Cosmetic Dental Testimonials
“Ever since Dr Samaha began taking care of my aggressive periodontal disease, I have been feeling much stronger all over my body and the pain in my seriously arthritic knees has decreased significantly. Due to her encouragement and the quality time she has spent with me helping me better understand my disease, I quit my 30 year smoking habit the day after treatment began! It was quite amazing! Before my treatment began, my pain level in my mouth and my knees was a 10 on a scale of 1-10. Now, only two weeks after my treatment began, my pain has decreased to a 3 or 4. The dramatic decrease in infection and inflammation in my body has been critically important in my preparation for my upcoming knee replacement surgery. I had already ruined my first set of knee replacements and now must have a new set. Dr Samaha has stressed how important it is to keep myself free of periodontal disease in order to regain and preserve the health not only of my knees, but of my entire body. She is an amazing woman and a deeply caring doctor. She has transformed my health and my life.”
—Melvin Sykes, Newport News, VA
“Dr Samaha, your office is so beautiful and comfortable. Now that I have been with you, and seen and experienced how dental care can be, I compare every other medical professional to you! And there truly is no comparison! I have always been treated so extremely professionally and so nicely by you and every member of the office staff.”
—Debbie Wetmore, Hampton, VA
“I have often thought, ‘How would I describe the perfect dentist and dental practice?’ Well it would have to be a clone of Dr Samaha and her operation! She is not only willing to explain, but to LISTEN. She is open to new ideas and has a high-tech approach combined with high-touch that is so often lacking in health care. She gets my highest recommendation!”
—Howard Weiland, Charlottesville, VA
“Dr. Samaha, thank you again for the superb work you have done in rebuilding my smile. I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. And I very much appreciate your (and your staff’s) caring and sensitivity. Judy’s comment when I arrived home was ‘gorgeous, beautiful.’ You offer total, comprehensive excellence.You and your staff inspire confidence.”
—Paul Masoner, Virginia Beach, VA
“In 2003 we enjoyed many of God’s graces and blessings. You have played an extraordinary part in these blessings with your heart, hands and soul, you gave me a smile that I can be proud of for the first time in 59 years. I have never had teeth to be proud of; you gave me a smile that is so wonderful! Now I can’t even find the words to show my appreciation. You have a wonderful staff, too. They are special women.”
—Sally Sullivan, Newport News, VA
“Thanks so much for once again, giving me innovative, compassionate and quality dental care. You all are the best! Dr. Lisa, thanks for pushing the technological envelope with artistry and responsibility. None of you can retire until I die!”
—Nancy Howard, Newport News, VA
“How shall I say words that may seem dramatic about teeth? I know how to feel about them’ they will never again be just mine; they will be yours and mine. You always seem to go beyond your grasp until you reach and catch up with yourself. ‘Yourself’ is always there and you take time and care to consult that self who carries the need for art and beauty to reach from your hands to our need for healthy and lovely smiles. What a great gift you have to give to all who are lucky enough to stroll down the path the ends in you.”
—Margie Burns, Dallas, Texas
“Dr. Samaha, if I had been able to grow another set of teeth, they would not be as lovely or felt anymore natural than the ones you fashioned for me. Your dedicated workmanship and artistry will be with me the rest of my life. Although seemingly accidental, I believe divine guidance led me to your doorstep.”
—Patricia Flynn, Newport News, VA
“Dr. Samaha completely transformed my life when she created my smile. I had grown up with deformities in all my permanent teeth so they became rotten when I was a kid. My folks couldn’t afford to get them fixed when I was a child and I was too embarrassed to even try to get a good job. And I NEVER smiled. My teeth were hideous even for me to look at. And I felt sick all the time.
Just to give you an idea of how low my self-esteem was, my nickname growing up was ‘weasel boy’ and I even used it as my online name until recently when, at the age of 27 I felt like I finally became a man. The night after I got my new smile, and for the first time in my life, a girl ‘hit on me’ while I was in Home Depot! Needless to say, I felt like a new guy with a new lease on life. From that point on, everything in my life opened up. I got a great job as manager of the framing department at one of the best known art supply stores in the region, and I got a lot of dates! I never knew life could be so sweet. Everyone needs someone to believe in them and care about them like Dr. Samaha and her awesome team. They always treated me with loads of respect, even when I didn’t respect myself.”
