Dr. Oppenheimer was raised on Long Island, NY and received his undergraduate bachelors degree in Cellular Biology at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. He worked at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic studying growth and development of early closure of clefting. This prompted his interest in dentistry and he attended the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine (1979-1983). Advanced study occurrred at the Medical College of Virginia with specialization in Periodontology (1983-1985).
His current academic interests include Implant Placement and design, compromised site placement for the implant, regenerative techniques for teeth, soft tissue plastic procedures-grafting, and growth/development of the developing periodontium (children). He has presented and attended numerous postgraduate continuing education seminars and conferences. Dr. Oppenheimer has held the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Medical College of Virginia, and Georgetown University School of Dentistry. Dr. Oppenheimer has been highlighted in the Washington Checkbook as receiving a "perfect" score from patient surveys and has appeared in the Washingtonian Magazine multiple times when ranked by his peers.
Outside interests include his family (college and high school students), exercise, photography, gardening, home repair, hiking and traveling.
Professional Organizations: American Academy of Periodontology, Northern Virginia Implant Society, ADA, Virginia Dental Assoc., Washington Society of Periodontics, Virginia Society of Periodontics, Fairfax County Dental Society, Fairfax City Dental Study Group.
Originally from Texas, Penny has been working in the dental field since her early twenties. She has an exceptional ability to allow even the most anxious patient to relax and "enjoy" the dental environment. Her upbeat personality and sense of humor are most appreciated assets to the team. Patients often comment that they were not expecting to have enjoyed their dental visit.
When not in the office, Penny is likely petting her deer friends on her mountain, taking care of her menagerie (dogs, cats, birds, fish) or entertaining her large family and many friends.