Damon Thompson, DDS
Dr. Damon Thompson is the Founder and CEO of Real Life Dental, which opened in March of 2010. Dr. Thompson’s Real Life Dental has been named as one of the “Best of the New River Valley” dental offices for several years running, as voted by the readers of The Roanoke Times. His passion is to provide the community with the absolute best dental experience available, by delivering the ultimate in technology, customer service, office environment, and dental services. He has been a Premier Provider for Invisalign and a member of the Doctors for Oral Conscious Sedation organization (DOCS) since 2010. His investment in the CEREC technology allows patients to receive necessary dental crowns in the same day, saving time and hassle for the patient. Dr. Thompson has partnered with the Dentistry From The Heart organization to provide an annual day of free dental services for those in our community who have limited financial access to dental care. The recent event in October 2017 provided care for over 100 patients in a single day.
Dr. Thompson is from the Town of Blacksburg, the son of Dr. Dan Thompson (retired). Upon graduating from Virginia Tech (1992), Dr. Thompson attended Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia dental school, finishing magna cum laude in his Class of 1996. Damon accepted a commission in the United States Navy after graduation and completed a General Practice Residency at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (USMC), CA. He served aboard the USS ARCTIC AOE-8 supply ship for two years as the ship’s only dentist. Once his military service was complete, Dr. Thompson returned to Blacksburg in 1999 to join the dental practice of Drs. Thompson and Schnecker. Real Life Dental was formed in 2010 with four employees; the company has now grown to over 30 wonderful team members, with more expansion planned in the future to serve our community.
Dr. Thompson has been married to his wonderful wife, Andi, for over 25 years. They have five wonderful boys: Ethan, Seth, Isaac, Luke, and Micah.
Nick Bottorff, DDS
Dr. Nicholas Bottorff was the first associate dentist at Real Life Dental, where has been since 2016. After graduating from Virginia Tech, he went on to attain his certification in Advance Biomedical Sciences from Georgetown and later attended the VCU School of Dentistry.
Prior to Real Life Dental, Dr. Bottorff spent multiple summers working under the Washington Redskins team dentist, focusing on sports dentistry. He also played a season of minor league hockey with the San Antonio Diablos WSHL in 2007.
Dr Bottorff is an active member in the Academy of General Dentistry, Virginia Dental Association, and American Dental Association. He has undergone extensive training in multiple aspects of dentistry including Oral Conscious Sedation, Invisalign, CEREC technology, and restorative dentistry.
For the past 10 years he has participated with volunteer dental organizations such as Dentistry from the Heart, Mission of Mercy, and Hope for Tomorrow.
Dr. Bottorff grew up in Clifton, Virginia and enjoys playing music and golf in his spare time.
Matthew Hofrichter, DDS
Dr. Matthew Hofrichter became an Associate Dentist at Real Life Dental in 2018. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. During his time in D.C., he spent six months in Barcelona at the Institute of the International Education of Students.
Dr. Hofrichter then attended the VCU School of Dentistry where he was an active member in community health. After graduating from dental school, he continued his education and completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Prior to joining Real Life Dental, Dr. Hofrichter worked in a Federally Qualified Healthcare center in Roanoke, Virginia.
Dr. Hofrichter has used his time and skills to volunteer with Missions of Mercy, the Bradley Free Clinic in Roanoke, East Cooper Community Clinic and North Charleston Free Clinic, as well as mission trips in Jamaica.
He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Virginia Dental Association and the Southwest Virginia Dental Society.
Dr. Hofrichter grew up in Great River, NY and attended East Islip High School on Long Island. He played four years of soccer in undergrad and now uses his free time to golf and play more soccer.
Que Le, DDS
Dr. Que Le joined Real Life Dental as an Associate Doctor in 2019. She completed her undergraduate degree with a B.S. Honors Biology at George Mason University in 2013 and continued her education at the VCU School of Dentistry.
While at VCU, Dr. Le specialized in working with Spanish speaking patients, making quality service her priority. She participated in multiple Mission of Mercy Projects throughout Virginia to provide free dental care for underserved populations.
Dr. Le strongly believes in and supports oral health education for children. She has traveled to Belize to further this mission by providing free dental care and education to young children and high school students.
Dr. Le was selected to receive the VCU School of Dentistry Class of 1995 Endowed Scholarship in 2016, Merit Award in 2017, MVP Class of 2018 award, Outstanding Senior in General Dentistry Award, and the Academy of General Dentistry Senior Student Award in 2018.
Dr. Le was born in Vietnam and her family later immigrated to the United States where they have lived in Annandale, Virginia for the past 23 years. In 2017, Dr. Le married her husband, Amit, and is currently taking care of her two children: Luna (dog) and Jazzy (cat). During her free time, she enjoys reading self-help books, meditating, working out, and spending time with friends and family
Chao Yi Zhang, DDS
Dr. Chao Yi Zhang joined Real Life Dental as an Associate Doctor in 2019. He completed his undergraduate degree with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. His interest and passion for dentistry came to be while participating in a mission program to provide dental care to underserved populations in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Dr. Zhang attended the VCU School of Dentistry where he was selected to receive the 2014 and 2015 Merit Scholarships, 2015 and 2016 General Scholarships, and the 2017 Dental Student Award for Achievement in Periodontics. Dr. Zhang served his community through participation in Mission of Mercy projects and Give Kids a Smile days.
Dr. Zhang is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Zhang immigrated with his family to the New River Valley in 1996 from Shanghai, China. He is a proud Blacksburg native, and a Blacksburg High School graduate.
Dr. Zhang enjoys using his free time with friends and family, playing blues guitar, and traveling.
Edy Fulop, DMD
Dr. Erno (Edy) Fulop became an Associate Dentist at Real Life Dental in 2019. He received his first dental degree from the University of Debrecen Medical & Health Science Center in Hungary in 2007 where he graduated with honors.
Dr. Fulop then completed a General Practice Residency in Debrecen, Hungary. He also worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Debrecen.
Dr. Fulop then moved to the United States where he received another dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine in 2016. Following graduation, Dr. Fulop worked at a private practice in Williamsburg, Virginia before joining Real Life Dental.
Dr. Fulop can translate between English and Hungarian. He has used his translation skills during missions’ trips to care for orphans in Eastern Europe and continues to provide translation for patients today.
Dr. Fulop was born in Transylvania and his family later immigrated to the United States. He grew up in California, but upon marrying his wife, Kara, he is now proud to be a Virginian.
During his free time, Dr. Fulop enjoys fishing, Bass Pro Shop, and playing with his two lovely daughters.