Our Team


Joseph P. Grieco, Jr., DDS, FAGD

Dr. Grieco earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology from UCLA and Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Georgetown University. He has been practicing dentistry since 1982.

Dr. Grieco’s interest in becoming a dentist was due to the influence of his family dentist, Dr. Richard Cowan, in Redondo Beach, California. While attending UCLA, Dr. Grieco had the opportunity to work in the Los Angeles Free Clinic as a dental assistant. Dr. Grieco saw firsthand that the dentist was able to relieve discomfort almost immediately. As a result, “I never viewed the dentist as one who causes pain, but rather, as one who alleviates it.”

Upon graduating from UCLA, Dr. Grieco attended the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico. He spent six months learning Spanish and lived with a Mexican family during that time. After two years, he transferred to Georgetown University’s School of Dentistry in Washington, DC where he completed his studies in 1982. The Lord used the experience in Mexico to prepare Dr. Grieco for doing mission work in Honduras and Guatemala. “Proverbs 16:2 says, ‘The mind of a man plans his ways, but the Lord directs his steps.’ That was certainly the case with me!”

As a young graduate, Dr. Grieco met Dr. Ralph Gibson, who mentored him and guided him in his new career. The two of them practiced together for over 10 years. Dr. Gibson was very progressive in dentistry and his influence was immeasurable.

In 1994, Dr. Grieco opened his own practice in Fairfax City. Since that time, there have been dramatic changes in materials and techniques available to dentistry. For his pursuit of continuing education, Dr. Grieco was made a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) in 2004. Although Dr. Grieco always strives to utilize the latest expertise and technology for his patients, he also wishes to be known for his compassionate care and gentle touch.

Dr. Grieco resides in Fairfax, Virginia and enjoys playing guitar, kayaking and spending time with his two adult daughters.



Morena

Dental Hygienist

I graduated from Howard University in 2003 with a degree in dental hygiene. I joined Dr. Grieco’s team in 2006 and am happy to work in an environment where the patient’s needs are top priority. General dentistry is the perfect fit for me because of the variety of care that is offered. The span goes from caring for children to caring for adult patients with complex issues. It has been great getting to know our current patients and welcoming new patients to the practice. When I’m not working I enjoy traveling, playing tennis and relaxing at the beach. Of course what I love most is playing with my two little boys! My family and I live in Annandale. By the way, hablo Español!



Danielle

Dental Hygienist

Initially, I joined Dr. Grieco's team at Gentle Dental Care in 2011.  I moved out of the area in 2014.  The strong ties to family and friends caused me to return to Northern Virginia in 2018 and I was super happy to be able to rejoin Dr. Grieco's team.  It's exciting to be part of an office that puts patient care above everything else.  As a hygienist my goals are to provide high quality care along with educating patients about oral health.  Outside the office you can find me doing a number of things from hiking to crocheting.  Trying new things and taking up new hobbies with my friends and family is what I enjoy most!


Dienny

Dental Assistant

Having been a dental assistant for many years, I made the switch to Dr. Grieco's team at Gentle Dental Care in July of 2019.  I really love helping people with their dental concerns, and working directly with Dr. Grieco has been great.  As a team we care about every aspect of our patients' smiles.  Whether someone is in pain or wants to make a cosmetic change, Dr. Grieco and I work together to get the best possible result for every patient!  When I'm not working, I love spending time relaxing with my husband and little daughter.


Ellen

Office Manager

Be careful about having a dentist for a friend – you just might end up working for him some day. That is what happened in the year 2000. Over the years I have learned a lot about dentistry, and I’ve had the opportunity to do a little bit of everything here. While I have enjoyed everything I’ve done, my focus is keeping our office running as smoothly as possible. That’s easy to do since we have such a great team and great patients.  I live in Fairfax and enjoy my two adult children and my fun-loving dog and kitty cat. When I have a lull in the activity, I enjoy reading, singing in a worship group at my church, and oh yes, my favorite, anything that has to do with S-N-O-W!



Susan

Schedule Coordinator

Though I have been working in the dental field since 1994, this is my favorite practice by far. Since joining Gentle Dental Care in 2005, I can say we are truly a team here. When you call us, I will be happy to schedule any appointments you may need for yourself or your family. If I call you, I will most likely be confirming a future appointment. I also work with patient accounts and prepare daily financial reports. I live in Fairfax with my family. They keep me very busy, but when I have free time, I enjoy good movies, good music and good coffee! Nos vemos pronto – translated means, “See you soon!”



Dayana

Insurance Coordinator

Having worked in the dental field for almost 6 years, I have to say there is always something new to learn.  As a dental assistant, I have worked chair side in the office, and I was also part of a team offering dental care to folks in nursing care facilities.  Since joining the team at Gentle Dental Care as the Insurance Coordinator in 2020, my focus has turned to helping our patients maximize their insurance benefits which can make dental treatment possible and affordable.  The world of dental insurance can be very complicated, and I love figuring out the details.  Call me crazy!  I was born and raised in Northern Virginia, and have three young children whom I absolutely adore. We love hiking and going to the beach with our large extended family.