About Your Dentist

Sheldon Ramai, DDS, MAGD

"We should always remember, we are not only treating teeth and gums, but a person in his/her entirety"

My Mission

"I firmly believe in treating all my patients with the same compassion and attention I would extend to my own family."


Born in Trinidad, Dr. Ramai earned his degree at the University of the West Indies. He went on to work at the university as a part-time lecturer and clinical instructor for four years while practicing dentistry full-time in a private practice.

Continuing Education & Professional Memberships

As a firm believer in continuing education, Dr. Ramai furthered his studies with a one-year postgraduate general practice residency at the University of Puerto Rico. He further attained an advanced certification in general dentistry with an emphasis on the surgical placement and restoration of implants with a two-year postgraduate residency at the University of Maryland. In both of his residencies mentioned above Dr. Ramai focused on mastering the skills of cosmetic dentistry. He received a Fellowship from the Academy of Dentistry in 2007. Dr. Ramai pursued his Mastership in General Dentistry at Virginia Commonwealth University between 2007 and 2013. In June of 2013 obtained the prestige of Master from the Academy of General Dentistry. He was awarded the distinctions of Fellow and Master from the International Congress of Oral Implantology. More recently, he obtained the prestige of Diplomat from the International Congress of Oral Implantology. In addition, Dr. Ramai has obtained the Status of Gold Plus Invisalign Provider and, furthermore, Preferred Teen Invisalign Provider. Dr. Ramai is also a certified CPR instructor from The American Red Cross.

Dr. Ramai has earned many honors and awards over his career. Most recently, Dr. Ramai was awarded as one of America's Top Dentists for 2009 and again in 2011, as assessed by the Consumers Research Council of America. In addition, he was named with Honors in the Strathmore's Who's Who Professional Assessment Council for 2009. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Virginia Dental Association, the Northern Virginia Dental Society, the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the Implant Society of Northern Virginia.

Life & Hobbies

Dr. Ramai is fluent in Spanish. Most Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings, you will find him volunteering at the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic. In his free time, Dr. Ramai enjoys going to the gym, cooking and salsa dancing and was once a Latin dance instructor. He also participates in various outdoor activities such as scuba diving, volleyball, kayaking and hiking. He currently lives in Fredericksburg.

Darryl Tarver, DDS

"A smile can tell you the world about someone."

My Mission

Dr. Tarver's strong focus on dental education allows him and his patients to formulate treatment strategies together, providing the opportunity for them to be active participants in their dental care.


Dr. Tarver attended high school in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. He continued his post-high school education at Ferrum College, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology, minoring in Chemistry and Forensic Science. After his undergraduate studies, Dr. Tarver earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Howard University College of Dentistry.

Life & Hobbies

Dr. Tarver sees life as an open book, ready to fill with adventures and new experiences! He enjoys cinematography, social events that encapsulate the great outdoors, and staying active however possible. Active and healthy lifestyles are important to Dr. Tarver, as he spends a considerable amount of time in the gym, learning and teaching others how to best improve their strength, agility and flexibility. As far as sporting activities go, Dr. Tarver is an avid water polo playing, as water sports and Dr. Tarver go hand-in-hand. Aside from this, he is a social butterfly who loves meeting new people!

Caroline Hezkial, DDS

"Upon dentists rests a great burden of responsibility for the proper management of pain in and around the mouth, face and neck. We must become experts in pain diagnosis in order to identify the complaints that are manageable on a dental level with dental methods, and those although they may relate to oral and masticatory functioning, in fact stem from causes that cannot reasonably be resolved by ordinary dental procedures." – Dr. Jeffrey Okeson

My Mission

"My goal is to provide a wholesome, compassionate and quality services to our community. I treat patients like family"


Orofacial Pain Residency Program - University of Kentucky College of Dentistry - Lexington, KY - 2017

Doctor of Dental Surgery - Cairo University School of Dental Medicine &Surgery - Egypt - 2001 *Graduated with Honors*

Certifications & memberships

Certified Specialist in TMD-Orofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine.

Certified in Laser Dentistry, Invisalign, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Fellow of American Academy of Orofacial Pain.

Member of American Academy of Laser Dentistry and Academy of General Dentistry

Dr. Hezkial trained extensively for two years and managed more than 400 patients, suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Snoring, and various disorders related to Temporomandibular Joints Disorders (TMD). During her residency program concentrated in Orofacial Pain, Dr. Hezkial treated a wide variety of oral medical conditions including Burning Mouth Syndrome and post-radiation oral cancer patients. She is skilled in managing atypical facial pain such as Trigeminal Neuralgia, Headaches Attributed to TMDs, and Neuropathic Pain Disorders, as well as trained in smoke cessation.

Dr. Hezkial acknowledges the Opioid crisis in the dental setting, she co-authored a paper through John Hopkin's University that was published in the International Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery focused on, "Opioid Guidelines for Common Dental Surgical Procedures."

In addition to her specialties, Dr. Hezkial also offers all around general dentistry procedures to meet every dental need.

Life & Hobbies

Dr. Hezkial enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She is an avid tennis and soccer fan who cheers for Liverpool, and loves connecting with friends on the weekends. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as: running, landscaping, and hiking.