At the Center for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery, we work as a team to provide exceptional care to your special pet. All of our doctors have specialized training in dentistry and oral surgery, as well as anesthesia, radiology, and surgery. Patients are monitored closely and cared for before, during, and after their procedure by our doctors and support staff.
Board Certified Veterinary Dentist™
Dr. Taney is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. In 2022 she completed a rigorous training program and examination to become an AVDC Fellow in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a distinction held by less than 20 veterinarians worldwide. She has worked at the Center since its opening in 2006 and became a partner in 2008.
After graduating veterinary school she completed internships in both general medicine and surgery, and specialized surgery. She completed her three-year residency in dentistry and oral surgery at the Center and has authored multiple publications in the field of veterinary dentistry. She received the Robert Wiggs Outstanding Candidate award as a resident and has served on numerous committees for the American Veterinary Dental College.
Dr. Taney’s special interests include advanced maxillofacial reconstruction and oral oncologic surgery.
Dr. Taney is a 2002 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and is a rabid Virginia Tech fan.
Dr. Riddile graduated from The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship there in 2012. Following her internship, she worked as an associate veterinarian in and around Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Riddile enjoyed all aspects of small animal general practice but has developed a particular interest in veterinary dentistry and is excited for the opportunity to be joining The Center for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery.
Dr. Riddile will be moving to the Gaithersburg area with her husband, three children, five cats, and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors. She particularly enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and canoeing with her two and four-legged family.
Dr. Goins is a 2021 graduate of the illustrious Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in Tuskegee, Alabama. Upon graduation, she completed a 1 year small animal rotating internship at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital in Clearwater, Florida.
Dr. Goins is originally from Tampa, Florida. In her free time she enjoys working out, hiking, roller blading, and reading. She is accompanied by her beagle mix, husky, and ball python.
Dr. Melissa Garber
Dr. Garber is a 2021 graduate of The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. After, she spent time in general practice where she developed a passion for veterinary dentistry.
Dr. Garber grew up in the Washington, DC metro area and spent many years living in New Jersey. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, traveling, trying new cuisines and cuddling with her cat, Caviar.
Dr. Mark Smith
CVDOS Founder, Retired
Dr. Smith is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Veterinary Dental College. He was Professor of Surgery and Dentistry at the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech for 16-years before entering private practice in 2004.
He has published over 100 research papers and textbook chapters, and has lectured to veterinarians in Europe, Asia, and South America on his specialty areas of oral & maxillofacial surgery; ear, nose, and throat surgery; and, head and neck surgery in addition to dentistry. Dr. Smith is a past-president of the Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Smith is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry and co-author of Atlas of Approaches for General Surgery of the Dog and Cat.
He is a Founding Fellow in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery by both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Veterinary Dental College. Dr. Smith is officially retired from the Center but he does make special guest appearances from time to time!