Sally J. Cram, DDS
Dr. Sally Cram attended Penn State University, where she pursued a major in Medical Technology, and then finished her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the William Smith College in Geneva, New York.
Dr. Cram then graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1986. While there, she became a member of the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Fraternity and was awarded the E. Wolfson Award for excellence in Four-handed dentistry, the William Brown Ingersoll Award in Endodontics and the American Association of Women Dentist Award.
After completing her Certificate in Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry in 1988, she began practicing as a periodontist. During this time, Dr. Cram also taught in the Department of Periodontics at Georgetown from 1988-1991 as an associate professor and again as an adjunct professor at the Northern Virginia Community College from 1998-2001.
An active member of the dental community, Dr. Cram has served on numerous boards serving as president, vice-president chair and spokesperson, among other leadership positions. She has also gone above and beyond in her training, receiving the high honor of Diplomate from the American Academy of Periodontology in 1994. This designation shows deep dedication to the field of periodontics and must be renewed with rigorous testing every six years.
She is a member of the following organizations:
- American Association of Periodontology - May 1986 to present
- American Dental Association - 1982 to present
- District of Columbia Dental Society - 1989 to present
- Fellow of American College of Dentists, Inducted October 2002
- Fellow of International College of Dentists, Inducted October 1998
- Board of Directors, DentaQuest Insurance Company, 1999- 2009
- Oral health Advisory Board – Henry Schein Dental , Inc., 2010 - present
- Member of numerous Local Study Clubs
In her free time, Dr. Cram enjoys travel, fishing, NASCAR and abstract acrylic painting.
Lori Shinton (Office Manager)
Lori has been part of our team since 1997. Prior to joining us, she worked at a large national communications firm in the customer service and accounting department. She attended George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.
Lori supervises the day-to-day operations of the front desk and maintains the integrity of our schedule and patient flow. Her goal is to provide each patient with a warm, friendly dental experience from the moment they walk through the door. She feels that it is important that the patient fully understand everything related to the treatment of periodontal disease, so the patient can make an informed decision. She will help with the filing of insurance and assist with financial arrangements. If you have any questions at all, please ask for her, and she will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have.
Lori is happily married to her husband Jeff. She enjoys traveling, reading and is a talented crafter.
Jodi Hannus (Administrative and Insurance Specialist)
Jodi joined our team on August 1, 2017. She has over 24 years of experience in the dental field, starting as a certified dental assistant. Since 2005 she has gained knowledge and experience in the administrative aspect of dentistry and has found her passion at the front desk. Jodi is very friendly, welcoming, and helpful in assisting patients to schedule recommended treatment. She is always there to help patients in understanding and problem solving their insurance benefits so that they can get the most from their coverage. Her goal is to insure your visit with us is enjoyable from beginning to end.
Jodi resides in southern Maryland with her partner Brian and their Golden Retrievers, Dixie and Daisy. She loves gardening, camping, visiting family in Florida and walking on any beach.
Tonya Davis (Dental Assistant)
Tonya is a native Washingtonian and has been with our office for over 11 years. She brings a wealth of over 20 years of experience in the dental field. She is a graduate of the Northern Virginia Community College Dental Assistants Program and has been certified in dental assisting.
She assists Dr. Cram chairside during dental procedures, is certified to take dental x-rays, and is responsible for sterilizing and maintaining the instruments used during your visit. Your safety and comfort are her first concern. She also instructs patients on proper oral hygiene techniques and is happy to explain what to expect before and after periodontal procedures.
Tonya is a die-hard Redskins fan. She likes to travel and loves spending time with her dog Marley.
Cynthia Lomax (Dental Hygiene Therapist)
Cynthia is a native Washingtonian. She graduated from Howard University’s Dental Hygiene Program in 1994 and has done additional training to administer local anesthetic. With over 20 years of experience, Cynthia’s focus is on prevention and teaching our patients how to develop healthy oral hygiene habits. She believes every patient is unique and customizes her homecare recommendations to each individual to ensure optimal results.
Cynthia enjoys cooking, reading and yoga in her spare time.