Meet the Doctor

Pediatric Dentist Joy Phelps, DMD, MS

Phelps Family-1044Dr. Joy Phelps was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and then completed her undergraduate education at North Carolina State University. After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Biological Sciences, she attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. While a dental student she completed rotations in community health dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and pediatric dentistry. Her passion for providing children a happy dental experience prompted her to return to Virginia for her two year postdoctoral residency in pediatric dentistry at Virginia Commonwealth University where she also earned a Master’s of Science Degree. Dr. Phelps has practiced pediatric dentistry for 8 years.

Dr. Phelps is a board certified Pediatric Dentist.  She earned the designation of a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and received the honor of being awarded the Richard C. Pugh Award for scoring in the top 3% of all candidates nationwide who took the written pediatric dental certification examination. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, the Richmond Dental Society, the Old Dominion Dental Society and Peter B. Ramsey Dental Society.  She also teaches Pediatric Dentistry as part-time faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Phelps and her husband, Dr. Maynard Phelps, an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, have four children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, Zumba, and spending time with family.

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