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 was an intern in Sports Dentistry for residents of Washington and 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.
Andrew Denardo, DDS
Dr. Andrew Denardo is an associate dentist as Real Life Dental, where he has been since 2016. He completed his undergrad at Virginia Tech before going onto West Virginia University School of Dentistry. While there, Dr. Denardo co-authored an article titled The Correlation of Blood Glucose Levels and Health of the Periodontium: A Literature Review. Since moving to Blacksburg Dr. Denardo has been invited as a guest speaker to several pre-medical organizations on the campus of Virginia Tech.
Dr. Denardo has obtained training in sleep medicine, pharmacology, and restorative dentistry. He is also certified in the use of diode laser, Advanced Cardiac Life Support by the American Heart Association, and Oral Conscious Sedation by DOCS Education. Dr. Denardo is an active member of the American Student Dental Association, West Virginia Dental Association, Academy of General Dentists, and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Denardo has generously given back to the various communities he has been a part of by donating his time, energy and skills to the Rosenbaum Family House at Ruby Hospital, Dentistry for the Heart, and Relay for Life at Virginia Tech.
Andrew was born and raised just down the road in Bluefield, WV. Being a Virginia Tech graduate, naturally he was drawn back to the New River Valley for the beautiful landscapes and caring people. Andrew loves being close to family and strives to continue to treat all of his patients as if they were a member of his family!
Natasha Rizk, DDS
Dr. Natasha Rizk is an associate dentist at Real Life Dental, where she has been since 2017. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Dr. Rizk attended the University of Ottawa where she graduated Cum Laude. She then ventured across the border to study at the West Virginia School of Dentistry where she graduated from dental school with top-rankings in her class and was awarded the Delta Dental Student Leadership award. She is also fluent in French and Arabic and hopes to add more languages throughout her career.
Dr. Rizk has advanced training in dentistry including laser certification, emergency triage dentistry and advanced restorative techniques. She is proudly affiliated with dental organizations such as the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Delta Sigma Delta Fraternity of dentists. She has participated in Dentistry for the Heart and hopes to continue to use her skills to give back to the New River Valley.
Dr. Rizk prides herself on making a positive impact in her patient’s lives through their oral and dental care. She enjoys spending time with her loved ones, travelling, exploring new cultures and their cuisine.