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Meet The Staff


Office Manager

Jennifer comes to Dentistry by Design with over 9 years of experience in the dental field. Having worked in the front office and back office as an assistant, she brings great knowledge in assisting patients to understand all aspects of treatment. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children, Slater and McKenna.


C.D.A., E.F.D.A

Emily has been a dental assistant since 2006 working in Missouri, Colorado and now in Charlottesville. With numerous hours of continuing education and the experience working with all dental specialties she is a great asset to the Dentistry by Design team. In her free time she enjoys, traveling to Missouri to be with her family, fishing and spending time with her husband and their 2 fur babies, Zena and Jax. 



Contributing years of experience, Cheryl has been a wonderful addition to the Dentistry by Design team since 2013. Her knowledge and skills allow her to provide great clinical care as well as compassion to her patients. In Cheryl’s free time she enjoys attending continuing education courses and spending time with her children and grandchildren.


Dental Assistant

Patients are always greeted by Latifa's great smile. Originally from Morocco, she has been working with Dr. Akeel since 2007, gaining her x-ray certification in 2013. In her free time she loves spending time with family, being outdoors, going to the gym and cooking.