—Rich Sines, Montana
“After having my daughter four years ago, I was plagued with cavities and malnourished gums. I went to my ‘family dentist’ of many years to resolve the issues following my pregnancy. Unhappy not only with the looks of my new fillings, but also the general discomfort and irritation. As is the standard with most other dentists, I was treated with antiquated technologies including a mouth full of mercury (gasp!) silver fillings. I called upon Dr. Samaha after reading about her in a magazine.
What a blessing it has been! From my first visit, Dr. Samaha was amazingly caring and thorough, not only in exploring my dental health, but my overall physical health. She performed a totally natural looking makeover rejuvenating my upper teeth, as well as cosmetic whitening of my lowers. Of course, having a bright, white smile is something to smile about, but it is invaluable knowing that I have really healthy teeth and gums as well!
Now my husband and daughter go to Dr. Samaha for regular dental exams and cleanings and I couldn’t be happier to have a dentist who is knowledgeable and truly compassionate as Dr. Samaha. It is great having a dentist I can totally trust for myself and my family.”
—Janna Posey Matherly, Yorktown, VA
“I love to smile! I used to feel embarrassed by the way my teeth looked. Since I was a teenager it has been a dream of mine to brighten and fix my teeth. I had a lot of patchwork dentistry done over the years. Dr. Samaha completely revitalized my entire mouth. Since she helped make my dream come true, I feel healthier and more confident in my smile. It has brightened up my whole personality.
I am so pleased with Dr. Samaha’s gentle and compassionate care and that of her entire team. I am always treated with their total respect and attention. I had done a lot of searching for a cosmetic dentist, and I am thrilled with my choice of Dr. Samaha. She is a talented doctor who has invested heavily in state-of-the-art education and technology. Being an accomplished fine artist herself was a big plus in my decision. She not only gave me the natural white teeth I have always wanted, but she corrected all the dental health problems. I highly recommend her to everyone! I even encouraged my son to start his treatment with Dr. Samaha and the results are fantastic!”
—Layla Shaheen, Hampton, VA
“Owning a business and interacting with people on a personal basis every day, I finally realized my persistent bad breath and years of neglect had to end. I was fortunate to be lead to Dr. Samaha. Her care spoke for itself after seeing my Mom’s amazing results.
During the most comprehensive dental examination I have ever had, many areas of severe disease were discovered. From then on, the rest was a snap. It was clear that immediate treatment was needed. As a result of Dr. Samaha’s expertise and careful planning, years of damage and disease were taken care of in just a few visits.
My new smile has given me a boost of confidence in dealing face to face with my clients and in my personal life. Being confident in yourself is a big factor in the ‘what it takes to succeed’ formula. This confidence in myself is what gives my clients the trust necessary to allow me to handle one of the biggest investments of their lives; their homes. After a full reconstruction of both my upper and lower arches, my gums became amazingly healthy, the bad breath disappeared and most importantly, my smile was set free!”
—Waseem Shaheen, Hampton, VA
“Dr Samaha, when I came to you several months ago, I had never met you and knew nothing about your dental practice except what I read on your website. I decided, however, after our consultation meeting, to follow your recommendations. I came to recognize how wonderfully gifted and talented you are. You have taken all the wonderful artistic and personal gifts God has given you and woven them into your dental practice. You, Dr. Samaha, have given me a smile that has been the lifelong desire of my heart! I am thrilled with the results! I want to thank you and your entire staff for such a wonderful gift – the ability to smile without being self-conscious. I thank each of you for the acts of compassion, kindness and patience. You will always have my highest recommendation. It has also has been a blessing to get to know you as a friend as well. May God continue to bless you as you bring the blessing of a beautiful smile to others.”
