Dental Staff

All our professionals at American Dental maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

Gainesville, VA Dentist Dr. Steve Pleickhardt

Steve Pleickhardt,DDS

Dentist in Bristow, VA

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Dr. Pleickhardt has been practicing dentistry for nearly thirty-six years in Virginia, Moscow, Russia and Prague, Czech Republic. Dr. Pleickhardt attended Georgetown University School of Dentistry in Washington, DC and began his practice in 1985 after becoming licensed by the Virginia Board of Dentistry.

In 1996, Dr. Pleickhardt began a period of international travel and practice. He provided dental care for the diplomatic and expatriate communities of Moscow and St. Petersburg Russia and after three years moved to Prague, Czech Republic where he opened the first American Dental office in 2001. During this period he was founder and President of the American Dental Society of Russia as well as a member of the American Dental Society of Europe.

Dr. Pleickhardt holds certificates in Orthodontics and Laser Dentistry and is provider of Lumineers Cosmetic Veneers and Invisalign Orthodontics. Additionally, Dr. Pleickhardt has incorporated the use of the iTero Scanner 5 D to take digital impressions of crowns, implants and Invisalign Orthodontics.

In addition to dentistry, Dr Pleickhardt has a busy family life with his wife and two teenage sons and two "Fur Babies". He has served as President of his Home Owners Association for over a decade. You may notice Dr Pleickhardt and his wife walking in Bristow with Sampson and Niara! Honk your horn and say hello when you do!


Jason Hwang,DDS

Dr. Jason Hwang is committed to excellence and patient centered care. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he earned high honors in biochemistry major. He then attended New York University College of Dentistry, earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2017. Upon graduating dental school, Dr. Hwang was commissioned into the US Army where he served as dental officer in the Army Dental Corps for four years. After finishing his army duty in Fort Lee, VA, he moved up to Northern Virginia.

Dr. Hwang is dedicated to implementing new technology for the advancement of dentistry. He regularly attends continuing education courses so he can offer patients the highest quality care. Dr Hwang has achieved Invisalign Certification and very knowledgeable with digital dentistry, including the futuristic Itero 5D impression machine. Dr. Hwang pursues a team approach to dental health by thoroughly educating patients of their oral conditions and applicable prevention techniques. He and his patients work together towards their shared goal of oral health, and each individual receives care unique to them based on their specific concerns, motivations, and lifestyle. He also takes the time to ensure every patient understands their treatment options fully. Dr Jason is very gentle and you will enjoy his care!

When Dr. Hwang isn’t practicing or attending continuing education courses, he and his wife, Sang enjoy cooking, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors along with restaurants. Dr Hwang is fluent in English and Korean.



Karla Maradiaga, RDA

"I am originally from Guatemala. I started working in the dental field in 2013 as a general assistant. I enjoyed  dentistry and working with patients so much that I became a Registered Dental Assistant, from Northern Virginia Community College.

My priorities are to always make patients feel welcome and make them feel comfortable. In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband and three beautiful children, and our big and lovely dog (Rocky). As a family we enjoy camping, going to the beach and playing with Rocky. I look forward to seeing you at your next visit to provide all the best care we provide at American Dental."


Linda Welch, RDH

Linda Welch  graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.A.A. , her area of study was Family Economics and Managemant. She married her childhood sweetheart and traveled Europe with him as he defended our country serving in the military. Following several years as a contractor for the U. S. Army educating our service men, and women and their families in personal finance, Linda returned to the United States to study her true passion, dentistry.  Linda completed her studies in dental hygiene at Northern Virginia Community College where she graduated in the top quarter of her class.  She remains current in her field through continuing education courses, professional seminars, and professional journals.  She is an active member of the Virginia Dental Hygiene Association.  Her professionalism, dedication, and desire to stay current with the latest science and treatment protocols in oral health is something we value for our patients.



Shannon Culp, RDH

Shannon is originally from Michigan and she moved to Virginia 12 years ago.  Shannon has been practicing as a dental hygienist for 24 years and she received her associates degree from Lansing Community College.  She received a Bachelor's degree from Seina Heights University in Dental Hygiene with a minor in Healthcare Management.  She is currently working on her Master's degree in Information Technology from Marymount University.  Shannon enjoys working with people and educating them on their dental needs.  When she is not working she enjoys crafting, cooking and baking.



Ashley Dove, RDA

American Dental 9070 Devlin Road, Suite 110 Bristow, VA 20136 (703) 753-6695‎