Dr. April Toyer, DDS
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.
Dr. Leonard Toyer
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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Christy Hark
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.
Dr. Lori Porras
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Lori Porras was born and raised in South Florida. She received her undergraduate education at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and completed her dental degree at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After completing dental school, Dr. Porras continued her training with a General Practice Residency at West Jersey Hospital in Camden, New Jersey where she obtained advanced training in all facets of dentistry. Dr. Porras then worked as a general dentist for several years and found that her passion was treating pediatric patients, which led her to complete a pediatric dental residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York City.
Dr. Porras is committed to providing quality care to her young patients while making their visit fun and positive. She strives to transform young fearful patients into happy ones excited about their oral health – and the knowledge that they will not avoid dental treatment in the future but seek it out.
In her spare time, Dr. Porras enjoys spending time with her family, going to the movies, and being a foodie.