Notable Alumni in Dentistry

Tiger Tracks for careers in Dentistry

VCU graduate studentsCurrent Graduate Students
VCU School of Dentistry

Our eight alumni in dentistry school at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 grew mustaches to raise money for oral cancer research at the VCU Massey Cancer Center during the month of November. Front row: Kristoffer Norbo '09, Andy Coalter '02, and Brandon Newcomb '10. Back row: Gardner Meek '07, Christopher Collie '10, James William Bolton III '07, John "Jay" Owen, IV '07, and Barrett W. R. Peters '02.

Gardner MeekGardner Meek '07
General Dentist, Elkin, NC

Gardner served as Chairman of the Honor Court, president of the Pre-Health Society, and as a resident advisor. He majored in biology and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity.  After graduating from HSC, he attended Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Dentistry. He now splits his time between a private practice office and a community clinic in his hometown of Elkin, North Carolina. Gardner is active in the ADA and the North Carolina Dental Society.

Barrett PetersBarrett W. R. Peters '02
Pediatric Dentist, Charlottesville, VA

Barrett majored in biology, served on the Honor Court, and was a member of Kappa Sigma. After working on Capitol Hill, he worked for an architectural-engineering firm and then for a medical device company. In dental school he served as student body president. In residency he completed a post-doctoral master's degree and was selected as a Harris Fellow by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He owns a private practice and remains active within organized dentistry.

Aaron MarksAaron Marks '98
General Dentist, Mechanicsville, Virginia

A magna cum laude graduate in biology and Spanish, Aaron was a resident advisor, served on the College Activities Committee, and was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan medallion. Following graduation from dental school, he joined Marks Family Dentistry with his father and brother. He credits his experiences at Hampden-Sydney as much as his dental school education for helping him in his role as a small business owner and dentist. He maintains an active role as a leader and volunteer in both dentistry and his community.

Brent RusnakBrent Rusnak '98
General Dentist, Richmond, Virginia

Brent was a biology major, a four-year All-Conference football player, and two-time All-American. During his last two years on campus he also played on the basketball team which won two ODAC titles. After attending dental school, Dr. Rusnak worked as an associate for two years but now has his own practice in Richmond and volunteers at free dental clinics across the state. When he is not working, he spends time with his wife Amy and their two children.

Bill DabneyBill Dabney '76
Orthodontist, Richmond, Virginia

Bill was a brother of Theta Chi fraternity and a four-year starter on the rugby team. While working two jobs off-campus, he graduated magna cum laude with a double major in mathematics and biology. After attending dental school at the Medical College of Virginia (now known as VCU School of Dentistry) and an orthodontic residency, Bill began practicing full-time. He has been a faculty member at Orametix Corporation, teaching the use of robot-assisted orthodontics and cad-cam technology in orthodontic treatment planning. An expert in orthodontic technology including 3-D radiography, Bill also presents at conferences throughout the US and Europe.


If you are interested in speaking with one of these men, please contact The Career Education and Vocational Reflection Office at (434) 223-6106 or