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Meet Dr. Pelaez and The Team

Jorge Pelaez, DMD

Dr. Jorge Pelaez, DMD, FAGD

Dr. Jorge Pelaez, DMD, FAGD

Jorge Pelaez grew up in the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. He completed pre-dental studies at Penn State University where he was also a member of the varsity golf team. Subsequently, he attended dental school at the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated in 2001.

After completing a one-year AEGD (Advanced Education in General Dentistry) residency, he spent an additional 7 years in military service as a Navy dentist. During his military time, he was stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina and at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. The Navy then brought him back east to Virginia Beach where he spent his last 3 years of military service at the Dam Neck Dental Clinic.

Dr. Pelaez thrives on continuing education. He attained his fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2010. On a regular basis, he seeks out the latest techniques and equipment to make dentistry more efficient, comfortable and affordable for his patients. He maintains active membership in the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, Tidewater Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

“My favorite hobby is actually dentistry, believe it or not. I think I’m very lucky to love my job as much as I do. I really never feel that I’m working when treating patients. Practicing dentistry is one of the most enjoyable activities for me.”

Learn more about how Dr. Pelaez began his practice.

Leandra Ramos, Dental Hygienist

Leandra Ramos, RDH

Leandra was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where her passion for dentistry grew. She is an experienced professional with fourteen years of dental hygiene experience in addition to approximately twelve years working in community non-profits and higher education. Leandra earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University and Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Tallahassee Community College. Leandra is dedicated to the education and prevention of dental disease and loves to give back to the community by volunteering for the Special Olympics and consulting a National Institutes of Health project that developed an online curriculum on special needs dentistry for practicing dentists and dental hygienists, dental and dental hygiene students, and educators. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, traveling, going to the beach and running.

Shannon Williams, Front Office Administrator

Shannon, Front Office Administrator

Shannon joined Dentistry of Virginia Beach in October 2019. Her experience in dentistry expands over 20 years. She is responsible for keeping the front office working smoothly. Her background includes working as a dental assistant in the past. What she enjoys most about her job is helping patients navigate their dental benefits so that they can move forward with important dental care. She feels that her patients are more like friends.
Shannon is from right here in Virginia Beach. She has four children and three grandchildren.

In her spare time she enjoys watching movies and reading books.

Candi Beneze, Dental Hygienist

Candi hygienist for Dentistry of Virginia BeachCandi has been practicing dental hygiene in the Tidewater area for more than 35 years. She has worked in both specialty and general settings but prefers the family feel of a general practice.

Her favorite part of the job is making people feel comfortable coming into the dental office. It’s a huge reward to see a nervous patient transform into a mellow fellow with time.
A lifetime learner, she stays current with the latest innovations by attending multiple continuing education courses each year. She is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, the Virginia Dental Hygiene Association, and the Tidewater Dental Hygiene Association.
A Virginia Beach native, she loves the outdoors. Running, biking, and yoga are her favorite activities. She likes to unplug and disappear for an adventure whenever possible. She’s married to her best friend of 34 years, Fred. They share an amazing daughter. She is anxiously awaiting a Doberman puppy after the loss of her senior Dobie, Kelso, in the fall of 2022.