep water fishing, and writing poems in his spare time.

"I am a super hero to my patients as they say I give painless injections! My super power? Singing to my patients!"

Dr. Elizabeth “Bettina” Thomas

Dr. Elizabeth Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University going on to obtain a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 1987. With a passion for advancing her skills in all areas of dentistry, Dr. Thomas went on to complete a General Practice Residency at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. She and her husband Dr. Bennett Thomas opened Thomas & Thomas Dental Associates in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake in 1989.

Dr. Thomas is committed to the comfort and well-being of her patients and takes a personal interest in her patients' lives and knows each by name.

Known as “Mrs. Dr. Thomas” to her patients, she is a native of Charleston, WV. In her free time, Dr. Thomas enjoys spending time on Ocracoke Island, NC, walking on the beach, reading books, and just relaxing with family and friends.

"I truly enjoy my patients and the people I work with. Technology advancements in the dental field, such as computers for scheduling and maintaining charts, digital radiographs, and digital scanners for restorative purposes all make for a seamless experience for our patients.”

Dr. Robert T. Holwick

Dr. Robert T. Holwick attended St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY and received his bachelor’s degree in biology. With a passion for helping others and a love of science, Dr. Holwick attended Georgetown University School of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.

Dr. Holwick joined Bennett A. Thomas DDS & Associates in 1997. He enjoys getting to know our wonderful patients and providing solutions that help them achieve excellent oral health. Dr. Holwick is experienced in all areas of dentistry and is certified in soft-tissue laser treatments.

A native of Williamstown, MA, Dr. Holwick enjoys triathlons that include running, cycling, swimming, and hiking. He also helps with designs and special effects for the charity Halloween Haunted Attraction in his free time.

"I enjoy working with patients of all ages in all aspects of dentistry, from simple fillings to full mouth reconstruction including implant crowns. I like to stay on top of the latest technology that improves our patients’ comfort. Having worked here for over 20 years, I especially enjoy the camaraderie with the other dentists and dental professionals on our team."

Kelli Loudermilk

Office Administrator

Kelli received her Dental Assistant Certificate and Certificate in Dental Radiation Safety from Kee Business College in 2001. After working a Dental Assistant for almost 16 years she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in 2016.

Kelli is a native of Poulsbo, WA and moved to Suffolk, VA in 1999. She joined Drs. Thomas, Thomas, and Holwick in September 2012. Kelli enjoys her co-workers and loves that our doctors value their employees and patients and treat them like family.

Camie Herring

Treatment Coordinator/Dental Assistant

Camie joined Dr. Thomas in June 2002, and she loves working with a diverse group of staff and patients that trust each other. Camie received her Dental Assisting Certification from Medix School in Townsend, MD and is also certified in Dental Radiation Safety.

Kandice Broadnax

Treatment Coordinator

Kandice joined Bennett A. Thomas, DDS and Associates in August 2016. She appreciates that she is valued as an employee and that the doctors genuinely care for our team as well as their patients. For her training, Kandice attended Practical Dental Assisting of Virginia Beach and graduated in May 2016 with her Dental Assistant Certification. Kandice has Certification for Dental Radiation Safety. 

Elizabeth Cartolano

Treatment Coordinator

Elizabeth recently started working with Bennett A. Thomas, DDS and Associates in March 2019. In that short time, she's already learned that our team provides phenomenal care and truly cares about our patients. For her training, Elizabeth received her Dental Assistant Certificate from Morrison Dental School in 2014 and a Certification in Dental Radiation Safety from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to her dental skills, Elizabeth is also Microsoft Office Certified.

Crystal Hilliard

Treatment Coordinator

In August 2019 Crystal joined the team at Drs. Thomas, Thomas, and Holwick. She loves that she found an office to call home with the best team/family.  Also, she loves that the office stays up to date with the latest technology in order to provide the best patient care. Crystal grew up in the Deep Creek area of Chesapeake, VA and is the founder of the Chesapeake Moms Facebook Group. When she was younger she spent the majority of her free time in a dental office where her mom had worked. In 1999, Crystal received her Certification for Dental Radiation Safety from Old Dominion University. She then went on and got her Certificate in Dental Assisting from Dental Careers Institute in 2003.

