Meet Our Team
Dentist in Charlottesville, VA
Our professional staff at Swisher Dental pursues ongoing education to provide the highest level of care.
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.
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, Academy of General Dentistry, 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 recently relocated to Charlottesville with her husband, Derek.
She received Public Health certificate during dental school and enjoys participating in community outreach and public health events. She also received several leadership awards for her work with the Iowa American Student Dental Association. 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 enjoys traveling, baking and watching Hawkeye football. She is excited to become part of the Charlottesville dental community.
Mary graduated from Charlottesville High School. She attended PVCC to study business management. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends, family, and 4 dogs. Mary can be found greeting our patients when you walk in the door. She has great communication skills and is always doing her best to make sure patients are scheduled and informed.
Stacy grew up in Charleston, WV. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Finance and Accounting from Shepherd University. She moved to Charlottesville with her husband Jamie in 2010. Stacy is a member of the Lake Monticello Volunteer Water Rescue Team and is an EMT-B with the Lake Monticello Rescue Squad. She is a CPR and First Aid Instructor. She is currently working on her MBA and Dive Master Certification. She enjoys outdoor activities including backpacking, diving, and white water. Stacy has been a great practice administer for the Swisher Dental Team. We are excited to have her knowledge and experience!
Kim grew up in Fluvanna County and currently resides here in Charlottesville. She has attended Piedmont Virginia Community College for basic courses and will continue to work towards a degree in Radiology. She spends her free time antique shopping, reading, zumba dancing and baking fabulous cupcakes!
Mandy A native of Gordonsville, VA, Mandy 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 family, attending church, and exploring the outdoors.
Kendyl grew up in Prince George, Va her whole life and recently moved to Charlottesville for a great opportunity to be part of the Swisher Dental Team. She recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene. Her main philosophy is to make patient comfortable during their appointment and spreading the word about the importance of oral health. When she isn’t in the office, Kendyl loves to go running and show her 5 gaited American Saddlebred horse “Albert”.
Sherri grew up in Culpeper, VA and currently resides there with her husband. Sherri’s experience in the dental field began as a dental assistant in 2002. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, she returned to school to earn an Associate in Dental Hygiene from Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, VA. Sherri is passionate about patient education. In her free time, Sherri enjoys spending time with her family (including her Yorkshire Terrier, Ace), traveling, going to concerts, and photography.
Kayte joined Swisher Dental in June, 2014. She grew up in Fluvanna County where she graduated from Fluvanna County High School in 2012. Kate has one son, Brylen, born following high school. Her mother and son influenced her passion for dentistry and brought her to Swisher Dental. Kayte enjoys working at Swisher Dental and plans to continue her education in dental hygiene. She also enjoys laughing, spending time with her son, and hanging out with friends and family. She always has a good time at whatever she does!
CJ moved to Charlottesville from Northern Virginia in 2009 to attend the University of Virginia where she double majored in Psychology and Studio Art. She has plans to pursue a masters in Social Work. You may recognize her from the front desk, where she started out at Swisher Dental, but after some time she transitioned to her new position as dental assistant to involve herself more directly in patient care. In her free time, CJ enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and pets.
Ashley graduated from Bridgewater College in 2011 with a degree in Allied Health Science. After that, she went to school to become a certified massage therapist in the state of Virginia. She plans to earn her Master's in Healthcare Administration within the next couple of years to eventually further her career in the healthcare field. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, watching sports of many varieties, reading, going trail riding with her husband in his Jeep, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Dawn graduated from VCU School of Dentistry in 2003 with a degree in dental hygiene. Dawn enjoys forming relationships with her patients and has developed many friendships over the years. She also enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and photography.