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.