Meet Our Team

Dentist in Charlottesville, VA

Our professional staff at Sapon & Swisher Dental, PLLC pursues ongoing education to provide the highest level of care.

Charlottesville, VA Dentist Dr. Brad Swisher

Dr. Brad Swisher, D.D.S.

Dr. Brad Swisher was born and raised in South Charleston, West Virginia. He graduated from South Charleston High School International Baccalaureate Program. He attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and received a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry. Dr. Swisher also took many computer science classes to gain knowledge in his interest for technology.

Dr. Swisher is an Honor graduate from West Virginia University Doctor of Dental Surgery Program. His philosophy is based on preventive dentistry and patient education to achieve optimal oral and general health. He has had the opportunity to experience a wide variety of new technology currently being introduced into dentistry. He is enthusiastic about offering the best possible treatment for patients based on their own individual needs. As a general dentist, he is currently practicing comprehensive family dentistry. He is devoted to advanced training and attends the best continuing education courses.

Dr. Swisher received several awards in Dental School: The Sabe Issac Howard Memorial Scholarship, Best of the Best Whip Mix Prosthodontics Award, President of Dental Class, Honors Program, and graduated in the top percentage of his class. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, Charlottesville Albemarle Dental Society, and the Shenandoah Valley Dental Society.

Dr. Swisher loves the outdoors. He is an avid snowboarder and motorcyclist. He enjoys spending time with his family and Boxer “Zoey”. Dr. Swisher spent most of his childhood going on fishing trips and spending time near the beach.


Dr. Katy Brandt

Dr. Katy Brandt is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, with a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. She also completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa. She was born and raised in Des Moines, IA and relocated to Charlottesville in 2014. She enjoys traveling, working on projects around her new home, and watching Hawkeye football. 

She received Public Health certificate during dental school and enjoys participating in community outreach. She also received several leadership awards for her work with the Iowa American Student Dental Association. She is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association and the Charlottesville Albemarle Dental Society.

Her practice philosophy is centered around patient care, with open communication and a focus on prevention, in addition to treatment. She is a general practice dentist. She is excited to be a part of the Charlottesville dental community!



Dr. Mark P. Sapon

Dr. Mark Sapon is a graduate of West Virginia University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Biology and then a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from West Virginia School of Dentistry.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, and Charlottesville-Albemarle Dental Society.

His primary focus in practice is providing quality dental care in a gentle, comprehensive manner with an emphasis on positive and caring patient relationships.

He enjoys playing golf, watching WVU football and basketball, and spending time with his wife Meaghan and their two boys, Mason and Landon.



Charlottesville, VA Dentist Dr. R Scott Knierim, DDS

Dr. R Scott Knierim, D.D.S.


Dr. R. Scott Knierim is an honor graduate of West Virginia University School of Dentistry with a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. He and his wife Karen moved to Charlottesville in 1976 and raised two sons, Hunter and Erik. Dr. Knierim is a career long member of the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, the Charlottesville and Albemarle Dental Society. He practices comprehensive general family dentistry.

His special interest in dentistry revolves around prevention and patient education to achieve and maintain a high level of dental health. He is proud that many families have become his patients and have been with him for decades. Dr. Knierim has other strong interests which include international adventure travel, photography, fishing, old style construction techniques with stone masonry, timber frame design, blacksmithing, and water well drilling.


Mary graduated from Charlottesville High School. She attended PVCC to study business management. She enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with her daughter and three dogs. She has been with the practice since 2011. Mary can be found at the check out desk after your appointment. She has great communication skills and is always doing her best to make sure that our patients are scheduled and informed.



Stacy grew up in Charleston, WV.  She earned her Bachelors Degree in Finance and Accounting from Shepherd University, as well as, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Charleston.  Stacy and her family moved to Charlottesville in 2010. She is a CPR and First Aid instructor.  She loves spending time with her family, traveling, scuba diving, whitewater kayaking, camping and fishing.



Betsy RDH

Betsy is a native of Charlottesville, graduating from Radford University where she earned a Bachlor of Business Adminstration in 2003. She is excited to to return to the area from graduating Old Dominion University with her Bachlor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Betsy enjoys working with patients in her home town community and creating new friendships along the way. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family, husband Rob and dog Bailey.



Dawn RDH

Dawn graduated in 2003 from VCU Medical College of Virginia with an Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.  Initially she became attracted to the field of hygiene due to role oral wellness can play in your systemic health . Dawn takes pride in improving her community's dental care. Outside the office you can find her enjoying photography, running and spending  time with her son, Bishop and husband, David. 



Mandy RDH

Mandy is a native of Gordonsville, VA. She got her start in dentistry as a dental hygiene assistant in 2003. She graduated from Bridgewater College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Science, and from East Tennessee State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. When not working, Mandy enjoys spending time with her husband Scottie, his two children, Kylie and Kolby, and their dog Roxanne. You can find Mandy exploring the outdoors, traveling, or at her local church.



Leah RDH

I was born and raised in a small town one hour South of Chicago. I attended Southern Illinois University-Carlondale, and renewed my bachelor of science in dental hygiene in 2009. Afterward, I moved to Northern Va, where I worked as a hygienist and rock climbing instructor before moving to Charlottesville in 2014.  In my free time I enjoy traveling, cycling, gardening, and exploring the area. On the weekends from May – October I can usually be found as different venues photographing weddings. In between all that I raise chickens and plan out my future adventures.



Ashlee RDH

Ashlee was born and raised in the hometown of the most famous groundhog the world has ever known- Punxsutawney, PA. She then moved to Surfside Beach Sc, and attended Horry Georgetown Technical College where she received her Associates Degree in Science and Dental Hygiene in 2005. Ashlee returned to Western PA where she began her career as a dental hygienist and in 2016 relocated to Charlottesville. Outside the office Ashlee loves caring for the animals in her life, spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and trying new recipes in the kitchen. 




Julie has been a dental assistant for 10 years. She loves patient interaction and learning new things everyday. When she is not assisting Dr. Swisher she can be found on the sidelines of her boy’s soccer, baseball, and football games. She also loves to improve her culinary skills and trying out new recipes on her family.   




Olivia grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to the Charlottesville area about 10 years ago. She enjoys spending time at the gym, with her family, and at church. She currently lives in Louisa County with her fiancé, Travis, and bulldog, Tank. You can find her running around our office always putting a smile on the patient’s faces. Olivia has been a part of our team since early 2016 and is looking forward to many more years in the dental field. 




Charis has been a dental assistant for five years. You can find her being Dr. Sapon’s right hand lady in the office. In her free time she enjoys laying by the pool, playing with her dog, and cruising around town in her stylish white and pink jeep with her boyfriend Brandon. 




Cat grew up in Fluvanna County. She has been with the practice since 2016. In her free time she participates in the wine industry, and loves working on projects with her fiancé Robert in their new home.  




Katrina was born in Bad Kissingen, Germany. Her dad was in the military so her family moved every few years. After graduating from high school, her family moved back to Virginia in 2005. She has been working in veterinarian animal health as an assistant for 8 years. It was the enjoyment of performing dental prophylaxis on dogs and cats' that turned her to wanting a career in dentistry. Katrina has been with us since Dec 2016. She will be the one to discuss recommended treatment by your dentist, handling all insurance claims and answering any insurance questions you may have. She likes taking on challenges. When she is not tackling insurance companies during the week, she is taking on home projects during her free time now that she is a new home owner.