April Toyer, DDS, FAAPD
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. April also grew up as an “army brat,” but resided many years in Bowie, Maryland. She attended the University of Virginia and received a degree in Biology and Bioethics in 2003. There she volunteered at the Charlottesville Free Clinic and developed a love for dentistry. Dr. Toyer attended dental school at the University of Maryland and took part in the Pediatric Dentistry Clerkship program. It was there that she met her husband, Dr. Leonard Toyer. During her summers off from dental school, Dr. Toyer worked for the Department of Education to be surrounded by young smiles. After graduating from dental school in 2007, she attended Howard University for her residency in pediatric dentistry, which she completed in 2009. In her spare time Dr. Toyer enjoys writing, playing the piano, swimming and playing with her son Austin.
Dr. April believes that the prevention of dental disease is the best cure. She skillfully delivers restorative care utilizing child-centered behavior guidance and anxiolysis techniques as well as dental outpatient surgery under general anesthesia.
Dr. April became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2011, which “certifies pediatric dentists based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality oral health care for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special health care needs. Certification by the ABPD provides assurance to the public that a pediatric dentist has successfully completed accredited training and a voluntary examination process designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills, and experience requisite to the delivery of quality patient care.” She is proud to be a consultant for Committee of Sedation and Anesthesia for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Leonard Toyer, DDS
General and Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Leonard grew up traveling as an “army brat.” His family finally settled down in Fairfax County Virginia in his teenage years. After high school Dr. Toyer went on to receive his undergraduate degree in biology from Hampton University. Always knowing he wanted to be a dentist, he next attended Virginia Commonwealth University to obtain his Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 2003. Wanting to increase his speed and proficiency in advanced dental techniques, Dr. Toyer then went to the University of Maryland to receive his two year certificate in Advanced General Dentistry, completed in 2005. There he practiced implant placement and restoration, rotary endodontics, hard and soft tissue surgeries, and cosmetic procedures in addition to general dentistry. Since the completion of this program he has been developing his craft as an associate dentist in the state of Virginia for the past seven years. He is an active member in the community where he volunteers his time at local clean-up programs and homeless shelters. He also is involved in youth programs, mentoring students, and participating in scholarship drives with the local chapter of his fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha.
Dr. Toyer is committed to advanced education in his field. He has been trained by the Hiossen Advanced Dental Implant Research & Education Center to become proficient in implant placement and restoration.
Edward Park, DMD
General & Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Park grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia and went on to attend the University of Virginia where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. He went to Nova Southeastern University where he earned his DMD degree and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society. After graduating, he earned an Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island. There he received advanced training in up-to-date dental techniques in different fields of dentistry, including digital dentistry, which he has been using in private practice.
Christy Hark, DDS
Family Practice Dentist
Dr. Christy Hark was born in South Korea when she and her family moved to Alexandria, VA at an early age. Ever since she was young she knew she had a passion for the art of dentistry. In her high school and college years, she attended dental assisting programs and took part time jobs as a dental assistant where she was able to grow her experiences working in dental offices and learning from remarkable doctors. She fulfilled that hope at Howard University College of dentistry and where she earned her degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery.
Dr. Hark has vast experiences working with all age groups and people from all different walks of life. From pediatrics to geriatrics she has served as a dentist in Assisting Living Facilities, group homes, the medically underserved populations, as well as, corporate dental practices but has found her passion to be amongst the children and helping kids. Dr. Hark values self-confidence and feels that the best part of her job is to know that kids can grow more confident in themselves through a beautiful smile and a strong self-image.
Dr. Hark enjoys volunteering with organizations such as Missions of Mercy and Give Kids A Smile because she believes in giving back to the community and helping those who have a harder time helping themselves.
“I know I cannot change the world but if only I can change the world of an individual, I have changed somebody’s world.” – Dr. Christy Hark
During her free time, she likes to spend it with the ones she loves: her family, friends, and her cat named Twinkie. She is a member of Global Mission Church and is an active member of the worship band as a pianist and singer. Her hobbies include playing the piano, binge watching Netflix, drawing, singing, and most of all spending time with her husband.
Payal Patel, DMD
Family Practice Dentist
Dr. Patel grew up in Chattanooga, TN and attended East Tennessee State University where she graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Health Sciences. Realizing her passion for dentistry while volunteering at a local VA Hospital, she then went to Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine to obtain her Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD), where she had the opportunity to tutor younger dental students and enjoyed the teaching experience. She graduated from there in 2010 and received the Dean’s Award for Academic and Clinical Excellence. Dr. Patel went on to complete a General Practice Residency at the University of Tennessee Knoxville Medical Center, where she received advanced training in modern techniques for private practice, operating room, and dental emergencies. As part of her residency program, she also received training in the field of forensic dentistry.
Dr. Patel worked in Knoxville, TN for 7 years in private practice before moving to D.C. Throughout her career she has taken courses to advance her skills in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, Botox, and laser procedures. Dr. Patel has a strong understanding of the latest techniques and procedures for the delivery of quality comprehensive dental care. In her dedication to patient comfort for both children and adults, she strives to reduce the anxiety sometimes associated with visiting the dentist.
In her free time, Dr. Patel enjoys traveling, hiking local trails, sporting events, rooting for the Vols, and spending time with her friends and family.