Meet the Institute of Facial and Oral Surgery Team

Facial-Oral Surgery care team
Melissa “Missy” Thompson, Lead Surgical Assistant

Melissa “Missy” Thompson, Lead Surgical Assistant

Melissa aka Missy is native to Northern Virginia; growing up in Fairfax she moved to Loudoun in 1996. After spending over 25 years in veterinary medicine she made the switch in 2017 into Oral Surgery and hasn’t looked back. She has a love for all our local sports teams and breweries/winery’s. She resides in Round Hill with her son and cat Ziggy.


Valerie “Val” Alvarez, Surgical Assistant

Valerie “Val” Alvarez, Surgical Assistant

Valerie aka Val is a native Loudoun County local, who currently lives in Purcellville with her husband. She has worked in healthcare since 2018. She has been Volunteer EMT First Responder with Loudoun County since 2019. Mary Washington Alumni, class of 2016. Valerie has a love for travel, food, and dogs. BIG rugby fan! NCAA rugby champion with Mary Wash and afflicted with NOVA Women’s rugby club since 2015.


Jeanette Gruden, Surgical Assistant

Jeanette Gruden, Surgical Assistant

Jeanette is a native Floridian who moved to NoVA with her husband in 2017. Always working in healthcare, she began her Oral Surgery journey in 2015. She has a love of all things Florida (especially Publix) and enjoys spending her weekends with her family. As the mom of two young boys and a puppy, Jeanette always has her hands full, but she is a sucker for a good reality TV series. Her favorite thing is being her boys’ biggest cheerleader on the sidelines of whichever sport they’re doing.


Tanya Nowak, Patient Care Coordinator

Tanya Nowak, Patient Care Coordinator

Tanya is originally from Minnesota. She moved to Virginia in 2010 with her husband, three children, and a Labrador. She has been in the medical field helping patients since 1998, and she loves what she does. Tanya will greet you when you arrive, answer insurance questions to the best of her ability, verify benefits, and give you an estimate for any procedures. She loves gardening, site-seeing, reading, and cooking/baking


Laura Fox, Receptionist

Laura Fox, Receptionist

Laura is a native of Northern Virginia. Growing up in Fairfax, she now resides in Lucketts with her daughter. She has spent the last 15 years in the healthcare field; she is passionate about providing a good experience for patients. Laura loves to go to the beach and cook, and she is known to be a bit of a clean freak.