Linda Laughlin

Registered Dental Hygienist

Linda, a Great Bridge resident, has been working with Drs. Thomas, Thomas, & Holwick since 1996! She has truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with people of all ages in the community, as well as those who travel a great distance to see us! Linda is especially interested in the link between her patients’ oral health and systemic health.

Linda received her Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University and is certified to administer local anesthesia.

Rindy Ballance

Registered Dental Hygienist

Rindy attended Great Bridge High School and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. As a member of our dental team since 2002, Rindy enjoys being part of a great team, working with our wonderful patients, and working with state-of-the-art equipment and updated procedures.

Kim Paxton

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kim received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University and joined Dr. Thomas and Associates in 1999.

Kim enjoys helping her patients maintain and improve their oral health and watching our patients' families as they grow. Patients with special needs are her favorite!

Tiffany Woodcock

Registered Dental Hygienist

Tiffany started with Dr. Thomas when she was three years old – as a patient! She officially joined the team in July of 2016, and she's happy to be working alongside the same people she has known for years. Tiffany is a Chesapeake native and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University.

Nancy Nance

Dental Assistant

Nancy started with Dr. Thomas and Associates in 2007 and has learned about dentistry through in-house training. In addition to having her Certification for Dental Radiation Safety from Old Dominion University, Nancy enjoys learning from everyone and incorporating all techniques into one; her own! She gives shout-outs to Mrs.(Dr. Thomas), Linda, Gina, Heather Old, and Dr. Thomas!

Nancy grew up in Virginia Beach and enjoys “ridding the mouth of dental decay one tooth at a time” and working alongside our staff, doctors, and patients.

"I started from the bottom, now I'm here."- Drake

 

Shannon Roland

Dental Assistant

Shannon attended Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale where she received her Dental Assistant Certification. She is also certified in nitrous oxide sedation and dental radiation safety.

After working for 24 years as a dental assistant, Shannon joined Drs. Thomas, Thomas, and Holwick in September 2016. She loves working with new technology and her work team, especially Nancy – she is a joy to work with!

Lisa Corbett

Dental Assistant

After ten years in dentistry, Lisa began her career with Drs. Thomas, Thomas, and Holwick in 1998.

Lisa enjoys the family atmosphere that we share with our team as well as with our patients. She obtained a Certification for Dental Radiation Safety and takes pride in the fact that our doctors continuously strive to provide our patients with state-of-the-art materials and equipment. Lisa has been fortunate that 31 years of dentistry has provided her with the opportunity to meet wonderful dental professionals and patients.

Heather Pap

Dental Assistant

In 2003, Heather graduated from the Academy of Dental Technology with her Dental Assistant Certificate. In December 2017 she joined Drs. Thomas, Thomas, and Holwick. Heather grew up in Virginia Beach and enjoys working with her second family here at the office. She also enjoys learning about all of the latest technologies that dentistry offers and has obtained her Certification for Dental Radiation Safety.

Stacey Smith

Dental Assistant/Hygiene Assistant

Stacey received her Dental Assisting Certification in 2004 and was welcomed to our office in August 2018 after working for 14 years in a pediatric office. She obtained a Certification in Dental Radiation Safety and enjoys working in an office where relationships between the dental team and patients are friendly and welcoming.

Katherine Davis

Dental Assistant/Hygiene Assistant

Katherine is originally from Florida and the military brought her to our area.  She received her Dental Assistant Certification and Dental Radiation Safety Certification from Practical Dental Assisting of Virginia Beach and joined Drs. Thomas, Thomas, and Holwick in 2016 and went to part-time in 2019 when she went back to school to work towards her nursing degree. She loves working with a great team and such caring doctors, as well as our lovely patients. 

 

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