Lida M. Vargas, DDS
Dr. Lida M. Vargas graduated from dental school in Columbia, South America, in 1994. She then attended dental school at the University of Maryland at Baltimore (UHAB), graduating in 2005. Dr. Vargas received two years of training with implant seminars and has advanced training in CEREC® and Invisalign.® She also has a certificate with Progressive Orthodontics (POS). Dr. Vargas has been practicing in the area for more than 20 years. Her goal as a dentist is to provide dental services in a different and relaxed environment for patients of all ages. The patient’s needs always come first.
Continuing education is necessary in Virginia every year, as we need to update in areas like orthodontics, surgery, CEREC, and the Sirona cone beam. Dr. Vargas is an honorary member of Who is Who in Dental Professionals and Northern Virginia Top Doctors. She is also an Invisalign Preferred Provider and has received the CEREC specialist award.
Our office has the best reviews on Google and Yelp. There is a low number of referrals from our office, as we provide a multi clinical approach in even complex cases.
Santiago J. Rueda, DDS
Dr. Santiago J. Rueda earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2001. He then attended the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, graduating in 2005. He then completed a general practice residency in Lehigh Valley Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rueda has been practicing in the area for seven years. His goal is to provide ideal dental treatment that suits the patient’s overall needs using the most up-to-date technology, studies, and evidence supporting treatment. He is a pretty cool dentist! Dr. Rueda takes about 15 to 20 continuing education hours every year. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Rueda lives with his dog, Bella, and his sugar bears, Chester and Chelsea. He has bi-weekly get-togethers with his 20 relatives in the area. Dr. Rueda plays in the APA pool league every Wednesday. They play 8-ball and he is the team captain. Dr. Rueda rides his motorcycle whenever whether allows it. He just started basic photography courses.
Taeheon Kang, DDS, MS
Dr. Kang received his postgraduate degree in periodontics from the Seoul National University in Korea in 1996. After migrating to the United States, Dr. Kang validated his credentials. He then received his postgraduate degree, also in periodontics, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry in 2003.
Aside from being in private practice, Dr. Kang has been a clinical instructor in periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania as well as in Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He was also been an educator of the American Academy of Periodontology and is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Kang is a leading expert in his field and has published extensively in the field of Periodontics. He is also the only periodontist currently in the United States to have completed a periodontal residency program in both the United States and in Korea. Dr. Kang is an inductee in Marquis Who’s Who in America.
Meet Our Team
Our dental team in Fairfax, Virginia, are committed to making your visit with Drs. Vargas, Rueda, and Kang as welcoming and comfortable as possible. We care for our patients and will make sure that you have a pleasant experience at Virginia Dental Group. Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment with our dentists.
Karen Puña – New Patient Coordinator
Karen started out as a medical assistant in 2007, moving on to be a medical examiner in 2009. She entered the dental field as a schedule coordinator in 2010. Karen has been a part of our dental team for 1 year and 8 months. She accommodates patients in their scheduling needs. She is bilingual and translates for Spanish speaking patients. Karen helps our patients understand their treatment proposals and discusses payment options with them. She enjoys that our team cares for each other like family. Our wonderful team goes above and beyond to help our patients and co-workers when needed. Working with Dr. Vargas is fun and he treats patients with a soft touch. Dr. Rueda is a standup comedian, which helps those who have dental anxieties. It’s never a boring day at our office.
Karen’s family is from Bolivia. She has two brothers and a one-year-old son named Eli. When not in the office, Karen loves outdoor activities. Her number one experience was sky diving. She also enjoys camping, kayaking, amusement parks, and road trips.
Christina Senseng – Billing Coordinator and Marketing Specialist
Christina is a high school graduate, attended college, and is X-Ray certified. She has been a part of our team since March 2014. Christina provides knowledge to our practice, clinically and financially. She has been in the dental field for 15 years, which has taught her values. She understands team work and being passionate about her job. Her passion is to help patients and to treat them like family. Christina’s goal is to provide our patients with the knowledge they need to understand their treatments and to help them maximize their insurance. Christina is here to guide our patients and to make sure they are treated well. Christina enjoys that our practice is family oriented and that we provide affordable dentistry, while providing the highest standard of service.
Christina has been married for thirteen years and has two children. She loves to spend time with her family when not in the office. She also enjoys singing and traveling.
Roger Rodriguez – Lead Assistant
Roger has been with us since 2010. He is the lead dental assistant, with extensive knowledge in all aspects of general, surgical, and orthodontic dental treatments. He is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish.
Leticia Otero – Certified Dental Assistant
Leticia earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in Bolivia and has an associate’s degree in dental laboratory technology in the United States. She is working on her board exams to eventually have her DDS in the United States. Leticia has been a part of our dental team since November 2013. She contributes to our practice by comforting patients and giving 100% of her knowledge to make our customers happy. Leticia enjoys the teamwork at our office and that we provide our patients with many treatment options. Leticia’s family lives in Bolivia. In her spare time, Leticia plays the guitar, reads, and does Zumba.