—Aloma Hudson, Newport News, VA
“For 60+ years I have been wanting to have my upper teeth straighter. As I grew older, my front teeth became more crooked and I found that I tended to cover my mouth when I smiled and I NEVER smiled for pictures! Today I experienced a miracle. My teeth are straight and I have a beautiful smile! Dr. Samaha transformed my mouth in just a few hours! The comforting, welcoming staff, the warm neck roll and blanket as well as the soothing music and view into the Asian garden had a calming effect. Then the transformation began. Before I even new it, the procedure was over! What a wonderful day- and the best is yet to come when my permanent restorations arrive! Words cannot express my joy and happiness-but my new smile can!! Thank you, Dr S.”
—Arlyene Lusk, Newport News, VA
“Seeing Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha’s artistry and passionate dedication to perfection when she was a student in my watercolor painting class convinced me that I had to have her as my dentist. In the years that I’ve been her patient I’ve seen so many examples of her skill, her precision, her ability to combine balance and beauty with the most advanced levels of care. As an artist myself I expect a lot, and my expectations have been exceeded year after year. I cherish my relationship with her and every member of her team.”
—Jan Ledbetter, Kingsmill, Williamsburg, VA
“I’ve always dreaded going to the dentist but I knew it was going to click with Dr. Samaha when she took the time to explain all the options for the major dental work I needed. My confidence grew when I saw the state-of-the-art technology filling her office and learned that she teaches other dentists. She knew the best techniques to get my extensive treatment done a lot faster and more comfortably than I expected, and the results were just great. Dr. Samaha and her team are friendly, enthusiastic and obviously dedicated to giving their patients the best care with the most comfort. She did a wonderful job for me!”
—Dave Ledbetter, Kingsmill, Williamsburg, VA
“I just can’t begin to thank you enough for just how much you have inspired me this past year. Your warmth and kindness you’ve shared and your talents seem to just go on. I never dreamed I that I would ever find a dentist who is not only excellent in your field, but has made me feel so worthwhile as a patient and human being. We need more like you. I hope you never leave this area.”
—Alice O., Gloucester, VA
“Coming to you is more pleasant than a dental experience should be!”
—Laurie M., Newport News, VA
“I was so impressed w your relationship and manners with your staff, all the thank yous. It is so eloquent. You are very appreciative of them.”
—Joyce P., Williamsburg, VA
“Dr. Samaha is the most caring dentist I have ever had and every member of the staff was not only professional, but personable and caring.”
—Mary B., Detroit, Michigan
“I don’t believe you can receive better, more high-tech care anywhere in the U.S.!”
—Jon J., Memphis, TN
“I can tell that something magnificent happened in my mouth yesterday!”
—Carole Ellers, Charlotte, NC
“Each person at Port Warwick Dental Arts offered such a genuine, sincere embrace! My experiences there are all breathtaking!”
—Laurel Gregory, Newport News, VA
“Dr Samaha is not just a dentist. She is a dental artist!”
—Eddie Sturgill, Newport News, VA
“Your office is a beautiful retreat away from the hardworking world. I almost forgot I was in a place I used to dread coming to a dental office!”
—Shannon Alston, Poquoson, VA
“Coming to this office is an amazing experience! Thank you for your thoughtfulness in every respect. I see it as soon as I walk in the door and especially as I sit in ‘the chair’. I appreciate the views through the windows and even more, I appreciate your amazing skill and care, Dr Samaha, in every situation.”
—Marnah L., Williamsburg, VA
“Your practice is an inspiration to me. I am so blessed to have found you and your staff. The new facility is amazing!”
—Erica Weiland, Charlottesville, VA
“Your level of professionalism and courtesy is unmatched, Dr. Samaha.”
—Jay D, Hampton, VA
“To have you in my family’s life is a true blessing. You are a gifted artist and dentist. I can’t thank you enough for saving my beautiful child’s smile and making our lives better through your magical healing touch. We love you and your wonderful team of angels. From our hearts to yours.”
—Mary Pat Telsted, Newport News, VA
“Dr. Samaha, I want to thank you for all you have done for me. I am so very thrilled with the care done to my mouth. It is so very beautiful. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. I would like to thank your staff also. They are all so wonderful and made me feel so relaxed. They also made me feel like I was very special and I thank them very much. Your generosity touches my heart. May God bless each and every one of you.”
