Meet Dr. Susan Heriford
Dentistry is wonderful because I get to help people and create something new every day. I love knowing that a person's new smile is life changing. A great smile brightens everyone’s day!
Education and Continuing Education
I have attained the following educational certificates:
- BA in Biology, State University of New York at Buffalo - Honors Magna Cum Laude & Phi Betta Kappa
- DDS, Medical College of Virginia - Honors Cum Laude and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society
- General Practice Residency at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago
- LSU Advanced Cosmetic Continuum
Although my formal education is complete, my husband and I both take numerous courses to bring state-of-the-art dentistry to our patients. In order to provide the highest quality of dental healthcare for our patients, we must use the best techniques and the most advanced, high-tech materials.
I am also an adjunct clinical faculty member for Old Dominion University and for the VCU School of Dentistry, teaching clinical dentistry to dental students at the Red Cross Dental Clinic.
As a part of my continuing education, I regularly attend numerous hands-on cosmetic courses with the following organizations:
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Virginia Dental Association
- Advanced Cosmetic Continuum at LSU (graduate)
- Spears, Eubanks, and Portsmouth Dental Study Clubs
- Suffolk Study Club
For over 23 years, I have provided patients in our community with the highest level of dentistry I can possibly give. I am especially passionate about creating gorgeous smiles that light up a room. I love to think of myself as a “smile designer" and always want our patients to get the look they’ve dreamed of!
I love our patients because they are so genuine and appreciative. My team and I always want each patient to feel completely at ease and happy. That’s why we’ve incorporated massage chairs, spa music, as well as CD players and iPods. We want you to sit back and relax while we give gentle and effective treatment. Our team is very caring, compassionate, hardworking and dedicated to helping our patients have positive and comfortable experiences at every visit!
I am originally from Rochester, NY, but have lived in Suffolk for over 23 years. My husband, William, is also my partner at the practice, and I love working alongside him every day. At home, we have two wonderful daughters named Diana and Julia. Abby is our dog, and our cat is Cuddles! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, snow skiing, going to concerts, walking and being active in our church, as well as travel when I can.
Our community is incredibly important to me, and I love being an active part of it. I have been on the Tidewater Dental Association Executive Committee for seven years, as well as a clinical instructor for senior dental students at the Red Cross Clinic externship. I volunteer at our church regularly and have served for many years in the church nursery..