About Our Team



Karen Walker - Hygienist

Karen was born and raised in Chesterfield, Virginia. She did her undergraduate training at John Tyler and she received her hygiene training at The Medical College of Virginia, School of Dentistry. She was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2003.

Karen has been with the practice since 2003. You will not meet anyone as nice as Karen. She cares deeply for the welfare of the patients that she sees and always goes the extra mile. Karen can be seen carefully explaining the importance of improved oral hygiene to a grade schooler, or helping an elderly person with physical limitations discover a way that they can be successful with flossing! She is wise beyond her years.

Karen has a wonderful husband, and four adorable dogs. Three Papillion’s Sable, Mikki and Minni and a big yellow lab Ozzy. When Karen’s not at work she loves relaxing at home with her family.


Jenny Melton - CEREC Technician and Head Dental Assistant

There is so much to be said about Jenny that it is difficult to know where to begin. Jenny has been with us since 1992. Since that time, she has become completely indispensable. Jenny can virtually do it all, from minor repairs on equipment to creating the most beautiful CEREC restorations possible. She is kind and thoughtful and a true artist. She is excellent at what she does. We are very lucky to have her.

Jenny resides locally with her handsome son and her fabulous daughter. Her interests include gardening, reading and spending time with her family.


Lindsey H. Barnes – Office Manager

Lindsey was born and raised in the Chester area. She has shared her expertise with us since November 2007. She graduated from Richard Bland College with an associate’s degree.

We are very fortunate to have Lindsey as one of our top front desk employees. Lindsey takes pride in assisting our patients with all of their questions, and needs. She adapts quickly to changing circumstances. Our patients receive one on one personal attention from Lindsey beginning with their call to schedule an appointment followed by hands on interaction when they visit our office for their appointments. Her ultimate goal is to assist our patients to attain beautiful smiles from a great dental visit.

In her off time she enjoys cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Lindsey and her husband Lee reside in Chester with “Cooper” their yellow lab.


Alyssa Long – Administrative Assistant

Alyssa is an administrative assistant at Dentistry by Design. She handles patient benefits from insurance companies, submits dental claims, obtains preauthorizations and helps with scheduling appointments.

Alyssa attended James Madison University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Her hometown is Colonial Heights but she currently lives in Ford, Virginia. She prides herself in always having the patients’ best interest in mind, being innovative and goal oriented, and having an easy going attitude.

Outside of the office, Alyssa enjoys spending time in her garden, growing vegetables. She also loves to travel.


Stephen Chapel (Steve) – Chief Financial Officer

Steve is a graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS degree in Accounting. He is a member of Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, with 20 years of experience. He is our go to person for insurance which is a rather complex area of the dental field. He is always ready to give a helping hand where needed from greeting patients to monitoring insurance claims, collections and a variety of other responsibilities.

He is a great team player and welcomes the opportunity to meet new people everyday. Steve resides in Glen Allen with his wife and three children. He recently added a new member to the family, a mixed breed puppy who will answer to Oliver or several other names. Steve’s hobbies include sports and he is somewhat of a history buff.


Kim Mulvey - Dental Hygienist

Kim is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a certificate in Dental Assisting and an Associate’s Degree from Florida Junior College. After moving to Virginia, she graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1995, graduating with honors and earning a B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene.

Kim loves the profession of dental hygiene and has worked in several specialties including periodontics. Patient education is very important to Kim, volunteering at local elementary schools to ensure grade school children realize the importance of good oral health.

The joys of Kim’s life are her two beautiful daughters and her two wonderful grandchildren. Her hobbies include boating, cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends.


Nicole Lambert - Dental Hygienist

Nicole attended Old Dominion University where she earned her Bachelors in Dental Hygiene. Nicole loves her job! One reason she is so happy working at Dentistry by Design is because everyone works as a team, helping each other. Nicole loves working with all of the high tech equipment and admires the positive atmosphere the staff maintains.

She describes herself as a caring person who like meticulous tasks. When not working, Nicole likes nature, boating, reading nonfiction novels and traveling to big cities with friends. Hanging out with friends and family at her home in Dinwiddie is a treasured part of Nicole’s’ life.

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Meet the Doctors

Dr. Vernon, Dr. Mohiuddin and Dr. Kennedy have been practicing dentistry for decades. During that time, they have upheld their dedication toward providing their patients of all ages with dental care that promotes honesty, caring and compassion. They would each love to be your partner in pursuing a healthier, happier smile!

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Our Location

241 Charles H Dimmock Pkwy Ste. 2
Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834

Office hours
Monday: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am - 1:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

(804) 520-0699
241 Charles H Dimmock Parkway, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 USA
J. Keller Vernon, DDS Colonial Heights VA dentist (804) 520-0699