—Dorothy Jones, Newport News, VA
“So far it is a beautiful day. The weather report is for snow tomorrow and I can just picture the view outside your office window. It really blessed me when you shared that you and your staff make an effort to begin your day with prayer. Like I said, many of your patients probably don’t know what a blessing they are receiving. I am very thankful that I know you. Again, thank you for your note. It was the most precious note I have ever received and it touched me so much. I am blessed to share that special deposit of Christ that is so evident in you.”
—Aloma Hudson, Newport News, VA
“I always showed too much of my gums when I smiled—and I love to smile! Because I love to smile really big, it was hard to look at myself in pictures. My teeth looked tiny and my gums looked big. They took over my teeth!
A few years ago I spent a lot of money with another dentist who did porcelain veneers for me. But it didn’t help with the gums. Immediately when I came to you for a consult, you knew what to do to make it right. And in no time at all, you gave me a brand new smile! Thank you so much, Dr Samaha—right in time for my wedding! Now I can hardly wait to see myself in my pictures! Thanks for your artistic eye and your dental expertise, Dr. Samaha. I am so grateful.”
—Catie Hankins, Newport News, VA
“Dr. Lisa, you will never know how much you have changed my life! I went from a life of shame because of my teeth to one of absolute pride. It all happened in such a short amount of time! It was like I just woke up one day and the years of disease and fear were gone. Instead, I had a fresh, new, absolutely beautiful smile!
You mean so much to me, Dr. Lisa. The world is truly blessed to have you in it!!
I never knew that going to the dentist could be such an awesome experience! You are an artist in every sense of the word.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
—Coco Pauley, Newport News, VA
“Dr. Samaha, I want to tell my story in hopes that someone who has had dental problems like mine will be helped. As you know, I was brought up on well water with no fluoride. To make matters worse, I was never taught proper dental care and only saw a dentist for the second time in my life at age thirteen. I had six cavities fixed and was told that even at such a young age, I had receding gums.
Due to our family circumstances, I did not get to go back to the dentist for many more years. My front teeth especially looked rotten at the gumline and had decayed so much that I wouldn’t ever smile.
At the age of twenty-two, I couldn’t stand it anymore and went to a dentist who allowed me to set up a payment plan. By the age of twenty four, and several thousand dollars later, I had all of my teeth ‘fixed’. Problem was, the real problems were never fixed. The half-tooth plastic repairs led to lines in my front teeth and my gumline was inflamed and red all the time. My gums kept receding. I stopped smiling for another 5 years.
At age 32, I decided it was time to take real action. I went to see two other dentists and left each one without going back. Then I heard about Dr. Samaha. She was the first person to address my gum disease and stop the problem! I trusted her from the start. We met to discuss options and finally went forward with a complete reconstruction of my entire mouth. I soon had my new grin–just in time for my wedding day and ever since, I have not been able to stop smiling! I take special supplements to keep my gums healthy and my great smile keeps me so motivated that I can’t help but take incredible care of my mouth. Although I spent thousands of dollars to have it done, getting a phenomenal, strong and healthy smile was the best investment I have ever made.
I can’t even imagine going back to the time I felt so hopeless and insecure about my looks because of my dental condition.
Dr. Samaha, you are the first dentist that I have ever met who actually cares about me. My entire life improved in amazing ways because I became self-confident and for the first time and learned what it was like to have self-esteem–not to mention the BEST SMILE ON THE PLANET!!!
I hope there are others who can learn from my misguided experiences. Take action now! Your life will improve beyond anything you can imagine! I totally recommend you to everyone, Dr. Samaha. No one else will EVER touch my smile!!”
—Jason Mitchell, Portsmouth, VA
“From the first day I walked into her office, I was impressed with Dr. Samaha and her team. Dr. Samaha is a perfectionist when it comes to smiles. She has given me a great smile—something I have not had for many years even before I got my first dentures. That was well over 10 years ago. I smiled with a closed mouth for so long that when I received my new dentures from Dr Samaha, I had to completely relearn how to smile so that I could enjoy showing my beautiful teeth. In a matter of weeks, Dr. Samaha erased 10 years off my age—better than any face lift—and painless, too! I not only look, but feel 10 years younger. Even more exciting is that I can finally enjoy socializing with friends again—eating in comfort and with total confidence.”
