Meet the Docs
Ronald Ray DDS
Dr. Ron Ray is a native of Northern Virginia. He received his B.S. in Biology from George Mason University in 1987 and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in 1991. After graduation, he spent 3 years in the U.S. Army, the first year of which was in an Advanced Education in General Dentistry training program. After returning home, he worked 2 years in Countryside before opening his Ashburn office in early 1997. Due to the support of the current patient base, he was able to expand into the Leesburg area in the Fall of 2001.
Dr. Ray understands the importance of staying current with the latest advances in Dentistry and has studied both locally and abroad to maintain and improve his skills and knowledge of Dentistry. As important as knowing the techniques, is knowing the patient. Dr. Ray and all the doctors believe the patient needs information before a treatment decision can be reached. Recommendations are made by the doctors; but, decisions are made by the patients.
Dr. Ray and Rebecca welcomed their first child, T.J. in May 2010. They enjoy a wide variety of activities from outdoor events to a good movie at home.
Anuradha Beri DDS
Dr. Anu Beri has been working as a Periodontist (gum specialist) in our office since June of 2007. She moved to Virginia after completing her specialty in Periodontics and implants from Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University. She received her Masters Degree in Oral Biology and did research on salivary protein and candida albicans. In addition, Dr. Beri was a clinical instructor for preclinical periodontics in Boston University.
Dr. Beri believes in assisting her patient to make the right decisions pertaining to their periodontal health. She enjoys educating her patients and providing them with the highest quality of care.
She lives in Ashburn with her husband, Sree and two children. She is often seen doing activities with her kids at the local parks within the community.
Francesca Ponchione DMD
Dr. Francesca Ponchione is a native of western Pennsylvania and joined our practice in the fall of 2008. Although she enjoys treating patients of all ages, she has a genuine passion for children and has been an asset to our pediatric community.
Dr. Ponchione earned her undergraduate degree from St. Francis University in Loretto, PA and received her dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, she furthered her dental education by completing a General Practice Residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Ponchione is a member of the Northern Virginia Dental Society, the Virginia Dental Association, the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. She finds it important to keep up with the latest advances in dentistry through attending continuing education courses and study clubs.
When Dr. Ponchione is not in the office, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Go Steelers!
Richard J. Lee DMD, MS, MPH, CAGS
Prior to attending Dental School, Dr. Lee received a Masters of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the George Washington University. For about two years, he worked as a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, NCI (National Cancer Institute) in which his research was focused on the cure for breast cancer.
During his years as a researcher, he also picked up a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. From 1996 to 1999, he worked on projects at the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His projects involved developing policy on cancer detection and awareness.
Although Dr. Lee enjoyed his work, he felt that his job left him with little interaction with people. Since his father was a reputable physician in the area (Annandale Family Practice), Dr. Lee was able to observe the wonderful patient doctor bond his Dad had with his patients. Dr. Lee felt that since he also enjoys working with his hands, dentistry would be the perfect choice for his career.
In 1999 Dr. Lee was accepted to the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He graduated in 2003 and placed in the top 10% of his class.
After receiving his Doctorate of Dental Medicine he worked as a cosmetic dentist in the “Riviera of America” (Miami Beach, Florida). His practice was focused on creating beautiful smiles. He did aesthetic procedures such as laser teeth whitening, full anterior veneers, and full mouth reconstructions. Dr. Lee practiced for few years in Miami before he returned back to school to start his Orthodontic residency. He chose Orthodontics as his Dental Specialty because it follows his passion in developing beautiful smiles; however, now he creates smiles naturally.
He is currently providing top-of-the-line orthodontic care to areas of Northern Virginia and Maryland. He is active in the community in which he lives and works, often lecturing to local middle and high schools about the importance of orthodontic treatment. He emphasizes the need to see your local orthodontist at least by the age of seven.
Dr. Lee grew up in the Northern Virginia area and attended Cooper Junior High and then Langley High School prior to going to Syracuse for college. He has found that the Washington D.C. metropolitan area has many things to offer as far as culture and fine dining. He enjoys going to the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap to watch various shows and concerts. Dr. Lee plans to stay in the Northern Virginia area for many years to come.