Meet the Team

We are dedicated, enthusiastic, gifted and caring dental healthcare professionals.

Consistently, we challenge ourselves to provide clinical excellence and enhance health and self-esteem, in order that we may ultimately enrich the lives of the patients who choose and cherish these values.

We are a team of talented and discriminating individuals committed to exceeding the expectations of our patients. We are committed to treating each and every one of them with respect and dignity.

We offer five-star, first-class service and philosophy with integrity and professionalism. We do so in an exceptionally warm, tender, relaxing, advanced, and esthetically pleasing environment.

Meet the Faces of PWDA

  • Laura Bechtler, Practice Administrator
    An invaluable member of our team, Laura wears several hats on a daily basis and trades them out with grace. Tasked with overseeing the smooth running of our entire office, Laura is extremely skilled in administrative management as well as providing outstanding patient service. As an expert in finance management, procurement and inventory, you can rest assured that she will diligently seek to provide you with options for care and pursue avenues for the treatment you desire.

    As a former Director of Children’s Ministry, Laura has a passion for connecting with patients on a deeper level. While assisting Dr. Samaha in the management of communication between patient and practice, Laura fosters an understanding of complex medical issues using both conventional and complementary approaches. Her special interest in mind-body medicine drives her appreciation for connecting with a variety of people and watching their health—and their smiles—transform quickly to total wellness, through the guided expertise of our amazing team.

    Laura proudly serves as an Elder & Deacon at a local Presbyterian church in Williamsburg. She is a mother of 2 children who loves exploring our great Peninsula with her family. As with most of our team, Laura loves the culinary arts.

    Her connection interpersonally with our team is a valuable component to ensuring our office runs efficiently and productively. Laura’s highest priority is ensuring our office maintains a personalized, patient-centered, participatory and predictive approach to the treatment of chronic disease.

    Laura ensures that our patients trust Port Warwick Dental Arts to deliver uniquely supportive holistic/cosmetic care. Because she values listening carefully to all their concerns and looking for the most balanced solution to address their needs, (including administrative efforts and insurance coordination of benefits), our patients feel that their total health is not just our passion, but our priority. With purpose, she also brings the tools of coaching and teaching to her collaborative relationship with patients.

  • Leah Quillopo, Lab Director, Sr. Dental Assistant
    Bilingual: English, Tagalog

    Born and raised in the Philippines, Leah prefers to have beautiful family all around her. This is evident in the relationships she builds with patients and their families. She enjoys partnering with patients to manage and treat complex medical issues beginning with their oral health.

    Leah was trained as a dentist and a dental lab technician while in the Philippines, and her vast knowledge is of great support to Dr. Samaha and our team. In her role as Senior Dental Assistant and Lab Director, she takes a special interest in the mouth-body connection, helping patients heal in a natural manner.

    In 2006, she married and eventually moved to Virginia. She and her husband are parents to a brilliant and inquisitive son who has dreams of becoming a software engineer. As a family, they enjoy gardening and spending time with each other.

    Leah works tirelessly to support Dr. Samaha and the team in all ways in the clinic, but especially with her expertise in the dental lab area, including custom dentures, for which our practice is known.

    With confidence, Leah provides individualized, patient-centered care that focuses on maintaining the patient’s overall well-being while supporting Dr. Samaha’s vision and treatment plan. Always keeping family at heart, she enjoys working with people of all ages, from babies to our elders.

  • Maria Rivera, Sr. Dental Assistant
    Trilingual: English, Italian, Spanish

    A native of Colombia, South America, Maria attended Fashion Design School before finding her passion in dentistry. With her creative background in fashion design, she has lived all over the world- but no matter what she has done or where she has lived, caring for her patients has been her truest joy. Her love of art and design is an asset in picturing the final treatment result from an artistic perspective—much like Dr. Samaha.

    While living in Puerto Rico for a year and a half during Hurricane Maria, she experienced first-hand how crisis and stress can affect wellness. Maria brings that unique experience to the practice, finding that in dentistry, the mental health component is often ignored. This key to restoring integrative health is a focus of Port Warwick Dental Arts, especially for Maria.

    Maria finds great fulfillment working in dentistry because there is always something new, innovative, and exciting to learn, and she enjoys how we place great value on advanced continuing education in all aspects of dentistry. She loves fostering relationships with new patients, walking with them on their journey to full wellness. Her priority is coordinating a care plan with patients one-on-one, helping them bridge the gap between their oral and total health.

  • Taylor Ann Johnson, B.S., M.S.
    Taylor Ann Johnson is a native to Newport News, Virginia where she attended Warwick High School until graduating with honors in 2015. She completed her Bachelor of Science in biology, cum laude, from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCATSU) in Greensboro, North Carolina, in May 2019. She chose to major in biology because of her plans to enter dental school in pursuit of a D.D.S. degree. While attending North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State she maintained membership in the Minority Association for Premedical Students, Dean’s List, and was a Dr. Joseph Whittaker Award scholar for academic excellence. She was also inducted into Beta Beta Beta, the Biology Honor Society. Taylor was also a recipient of the Biology Departmental Scholarship for all of her years at NCATSU.

    Taylor began interning at Port Warwick Dental Arts in May 2019 to learn more about dentistry and the dental to body connection under Dr. Samaha’s mentorship. She is extremely grateful to be a part of such a skilled and dedicated team. In 2020, Taylor completed her tenure at Georgetown University, receiving her Master of Science in Physiology. Taylor’s ultimate desire is to become a dentist, and she is well on her way to fulfilling that dream while remaining a member of our team as available.

    Taylor’s hobbies include: traveling, painting, baking and watching Netflix.

    Taylor adds, “I have gained a lifetime of knowledge while working in such a remarkable and personal practice. What I love most about being a part of the PWDA team is the amount of collaboration the team has and the variety every day brings when caring for patients. Each day is different, each patient is different and each patient has a real relationship with the doctor and the team. Working at PWDA has been such a gift, and I’m incredibly grateful to be a part of such a skilled, professional and fun team!”