—Ingrid Sanders, Newport News, VA
“I was in so much pain when Dr. Samaha got me right in for an emergency root canal the other day—I was really relieved she could take care of me right away. She completed the treatment in no time at all and just like she predicted, I had completely stopped hurting by the next morning. It means so much to have a dentist with the training to handle almost any kind of dental problem! Being able to count on her at a time like that was truly the answer to my prayer!”
—Tracy Meister, RN, Newport News, VA
“Thanks very much for your thoughtfulness as I recuperated from my root canal procedure. Although I experienced no discomfort during or after the procedure, I am elated to know you care about my well-being. Thanks again for checking on me in your usual compassionate manner.”
—Gladys Jordan, Newport News, VA
“Dr. Samaha, all because of your love and dedication to your ‘fine art’ of dentistry (I now understand why you call what you call a ‘fine art’), because of your endless training and teaching I believe I was placed in your hands when my health needed you the most. I was at a point of accepting the fact that I am getting older and things were just starting to break down. Someone anonymously gave me a gift certificate they bid on which you had donated to a silent auction. Because of a lack of funds, I never allowed myself to even consider good dental care, but I had been carrying an infection in a severely damaged tooth. I had already had 4 root canals and was told this tooth also needed one. You agreed to consult with me and try to help. In the past, my dental care was all about putting out fires in my mouth. I only allowed myself to go whenever something hurt so bad I couldn’t stand it anymore.
Okay confession time, when I drove up to your office my first thought was I don’t belong here. I walked in the door and everything was so beautiful. Little did I know I was yet to see theTrue beauty of your practice. I was greeted immediately with warmth and given a tour of the facility (something I never expected nor experienced). Then I met you. I never have been treated by a professional in the medical-dental field with so much warmth and caring. You touched my heart immediately. I had never met a dentist like you and never knew all the options I had until you spent time with me. You spent lots of time with me explaining everything. You showed me how you wanted to treat the cause of the problems, not just put out the fires. Most of all, you made me feel comfortable instead of ashamed.
I knew I was ‘placed’ in your hands.
Your first words to me after examining my mouth was that I had a severe clenching problem. I had been telling dentists that for the last 15 years. They were always in such a hurry I never really knew if they agreed or if there was anything that could be done. You immediately told me about the NTI. You made one for me right away. I immediately got comfortable with it and I haven’t missed a night wearing it. I didn’t know how much damage clenching had caused until you showed me with the microscopic camera. If only I had the NTI 15 years ago I may not have had to have 3 root canals and then loose a tooth because it split right up through the nerve.
At my first visit, you let me stay as long as I could so we could begin treatment. I can’t believe I can say that I wanted to stay at a dentist’s office!
Well you know the severity of the infection in my tooth and I am convinced it was causing me a variety of health problems I have been suffering from. Dr. Samaha, I believe you probably saved my life.
You not only rid me of the infection in my teeth and my gums, but you have made me realize the importance of getting all of me back to the best health I can be, from taking much needed nutrients to joining the YMCA. Thank you! You are truly a light in your profession. I will pray for you and your vision that it may spread into all dentists’ practices.
I will remember your staff and patients in my prayers. Your work goes for beyond what is visible to the eyes.
Again, Thank You. God Bless.”
—Balerie Slye, Toana, VA
“Dear Dr Samaha (aka: Lisa Marie, Dr. Lisa Marie, Lisa Marie Samaha, artist extraordiniare’),
First of all, thank you for putting meback together. It was a distinct pleasure meeting you, and of course yourstaff. A special thanks to Terri for her professionalism and friendly manner.
I especially enjoyed viewing some ofyour paintings. I wish I had taken more time in your gallery.”
—Tom Windham, Annapolis, MD
“I have had LOTS of shots for all the dental work I have had in my lifetime. I KNEW how horrible it felt to get a shot in my mouth…until I came into your hands, Dr. Samaha. EVERY shot you have given me has been totally painless! I have NEVER felt a single one! You are so gentle that even when I TRY to anticipate the horror of the shot, I can’t feel it! It doesn’t matter how hard I try!
