Meet the Stensland Studio Staff


A visit to Stensland Dental Studio begins with Karen and Anamarie welcoming you to our Williamsburg dental practice. They will assist you with paperwork and answer any preliminary questions you may have. If you are scheduled for a routine cleaning, you will spend most of your time with one of our dental hygienists, Francine, Whitney, Kim, or Julia, who have a total of over 60 years experience in dentistry. Dental assistants Lisa and Stephanie bring a combined total of over 40 years of experience to the table and efficiently assist Dr. Stensland, Dr. Hairston, and the hygienists with all dental services and procedures. Read below to learn more about the Stensland Studio Staff!

MEET OUR TEAM

Dr. Steve Stensland, DDS

Owner/DDS

Dr. Steve Stensland graduated from MCVs School of Dentistry in 2006 after completing his undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech where he obtained a dual degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry. After graduating from MCV, Dr. Stensland moved to Williamsburg and practiced with a large group dental practice for four years before founding Stensland Dental Studio in April of 2010. He has focused his continuing education efforts on nationally recognized core curriculum covering such topics as TMJ/bruxism, surgical implantology, cosmetic dentistry, and endodontics. Dr. Stensland has built a practice founded on strong principles of integrity, compassion, and conservative comprehensive dentistry for patients of all ages. Steve has been married for 10 years and has 2 sons. Spending his free time with his family is his number one priority, but he also finds time to compete in local soccer leagues and enjoys playing tennis.

Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)
Member of the American Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
Virginia Dental Association
Peninsula Dental Society
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists

Dr. Joelle Hairston, DDS

Associate/DDS

Dr. Joelle Hairston was born and raised on the Island of Bermuda. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She then attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor, completing her dental degree in 1998. In 2000, Dr. Hairston completed a two-year General Practice residency program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC. She then practiced for the Bermuda Department of Health Pediatric Dental Clinic. In 2001, she returned to the United States to be with her husband who served in the US Army. Dr. Hairston practiced as a contract dentist for the Army at Ft. Hood in Texas and Ft. Stewart in Georgia, as well as in South Korea before settling in Williamsburg in 2009. For the past 8 years, she has been practicing dentistry in private dental practices serving Hampton Roads.

Locally, Dr. Hairston has volunteered with the Old Town Dental Clinic and was adjunct faculty for the Department of Dental Hygiene at Thomas Nelson Community College for 3 years.

Dr. Hairston is eager to join Dr. Stensland’s team and to provide compassionate, conservative, and comprehensive dentistry for the Williamsburg community.

Dr. Hairston is a member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, Peninsula Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband Aaron and two children, Aiden and Ava.

Francine

Dental Hygienist, RDH

I have been a dental hygenist since 1995 and love what I do! I take pride in my work and enjoy educating our patients on improving their dental health. I am an avid exerciser, run regularly, and enjoy participating in tough mudders. I travel whenever I get a chance and spend most of my free time with my family.

Whitney

Dental Hygienist

I have worked in the dental field for over 15 years, starting as Dental Assistant and later becoming a Dental Hygienist. The best part of my job is the relationships I build with my patients – focusing on patient comfort and providing exceptional care. I am a Williamsburg native and have been married to my husband, Wayne, for 15 years. We have 10-year-old triplets, Payton, Coen, and Mckenna. I feel honored to be a part of such an exceptional team at Stensland Dental!

Kim

Dental Hygienist

I have been a practicing dental hygienist since 1992 as a graduate of the VCU School of Dentistry. I have worked for the Virginia Health Department, The University of Virginia Hospital Dental Clinic, and was a clinical instructor at the VCU/MCV dental hygiene clinic. Now that my husband and I are settled in Williamsburg, I’m happy to call SDS home and enjoy working with a great group of true dental professionals. Everyday I am privileged to meet new people and hopefully make a difference in their lives. That’s what I love about dentistry – the patients! In my free time, I enjoy biking with my husband and two sweet kids!

Julia

Dental Hygienist

Julia is a native of Hampton Roads, Virginia. She graduated with honors from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001 where she obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She began her dental hygiene career on the south side of Richmond, and in 2007 she moved to Williamsburg where she has continued serving patients for the past 10 years. Julia is certified to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide. She comes to our practice with great patient rapport, diagnostic knowledge, and clinical skills. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She is a music enthusiast and enjoys trips to the beach as often as possible!

Lisa

Dental Assistant

I began working as a dental assistant in 1999. I moved from Connecticut to Hampton Roads 13 years ago. As a dental assistant, it’s truly rewarding to be a part of smile transformations – to see patients enter our office self-conscious, trying to hide their teeth – then finish treatment with big, beaming smiles. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, drinking piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain!

Stephanie

Dental Assistant

I have been a Dental Assistant since 1995. I enjoy spending time with my family that includes my boyfriend Craig and my two kids Emily and Jackson. We take every opportunity we can to sneak away to the beach! Working out is also becoming very important to me as well. I enjoy getting to know our SDS patients and helping to make them feel comfortable at our office.

Karen

Office Manager

I have been working in the dental field since 2002 and moved from Northern Virginia to Williamsburg four years ago. My co-workers are a pleasure to work with – what a great team! After having worked in a large group practice, I enjoy the smaller practice size of Stensland Dental. It allows me to build relationships with our patients, which enables me to really understand how to best help them. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, working out, live music and wine-tasting.

Anamarie

Front Desk Associate

After over 20 years working for an environmental lab as a Laboratory Manager and Organic Chemist, I am enjoying the relatively new challenge of being a Front Desk Associate at Stensland Dental. My husband, Kirk, and I have been married for 27 years and we have two sons, Ryan (22) and Zachary (14). Although I was born in Dayton, Ohio, I have lived in Williamsburg for the past 9 years and in Newport News 17 years before that – certainly long enough to consider myself a “local”! My free time is filled with exercise, watching my sons play lacrosse, appreciating wine, and going to the beach!

If you’re ready to meet one of the Best Dentists in Williamsburg VA, call us today.


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