You numb me so well that any drilling to be done is a breeze. I can TOTALLY relax in your dental chair! You are the BEST, Dr. Samaha!”
—Debbie Whitmore, Yorktown, VA
“I have been going to Dr Lisa Samaha for dental work for longer than I can remember. I am in my 70’s and still have a full set of permanent teeth, some original, some modified, and some created by Lisa from scratch. Unfortunately for me, I grew up before flouride was understood as a dental boon, and genetically had very soft tooth structure. As a young man, I have a mouth full of fillings (remember the old mechanical drills? I do) so Lisa started with a challenge. I have been impressed that Lisa has maintained her practice on the cutting edge of technology, from laser gum treatments to implants, to her one hour creation of crowns, etc. She also emphasizes preventive care with the latest concepts available. Whatever the problem, she is on top of the correct solution. If God didn’t give me the best teeth, at least He led me to Port Warwick Dental Arts – PTL.”
—Sam Tatum, Newport News, VA
“I’ve always been what you might call a ‘dental wimp.’ Throughout my life, visits to the dentist had always been extremely scary experiences for me. This eventually led to an extended procrastination of seeking dental care, which in turn, resulted in the progressive deterioration of my oral health.
After several years, I was no longer able to ignore what was becoming increasingly necessary, and I ultimately discovered the practice of Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha of Port Warwick Dental Arts. Make no mistake; this is not an ordinary dentist or an ordinary dental practice. The PWDA staff immediately welcomed me in as ‘family,’ they listened to my concerns and thoroughly educated me on the wide spectrum of Dr. Samaha’s practice and philosophy. By the time I met Dr. Samaha in person, I felt like I was meeting a rock star! During my first meeting with her, my anxiety was quickly replaced by an unexpected wave of calm as Dr. Samaha’s confidence, compassion, and professionalism assured me that I was in safe, experienced hands. Throughout my procedures, I was surprised to find myself completely comfortable and totally relieved to have found such great care in my own neighborhood. After years of beating myself up over my own neglect, I was totally accepted and treated with the highest level of respect. I was never made to feel ashamed or embarrassed. And within weeks of meeting her, Dr. Samaha had made my own disease a thing of the past. It was truly amazing!
In the short time since I joined the PWDA family, Dr. Samaha and her amazing team members have become very important people in my life. When I walk into the office, I feel like I’m visiting friends rather than going to the dentist; I am treated like a member of the family as opposed to being ‘just another patient.’ Whereas I used to fear visits to the dentist, I now look forward to them! Upon entering Dr. Samaha’s beautiful office, I feel warm and comfortable, not cold and scared like in my past experiences with dental offices.
I stand as flesh-and-blood testimonial to Dr. Samaha’s ability to transform lives through her comprehensive, ‘whole body’ approach to dentistry. She not only took care of my dental disease, but guided me to living a more healthy life through wiser dietary choices. Regardless of where in the world I may eventually reside, I will never have another dentist; no distance is too great to travel for the care I receive at PWDA. And although her impressive reputation may precede her, it doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of getting to know this wonderful human being, artist, and healer.”
—Geno Seay, Newport News, VA
“I’m Elise Fee, a Consulting Hypnotist and Life Mentor. And as a former patient of PWDA who moved to southwest Utah two years ago, I must confess I haven’t found another practice that compares. It sounds silly to say “I miss my dentist,” but it’s true.
Dr. Samaha embodies the art of living life to the fullest, seeing possibilities where others see the mundane, and bringing her best to whatever she undertakes. She has taken the art of dentistry to new levels and truly models what Jonathan Swift meant when he said, ‘Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.’
I never knew I could relax and feel comfortable in a dentist’s chair, until I experienced the environment and care at PWDA. When Steve Martin said, ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you’—he must have been referring to Dr. Samaha’s dental practice!
Whoever thought of blankets, warm neck wraps and protein shakes, an art gallery and a koi pond? It’s beyond what one would ever expect…and it inspired me. If Dr. Samaha can take the mundane business of dentistry and make it glamourous and exceptional, just think about the possibilities that exist for other professions!
I enjoy being inspired, and that’s why Dr Samaha and the entire team of PWDA appealed so much to me.”
—Elise Fee, Southwest Utah